MOBA Category

MOBAs are multiplayer online battle arenas, PvP-centric, non-persistent online games that share some but not all mechanics in common with traditional MMORPGs. We formerly categorized MOBAs as “Not So Massively” games. You may also be interested in our Multiplayer category for other multiplayer online games that aren’t fully massive. [Follow the MOBA category’s RSS feed]

Betawatch: Shroud of the Avatar prepares for no more wipes

Shroud of the Avatar is into its final countdown as a game without permanence. Sure, the most recent update required a character wipe as it made a whole lot of changes to the game’s structure, but the final wipe is coming up when the game updates in July. The designers are going to be running another telethon for the game in the not-too-distant future, as well; we had a chance to sit down and talk with Richard Garriott about the state of the game pre-launch and future plans at PAX East 2016, as well.

Of course, there was other beta news to be had this week, yes indeed.

Aw, do we have to have a whole list of betas just below? Yes. Yes we do. It’s right there, and if something slipped into a different test phase without us realizing it, we want to know. The comments are good for that.

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SMITE’s Spring Fling charity stream raises money to help sick e-sports caster

SMITE developer Hi-Rez Studios embarks on its second Annual Spring Fling charity livestream today, and this year’s event is dedicated to fundraising for a Hi-Rez employee undergoing treatment for cancer.

“The 2nd Annual Spring Fling is one of Hi-Rez Studios most favorable charity streams! With special guest appearances from your favorite casters, pro players, and community figures, and a slew of new challenges and mini games this year is shaping up to be the best Spring Fling yet. Held at Hi-Rez’s own studio in Alpharetta, GA the event is scheduled to take place Thursday, April 28th from 1pm EDT until 7pm EDT on our Twitch channel – Twitch.tv/HiRezTV. This year, all proceeds will be directly benefiting David “Allied” Hance and his battle against cancer! Whether you can donate or not, be sure to tune into the broadcast and show your support for Allied and those who make SMITE great for YOU!”

Those who donate at least 10 bucks during the streamathon will pick up a special Arachne icon, but there are individual rewards at other tiers to make Hi-Rez staffers do crazy things like eat bugs. If the community raises $7500, one staffer will even get a tattoo.

The stream kicks off at 1 p.m. EDT this afternoon.

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Master x Master details the game’s tag system

No matter how many different characters you have unlocked in a given MOBA, you’re usually stuck bringing just one of them into battle with you. Master x Master, by contrast, does not share that restriction. It actively rejects it, even; you need to bring two separate masters into battle as part of the game’s tag system. If you’re in the middle of a match and you need another character, you just tag one out and tag the other in.

Some enemies in PvE encounters might be vulnerable to one character and not another, some PvP matches might require more diversity, and sometimes you might just want to swap masters to avoid death. The game lets you pick out your personal team configuration to handle any and all of the above. You can check out a trailer explaining the game as a whole just below, or you can take a gander at our hands-on from yesterday as well.

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PAX East 2016: Hands-on with NCsoft’s Master x Master

Master x Master might very well be the MOBA that I learn to love in spite of any and all preconceptions.

I am not, categorically, a fan of MOBAs. This is not news. It’s not a moral stance of any sort; the genre, as a whole, just holds very little appeal. Master x Master had that to overcome right from the starting gate, along with the reality that the game’s very nature didn’t sound to appealing. A mascot-based MOBA based on NCsoft properties, most of which have very little resonance for me in the first place? I can live without that.

Walking away from the demo I had with the game, I’m humming an altogether different tune. The game actually exists in an odd hybrid space between MOBA gameplay, twin-stick shooters, and cooperative ARPG gameplay in more ways than one, and its “mascot” nature has been vastly overstated. What I’ve seen and played thus far is smart, fun, and almost everything I would have asked for from a genre that I normally don’t have much interest in.

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Take a look inside Paragon’s $59.99 Essentials Edition

Paragon’s insane take on the MOBA field is set to go wide when the game hits open beta this summer. The specific date for that release looks to be June 7th, as Epic Games has pinpointed that day for the sale of Paragon’s Essentials Edition.

The Essentials Edition includes a bundle of goods to help get you off to a running start. These include beta access, five skins, master hero challenges, several heroes, rep boosts, and a chunk of in-game currency. “If you play a lot of Paragon, the 6,000 Paragon Coins is worth it by itself,” claims the PlayStation blog. “The whole Essentials Edition is more than $160 in value (based on in-game currency) for only $59.99 ($79.99 Canadian).”

But why read about it when you can see it in action? Paragon has released a short trailer for the Essentials Edition to show off the spiffy-looking skins, so check it out below.

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The MOP Up: Richard Garriott’s new book (April 24, 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!

Richard Garriott (Ultima Online, Shroud of the Avatar) has penned an autobiography called Life at the Extremes in which he talks about all of his life’s crazy adventures. You’ll have to wait a little while to read it, however, as it won’t be out until next January. In the meantime, check out lots of online gaming news, including stories from DC Universe Online, ARK, Eternal Crusade, and more!

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Magika: Wizard Wars is shutting down in July

Come this summer, there will be one less MOBA vying for your attention. Paradox announced this past week that it will be shutting down Magicka: Wizard Wars on July 21st:

“When the decision came to halt development on the game, we left the servers open so that our small but passionate player base could still continue to enjoy the game as it was, we hope that this has been a fun time for you all (the odd server gremlin aside)! Unfortunately though we have reached the point where we can’t economically justify to continue running the costly server infrastructure. To make things clear, these last nine months haven’t been a money-making exercise for us (for the most part server costs weren’t covered); we simply wanted to let those of you who loved the game play for as long as was possible.”

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Gigantic hosts one last weekend stress test event

The Gigantic closed beta is closing soon, but not without one last big closed beta event. The team is looking for as many people as possible to log in and stress test the game’s server hardware on Saturday, April 23rd. Participants will have their names entered eternally upon a list that records the people who took part in the final stress test of Gigantic‘s servers, assuming that someone is in fact recording such a list eternally for some reason.

Stress testing will take place between 3:00 p.m. EDT and 5:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, with two maps available for participants to storm across. If you want to give the current closed beta one last spin before the game enters another phase of testing, you know when to show up.

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League of Legends rolls out magical changes in the mid-season

The mages of League of Legends have never stopped being relevant to the game, but over time they have suffered from a lack of mechanical identity. They just haven’t kept up with the pace of the game, and some of them are looking just a bit dated in light of more recent character designs and redesigns. So as the mid-season period hits the game, the mages are taking center stage along with magical items and elemental dragons.

More than a dozen mages are getting reworks, ranging from large-scale changes to characters like Zyra and Brand to smaller but significant shifts for Xerath and Ziggs.Dragon spawns are changing to include a new set of elemental dragons, replaced 35 minutes in by an Elder Dragon that offers big rewards for taking him down. Combine that with the changes to existing magical items, and players can expect to wind up with a very different game in the wake of the mid-season shifts.

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SMITE caster departs Hi-Rez after live rant on formerly suicidal donor

Let’s imagine that you’re a studio-funded caster for a major MOBA. A fan joins your stream, donates $5, and tells you that he was suicidal but your streams helped save him. What do you do?

You probably don’t go on a tear telling your fan he’s a a selfish, terrible asshole who needs to learn how to deal with depression properly and that he — and everyone who disagrees — should go watch some other streamer, which is basically what Hi-Rez’s DMBrandon did on a SMITE stream earlier this week, landing him a nice big Reddit thread with a few thousand angry comments and a hefty helping of community outrage.

According to DMBrandon’s own tweet, he subsequently left Hi-Rez, saying “the stress levels of trying to juggle [his] lifestyle” had led him to screw up on air.

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The MOP Up: ARK’s free PvP version goes wide (April 17, 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 ARK: Survival of the Fittest released to several other platforms, including Mac, Linux, and Steam OS. Will anything stop the world-conquering march of these terrible thunder lizards and their fans? If you’re still alive after their rampage, read on for more news and videos including stories from Saga of Lucimia, Diablo III, and DC Universe Online!

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The Daily Grind: Should e-sports players unionize?

MCV reported this week that World of Tanks studio Wargaming plans to help organize a union for pro e-sports players. Wargaming European e-sports boss Nicolas Passemard implied that without some formal organization looking out for pro players’ interests, exploitation is possible:

“It comes from a need to do something. We faced a few issues and incidents, and of course we didn’t like that because these incidents were not in favour of the players. So at a point we have to make a decision, either we get more directly involved or we keep having issues. We still want the players and the teams to lead a life of their own, because if we help them too much or if we do things for them they kind of lose the warm feeling of doing it themselves or they lose motivation, but in the end we had to do something. So we looked at some options and the best one is to help the pro players create a union for themselves. We have to do it, there will be issues, maybe we aren’t ready [for a players union] but we will find a way.”

Where you come down on the issue probably depends a lot on your own experiences with unions in the real world and on how much stock you put into pro gaming on the whole, but let’s have it: Do you think that pro e-sports players ought to unionize?

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What to expect from Atlas Reactor’s closed beta launching today

Atlas Reactor, Trion’s turn-based, MOBA-esque PvP game, just finished up its final alpha testing this past weekend, and today, the studio officially kicks off its closed beta. Before I tell you how you can get involved in the beta, you should have a good understanding of what the game is about and what is different about this beta build versus the previous alpha build. I spoke to Senior Producer James Karras and Lead Designer William Cook to talk about some of the gameplay cleanup and additions coming in closed beta — specifically, a new freelancer and seasons.

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