Brianna 'Bree' Royce

Editor-in-Chief

Bree is an unrepentant escapist with a predilection for MMOs. When not compulsively proofreading cereal boxes and newspapers, she can be found modding, PvPing on the auction hall, and touring the Next Big Thing with her guild on a quest for the elusive perfect game.

Working As Intended and Ask Mo are her pet op-ed columns, but she also pens Daily Grinds and compiles both Massively Overthinking and the Week in Review. You can hear her ramble about MMOs every week on the Massively OP podcast. If you're nice, she'll even talk about something other than Star Wars Galaxies.

Personal blog: Skycandy
Twitter: @nbrianna
Favorite MMOs: SWG, CoH, Glitch, GW2, GW1, WoW, MH

Devilian formally launches today; here’s our coverage roundup

One of the benefits of publishing games from across the Pacific is that a studio can get it to us quickly, and that’s exactly what’s happened with Trion Worlds‘ MMOARPG Devilian, which formally launches today, just a few short months after its June 2015 reveal.

Massively OP’s Justin Olivetti scoped out the game’s testing in October, declaring in his first impressions,

To its credit, Devilian plunks the player down in the thick of the action from the get-go without a lot of annoying hand-holding. This is a Diablo clone, after all, so all you need to know from the onset is that clicking is good, and clicking faster is even better. Gradually over the first 20 levels (they come quickly), Devilian peppers in tutorials masked as quests, but they’re spread out as to keep it from feeling as though a developer is force-feeding you a manual all at once.

In honor of today’s launch, we’ve rounded up all of our coverage from the game from announcement to now. If you’re playing, let us know what you think about the game!

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Win a Blade & Soul ‘Master’ founder pack from NCsoft and Massively OP

Blade & Soul begins its next-to-last beta test tomorrow, and if you’re not in it, that could be because you haven’t pre-ordered with a founder pack yet. So how would you like to win one?

NCsoft has granted Massively OP 10 “Master” founder packs, the highest-tier packs you can get, to dole out to our readers. These founder packs are valued at $124.99 US and include beta access, entry to the three-day headstart, 48,000 premium points, 7,200 NCoin, level 4 benefits, 90 days of premium membership, two name reservation slots, five extra character slots, and a slew of cosmetic perks like character titles, character alteration vouchers, and gear skins.

Read on to enter to win!

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Landmark’s holiday patch introduces the Winter Holiday Party Zone

Landmark’s been eerily quiet since Halloween, but good news, everyone: The game’s just gotten a new holiday-themed update.

Senior Producer Terry Michaels told forumgoers that this morning’s patch will add new props to the voxelbox, including ornaments, wreaths, garlands, trees, snowmen, gramophones, and chests. The team has also fixed come client bugs, opened up a “Winter Holiday Party Zone,” and handed out holiday presents:

“Everyone will have a Holiday Outfit Giftbox in their inventory that, when opened, will give you one of the three holiday sweater outfits. The in-game mail slaugs have painstakingly worked to ensure you get a different outfit from last year if you received one. If you’ve already gotten all 3 from generous friends, you will receive a duplicate of whichever one the slaug working on your gift thought matched your personality best.”

You can read the complete patch notes on the official forums.

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Elite: Dangerous expands its ‘Horizons’ next week

Elite: Dangerous is about to get a lot bigger with the launch of Horizons next Tuesday. Frontier‘s David Braben announced the date on the official game forums earlier today:

We have worked very hard to ensure forward & backward compatibility so that all players of both seasons can play in the same galaxy together. After every Elite Dangerous release we have taken care to listen and reacted to all feedback, and Elite Dangerous: Horizons will follow exactly the same process. Included with Horizons will be multiple expansions of which Planetary Landings will be the first. All going well, we plan to launch Horizons with Planetary Landings on Tuesday (15th December – you heard it here first!). This will initially be termed an ‘Early Access’ release to highlight our normal process to our broad audience, some of whom have been with us since the start, but many have joined our community very recently.

The fifth round of beta is on the way tomorrow. We’ve included the new planetary landing gameplay trailer below.

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Massively OP’s Best of 2015 Awards: Most Improved MMO

Massively OP’s end-of-the-year awards continue today with our award for the most improved MMO of 2015.

All MMOs, regardless of release date, were eligible for this award, provided they made improvements this year. Last year’s award, you’ll recall, went to Final Fantasy XIV.

Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end.

The Massively OP staff pick for Most Improved MMO of 2015 is…

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EVE’s ‘ISIS’ ship browser gets a rename

EVE Online’s Operation Frostline patch yesterday brought to light an intriguing change: a new name for the game’s ship browser, the Interbus Ship Identification System, otherwise known as… ISIS.

But the change wasn’t made for the reason you might assume. CCP_Falcon has told players that CCP didn’t swap names on account of politics.

“[T]he renaming has nothing to do with ‘ISIS’ being a name used by any real life terrorist group,” he told Reddit. “I questioned Development about this when I saw the proposed name change internally, because if that was the reason then I was set to oppose it. The reasoning for the change is the fact that the name is too obscure for new players, and might confuse them. Will pass the feedback from this thread on to the team working on it :).”

Source: Reddit via Kotaku

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Grab a TERA dragonette pet key from En Masse and MOP in honor of the Knockout update

TERA’s Knockout update arrives today, bringing with it the new Brawler class, new endgame armor (tier 8 and 9), and two new dungeons: “the pirate-infested Kalivan’s Dreadnaught and the haunted Forsaken Island, where players can earn and use all that new gear.”

To help keep you company as you dive into the new content, En Masse has granted Massively OP 15,000 keys for a seven-day pet, the Dragonette. “This little firestarter may be too hot to handle but will still warm your heart,” says the studio. “Equipped with the auto-loot function.”

We’ll be doling them out in 5,000 chunks, so don’t despair if we run out! Clicky the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys and get started!

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Win a Devilian Obsidian founder pack from Trion and Massively OP

Devilian’s head-start begins today, and Trion has granted Massively OP two keys for Devilian Obsidian founder packs to give to our loyal readers.

These founder packs are worth $149.99 US and include 11,250 credits, early access, 90 days’ worth of patron status, and a ton of buffs, inventory rows, and titles. There’s even a mount and some costume pieces.

Read on to enter to win!

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Massively OP’s Best of 2015 Awards: Biggest MMO Story of the Year

Massively OP’s end-of-the-year awards continue today with our award for the MMO story of the year. This isn’t an award based on popularity as measured by hits or comments, and it’s not for a single article; it’s an award for an ongoing narrative or event of deep importance and significance for the genre in 2015. Last year’s award, you’ll recall, went to the ArcheAge melodrama.

All of the Massively OP writers weighed in on this one. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end!

The Massively OP staff pick for biggest story of 2015 is…

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Cube World resumes active development

When voxel sandbox Trove hit the pavement running, I know I wasn’t alone when my first reaction was, “Damn, this looks like Cube World, only, you know, getting updated!” Now I might need to eat my words because Cube World is indeed under development again after a long hiatus. And I do mean long.

While the game’s website hasn’t had an update since June 2014 when alpha buyers were left a bit in the lurch, dev Wolfram von Funck started pushing out tweets about development two months ago and hasn’t let up. The most recent one arrived over the weekend:

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The Daily Grind: What do you buy in MMO cash shops?

I’m excessively picky about what I buy in MMO cash shops. I’ll buy necessities like backpack and bank slots, character slots and classes. Occasionally I’ll buy cosmetic gear like mounts (yes, I have a sparklepony) or clothing (so much money poured into City of Heroes costume parts, you guys), but past a certain dollar limit, I simply won’t pay. Ten bucks for a sword skin? I can’t bring myself to do it, no matter how awesome I will look wielding it. I don’t buy consumables really either, though I have made some bizarre purchases like garden beds in Ultima Online so that I can grow plants while AFK. Shush you.

One thing I don’t buy? Lockboxes. I never, ever buy lockboxes. Ever.

What about you? Are you one of the folks spending thousands on ships in Star Citizen? Are you the guy who buys keys for lockboxes for skin tickets in Guild Wars 2 and puts them on the market? Who are you people? What do you actually buy in cash shops?

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Massively OP’s Best of 2015 Awards: Most Underrated MMO

Welcome to Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2015 awards series.

Every year, we poll our writers about the best and worst MMOs, stories, studios, and trends and assign awards to the winners (or losers, as the case may be). Last year, we broke with tradition and split our awards into smaller categories and individual posts so that we could consider them throughout the month of December, and it worked very well, so we’ll be repeating that format here. We’ll also continue providing our writers’ nominations and rationales (in some cases, we allowed them to choose two games to make the final decision easier); we think that’s helpful insight. And we’ll include a reader’s poll at the end. Let’s see whether you agree with our picks!

Today’s award is for the most underrated MMO of 2015, which was awarded to Elite: Dangerous last year. This time around, we opted to include pre-2015 MMOs, as long as they accomplished something truly notable in this calendar year.

The Massively OP staff pick for Most Underrated MMO of 2015 is…

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