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PUBG’s new scooters are freakin’ adorable and I want one

The FIX PUBG campaign, or the start of it, is materializing today, as the latest update to hit the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds test servers tackles some of Bluehole’s to-do list, adding a new weapon, scooter, camera settings, reporting system tweaks, changes for custom matches, and bugxies. Cutest scooters ever. As for the Tukshai,

“The Tukshai is an upcoming Sanhok exclusive three-wheeled vehicle which we’d originally planned to release in the month after Sanhok came to live servers. Due to higher priority development tasks and the extra fine tuning required to make driving experience of the three-wheeled Tukshai feel just right, it will now be released in September.”

Meanwhile, the game’s mobile edition reached a new milestone this week: It’s been downloaded over 100 million times with 14 million daily players, and it’s only been running for four months. More impressively, those figures don’t count China, Japan, or Korea. It’ll be interesting to see how the game continues to perform, with its biggest competitor, Fortnite, recently hitting Android itself.

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TERA takes to the air with the Guardians of the Sky update

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.

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Grab your free TERA console character slots this week

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!

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TERA soars high with next week’s gloomy dragons and flight missions

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!

Source: TERA

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PUBG developers embark on three-month ‘FIX PUBG’ campaign in which they are doing the fixing

Make no mistake: PUBG Corp. and Bluehole really do understand the flaws in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and the studios are focusing on fixing them. That’s the takeaway from FIX PUBG, a splashy new campaign and landing page that lays out the battle plan for players. And I do mean a battle plan.

“Our dev team is gearing up for battle,” the devs write. “Our mission: Destroy bugs, deliver long-needed quality-of-life features, and take PUBG to the next level by shipping fundamental performance improvements. Throughout this campaign we’ll share specifics about what we’re working on and the expected time it’ll take to address the issues.”

Apparently, this focused effort is expected to last around three months, during which the teams are “dedicating the vast majority of [their] resources to addressing [player] issues with the game and implementing [players’] suggested improvements.” Everything from client performance and server performance to patching up cheats and fixing matchmaking once and for all is on the task list, drilled down to specific goals into October.

Source: Fix PUBG. Cheers, Kinya!

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Black Desert and Ascent Infinite Realm publisher Kakao is investing in esports

Kakao is a massive South Korean company, and as most MMO fans reading blogs probably know, video games are just one element of that business spread. The company owns internet subsidiaries covering everything from chat programs and blogging to fashion and even an Uber clone. Its gaming sector, however, has been one of its most prosperous, having picked up over $131 million in investment this year from companies including Tencent, Netmarble, and Bluehole. Now it’s putting some of that dough to work by investing almost $17M into an e-sports developer, Neptune, apparently believing in the “growth potential of the esports market.”

A year ago ahead of its IPO, Kakao merged all of its games-related holding into one outfit, Kakao Games Holdings. It currently runs MMORPG Black Desert, holds publishing rights on PUBG in South Korea, and is set to serve as the western publisher for Bluehole’s steampunk MMO Ascent: Infinite Realm, which you’ll recall went on a tear tweeting concept art this spring but has been silent since.

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TERA’s 2018 console roadmap includes new classes, new endgame dungeons, and plenty of balancing and events

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.

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TERA decides on mass console server merges for August

The console boom for TERA looks like it is over. After cruising to an impressive two million players on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this spring following the MMO’s console debut in April, TERA has announced that the population has settled down to the point where server merges need to happen on both platforms.

En Masse said that it’s taking 22 servers down to seven following the August 21st operation. This will leave the PS4 with two NA and two EU servers and the Xbox One with two NA and one EU shard. The bad news with this is that some names might be lost and characters forced out if there ends up being more than 16 per account per server. The good news here is that with all of the character merges and whatnot, En Masse is giving every account five additional character slots.

PC players won’t be unaffected either, as En Masse said that server merges are planned for the computer version later this year.

Source: TERA

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The MOP Up: Citadel gets reignited (July 29, 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 TERAVindictusRealm RoyalePath of ExileElder Scrolls OnlineLeague of LegendsMy DinoCitadel: Forged with FirePUBGArmored WarfarePaladinsDiablo IIIEVE Online, and Star Trek Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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TERA adds a new class option for Elin in Korea

Most of the classes added to TERA after its launch have been restricted to certain races and genders, but the latest update for the game in Korea is at least expanding the options available for the Brawler. As part of the game’s summer update, players are able to make Elin Brawlers, which operate much like the class has previously operated (lots of punching, can serve as either a tank or a damage dealer depending on player preference). So it’s a familiar class, just shorter.

There’s no word on when this is arriving on these shores, but given the game’s history it’s safe to assume that it will indeed happen. Check out the trailer just below (and yes, it says Fighter rather than Brawler; that’s the class name in Korea) and keep your eyes peeled for updates about this particular change in the future.

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PUBG pushes out custom match patch, apologizes for insensitive cash-shop items

PlayerUnknown’s Battleground’s update 18 is live on PC servers today after a brief stint on the PTS. As we previously reported, the update adds new weapons, a new truck, and the new custom match creation mode, which allows players to combine their selected game mode with other presets, like weather, spawn types, and maps. And yes, that includes the zombie mode that for some reason everyone wants in spite of the fact that every new zombie game is instantly mocked. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Meanwhile, PUBG Corp and Bluehole have apologized for upsetting Korean fans with the addition of an offensive Japanese military symbol on a pilot’s mask and the inclusion of an AI bot named Unit 731, presumably after the Japanese army division known for chemical and biological experimentation on Korean, Chinese, and Russian captives during WWII. There’s your history lesson for the day.

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TERA launches the Phantom’s Keep update with more challenges to test your might

The newest update for TERA encourages you to revisit old things to test yourself anew. Have you made your way through the Dreadspire before? Because it’s revamped now, with new challenges and a tighter focus on your ingenuity and focus. Have you explored the depths of Manglemire? It has also returned, and it promises a fresh round of deceit and tricks from the cyclops Manglemore.

Of course, it’s not all repetition of familiar challenge; you can also take part in the new Dragon Hunt for the Guardian Legion, which respawns every hour and works similarly to the other Guardian Legion missions. Yes, you can argue that hunting dragons is the sort of challenge that the game has long offered, but hunting dragons is also challenging in and of itself. So in short, the patch is here, and it has all sorts of ways to challenge your skills.

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TERA announces endgame-centric Phantom’s Keep update for July 12

TERA players are due for a big update next week as the En Masse drums keep to their monthly content cadence. The update is called Phantom’s Keep, and it’s rolling out on July 12th with the return of the now-revamped multi-level Dreadspire tower.

“Following some time out of the spotlight for revisions, the always popular Dreadspire dungeon returns to TERA with 10 challenges to test players’ skill, ingenuity, and endurance as they climb the floors of the towering dungeon. Each floor presents its own challenges and deadly bosses, rewarding dedicated groups who ascend to the highest level with a chance to earn cosmetic Phantom Armor. Phantom’s Keep also includes the return of the Manglemire dungeon deep in the heart of Pora Elinu, where groups can once again engage in a battle of wits with the trick-prone mad cyclops Manglemore.”

There’s a new mission for the Guardian Legion set too. Plenty of endgame stuff on the way!

Source: Press release, official site

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