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Epic Games reveals an English logo for Blade & Soul: Revolution

If you were passing curious about Blade & Soul: Revolution, one of the two mobile games spinning off of the original PC MMORPG, then there's some potentially good news. During Epic Games' "State of Unreal" keynote at this year's Game Developers Conference, the company unveiled an English language logo for the mobile title. For those unfamiliar, Blade & Soul:...
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The player endorsement system in Overwatch has actually cut down on toxic behavior

It turns out that when you reward players for being decent human beings in Overwatch, there's incentive for people to continue being decent human beings. In other news, scientists expect the sun to continue the same "east to west" rotation. No, really; joking aside, it turns out that the player endorsement system saw a 40% reduction in what's...

Steam plans game library and events revamp as Discord begins monetizing ‘insights’ for game devs

The battle for your game dollars and storefront participation is on, and we're not sad to see the competition heating up, finally. At GDC this week, Valve announced that it's bringing a slew of new features to Steam, including Steam Events, which sounds like a big upgrade over the current event setup; that just alerts you as events in...

Guild Wars 2’s Super Adventure Box event returns next week

It's finally happening! Guild Wars 2's Super Adventure Box mode will return next week on March 28th through April 18th, bringing 8bit jumping puzzles back for another go-round of April Fools' farming. Did we say farming? We meant festivities. "Adventurers will enjoy the return of bouncing mushrooms, exploding flowers, and clouds with attitude, as well as the chance...
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WoW Factor: Why people are mad at Battle for Azeroth, part four: Story

The fun thing about bringing up the story of World of Warcraft is that you inevitably have some folks who will immediately crop up and claim that they don't care about the story, therefore it's not a valid criticism. For understandable reasons, I didn't have time to whip up a certificate for those of you in this category, but if...
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Path of Exile is already mapping out big buffs and changes for Synthesis League

Path of Exile is patch city right about now. This week, Grinding Gear Games rolled out 3.6.2, with dozens of bug fixes, of course, but what's got the community excited - and what made MJ come into team chat this morning bubbling over - is the Synthesis League changes on deck next. For starters, GGG says it's...
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Lawful Neutral: Dancing around Fortnite’s copyright lawsuits

Welcome friends to the inaugural post of Lawful Neutral on Massively OP. I'm Andy, but you know me better as Serrenity, writer of comments too long by half and not nearly as clever as I hope. I've been wanting to up my writing game for a while, so when the call went out, I decided to put my...

Project SU is an Epic Games-backed mobile sandbox MMO coming in 2019

File this one under weird new games: Project SU. In the press release from GDC today, the game is never directly called an MMORPG, though Chinese studio Loong Entertainment says its "production team is searching out new breakthroughs in mobile MMORPGs, striving to bring a better gaming experience to all players," so it's a safe assumption. Also according to...

Into the Super-verse: Five reasons to be excited for City of Titans

When NCsoft closed City of Heroes' doors in 2012, it was anything but a normal MMO closure due to a lack of interest and population. On the contrary, the thriving and devoted community rallied around the superhero title in a tremendous fashion and vowed that it would do something, anything to keep CoH's spirit alive. Of course, it's one...

The Division 2 reflects on launch, looks toward the coming weeks in state-of-the-game address

Now that Division agents have been roaming the post-apocalyptic Washington, D.C. of The Division 2 for about a week, the folks at Ubisoft have come out with the first state-of-the-game address, detailing the game's launch performance, the challenges it has faced, and the dev team's plans going forward. Overall, it seems that the devs are fairly pleased...

World of Warcraft considers level squish, confirms RP realms for WoW Classic

Following last week's Patch 8.1.5 and prior to today's free play weekend, World of Warcraft's game director emerged for another semi-informational question and answer session on Twitch. Don't get your hopes up too high for any grand revelations: Ion Hazzikostas said that the team isn't prepared to talk about Patch 8.2: Rise of Azshara just yet, although...

Star Citizen releases new Drake Interplanetary Corsair for sale along with ship name reservations

The folks at Star Citizen are back with another Around the Verse video, and this week, LA Studio Director Eric Kieron Davis and Narrative Director David Haddock give players a look at the game's newest ship and take them behind the scenes to look at some of the devs' latest work. The new ship in question is the...

Guild Wars 2 details next week’s adjustments to unidentified gear loot drops

Some major changes are coming to the way Guild Wars 2's loot drops function for level-80 characters, which the devs hope "will provide both quality of life improvements and help with the long-term health of the economy." Starting on March 26th, "Core Tyria and Heart of Maguuma regions will now drop Unidentified Gear rather than individual fine, masterwork,...

The Daily Grind: Which ‘MMO-lite’ utilizes the best parts of the MMO genre?

One of the interesting twists and turns of the MMORPG market over the past decade is the rise of what we're starting to call "MMO-lites" -- titles that offer a streamlined and scaled-down online RPG experience. These may contain the basic gameplay loop of your standard MMO (quest, kill, loot, level up), but they're not quite as full-featured as...

The Stream Team: Flower picking and other Lord of the Rings Online Spring Festival fun

What is more spring-like than enjoying newly bloomed flowers? In LOTRO, it's picking them -- picking them all! The Spring Festival is back, and Massively OP's MJ is all set for some serious spring celebrating. That happens to involve plenty of flower picking. Those rewards won't earn themselves! Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. and help put winter behind...

Massively Overthinking: Designed downtime in MMORPGs

In a Daily Grind not long ago, MOP reader Armsbend said something I thought just cried out for discussion. After noting that he had a guild member who used to spend hours rescuing friends' corpses from in-game disasters, he criticized the way some MMOs seem to have intentionally built in these timesinks: "We long for yesteryear, but at...

Aion launches Ereshkigal’s Rage on March 27 with Veilenthrone raid

What does Ereshkigal have to be angry about in Aion? Lots of things, really. There's nothing good on TV, there were no more muffins in the kitchen, a bunch of player characters are going to wreck his stuff because he wants to accumulate power, and she can't find her favorite hairpin. The third one is something that you'll be...

RuneScape delays Firemaking updates and previews its Freedom camera mode

Bit of bad news, good news out of the RuneScape camp: The bad news is that the improvements to the Firemaking skill are being held back a bit. The good news is that a new camera mode is arriving next week, which should mean prettier screenshots at least. A number of planned updates to Firemaking -- including new...

Warframe staggers Operation: Buried Debts content for consoles due to bugs

An explanation provided by the folks at Warframe described bugs in Operation: Buried Debts as "fun-breaking," which is probably the best reason to hold something back in my view. Beyond that, though, the latest update also has some pretty gnarly bugs, so things are being done a bit differently for Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch players. The...

Population Zero fields questions about factions, breast sizes, and snoring

Whenever you open up a Q&A session for your developing game, you never really know what you're going to get. Case in point: The lines of questioning players offered to the devs of Population Zero ran the gamut from the mechanical to the....unique. On the sillier side of questions, the devs confirmed that player height, body type, and gender...

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