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Massively OP Podcast Episode 218: A pretty darn good week

Justin and Bree discuss City of Heroes, Atlas Reactor, Peria Chronicles, Torchlight Frontiers, Caravan Stories, Villagers & Heroes, and Star Trek Online.

Surprise! TERA just dropped the Elin Brawler on console in its Suckerpunch update

Raise your hand if you saw this one coming: Just a few weeks after the Elin Gunner rolled out to TERA: Reloaded on console, now the Elin Brawler is smashing her way to consoles as part of what En Masse is calling the "surprise" Suckerpunch update. "En Masse Entertainment has announced that the latest update for TERA on PlayStation...
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Dauntless is offline prepping its massive Mastery system patch for tomorrow

Dauntless is offline for extended maintance until tomorrow, but it's all for a good cause: the launch of OB 0.7.1. OK, so maybe that patch name needs better branding because it's actually a hefty update that makes guilds free to create, removes patron boosts, heavily retools progression flow, and adds the mastery system. "This brand-new system delivers a...
But seriously, what's Damien's deal this week?

SuperData March 2019: The Division 2’s strong entry and the dominance of battle royale

Were you worried about the success of The Division 2? Maybe don't be. Ubisoft's big multiplayer sequel entered Superdata's global gaming revenue charts at #1 on the console side for March. But while they aren't holding any records, it's the battle royale titles still bringing in the bucks month to month, as both Fortnite and Apex...

Anthem takes us to a ‘sunken’ city and allows gear changes mid-mission in today’s update 1.1.0

Some people have wondered how Anthem's storyline would continue and when we would actually see an update to it. The long answer is complicated, but the short answer is "Today!" BioWare added to the player's critical path with the addition of the Sunken Cell stronghold in today's patch. Of course, strongholds are usually very light on the storytelling...

Today’s Fallout 76 Wild Appalachia Patch 8.5 introduces a camera, repair kits, and new complaints from fans

In its on-going rollout of Wild Appalachia, Fallout 76 brings update 8.5 to players, which features the ProSnap Deluxe Camera, basic and improved repair kits, and balances to aluminum. Besides those, the developers worked on fixing bugs like the infinite loading screen some players encountered and UI features working incorrectly. The ProSnap Deluxe takes center stage for the...

Guild Wars 2 just dropped its massive balance patch and War Eternal Supply Drop Requisition

Happy patch day, Guild Wars 2 players. As promised, ArenaNet has implemented a wide-ranging balancing update for multiple professions and elite professions. Definitely read up on everything that's changing with your favorite toon! And there's a no-downed-state event running this weekend in WvW as well. Perhaps just as importantly, there's new stuff in the cash shop. Remember...

Neverwinter has officially launched the Undermountain expansion for PC players

It's expansion day for Perfect World's Neverwinter! At least if you're on PC, that is; console players will be waiting until June 11th for their crack at the content, which includes a full campaign, the new expedition system, class overhauls, improved companions, and more. "Adventurers are summoned to Halaster Blackcloak’s enormous dungeon beneath Waterdeep where they will explore five...

Choose My Adventure: Finding the perfect group activity in RuneScape

Early on in this month's Choose My Adventure, a reader in the comments mentioned that RuneScape is the perfect game to have a CMA, and I'm inclined to agree. That said, our final activity for this month's edition was pretty much the kind of barbed hook that I could see getting snared on and reeling me in...

VR MMORPG OrbusVR reboots and expands as as OrbusVR: Reborn today

It's a big day for MMOs - and MMO players who've been itching to see more titles on VR. That's because OrbusVR officially launches as OrbusVR: Reborn today: It's a full expansion and reboot of the original VR MMORPG that doubles its class roster, buffs AI, improves character creation, and smooths out leveling, among other additions. As the...

Closers’ new cryomancer class Bai makes her formal hello today

MOP's Chris already made the best hello Bai headline of all time, leaving us just the good news itself: Bai Winchester is live in Closers today. "Bai’s unique combat style blends mysticism and martial arts, using her mastery of the Ice Blade for both precise, measured attacks and massive area-of-attack spells. Instead of dazzling her opponents with...
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Crowfall Q&A discusses major armor rebalance and being too ‘hardcore’ for regular gamers

Crowfall's J. Todd Coleman and Thomas Blair might be losing their minds a tiny bit in ArtCraft's latest Q&A video, but we're here for it as the duo dish on the current state of test and answer an hour's worth of player-submitted question. Right off the bat, they address the current campaign, Trial of Kane, which is apparently...

Heroes of the Storm is picking up another famous WoW character: Anduin Wrynn

The rumors were true: Anduin Wrynn is on his way to Heroes of the Storm, yet another Warcraft icon to make that journey. In the MOBA's patchnotes last night, Bluzzard revealed that Anduin will run as a ranged healer with paladin-like spells including Leap of Faith, Flash Heal, Divine Star, Lightbomb, and Holy World: Salvation. "With Shalamayne by...
Throw wide the gates.

Final Fantasy XIV patch 4.57 brings the world visit to the data centers

As players are visiting another shard in the next Final Fantasy XIV, it seems only fitting that players can now visit other servers with the addition of the world visit system in patch 4.57. Now you can hop over to your neighbors within the same data center and just wander around, explore housing, chat, and whatever you want;...

LOTRO kicks off its 12-year anniversary with gifts, Burglar overhaul

Happy Hobbity birthday wishes to Lord of the Rings Online, which turns 12 years old this week! The Middle-earth MMO released in 2007, taking players on a journey that's spanned from the Shire to Mordor and beyond. And now, it's time to celebrate. The festivities are due to begin today at 10:00 am EDT, although the devs say...

The Daily Grind: Where do you stand on automated gameplay in MMOs?

Ages ago, there was a tiny little Chinese import MMO called Zentia. I have little cause to talk about it nowadays, since hardly anyone this side of the Pacific will even remember it, but when Changyou ported it here, I was absolutely smitten. I'd never played anything exactly like it; it was whimsical, it had adorable mounts galore,...

The Stream Team: Creating chaos in Path of Exile

Path of Exile's Synthesis League is trucking along, as is the Chaos Witch of Massively OP's MJ. She's never played with chaos before, and now that she has a taste for it, she wants it everywhere. Chaos chaos here, chaos chaos there -- here chaos, there chaos, everywhere chaos chaos! And that usually leads to casualties, many exploding casualties....

Pirates of the Burning Sea’s new owners aim to revitalize the game after rescuing it from certain doom

City of Heroes' resurrection and preservation efforts are big news this month, but we've covered similar stories about playerbases rescuing video games from certain doom, proving there's more than one way for the CoH story to play out. Readers will recall that last year, Pirates of the Burning Sea was in a bad place, having long since lost...
This is neither fine nor not fine.

MMO Business Roundup: Apex Legends’ Twitch decline, PUBG’s funding, and crappy gaming myths

Welcome back to another roundup of smaller business stories affecting the MMO industry and orbiting genres. It's not just your imagination: Apex Legends hasn't been getting quite the same word of mouth it was treated to just a few short months ago. As StreamElements (via Gamasutra) notes, the top streamers aren't streaming it anymore. Fame is...

China reveals new regulatory system for online video games after more than a year of confusion

For the last year and change, we watched in slowly dawning horror during China's big game "freeze," when bureaucrats shut down avenues for game approval, even for home-grown megacorps like Tencent, which actually lost stock value over it. Over the last few months, we've then watched the "thaw" begin as the approval machine cranked up and domestic...

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