Happy Battle for Azeroth Day, everyone! Starting tonight, World of Warcraft’s newest expansion will release globally and players will evacuate the Broken Isles en masse for fresh content.
And while this should be a time of celebration, Blizzard isn’t making everyone happy. The studio quietly disabled the ability for the group finder to auto-accept players, a feature that was heavily used for world quests and world bosses in Legion. This move has broken several popular add-ons and led to frustration over the removal of a user friendly feature.
Blizzard said that it did this to promote more of social hobnobbing: “The challenge with mods like World Quest Group Finder is that by automating this process for quests that were designed for single players, that’s not actually a social experience — there’s no actual interaction going on. Oftentimes, in fact, it’s just leeching — players can be on their mount, flying in midair, and that quest autocompletes for them.”
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!
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.
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.
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 TERA, Vindictus, Realm Royale, Path of Exile, Elder Scrolls Online, League of Legends, My Dino, Citadel: Forged with Fire, PUBG, Armored Warfare, Paladins, Diablo III, EVE Online, and Star Trek Online, all waiting for you after the break!
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.
If something goes wrong with Frostkeep’s early access launch of Rend, blame me. While I was at the office, I distracted Co-Founders Jeremy Wood and Mat Milizia, caused an update to get rolled back because I was offered the chance to play with cheats, stole someone’s chair, possibly delayed Global Communications Director Michele Cagle’s GamesCon prep, and pointed out to the team that the new bald and clean-shaven character customization options were missing. We’ll also go ahead and take credit for the Ascension system being implemented, getting icons, and Wood finding a major long-term gathering bug the night before because clearly Massively OP is important enough for the devs to come in at 3 a.m. just to prepare for us.
All jokes aside, I recently had a studio tour with Rend‘s creators as part of the game’s ramp-up for alpha this week. The team’s working hard and losing sleep, but they’re nailing it. It may not be perfect, but the Frostkeep is making my job a little harder because very soon, you’ll see just how in touch with the MMO and survival genres Frostkeep is. There’s a reason we awarded Rend Most Innovative PvP at E3 2018.
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.
Continuing from my previous column, I’m going to be running through the second decade of graphical MMORPG launches and picking the best title to debut in any given year. From doing the first decade, I know that this thought exercise isn’t always fair; some years have several great contenders, while others see one mediocre one rise due to a lack of competition.
Still, it’s kind of fun to look back at MMO history and to see which game was really the best of that year. And if you ever felt sore that a particular title got overlooked, well, consider this a retroactive awards ceremony of some sort.
Let’s dive right in where we left off with 2007!
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!
If you’re hungry like the wolf, strut on a line right on over to Closers
, where En Masse has just introduced Season of Wolves to the anime MMORPG. As we’ve previously covered
, this is the update that nukes the game’s fatigue system, making it easier for players to actually play without monitoring arbitrary activity bars.
“Closers gather together! En Masse Entertainment announced today the exciting Season of Wolves is now available for the anime-inspired, online RPG beat’em up, Closers. Violet, the greatsword-wielding fighter, has been added to the selectable roster of characters and completes the Wolf Dogs team. In addition to the new playable character, the new Closers Season of Wolves update greatly improves the quality of life playability in the game. UI improvements, overall gameplay balance, and, most of all, the removal of the Fatigue System ensures a fresh and engaging Closers experience to new players as well as seasoned veterans.”
New playable toon Violet is also live in the game, so you can hop in on her and blast your way to level 80. Check out En Masse’s new video below!
Temtem has just fully funded on Kickstarter to the tune of just about $573,919, with 11,715 backers (the counts will keep fluctuating for a few minutes here). It basically crushed its original $70,000 goal. Stretch goals racked up along the way include the Nuzlocke game mode, the Arcade Bar minigames, a Mythical Temtem, mounts, Nintendo switch support, the replay system, guilds, and in-game tournaments. In fact, backers blazed through the game’s entire plan of stretch goals.
As we’ve previously covered, the game is “not hiding the fact that [it’s] heavily inspired by [Pokemon]” but aims to change some bits that are “maybe too close to Pokemon.” The game is very much billed as an MMO – specifically, as a “massively multiplayer creature-collection adventure.”
Want to have some fun shooting everything while you’re playing TERA
on consoles? Give the Gunner a try, then, because that’s her whole deal. Yes, the Gunner has arrived on the game’s console version, and if you’ve gotten used to playing her on the PC you’ll be happy to know that she’s very similar to her desktop incarnation. She’s a utility class with a lot of options and a very, very large gun.
If you’re reading something into that, we can assure you it’s totally unintentional.
Of course, her guns, turrets, and heavy armor give gunners the option to tank through content while blasting away enemies on the battlefield, so even if you’ve never played the game before it should be an appealing class option for console fans. Check out the trailer for the class just below, and get your trigger finger itching.