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Fortnite shuts down internet mob levying cheating accusations against $130K tourney winner

So yeah, maybe it’s not the best idea in the world to accuse somebody who beats you (or your favorite streamer) in a video game of cheating unless you want to look like a sore loser.

That’s the takeaway from a recent Fortnite uprising that Epic Games put down over the weekend. A player named iDroPz_BoDiEs stood accused by the Reddit mob of cheating during the Fortnite Summer Skirmish tournament in which he took home $130,000 for his win; the accusers said his use of keyboard and mouse on PS4 was unfair and even theorized that he was paying random players to join and feed him free kills.

Epic Games has shut down pretty much every theory as well as pointed out that keyboard and mouse on console is not against the game’s rules, more or less shaming the players engaging in “unsportsmanlike conduct” in their accusations.

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Project Oasis World looks like GTAO with all the murder and mayhem stripped out

So here’s a new one for us: It’s a game called Project Oasis World, and that name seems apt because while it’s technically an MMO, it’s more a roleplaying world than a combat grinder, and it’s currently running a small Kickstarter. In fact, it kinda looks like GTAO, down to the font styling, with most of the ramming-pedestrians-with-cars stripped out and replaced with dancing, chilling at bars, fishing, growing weed, monitoring your bladder bar, and leveling up your corn-husking skills. I started that sentence teasing, but as I’m finishing it out, it kinda sounds fun.

Project Oasis World is a new MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role-playing game) that aims to create a living, breathing online world. Our unique player run economies are what make Project Oasis stand out in the MMORPG world. Imagine hundreds of players interacting with each other in a free open world sandbox environment. You choose who you are, what you wear, how you get around, how you earn your living, how you spend your free time. Your only goal: to live.”

The Kickstarter seeks $25,000 to complete the core game demo, with animals, vehicles, and rental housing going up the stretch goal ladder. The studio is aiming for PC early access within a year, is “laying the initial groundwork to be VR accessible in the future,” and is planning multiple new character roles post-Kickstarter, including “a law enforcer job, criminal job, agricultural role, and a manufacturing role.”

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Runes of Magic heads to Steam this month

At this point in MMORPG history, it might be hard to find titles that aren’t on Steam already. Late to the Valve party, however, is Runes of Magic, which is finally arriving on Steam some time this month.

Perhaps best known for being the most World of Warcrafty of all World of Warcraft clones, Runes of Magic has been operating for more than nine years now as a free-to-play MMO. The game unified its forums back in June and is no doubt hoping that it will get a boost in attention and play hours with the Steam debut. We did a recap of the last few years of Runes of Magic back in 2017 to bring readers up to the common era.

Any Massively OP readers still play Runes of Magic or have plans to pick it up on Steam? Let us know in the comments!

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Sean Murray explains No Man’s Sky’s multiplayer, promises weekly content season and better communication

If you’re itching to play No Man’s Sky after seeing its NEXT teaser trailer last week, then you should probably point your eyeballs back at Twitter, as Hello Games’ Sean Murray spent some time this weekend answering questions about the trailer in an impromptu infodump. The big question, of course, is about multiplayer – isn’t it always with this game?

No Man’s Sky Next multiplayer is about playing co-op with a small group of friends. At launch this is a team of four. It’s not a separate mode. You get to carry your save across and can dip in and out of playing with friends. Other players may enter your game, and you may choose to jump into other people’s games. You can also choose to turn this off.”

He further confirms that you can customize your toon and play as a Gek; there’s also a brief tease about food that may or may not mean anything (a nod to an all-caps demand for in-game food is pretty telling, though).

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ArcheAge, Trove producers address Trion layoffs, tell players not to worry

Last week’s Trion Worlds layoffs appeared to have hit ArcheAge particularly hard, with the loss of a well-known producer to the eliminated positions, on top of the unrelated loss of a public-facing community manager week before. Merv “Khrolan” Lee Kwai, the Senior Producer on the game, addressed players on the forums yesterday to try to assuage some of the playerbase’s concerns about the safety of the game.

“I realize that some of you have concerns about the state of ArcheAge and that news of any departures only serves to compound them,” he writes. “I would ask you pause for a moment and know that many people at Trion pour their hearts into supporting the game, even though you only see a few of us in public. Other members of the ArcheAge team you might know like Tinen, Socke, BigDataDude, and I are still very much involved and care deeply about the game. Another 60+ people at Trion and the entirety of XLGames remain committed to delivering and improving the game and world you love.”

As for the future of the game? Kwai promises a big update on the next milestone after a planned meeting with XLGames.

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World of Warcraft: Mexican wrestling, movie cuts, and Battle for Azeroth story spoilers

There is just no way to smoothly mesh this Frankenstein assortment of World of Warcraft stories together, so hang tight — abrupt transitions ahead.

Why not start with the “of course, that makes perfect sense” account of Blizzard sponsoring a Horde vs. Alliance Lucha Libre AAA Mexican wrestling battle this past weekend? Around 10 or so wrestlers fought for either the red or the blue side that was broadcast over Twitch. The winners? Everyone who watched.

As Battle for Azeroth approaches in a few short weeks, there is plenty of opportunity to be completely spoiled with the story if you so desire. Icy Veins has compiled both the Alliance and Horde cutscenes (although the videos are missing some clips that haven’t been included in the beta yet), and you know, if you don’t mind spoiling the story, you can go watch them.

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MMO Week in Review: WoW’s seventh go-round on the expansion carousel (July 22, 2018)

Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

As MOP’s Justin Olivetti reminded me this week, there’s are good reasons behind Blizzard’s plan to pre-launch World of Warcraft’s expansion mechanics before its content, and some of those reasons manifested this week – let’s get the rough start and comparisons to old expansions out of the way now, while it doesn’t fully count and before the real hype begins, right?

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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The MOP Up: Gnomeland Security orders EQ2’s Tinkerfest (July 22, 2018)

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!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from HearthstoneDC Universe OnlineElswordEverQuest IIWild TerraRiders of IcarusDauntlessRealm RoyalePokemon GoEscape from TarkovWar of Rights, and EVE Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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Elder Scrolls Online brings back the ‘Midyear Mayhem’ PvP event next week

ZeniMax is gearing up for a big PvP showdown in The Elder Scrolls Online next week with what it’s dubbed the Midyear Mayhem PvP Event. As it was last year, the idea to push players into the ongoing Cyrodiil battlefield from July 26th to August 6th with the promise of extra experience and sweet, sweet loot.

“To ensure you’re able to take the field, we are opening up two additional 7-day CP Alliance War campaigns during the event, and have additional ones ready to go if needed,” says ZeniMax. Players who tackle all of the seven event achieves will be picking up a laurel wreath headpiece, and everyone will see special “boon boxes” dropped and stuffed full with siege items, housing items, motif pages, consumables, reagents, and even Akaviri-themed goodies. Plus, legendary-quality rings and necklaces are available for purchase by PvP players too.

Incentive enough for you to go out and smash other players in the capital? Or are you just waiting patiently for Wolfhunter?

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RuneScape preps player-owned farms, pushes forward with mobile MMO testing

Time for a huge RuneScape progress update, so let’s cover all our bases with one energetic post, shall we? Starting with the signature game, Jagex is preparing player-owned farms for the first week in September. This isn’t a piddly little flower garden, either; RuneScape’s farms are huge and deeply involving, as you can read for yourself.

Meanwhile, RuneScape Mobile is being run through playtests on both iOS and Android, and the studio is generally pleased with the results and demographics from the testing so far. “While the technical challenges of bringing RuneScape onto mobile have been huge, we are getting closer by the week to having an experience that feels satisfying,” Jagex said.

Old School RuneScape on mobile is running a beta test this month as well, so you are going to have your pick of mobile sandbox fun this year, it looks like!

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MapleStory 2 somehow ‘sells out’ of founder’s packs

Artificial scarcity or necessary action? Either way, fans are going to have a hard time securing a founder’s pack for Nexon’s upcoming MapleStory 2, as the studio announced that the packs have “sold out” for the rest of the Closed Beta 2 test.

Nexon only just started selling founder’s packs on July 17th, although it did say ahead of time that there would only be “an extremely limited amount” of these packs that also provided closed beta access. The founder’s packs ranged from $25 to $100 in cost and provided extras such as unicorn mounts, cosmetics, and a month of premium club membership.

The studio said that there is still hope for everyone who is dying to spend money on the game: “Those that have already purchased a founder’s pack will still be able to upgrade their packages, however we will not be accepting new purchases until a later date. Keep an eye on the MapleStory 2 website or social media feeds to learn more about when MapleStory 2 founder’s packs will become available again.”

Source: MapleStory 2


Make My MMO: Star Citizen in small claims court, Fractured nearing the finish line (July 21, 2018)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, Fractured ramped up its Kickstarter dev blogs as it nears the finish line of its crowdfunding effort, which ends in just four days. As I type this, it’s less than $10,000 away and I think it’s looking good. The studio posting up the details of its Star Wars Galaxies-esque player city system probably helped.

Meanwhile, Albion Online teased its upcoming crafting changes and recapped its largest battle ever, Elite Dangerous saw a teensy patch, Shroud of the Avatar prepped the upcoming patch, we took a look at Legends of Aria’s closed beta, and Star Citizen had a dose of drama as a backer took CIG to court over its refund policy and effectively lost, having been sidelined to arbitration. It capped off the week with a fresh concept ship sale, too.

Finally, Camelot Unchained’s Mark Jacobs did update backers last night on the current state of the build, as the game’s beta was delayed an additional few weeks over its crash rate. “Testing overall has been great,” he says. And yes, the crash rate is still coming down – higher than he says he’s seen in some live games, but not good enough for him.

Read on for more on what’s been up with MMO crowdfunding over the last week and our roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’re following.

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DC Universe Online joins Aquaman in Atlantis

With the Aquaman movie coming this December, DC Universe Online doesn’t want to be left out of the fishy fun. Just before the movie opens, DCUO is going to push out a special event called Atlantis in November. The content update will take players beneath the waves to attempt to stop a brewing rebellion that could affect the entire world.

The episode will offer “level-agnostic” versions in both solo and multiplayer varieties. Fan favorite characters such as Aquaman, Mera, Ocean Master, Aqualad, and Murk are due to be a part of the proceedings.

“From the magic of Arion to the dystopian future of Flashpoint, Atlantis has always been at the center of DC Comics history,” said Daybreak Head of Games Jack Emmert. “It is beyond exciting to be able to bring this world to life in DC Universe Online. I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have built.”


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