Order and Chaos Online update adds dungeon, wheel of fortune

It doesn’t look like peace is coming any time soon to Order & Chaos Online. In fact, a fallen angel named Annemone has invaded the game with Update 23, and it’s up to players to put an end to her cackling laugh.

Update 23 came out last week for the mobile MMO and includes a new dungeon called Rising Flare: Burn Out the Night. This sub-volcano instance has three bosses and plenty of shiny new loot. Annemone’s mischief isn’t the only action that this patch offers, as players can take a daily free spin on the wheel of fortune for prizes and unlock special mounts for the Year of the Sheep event.

You can watch the Update 23 trailer after the jump!

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Starriser takes a stab at space empire strategy

Have you ever had a whim of dropping your normal, ordinary life and taking to the stars, not to peacefully explore them, but to conquer and rule over them as a merciless dictator? Haven’t we all, really. Fortunately for both you and the real galaxy, Starriser has appeared on the scene to give us a virtual taste of this experience.

A “massive online strategy” title, Starriser promises to allow players to build up a space empire and duke it out with fellow emperors. Currently the website is skimpy on specific game features, but it is currently accepting beta sign-ups for those interested.

[Source: Starriser]

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Datamining suggests The Division’s alpha test is en route

Dataminers on Reddit have unearthed publicly accessible but undisplayed code on The Division’s website that suggests alpha is on the way.

There’s no official announcement, but if set live, the code appears to link to what will eventually be the game’s alpha signup page.

Earlier this month, Ubisoft confirmed that The Division is still on track for a 2015 release. Last spring, developers delayed the game from 2014 to 2015, citing a desire to fully finish the game rather than shove out an incomplete concept piece. It’s being billed as an open-world online shooter with RPG elements.

[Source: Reddit via VG247]

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Crowfall is launching a Kickstarter campaign tomorrow

“Throne war simulator” Crowfall has been tick-tocking its way down a 40-day timer for the last, well, 39 days. Now ArtCraft Entertainment has foreshadowed tomorrow’s big reveal by announcing the Kickstarter campaign we all suspected was coming.

We also need your financial support. Three weeks ago, we announced our intention to crowdfund this game. Our kickstarter campaign begins tomorrow morning– at 9am EST/6am PST. We sincerely hope that you will support Crowfall, and let us build this game for you! […] There will be some limited tiers available for our “core following”, i.e. the people who spend the most time on (and have been the most vocal on) our forums. We know you guys will be the first to see the campaign — as an FYI, backing early could pay off!

The team is also promising pre-alpha game footage (“so you can see Crowfall is more than just design documents and concept art”) and super sekrit info to be released on “major game news sites.” Guess you’ll know where to be at 9 a.m., eh?

[Source: Crowfall site]

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Microtransactions on tap for Diablo III, but not in the US or EU

Blizzard is likely adding microtransactions to Diablo III. The proposed funny money and its associated features won’t be coming to European or American versions of the game, at least for now.

Blizzard announced its intentions on the Battle.net forums by calling attention to “new features that may start to show up in data-mined information for patch 2.2 that will not apply to all regions.” Things like timed experience boosts, platinum currency, and new cosmetic items were mentioned, along with associated UI tweaks that will purportedly benefit players worldwide.

“While we may explore [microtransactions] in some regions, we have no immediate plans to implement such purchases or the aforementioned features anytime soon for the Americas region,” Blizzard says.

[Source: Battle.net via: Eurogamer]

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PlanetSide 2 soon expanding PlayStation 4 beta to Europe

European PlayStation 4 players will soon have no reason to feel left out of the PlanetSide 2 fun, as Daybreak informed the community over the weekend that the console beta will soon include the region.

“Rest assured that as soon as we launch in EU we will send out a huge batch of codes to our EU players,” Executive Producer Clint Worley promised. He also mentioned that the team is hard at work addressing some issues players have had with beta key redemptions.

Worley said that the next beta patch will open up three new continents, add a tutorial continent, and apply “a massive amount of bug fixes and updates.” The patch will also trigger a full wipe, so be forewarned.

[Source: Official forums]

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WoW Factor: The Iron Docks and the bare level cap

I really didn’t want Massively Overpowered’s inaugural column about World of Warcraft to focus on the negatives. But I can’t in good conscience ignore the fact that patch 6.1 for Warlords of Draenor is not getting the Iron Docks that many players were expecting. It’s not that I think it’s a grand betrayal of player trust; it’s not. Things get shifted around in development. Stuff gets held back for the next patch. It happens. This feature was never promised for Tuesday, and it isn’t coming out then. Seems fair.

No, the problem here comes down to one of perception, presentation, and the simple fact that there’s plenty to do at level cap in Warlords of Draenor… but also absolutely nothing to do.

It seems ironic that an expansion that led to an enormous subscriber surge is also seemingly tone-deaf on a number of points, but it also seemed ironic when Cataclysm followed Wrath of the Lich King by undoing a good portion of what made the prior expansion so popular. So why is there so much negativity, even from people who do like the game? How can a game be replete in things to do while at the same time have nothing to do?

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EverQuest is getting a new progression server

EverQuest has made a reputation for itself over the years as an MMO that isn’t afraid to experiment with progression servers, and as such Daybreak has announced that it is planning yet another such server for players to experience.

“The cool thing is that the entire team’s been talking about a progression server, and that’s one of the ongoing discussions we’re going to have and will hopefully wrap up in the next week or two,” Executive Producer Holly Longdale announced during a video Q&A session. “It’s less now about should we do a progression server and more about what kind of progression server will we do as a team.”

The devs said that players can expect a poll regarding different progression server “flavors” in the near future.

[Source: Forums, YouTube @ 15:45]

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Check out a video tour of Guild Wars 2’s Revenant

Are you looking forward to the newest addition to Guild Wars 2‘s class lineup, the Revenant? Do you stay awake at night wishing that you could see the Mist-wielding warrior in action? Well, don’t do that. Staying up at night is bad for you; a full eight hours of sleep is ideal. Besides, you could just jump on past the break and check out Friday’s stream from the development team, which shows off an hour of Revenant gameplay.

Host Rubi Bayer joins game designer Roy Cronacher and game design lead Jon Peters to walk through several of the Revnant’s abilities and show off the class in active content, sure to delight any fans of its unique brand of legendary empowerment and wearing blindfolds all the time. Of note, the hosts show off what the expansion will borrow from its older brother in the form of stances inspired by Guild Wars lore.

Check it out just past the break, then perhaps go back to bed. You need to sleep.

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Runes of Magic plans server merges

North America and Australia Runes of Magic players, buckle up: You’re about to experience some server merger turbulence. During this period, drink service will be suspended and the devs have asked that you remain in your seats with your seatbelts fastened.

The team announced the incoming merges last year and recently posted a FAQ about how plans are progressing. The six current servers between the regions will be condensced down into two: Artemis and Govinda. There aren’t any “defined dates” as of yet for the merge, but the team assures its fans that game updates won’t be affected by the move.

If you have a Runes of Magic character on one of these servers, you’ll need to log in (or have logged in during the past year) to make sure that your character is flagged for the transition.

[Source: Official forums. Thanks to Kailenn for the tip!]

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The Daily Grind: What’s the best game-within-a-game in the MMO space?

Jef and I were talking this past weekend about something Star Wars Galaxies got really, really right: the Jump to Lightspeed expansion, which brought joystick-driven free-form space exploration and combat to the sandbox. More importantly, it brought multi-person ships to a genre that simply had nothing like it. Imagine bringing your ground-based party to a totally different place where the holy trinity was pilot, gunner, and mechanic and the endboss was a star destroyer. It was awesome.

Jef told me that after JTL launched, he spent almost all his time in space. And that got us debating games-within-games — not timewastey /gems or card games, mind you, but the kind of large-scale game systems that are so rich and entertaining in their own right that they create entire subcultures dedicated to them and attract players who do little else in the game but that one thing.

We’re trying to think of others in today’s TDG. What’s the best game-within-a-game in the MMO space?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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MMO Week in Review: February 22, 2015

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!

Up-and-coming PvP MMORPG Crowfall has been counting down a 40-day timer that ends next week, biding its time with announcements about its destruction-oriented voxel-based tech, physics engine, and new classes. Any guesses as to what’s happening when that timer runs out?

Read on for a look at the rest of this week’s top MMO stories.

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EVE Evolved: Exploring EVE’s ‘new opportunities’

This week saw the first concrete reveal of EVE Online‘s potentially revolutionary new Opportunities system, which promises to replace the current tutorial with a more sandbox-oriented alternative. Rather than leading players by the hand through a series of steps, the new system will give players looser goals to complete and let them explore the game at their own pace. It doesn’t sound like a huge change, but the opportunities system will completely change the way new players interact with the game. If it works as intended, this feature has the potential to solve EVE‘s notorious learning curve problem once and for all.

At the same time, I find myself excited for new opportunities outside the game as Massively relaunches as an independent site. Just a few weeks after we were informed that Massively was being shut down and we were all being let go, everyone on the team has pulled together and volunteered his or her time for free to create Massively Overpowered. It’s really good to be back, and I hope I can continue delivering your regular dose of EVE Online for years to come! Ultimately, though, the long-term viability of this column and all the other coverage at MassivelyOP depends on the success of our Kickstarter campaign and future funding through Patreon and advertising.

In this first edition of the reborn EVE Evolved, I discuss EVE‘s upcoming Opportunities feature and the effect it might have on the new player experience.

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