Massively OP Podcast Episode 335: Farewell Astellia

    
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On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about Astellia Online’s sunset notice, Guild Wars 2’s new elite specs, more firings at Blizzard, No Man’s Sky’s fifth anniversary, and mail about Blizzard’s brand name and Diablo’s place in the company.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your question to the show, use this link or call in to our voicemail at (734) 221-3973.

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Barnoc N'Draak

The final fantasy job system is really great especially given how much investment each character requires.

I wish more games would allow for character development like this or significantly cheapen the investment required for alts by making more things account unlocks.

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Christopher Allcock

Thanks for reading my mail Bree and Justin, to answer some of the thoughts; yes, I was thinking about Mythic at the time of thinking about the question, I have the Warhammer Online collector’s box sitting next to me, some scars don’t heal…

Bree, no I didn’t know about the article in question, thanks for directing me to them – I’ll check that out when I can.

As you both said, as unlikely as it is, it has happened before – it’s going to be interesting next quarter.

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I had meant to link it for everyone – here you go!

The Blizzard Name Will Go

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Dantos

I feel the same way as Justin about GW2. I went on a bender in GW2 a few months ago, leveled every class, leveled every elite spec, but once I really tried to get into the story….I made it to about midway into the season after HoT before dropping it, the ice area where I needed the torch thing to traverse. I just can’t connect to any of the characters or the world, but I want those mastery points =/. The zones start to feel gimiky.

I’m probably going to give it a shot again now that New World is another month out and i have an empty block of time.

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Louie

Justin, I was in exactly the same boat as you up until about a week ago with GW2. I played it at launch and loved the map completion aspect (popping bubble wrap is the perfect analogy), but fell off after reaching 100%. I made a concerted effort to get back into it with HoT, finished that expac with the same character, and then similarly fell off again and decided “well, I love so much about this game, but I guess it really just isn’t for me if I can’t get into it.”

Over the past few years, I’ve wanted to try to play the game fresh again, like you mentioned, especially since I loved the base game and the map completion. Every time I made a new character, it was always the same race, always going through the same area, always trying out the same handful of classes, and every time I bounced off again, thinking “Oh jeez, well I have to do all of the maps all over again. Pass.”

Last week, I tried a last ditch effort of making a race I was never super interested in lore-wise (Norn) and a class I’d never played before (Guardian) and I haven’t been able to put the game down for the first time since 2012. Getting myself out of my comfort zone and avoiding what I thought I needed to play as to enjoy the game was exactly what made me get back into it. I’m excited to go through everything I missed and all the living world seasons and trying out the Elite specs once I hit 80. It kind of feels like playing the game for the first time again.

This turned into a bit of a ramble, but I felt compelled to share my experience since I could relate so much to everything you were saying. If you do end up starting fresh again, I hope you have a similar experience, because I’m having a hell of a lot of fun in GW2 again and it’s been a really long time.

And also I wanted to thank you Bree for the positive things you said about GW2 a few episodes back, which made me reinstall and try it again in the first place.

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Turing fail

Glad to hear your brother got out and is ok.

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Paragon Lost

Darn, yeah forgot to mention that above in my post. Seconded and thirded etc Bree.

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Minimalistway

Blizzard lawsuit will take time, it’ll take months if not years so don’t count weeks, this whole situation will not end any time soon, also Blizzard employees still demand specific changes in the workplace and these will take time too.

As for Diablo 3, there is an active community for it, Seasons bring people back to the game and the current one Season 24 is one of the best, Blizzard can go back investing the game and try to make a business model for it, like making more expansions, but i they moved on, Diablo 3 now is active with new seasons until Diablo 4 comes, then i guess they’ll put it in maintenance mode.