Justin Olivetti

Senior Reporter

A casual gamer and long-time MMO fan, Justin is often heard yelling, "Player housing for all!" in the Massively Overpowered offices. In addition to news, he tackles LOTRO Legendarium for LOTRO, The Perfect Ten, Jukebox Heroes, the retrospective Game Archaeologist series, One Shots, and the Massively OP podcast.

Personal blog: BioBreak
Twitter: @sypster

Global Chat: Stormblood, One Tamriel, New World, and the ‘antisocial epidemic’

The announcement of Final Fantasy XIV’s second expansion, Stormblood, is sure to inject more life and excitement into this beloved MMORPG. A couple of community bloggers took time recently to analyse the event and expansion reveal.

“Overall, it was a fun time, though. I was happy to have the chance to be there for the expansion announcement. I’m looking forward to the new deep dungeon levels and more info on the Red Mage (DPS, please!),” Aywren wrote.

“One of the most cheered announcements was the drop of support for the PS3 version of the game,” Sagacyte noted. “For the longest time people have speculated that some limitations of the game come from having to support the fading console, and letting it go could open the doors to new visual and technical things. One such thing was mentioned in a new lightning model.”

This week in Global Chat, MMO bloggers talk about One Tamriel, hopes for Amazon’s New World, and an “antisocial epidemic” sweeping through our genre.

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Mu Legend kicks off its global closed beta test today

Do you know Mu? Not every MMO player is familiar with the eastern Mu franchise, but it is apparently popular enough to spawn a line of titles (such as Mu Origin). One of these, Mu Legend, is heading into its first global closed beta test today.

Mu Legend is a hack-and-slash sequel to Mu Online and features gameplay similar to that found in online action-RPGs. The beta test is scheduled to run from today through November 8th. As it is a closed beta, you will have to apply for and hope to get a key to participate.

Webzen also used the global CBT as an opportunity to open up the official Mu Legend forums, so if nothing else, you can practice your lurking skills there. Alternatively, there is a nearly eight-minute gameplay trailer waiting after the jump to help provide a deeper understanding what this game is all about (frantic clicking and bright spell effects).

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TERA becomes Spellbound with its newest update

Believe it or not, but Karazhan isn’t the only major MMO patch coming out today. TERA would like to make a bid for your attention, as the fantasy game has given the go-ahead to Patch 48.04.02, less technically known as Spellbound.

As the name implies, Spellbound contains major changes and adjustments for TERA’s Sorcerer class. The Sorcerer has received a huge overhaul to improve her animations, beef up her damage, and fix some of her underperforming skills.

Spellbound has more tricks up its sleeves than just a Sorcerer revamp. The update brings back two (improved) classic dungeons while adding a pair of new instances as well. That’s good, since the update also takes a whopping 13 dungeons out of the rotation, at least for the time being.

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World of Warcraft releases Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan today

O frabjous day, Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan has arrived in World of Warcraft! The content update marks World of Warcraft’s first patch in the Legion cycle, coming less than two months after the expansion’s launch.

Patch 7.1 includes new PvE quest lines, changes to PvP rewards, the nine-boss Karazhan mythic dungeon, a three-boss Trial of Valor raid, the Blade’s Edge Arena revamp, and reputation system improvements. A few days ago, the team put out a survival guide video to aid players in navigating all of the new content.

There are smaller but still important changes to be teased out of the patch notes, such as the return of the action camera, improvements to the Legion companion app, adjustments to the order of skills given out to new characters, the ability to filter world quests by reward, and the inclusion of a Blood of Sargeras vendor in Dalaran.

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Guild Wars 2 is open to expanding its material storage

Storage is always at a premium in Guild Wars 2, especially if you’re handling multiple characters who are all squabbling over the same shared bank space. The good news is that ArenaNet seems willing to work to expand one of its storage systems to include more types of items and is reaching out to the community for suggestions.

“I have said that we would look into the material storage system to determine if we could reduce the current restrictions on what is allowed to be deposited there,” Game Designer Linsey Murdock posted on the forums. “We have completed that investigation and are ready to talk about what all of you wish could be deposited into storage that currently cannot be.”

Murdock did preemptively cut off some avenues of discussion, including nominating crafting components, keys, and pure salvageables. “I totally understand how much folks want this (my shared inventory slots are largely taken up by keys, so I get it!) but putting keys into material storage is not a viable way for you to get a key ring. Sorry,” Murdock said.

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Perpetuum prepares to unleash its next batch of kill-bots

Is it better to have a robot butler or a robot bodyguard? If we had to pick, the former might be more practically useful in life but the latter might be too choice not to pick up. In any case, Perpetuum Online is quite devoid of butlers and overstocked on kill-bots, particularly when the next wave of Syndicate robots hits the scene.

The team recently previewed the incoming batch of two robots coming to the game. There’s the Cronus, an assault robot with a minor in mining and harvesting, and Hermes, who has a penchant for exploration.

The ‘bots will be released with this week’s Patch 3.8.2.

Source: Patch notes. Thanks Segfault!

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Space Legend soft launches on Apple mobile devices

Here’s a surprise entry into the mobile MMO market: Space Legend. Not to be confused with Spacetime’s Star Legends, this title is being made by Novarama as a streamlined and stylish space sim for mobile devices.

In Space Legend, players will build up fleets of ships out of 40 different designs and head out into the galaxy for trading, transport, research, and both PvP and PvE combat. The game promises over 200 planets to explore and a battle system that can be either experienced in manual or automatic modes.

Currently, Space Legend has soft launched on iOS devices in New Zealand and the Netherlands, with an eye to a larger global rollout at a later date. There was no mention of an Android version. We’ve got some screenshots and the trailer to help you evaluate this as a potential future app on your device.

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Warframe players can host their own servers for certain game modes

Warframe’s PvP scene is about to get even more brutal when The Index arrives in the game. The update, which was tested over the past weekend, contains a new game mode in which players can duke it out for rewards and even place wagers on matches.

What’s even more interesting is that Warframe is now allowing players to host their own game servers. No, you can’t host the game entire, but interested parties can set up servers to host Lunaro and Conclave matches. Speaking of which, there are two new PvP maps being added as well: Perrin Sequence and Capture the Cephalon. The latter involves fighting across an infested ship, which sounds like a wholesome activity for the whole family.

Check out the livestream preview of The Index update after the break!

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Elder Scrolls Online talks about more contest vacation inspirations

You look tired. You look like you need a vacation. We here at the Massively Overpowered Travel Agency (MOTA) fully believe in you taking some time to discover yourself in a foreign country. That is why we really hope that one of our readers wins the big Elder Scrolls Online contest.

As you probably know, this “Trip of a Lifetime” contest is designed to send fortunate winners to real-world locales that somehow inspired places in the MMO. In a new developer diary, the team shares three more of the vacation packages: Peru, Morocco, and New Zealand.

The team said that the Amazon rainforest of Peru captures the essence of the Black Marsh, while Hammerfell and Morocco are comrades-in-arms when it comes to environment and culture. And what about New Zealand? Isn’t that just Hobbits and Kiwis? How does that tie into the game?

“Just as the Summerset Isles of the Altmer are isolated from the continent of Tamriel, New Zealand, the ‘adventure capital of the world,’ has remained isolated and untouched,” the team said. All of the vacations last at least a week-and-a-half and include a variety of exciting activities.

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SWTOR starts laying the foundation for expansion’s new endgame

Less than a week after Star Wars: The Old Republic announced that it will be making sweeping endgame changes with Knights of the Eternal Throne, BioWare is taking actions to lay the foundation for this new paradigm.

The changes started this past weekend, when the studio quietly (and days later, openly) took passes to SWTOR’s operations, flashpoints, warzones, and space missions off of the cartel market. All of these passes will be removed from the game entirely on November 29th, removing the option for F2P gamers to gear up in the new endgame.

BioWare said that it is considering alternatives, however: “We recognize that players are interested in something similar to the weekly passes which would offer non-subscribers access to Galactic Command. We are exploring possible options and I will pass on updates as soon as we have them.”

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Lord of the Rings Online interview grapples with premium housing and evictions

In an additional pair of interview segments, LOTRO Community Manager Cordovan tackles several topics of interest from the community, including personal loot systems, crafting overhauls, and kinship updates. While many of those subjects don’t result in a definite answer, Cordovan did say that he wants to be better about the game promoting player-run events and even doing more GM-led events as well.

Cordovan did say that players shouldn’t hold their breath in the hopes that premium housing will be purchasable with anything other than cash. But what about those who did spend money on a house that has an eviction date if upkeep is not paid? “My understanding is it’s not very easy to get evicted from a premium house. So that may well be something we will have to deal with if it becomes an actual issue but I’m not sure it’s a likely outcome for most folks,” Cordovan said.

One other notable topic was that of raids. Cordovan revealed that it takes between 12 and 18 months for the team to produce a new raid, which is an “all hands on deck” type of project. He said that the team would like to get another raid out in 2017 but is not making promises that this will happen.

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Guild Wars 1 fans petition ArenaNet for HD remake

Here’s some food for thought on an October morning: Would you be interested and/or willing to play a high definition remake of the original Guild Wars? Some fans are petitioning ArenaNet to make just that after being encouraged by the studio to poll the community.

“I recently contacted ArenaNet through their support page as inquired as to whether or not they had any plans or desire to re-release Guild Wars in an HD format and received a response today,” Reddit user XClaytonHannaX wrote. “I was told that they were unsure about whether or not it was something they would do but they encouraged me to create a forum thread to see if the idea gained any momentum.”

As of the writing of this article, the thread had 191 upvotes and 52 replies. A week ago we saw how another fan initiative took the original Guild Wars trailer and remastered it with better visuals and an increased resolution.

Source: Reddit. Thanks Kalamari!

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The MOP Up: Neverwinter brings the thunder to consoles (October 23, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This past week, Storm King’s Thunder arrived on Neverwinter’s console versions after its PC debut. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Destiny, Riders of IcarusTERA, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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