perfect world

Disambiguation:
Perfect World Entertainment (PWE), a video game publisher
Perfect World International, a video game by PWE

Battle Bards Episode 126: Out of this world

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 iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 126: Out of this world (or download it) now:

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The Stream Team: Star Trek Online’s summer pet-a-palooza

Massively OP’s MJ thought Star Trek Online’s summer event was pretty fun… and then she learned it had pets! Pets! Oh no. Obviously MJ couldn’t avoid collecting one or twenty. But the event is ending and she still hasn’t picked which kitty she wants. Join us live at 2:00 p.m. for some final summer fun on Risa.

What: Star Trek Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, August 13th, 2018

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The MOP Up: Worlds Adrift makes room for PvE servers (August 12, 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 Old School RuneScapeWorlds Adrift, Destiny 2Starfall OnlineSurvived ByHyper UniverseElswordPirate101War of RightsRagnarok OnlinePerfect World MobileOrbusVRSMITE, and Prosperous Universe, all waiting for you after the break!

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Take a peek at the development of Shroud of the Avatar’s player-designed dungeon system

Drama seems to plague Shroud of the Avatar, but if you can look past it, there’s some fun innovation going on inside Portalarium in regard to MMO mechanics. Portalarium Technical Director Chris Spears, for example, has been slowly revealing a massive new player-generated dungeon system for the game, hidden away in the bowels of the forums until this week’s newsletter.

If you’re a fan of City of Heroes’ old Mission Architect, Star Trek Online’s Foundry, or even Star Wars Galaxies’ ancient Chronicles system, you’ll see remnants of all of those in this system. Basically, you buy blueprints for individual pieces from NPCs, then combine them with mats to build your dungeon space chunk by chunk, on a housing lot, out in the real world. Eventually, you’ll populate “encounter rooms” with mobs and make it a real delve for other players.

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Perfect World Entertainment reveals Torchlight Frontiers, an MMOARPG for PC and console

Last year, Perfect World Entertainment shut down Runic Games. Even before that, fans had been told that any sort of Torchlight MMO would be a long time coming. And yet the previous event was not the end of the story, because it turns out that a Torchlight sequel is happening. More than that, Torchlight Frontiers is promising something far closer to an MMO than anyone might have dared to dream, offering a dynamically generated and shared persistent world for players to take on with friends and pets.

Pets in-game, that is. You do not need to teach your cat how to loot.

Max Schaefer, former head of Runic Games and co-founder of Blizzard North, is heading the team for Torchlight Frontiers, so there’s reason for fans to believe that the game will in fact feel very much like… well, Torchlight. Even more so than the mobile version, perhaps. So if it seemed like any sort of MMO version of the title was never actually going to happen, it looks as if, well… it’s happening. It’s going to be here soon. And yes, it’s a wonderful surprise.

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LOTRO Legendarium: Is Lord of the Rings Online aging well?

By now, to me, Lord of the Rings Online is a comfortable, well-worn friend that always offers a very predictable and enjoyable experience whenever I return to the game. It’s absolutely bizarre to me to consider that we’re now in the Post-Ring era of the MMO’s storyline, yet it is all still going strong in its own way.

One thing I cannot deny is that LOTRO is what most people would consider to be an “older MMO.” It’s been in live operation ever since April 2007, and once the game tipped over the decade mark, it joined other long-running titles that had long since shed their youth for maturity and stability.

As I was exploring Northern Mirkwood and going through the new Christmas quest recently, I found my thoughts had turned to evaluating the game’s status as an aging MMORPG. I mean, all MMOs age (if they’re fortunate enough to launch), and not every title can remain young, hot, and popular forever. But that doesn’t mean that they become irrelevant and unengaging when they’ve entered into the middle age of their lifespan. So, I thought, how is LOTRO aging as an 11-year-old product? What is going for it at this point and what is starting to show signs of wear and tear?

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The MOP Up: PlanetSide 2 throws a summer rager (August 5, 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 NeverwinterSea of ThievesReign of GuildsOrbusVRPlanetSide 2Final Fantasy XIVManylandLineage 2 RevolutionGuardians of EmberWar ThunderThe CycleDCUO, and Final Fantasy XI, all waiting for you after the break!

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The Daily Grind: Which MMOs are the best for occasional play?

As a longtime fan of MMOs, I struggle with one serious factor when it comes to playing them: time. It’s not just finding time to play, period, but instead considering whether or not an MMO deserves my time.

Unlike a lot of other video games, MMOs don’t often reward the occasional gamer. Their design and business model pushes hard for large, constant, and repeated investments of time. So it’s kind of difficult for me to just pick up a title and play it once to get much out of it. For most games, if it’s not something I can dedicate at least an evening a week to making progress, then it’s probably not worth “dipping” into.

Still, some MMOs are surprisingly friendly for occasional play. I find episodic titles like Star Trek Online and Secret World Legends perfect for this, since they have fewer content releases focused on a smaller amount of very defined and story-based experiences.

What do you think? Which MMOs are the best for occasional play if you’re not looking for a 100 hours-a-month investment?

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Enter to win a Star Trek Online Leeta Tactical Bridge Officer on Xbox and PS4 from PWE and MOP

Are you hyped for Deep Space Nine in Star Trek Online? Victory is Life launched on console last week, complete with a journey to the Gamma Quadrant, the Deep Space Nine crew, the Jem’Hadar playable faction, bumped level cap, seven new episodes, and more goodies. And to celebrate the release for console, PWE has granted Massively OP a bunch of goodies to raffle to our PS4 and Xbox One readers! We’ve got codes for the Leeta Tactical Bridge Officer, 25 apiece for each console.

Do note that PS4 codes are restricted to North American players; the Xbox One codes are universal. And if you win, you’ll need to complete the tutorial with a Federation or Klingon character to redeem the codes.

Read on to enter to win!

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 180: Superstoked for heroic MMOs

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin do a belly flop right into a big pool of superhero MMOs, news, and fan projects. City of Heroes may be dead and gone many years now, but its legacy still lives on in surprising ways!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Listen to the show right now:


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Gigantic’s last matches are now playing out ahead of tomorrow’s sunset

There will be no stay of execution for the gorgeous MOBA Gigantic, as PWE has put up a countdown clock for the game’s final day.

“Discontinuing Gigantic was a very painful decision,” the studio reiterates. “Unfortunately its uniqueness did not resonate with as many players as we’d hoped. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to find an impactful solution to maintain the game and allow Gigantic to break through in a crowded market. One last Gigantic thank you to our amazing community for finding joy and entertainment in a game we worked so hard to make for you. The good memories will always live on!”

The sunset was originally announced back in January, though it didn’t come as a surprise even then, as PWE had already shuttered Motiga, the studio that built and ran it.

Gigantic isn’t the only game PWE is disappearing this summer; in fact, it shut down Swordsman and Jade Dynasty last month.

MOP’s Stream Team will be taking one last look at Gigantic tomorrow starting at 10 a.m. EDT – we’ll be there when the lights go dark at 11.

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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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One Shots: Dancing in the dark

When the lights go down, the party animals come out, dancing to their dark gods and eating all of the really good snacks before I even get there. What is this, off-brand ginger ale? It’s Canada Dry or I am out of here, and you can just sacrifice whatever to whomever without me!

Hikari took this really striking picture from Conan Exiles: “Dark isn’t usually my thing (with a name like Hikari, did you think it would be?), but sometimes… Praise Set, Praise Yog!”

If Yog had a pet, would that be a Yog dog?

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