It’s time to boldly go where no podcast has gone before — by exploring MMO space themes! It’s perhaps the flat-out goofiest and silliest Battle Bards episode to date, so you’re going to have to excuse a whole lot of diversions, arguments, and giggles. Because that’s what space does to people? We do not know. This episode is also notable for Syl’s all-time greatest quote, “Planets are usually in space.” Usually.
Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, Stitcher, and Player.FM.
Listen to Episode 126: Out of this world (or download it) now:
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 Old School RuneScape, Worlds Adrift, Destiny 2, Starfall Online, Survived By, Hyper Universe, Elsword, Pirate101, War of Rights, Ragnarok Online, Perfect World Mobile, OrbusVR, SMITE, and Prosperous Universe, all waiting for you after the break!
Want to play some Destiny or Destiny 2 material sitting around a table with friends? Then you will want to check out the D&Destiny project which combines Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition with the Destiny setting. It’s a mystery why it wasn’t called Destiny & Dragons, maybe, but it’s a fan project combining the two, so perhaps it’s best to rein in that critique.
Obviously, the material in question is all homebrew stuff, and there’s no assurance that it’s all perfectly balanced or refined yet. It does, however, already include rules for weapons, enemies, Light and Darkness zones, and specialized combat mechanics. So there’s enough stuff in there for you to playtest if you want to support the project on Patreon. And if you want to mash it up with basic D&D to pit your normal wizards from those found on the moon? Well, why not.
Our headlining picture today comes with a request for some help, so we’re calling all Warframe players to give their aid!
“So I finally decided to check out Warframe,” said reader Ryuen, “but I was wondering if anyone has any tips on how not to get motion sick while sliding/bullet jumping/etc through the levels to an objective? *Tenno slides away*”
I am not the person to ask this. I get motion sick spinning my chair slowly with a child on my lap. I have been forbidden from going on Disney’s spinning tea cup ride. Doctors tell me that I still need training to master this “walking” thing.
We already knew that Destiny 2’s
Forsaken expansion is dropping on September 4th, but yesterday, Bungie announced that it’s putting out a “Legendary Collection” edition on the same date, worldwide, to basically offer the whole game and all its frills in one package. Check out all these colons:
“The Destiny 2: Forsaken – Legendary Collection includes Destiny 2, Destiny 2: Expansion I: Curse of Osiris, Destiny 2: Expansion II: Warmind, and Destiny 2: Forsaken, the largest and most transformative expansion to the Destiny 2 experience yet. At launch, the Legendary Collection will also include a character boost that allows players the option to jump right to the latest adventure, Forsaken. For those wanting to experience Destiny 2 and its current expansions immediately, a pre-purchase of the digital Legendary Collection includes the ability to play the game right away.”
That ought to be a nice catch-up, if you feel like shelling out the $60 for it. The new trailer down below might be enticement too.
Still got your eye on Destiny 2’s
Forsaken expansion coming out at the tail end of summer? Prepare your trigger finger too, as yesterday Bungie previewed some of the new “tools of the trade” that’ll launch with the expansion. Sighted bows, molten armor, ghostly pistols, flamethrowers, it’s genuinely good stuff (that I can’t wait to see ported into moddable single-player games I play, *cough*).
Bungie’s latest dev diary has a few more bits worth noting, including intentional adjustments to “time to kill” in PvP, a preview of the 4v4 Lockdown PvP mode, unlucky RNG rolls, Engram acquisition, and several fan videos worth a peek.
Finally, pencil the Solstice of Heroes event into your calendars; starting on Tuesday, Bungie will kick off that event with new challenges that’ll net you some armor upgrades.
Good times just might be here if Destiny 2
has anything to say about it. Today, the sci-fi shooter deployed Update 1.2.3
and the bounty of content goodness contained within.
There’s a lot here, although some players are griping at the endgame raid focus of the patch. The update contains prestige raid lairs, 6v5 quickplay in the Crucible, Iron Banner upgrades, tuning for exotic armor, additional bounties, and a ton more. Plus, starting on July 31st, the Solstice of Heroes event will unleash the new Moments of Triumph bounties. Complete enough of these bounties, and you’ll be able to earn a t-shirt, Sparrow, and emblems.
Go into depth with the developers on the July update after the break!
I’ve still got hype on the brain. We’ve talked about the length of hype cycles and under-hyped MMOs. Now I want to talk about games that have actually suffered from their own hype specifically.
No Man’s Sky and WildStar pop to mind immediately for me as games we cover that were grievously wounded by hype. Both games effectively promised and teased far more features and more interesting features that they actually delivered, causing hype for the game to turn into venom post-launch. And in both cases, the game studios have made considerable effort to turn it around, but the grudges linger.
PUBG strikes me as another game that was heavily hyped last year but quickly succumbed to a prettier, cheaper, more accessible, and more polished game.
And howsabout Destiny 2? A contender, right?
Which online game has suffered the most from its own hype?
1.2.3 patch (yay soothing numbers) drops on Tuesday, and if you’re thinking it may be a good time for re-entry, you’re gonna wanna know what’s in it
. Several things! Quickplay is now 6v6, Rumble is back on the table, and bounties are back – and they won’t be as “gotta do them or else” as they were in their first iteration.
“The bounties returning to Destiny 2 in Update 1.2.3 are a return to most of the properties of bounties in The Taken King. They will be obtained from a variety of vendors, they will generally award XP and faction reputation (though some will offer even better rewards), and can be redeemed “in the field” to immediately claim your rewards. In Forsaken, you may also see some bounties drop in the wild. There are two new mechanics. Bounties will expire if left uncompleted, and acquiring them will cost a small amount of Glimmer. We wanted to avoid the ‘grab every bounty you see until your inventory is packed and sort them out later’ experience without constraining players to the tiny inventory they found in previous iterations of the game.”
Eyes up, Guardians: From July 6th until July 8th, Destiny 2
is free to play on PC through Blizzard’s
Battle.net program. Whether you’re a console player who wants to take the PC version for a spin, a lapsed veteran who wants to see what’s new since you last logged in, or a complete newbie who wants to see if Bungie’s
FPS/RPG hybrid might be up your alley, this weekend is the perfect time to jump in.
For the duration of the free weekend, the entirety of the game is open to any and everyone. That means players can access all content from the base game as well as the Curse of Osiris and Warmind expansions, including the PvE campaign, competitive PvP matches, and everything in between, without any limitations. And if you decide you want to keep playing, you can grab the base game plus the first two expansions for $38.99 US, discounted from $59.99, for a limited time.
May 2018 was good to Fortnite, again, SuperData’s latest global revenue report shows, but its growth rate may be coming to a middle. “Fortnite hits a new high but growth is slowing down,” the research firm says in today’s report. “We estimate that Fortnite made $318 million across all platforms in May, up 7% from April. The majority of growth came from console, with mobile and PC both coming in flat compared to April.”
On the PC side, Dota 2 came out of nowhere to return to the list at #6, bumping World of Warcraft down a tick and Hearthstone off completely. League of Legends continues to rule the roost.
On the console side, Fortnite is still at the top; both Overwatch and Destiny 2 have returned to the top 10 as games like Far Cry 5 and Battlefield have fallen off.
And on mobile, Pokemon Go has resurged, as it always does in summer in the northern hemisphere, as it’s gathered up more players than ever. Fun side note: Remember Netease’s Knives Out, one of its two PUBG clones on mobile? It’s in 5th place globally on mobile, just behind POGO, so PUBG’s lawsuit isn’t so bonkers after all.
The release of a new expansion for Destiny 2
might signal to most players that it’s time to bring their favorite guns to the nearest trash can while listening to “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes, but perhaps it’s not time to put old Vera out to pasture just yet. A recent interview on PC Gamer confirmed that players will still have a use for their existing top-end gear when Forsaken arrives
, and hopefully not just to while away the time until a better gun shows up.
Details were not shared, but the assurance was that current stuff could be brought up to the same level as newer gear. It’ll likely be through some form of upgrade system and/or modifications, so whatever you’re doing right now you should keep on doing it. Of course, there’s always the possibility that you’ll still find an even better gun waiting for you… but at least then your old Legendary item will be replaced by something other than the launch of a new expansion.
For a game that begins with the heroes running away with their tails tucked between their legs and a seemingly unstoppable villain parading into the solar system, you’d think that Destiny 2
would have already hit its quota of melancholy beats. Not so fast! Bungie came from the Joss Whedon school of story writing and knows that the best way to keep your fans involved is to torture their favorite characters.
We won’t spoil anything for this September’s Forsaken expansion, but let’s just say that you best be spending quality time with certain game NPCs before it arrives. It’s not like it’s a tightly held secret as the studio is all but shouting this big twist from the mountaintop, but we like to think that we have a bit more class than that.
If you don’t mind some slight spoilage, you can watch the story trailer after the break.