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Betawatch: Fallout 76 shares details on PvP and crossplay (August 17, 2018)

There’s still stuff happening with Fallout 76, even though players aren’t testing it yet. You can at least test things out in your mind now that you know about the game’s progression and PvP plans. Perhaps “testing games in your mind” could be a Perk. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that you have the game on the same platform as your friends, as a lack of crossplay has been confirmed at this point.

But let’s not stop there; let’s catch a few other beta stories, yes?

So this is all rather shady, but we promise you that our list below is properly illuminated and trustworthy. We have it all vetted by you fine people! Notice something on there that shouldn’t be? Let us know so we can fix that! And that includes if something skipped phases without us noticing or just went quiet for an extended period of time. We appreciate your notifications.

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MapleStory 2 is getting really close to launch, you guys

With its second closed beta run and done, MapleStory 2 is turning its sights to something bigger. Something grander. Something… launch-ier.

Nexon said that it’s going to announce the launch date for this 3-D sequel to the hit MapleStory on August 21st. “Not only will we reveal the official release date, but our team will also discuss the future content schedule of the game,” the developer said.

In the meantime, players can start reserving their names and even create their first character so that they can hit the ground running when MapleStory 2 launches. You’ll need to buy a founder’s pack to access this perk, however. It’s probably a good thing that Nexon has made these packs available for purchase again!

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Betawatch: Camelot Unchained reaches the green fields of beta (August 3, 2018)

Someone break out the “It’s Happening” image, because Camelot Unchained has entered its beta testing at long last! Yes, ti may have been delayed several times, but it’s still made that all-important leap to beta. Good work, Camelot Unchained! We’re all super proud of you.

In other beta news, there’s a bullet list. It’s coming right for us!

All of that sounds fun! This is fun. It’s a fun industry. Why not have some fun checking out our list down below, or letting us know if something is marked incorrectly down in the comments? That means we can fix that up, which is also fun.

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Conqueror’s Blade plans early access, promotes founder packs for beta

You’d be forgiven for having forgotten about Conqueror’s Blade, both because it’s been in development for years and because it’s a bit outside the traditional MMORPG wheelhouse as more of a tactical game – like RISK the MMO. But it’s finally coming to early access in the west.

“Global publisher My.com and developer Booming Games are proud to announce that they have teamed up to publish free-to-play tactical medieval warfare MMO Conqueror’s Blade in the European and North American regions. The game immerses its players in a life of military leadership both on and off the battlefield, with tactical and diplomatic choices to make that will determine the ultimate ruler over a massive, resource-rich and populous network of territories. Players will take to the battlefield as aspiring warlords to fight brutal skirmishes over a massive open world environment securing territory for the glory of their house (clan) or alliance.”

My.com says it’ll be free-to-play, but of course you can pick up founder packs on the official site right now running $14.99 to $99.99. That bottom tier does include closed beta. “Dates for Closed Beta and Early access phases will be released in the near future,” the studios promise.

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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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Global Chat: Getting a handle on Legends of Aria

One of the great benefits of reading the wealth of MMO blogs out there is that you can touch base on a huge variety of games that you might not have time to play. Haven’t gotten around to checking in with the indie sandbox Legends of Aria? The blogosphere has you covered!

While Superior Realities thinks that there’s a “skeleton of a good game” in Aria, he wasn’t won over by the closed beta: “After about thirty minutes of dealing with bugs, spectacularly tedious and old school gameplay, and generally terrible design, I decided life was too short.”

Inventory Full felt that the game had featureless maps but probably deserved a longer look, and Levelcapped said that Aria is “so damn close to being an Ultima Online sequel that it’s both wonderful and blasphemous at the same time.”

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Betawatch: Fallout 76 starts beta testing in October (July 27, 2018)

Good news for those of you patiently (or not-so-patiently) waiting for Fallout 76 to enter beta testing, you have a date! Slightly worse news, that’s not until October of this year, so you’ll still be waiting a while yet. So that will either encourage you to continue patiently waiting or become less patient, I guess.

On the subject of patient waiting, Camelot Unchained has its new beta date planned for July 31st, so mark that in your calendars.

You could channel that impatience into reading up on some other beta news, if you were so inclined. That would be pretty chill and would make up for the wait, right? Maybe?

  • There are launch plans for Boundless, which should come as something of a surprise for everyone. It’s supposedly reaching launch on September 11th, which isn’t even all that far away.
  • Speaking of strange MMOs moving toward wider access, Occupy White Walls is heading to Steam in the near future! That is also good news to, well, anyone who enjoys art curation or just some of the weirder MMO options in the wild.
  • It felt pretty down to the wire, but Fractured successfully funded over the past week, so that’s going to be moving forward. So we’ve got a little time to wait until testing arrives, but that’s fine.
  • And moving on from strange MMOs and on to strange MMO actions, MapleStory 2 sold out of its founder’s packs, which is odd as the packs in question were not physical objects to be sold. Life is hilarious!

Those of you who have more impatient energy may want to do one of two things at this point: accept that being impatient is unlikely to be dispersed by sitting and reading, or hop along down below to our list of MMOs in testing. You can also follow up that part by letting us know if something in this list is filed incorrectly, as that helps us out a lot and we appreciate it.

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The Survivalist: Hands-on with survival MMO Rend’s closed alpha

It’s been nearly a year since I met with Frostkeep Studios at PAX West and got an early first-hand look at Rend, the three-faction fantasy survival sandbox with a timer. And I’ve been waiting since then to be able to play for myself; I saw the housing and learned about pet taming, and knew I wanted in. Even though I don’t play PvP for PvP’s sake, I liked the sounds of its implementation in Rend. And the whole thing about the temporary lifespan of the server? Newer information (namely that I can use ascension points to keep my favorite pets with me!) has helped alleviate that trepidation.

And now, finally, I’m in! The question is, what do I think about it? It is still in development — it is only closed alpha at the moment — and it shows. But there is also promise. I already know I am going to be playing it more. Here are my first impressions of surviving in Rend.

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The Stream Team: Poking around Rend’s closed beta with devs

You’ve gotten to read about Rend, but now is your chance to see it live. Massively OP’s MJ is in the closed beta and is bringing you along to explore this new survival game. Even better, today she’ll be joined by Frostkeep Studios CEO and co-founder Jeremy Wood, who will be showing off some cool stuff as they wander about the dev server. Bring your questions and join us in live at 2:00 p.m. for a first look at…

What: Rend 
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 26th, 2018

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Fallout 76’s closed beta is scheduled for October

Zip up those Vault Tec suits, kiddos, because you’re going out into Fallout 76’s West Virginia wasteland as soon as this October. That is, of course, if you are able to snag a key for the closed beta by plopping down some cash for a pre-order.

Bethesda posted the news on the forums: “Starting in October, we’ll be selecting people who have pre-ordered the game from a participating retailer to enter our B.E.T.A. We’ll start small and grow over time as we prepare for launch. Be sure you’ve read our F.A.Q., for details on how to redeem your B.E.T.A. code and other important details. To clarify, everyone who pre-orders at a participating retailer will be included in the B.E.T.A.”

The studio said that details are “still changing” about the survival MMO but that it couldn’t answer specifics on everything just yet. Bethesda will be taking to the stage at QuakeCon 2018 on August 11th to go through a deep dive on the character systems and answer some fan questions about the game.

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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

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The Stream Team: Surviving the first steps in Survived By

She has but one life to give. Massively OP’s MJ tried out a demo for Survived By — a different sort of survival game with a bullet hell bend — back at PAX West. Now, it is a bit farther along in development and has moved into closed beta. Just how long can she stay alive in her first return to this game since that con? Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you MJ’s first steps in…

What: Survived By
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 20th, 2018

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Betawatch: Legends of Aria wants you to break it (July 20, 2018)

Please, break the servers for Legends of Aria. The developers want you to break the servers. There’s a big event this weekend and everyone is being encouraged to go hog wild and log in until the servers buckle under the strain. You probably should not whisper that it’s been a naughty, naughty server as you do your best to break it, but we suppose you should follow your bliss.

Other beta news? Aw, heck, just because we’re friends.

Are those stories strange enough for you? Perhaps you’ve got some strange stories of your own to share down in the comments, or perhaps you’d just like to let us know if something slipped into a new test phase without us noticing. Both are neat!

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