With the game’s 100th patch in the rear-view mirror, Ultima Online’s developers are already hard at work on the 101st patch due out in September, according to Broadsword’s latest newsletter. Notably, Bonnie “Mesanna” Armstrong says that the planned housing refresh is indeed coming that month, with new castle and keep designs on the way, subject to a player contest to decide which ones make the final cut.
Broadsword is also still working on “storage solutions” in the wake of the game’s free-to-play conversation last spring; players will be able to effectively rent 125-slot vaults for their account, shared across all characters, at a price roughly equal to $3 per month. If you don’t pay up, you lose the storage space – oh, and everything in it. It might be easier to just pay the $10-$13 sub and get a house, yeah?
Despite the slightly awkward name — “Phase 4: Reign, Part 1
,” really, Trion? — this week’s ArcheAge content update
is chock-full of fun for both fresh start servers and those on the well-worn shards.
Fresh start servers have increased the level cap to 55, finally received both the Dwarves and Warborn, and rolled out cars, boats, and farm freighters.
Players can attempt to tackle Mistsong, which the team says is “absolutely the hardest dungeon” in the game. Lots of risk, lots of gear rewards, you know the drill! The patch also updated the trade pack system, made some big gear updates, and fiddled with the Kraken. Fiddling only makes him upset, though.
If you missed out on the glory of TennoCon 2018
, you can take in most of the Warframe
experience thanks to the cache of videos of the event Digital Extremes posted last night. Probably the most important bits are the Railjack and Fortuna previews, but there are several other vids, including the art and sound panels and the cosplay contest.
Massively OP’s MJ Guthrie was on-site for the event; if you’re not into lengthy videos, check out her written coverage and interviews!
Can’t wait until August 14th to get your hands on World of Warcraft’s upcoming Battle for Azeroth expansion? Then you might be in luck: Today, July 6th, from 1 p.m. to 12 a.m. EDT, Blizzard is holding the Battle for Beta giveaway contest. To enter, all you have to do is take to Twitter between the designated times and post an in-game screenshot of a slain enemy or NPC of the enemy faction with the hashtag #BattleForBeta. The lucky winners will be chosen randomly and contacted by Blizzard within a week of the giveaway.
And if you’re not much for tweeting, Blizzard wants to remind you that there are still ways to get your hands on a Battle for Azeroth beta key. Chief among them is Wowhead’s beta key giveaway, where players can enter for a chance to win a key by completing in-game achievements. For all the contest rules and details, you can check out the full post on WoW’s official site.
Fortnite’s latest patch is here, and its chief addition is new weapons: a new pistol, new stink bombs, and even a Tommy gun. New flag skins just in time for Independence Day are also on order. Not mentioned in the notes is the Playground limited time mode, which was supposed to roll out last week but was sidelined due to bugs. The short version was apparently “system performance” problems, along with server capacity issues and matchmaking problems “specific to the LTM,” but it’s up now.
“Success! We’ve completed deploying our servers containing the improved matchmaking changes. All players can now join in on the fun in the Playground LTM. Please remember to change your region back to “auto select” and verify you’re on your preferred region. There is the possibility that you may encounter an error, as many players are attempting to join this game mode. Just attempt to requeue until you find a match.”
Oh yeah, and as I type this, my nephew is sitting next to me playing Fortnite and pointing at the ever-widening crack the sky. I’m sure that’s not going to be a problem in the future. Nope.
If you were going to ask someone to identify the most iconic starbases in Star Trek Online
, there’s really not much contest. Sure, Earth Spacedock is the “central” hub for most new players, but Deep Space 9 is the station that has seven seasons of a beloved series and is also one of the most memorable locations for players to visit. With the launch of the Victory is Life
expansion on consoles – an expansions dealing with the Gamma Quadrant, which is intimately tied to Deep Space 9 – the designers took the opportunity to rebuild the station to look even better
The work was aided by the fact that the Promenade (the central location of the station) actually had its set built on the studio, which meant the designers could use those floor plans and start recreating the exact sets seen in the episodes. Of course, the actual Promenade is a full circle and less than half of that was built as a set, but it was still a place to start. Check out the full article to see how the designers brought everything about the iconic station back up to more modern design standards.
To celebrate the arrival of Mists of Barovia for Neverwinter
on PC this week, PWE
has kindly given Massively OP 30 mount keys to give away to our readers! Suratuk’s Darkfish Fey Wolf
mount grants +80% Movement Speed and offers three Insignia slots. And he’s such a good boy! Lookit that face! (PWE assures me he doesn’t bite.)
The codes can be redeemed only once per account and expire at the end of 2020, and the mounts are bind-on-pickup. Critically, the mounts are redeemable on PC only, so if you’re a console person, you can skip this one! The keys should work for all PC players except those located in Russia, China, Korea, Egypt, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
Read on to enter to win!
Here’s a new one for us: Will to Live Online hit Steam early access back in April. Developer AlphaSoft calls it an “MMORPG-shooter whose action takes place in a severe post-apocalyptic world” – a survival game, in other words. “Explore the world, engage in fights with mutants and other survivors, join the clans in the struggle for existence and prove your right to Live.” It includes basic crafting, quests, survival mechanics like hunting, character development, dungeons, raids, and yes, player-to-player trade. It’s expected to launch next year, but in the meantime, it’s on Steam.
Want to give it a go right now? AlphaSoft has issued Massively OP a bundle of keys for the B2P game, normally worth $14.99 apiece on Steam, to distribute to our readers. There are no regional restrictions, other than the caveat that the game must be available to you on Steam for you to use the key. Read on to enter to win!
Victory is Life
is officially live in Star Trek Online
just in time for E3, harkening back to the much-loved run of Deep Space Nine.
“Star Trek Online’s fourth major expansion, Victory is Life, is now available on PC. The update takes Captains on a journey to the Gamma Quadrant, where they will team up with crew members from Deep Space Nine to battle the Hur’q. This includes Quark (Armin Shimerman), Odo (René Auberjonois), Kira (Nana Visitor) and nine other characters voiced by the actors who originated the roles on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The expansion also introduces a brand new Jem’Hadar playable faction, increased level cap, seven new episodes and an all-new Gamma Quadrant Sector Battlezone.”
To celebrate last week’s launch, PWE has granted Massively OP a bunch of goodies to give away! We’ve got 50 codes for the Gamma Vanguard Starter Pack for our PC readers. Each pack includes a T6 Jem’Hadar Vanguard Dreadnought Cruiser, the playable Jem’Hadar Vanguard Species unlock, a Jem’Hadar Tactical Uniform, the “Victory is Life” title, and the “Plain and Simple” title. Do note that the cruiser can be used by only Dominion captains, and all of it’s for PC accounts only. Read on to enter to win!
There are blurry images on the official Warframe
Facebook page, and along with the hints of new story content for the game, fans have taken it upon themselves to analyze these images with an intensity normally reserved for paleontologists brushing off bones with toothbrushes
. The conclusion? Something is happening. Theories are not yet unified. But they are quite enthusiastic just the same.
What is unambiguous is the fact that the developers held a contest to show off your fashionable operator in a promotional video, which also fuels speculation about the next storyline update in the near future. The submissions on that particular contest closed on May 16th, so it’s quite possible that the story update could be any day now. Maybe even today! (It’s not today.)
Hope you took last week to roll up your Lahn character in Black Desert
because today, you can actually tote her out into the world and kick some butt
. (The customization contest, note, still runs another week.) Today’s patch further tweaks transportation routes, world and server chat, level-up challenges, and the Black Spirit rage skills.
Starting tomorrow, however, the game will see a rash of new attendance rewards. Black Desert’s login bonuses work such that you claim them in order: If you log in on day 1 and 2, you’ll get the rewards for day 1 and 2, but if you miss day 3, you’ll get the reward for day 3 on day 4. You’ll pick you can grab everything if you log in every single day from tomorrow to June 27th. If you miss a day, you can actually make it up by playing extra on the weekend (rather than just logging in and logging back out), which is a nice touch most MMOs don’t offer.
The highlight item, of course, comes on day 28, when you can pick up an adorable penguin minipet.
is busy wrapping up its month-long sixth anniversary, and its final week contains a few changes and events for players to enjoy.
These events include the conclusion of the Claw & Order community murder mystery, more anniversary items in the shops, double quest rewards all week long, increased drops from select dungeons, bonus reward items from battlegrounds, and free scarves if you’re able to track down and pester an En Masse Entertainment employee in the game. Scarves! Just the thing for those brisk summer months!
The studio is also running a contest through the end of the month: “Starting Monday, May 21st until Thursday, May 31st at 10 a.m. PDT, players can exchange 5 Anniversary tokens for an in-game Contest Entry Receipt to enter their account into the Anniversary Conclusion contest.” Three winners will be chosen per server and granted prizes like six months of subscription time and the choice of any item from the store.
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 Hellion, Reign of Guilds, Skyforge, Old School RuneScape, War of Rights, Lineage M, Heroes and Generals, Aurcus Online, ARK Park, Dark and Light, Wild Terra, Citadel: Forged With Fire, and Hearthstone, all waiting for you after the break!