While a typical summer vacation might involve hanging out at a beach and enjoying a tasty barbeque, in Age of Conan’s world that beach is littered with crushed skulls and that barbeque is… well, you probably don’t want to know. And you definitely do not want to eat it without a strong masking agent.
That doesn’t stop the denizens of Hyboria from celebrating, even so! The summer PvP event is now running in the fantasy MMO, bringing three weeks of hefty bonuses. This means triple AA, triple PvP tokens (if you’re subbed), double XP, and double PvP XP.
Funcom teased some sort of surprise that’s coming in the near future, so keep an eye out for that. And if you played on the Saga of Zath server and haven’t, for some reason, claimed your rewards, you’ll want to do so before the end of this event period.
Being on the ground is boring when you could instead be in the air, so it’s a good thing that TERA’s
latest update lets you do exactly that. The Guardians of the Sky update
adds in new airborne Guardian Legion missions, so if you want to soar through the air whilst taking on challenges, you’ll have the option! There are also new cash shop mounts on the way if you feel the need to ride more dragons, to boot; each one offers some form of regeneration as you ride about.
The Demon’s Wheel is also arriving on August 16th and sticking around each week for Thursday through Tuesday subsequently. It’s a challenge dungeon with a chance to gamble with the demonic Demoros for astonishing loot, but losing the gamble means certain death. Of course, since any decent player knows that death is just a minor setback, why not gamble away? You could get masks with stats on them.
Live this week in Blade & Soul
is… swimsuits. But seriously, what’s the obsession with bathing suits in MMORPGs? We cannot fight in bikinis and board shorts folks. I don’t get the obsession, but regardless, new summer cosmetics are indeed available thanks to today’s patch, which brings with it the Frozen Firing Range event dungeon
, returning for another season and keepin’ it cool.
“Complete the Frozen Firing Range event dungeon to obtain the Frozen Fun Bag, which contains 3 guaranteed Ice Pellet event token as well as a chance at additional rewards,” NCsoft says. “You also receive 5 Ice Pellet for completing Daily Challenge as well as 1 Ice Pellet each for completing the [five available] dungeon quests.”
The patch hits today, with the events beginning August 15th and running into September; it’s also got a handful of minor bug fixes and a PvP tweak: “PvP Ratings have been adjusted for better distribution which should result in better matchmaking overall.” Have fun!
Free is free, and when TERA Online
wants to give you five additional character slots on the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 as a gift
, who are you to turn your nose up at such an offer? Sure, the slots are being handed out as preemptive compensation for the upcoming server merges, but still… free is free.
To grab your five slots, you’ll need to log in sometime between now and the end of Monday, August 20th. That’s it. They’ll be all yours, to feed your endless altoholic addiction.
The studio also created a checklist for players to prepare for the upcoming console merge. Players can apply the additional character slots strategically to keep all of the toons they desire once the merge happens. Oh, and that merge? It’s next Tuesday, August 21st. Enjoy!
NCsoft’s second quarter financials for the year hit this morning, and it’s not exactly bad news. Sales are down slightly, but everything looks wimpy next to Lineage M’s record-breaking debut last year. That’s now “stabilized” according to the company, and it also means core Lineage players are flooding back into the original Lineage, which saw its best quarter – by a lot – in over a year.
As for the other live games under NCsoft’s banner that our readers likely care about? They’re all down: Aion, Blade Soul, and Guild Wars 2 across the board, though Guild Wars 2 is still up year-over-year.
Perhaps the most interesting bits coming out of NCsoft this round are still on the horizon. As MMO Culture pointed out, the live conference call dished on The Lineage aka Project TL aka what’s left of Lineage Eternal (it’s hitting beta later this year), admitted PC sales have slowed down, and noted it’ll tailor new games based on the Aion and Blade & Soul IPs to the “global market.”
And yes, multiple new “major” games are in the works for next year, one apparently being Lineage 2 Mobile.
Patch 4.36 sure seems
as if it’s has been dragged out. Realistically, that’s not what has happened at all; the time between patches has remained pretty consistent, and with the next big Final Fantasy XIV
patch planned for September this is just about the right time. But something about 4.36 having big content just makes the whole thing feel overextended, as if we’ve been sitting and spinning our wheels for an extended time however untrue that may be.
My big plan for this week was to try out the Monster Hunter World crossover because I was honestly less interested in Pagos. (Yes, I like the idea behind Eureka, but there are only so many hours in the day.) I honestly found the experience a bit… not bad, necessarily, but just underwhelming. It was neutral. And I think some of it comes down to how the game has been increasingly handling its crossovers and whether or not those are, well, good things or less-good things.
I certainly did not have to twist readers’ arms to get them to bring out a mountain of MMORPG character selfies set against interesting backdrops. Of course, everyone had their own definition of what that should mean…
“When it comes to character selfies the backdrop becomes less important if there is an important lore character in your picture,” said Ryuen. “Case in point: My humble Monk managed to snare Firiona Vie herself in EverQuest II for a quick pic before she had to attend to more pressing matters.”
She had more box art modeling to do. It’s exhausting, being one of the last of the Midriff Elves in the game.
Hope you don’t have plans for next Tuesday, because TERA
is bringing its big sky guns to bear for a major content update.
The Guardians of the Sky patch is going live on August 14th, taking to the sky with some wicked awesome flying dragon mounts. These additional mounts, which come in both combat and transport versions, sound pretty cool: “Each of these dragons — Gloom, Dusk, and Storm — has some variety of HP/MP-restoration for you while you’re mounted, and the ‘combat’ versions also have passive skills that increase your Crit Power after you dismount, and ‘roar’ skills that increase your damage against monsters.”
And by jumping into the new Guardian Legion mode, players can enjoy a couple of different types of flight missions. There’s the orb-collecting Rhapsody of Wind and Fire mission, or the much more combat-centric Search and Destroy quest. Just ‘ware the sky whales!
Netmarble has released its earnings report for the most recent quarter, which means that if you love looking through investment reports for various companies, you’re soon to be quite happy. Of particular note is the fact that Netmarble’s report shows overseas revenue broken down by region, and North America has now surpassed Korea in revenue. In short, this Korean company now makes more money from American players than Korean ones.
Or at least it did in the last quarter; it may not be a consistent trend. Netmarble’s biggest title at the moment is Lineage II Revolution, but it has already announced a focus on other titles for the next quarter, including Blade & Soul Revolution. We can only wait to see if this means the company will be a bit more focused on its American customer base moving forward.
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 Neverwinter, Sea of Thieves, Reign of Guilds, OrbusVR, PlanetSide 2, Final Fantasy XIV, Manyland, Lineage 2 Revolution, Guardians of Ember, War Thunder, The Cycle, DCUO, and Final Fantasy XI, all waiting for you after the break!
The Teen Titans have joined DCUO
, and they want Massively OP’s MJ to join! Well, by want we mean that she has to audition to become a part for the team. What paces will they run her through? Will she get a spot? Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to watch the audition.
What: DC Universe Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 1st, 2018
If you want to stay cool in Blade and Soul
for the summer, you’re going to have to get cool. The summer event that’s kicking off on August 15th
is going to definitely keep you nice and cool, you see, but that’s because you’re going to be venturing into the Frozen Firing Range. Yes, that should definitely keep you cool, and it’ll also net you a Frozen Fun Bag each time you complete the event’s daily quest.
Contained within that frozen fun bag? Various rewards, including Ice Pellets which you may use as currency. You can unlock swimsuit outfits, special Iciles to absorb all of an attack’s damage, and other goodies. So check out the event starting in the near future, and get ready to stay extremely cool based on the frozen nature of the dungeon. Of course, you may not want to go into the frozen dungeon in a swimsuit, but that’s a different problem.
If you’re still reeling from yesterday’s revelation that TERA
is merging its console servers from 22 down to seven
, then you can cheer yourself right up with a peek at the game’s 2018 content roadmap
. En Masse was delivering the bad news first, apparently!
In August, players can expect the Gridiron PvP battleground, plus two in-game events; then in September comes the Ninja and guild improvements. October is for Halloween festivities, naturally, and November is the big one, with a “major build update containing two new dungeons, new end-game gear, class balancing, and more.” December is no slouch, either; it’ll run a winter holiday and a new endgame dungeon, and then January will have yet another endgame dungeon and the Valkyrie class.
In other words, the playerbase might have condensed a bit since launch, but En Masse has gobs of content in store saved up for console players all the same.