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RIFT datamining discovers a new companion system

A brand-new feature has been datamined on RIFT’s test server, with players trying to figure out what this system entails.

It’s called Planar Disciples, perhaps some sort of companion system that is included on your character UI panel. Presumably players will be able to collect and level up a follower. Might be kind of cool to have a combat pal around for those tricky fights? Also coming to the game is a brawl mode for the Black Garden warfront, the return of the Tempest Rising world event, and a Pandora’s Box dimension.

One thing we do know for sure is that Trion Worlds is bringing back the Spoils of War event on the Prime progression server on August 16th.

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RIFT opens the River of Souls raid for progression players

Another day, another step forward for RIFT’s progression server. Players on the Prime shard have another challenge to fill their current endgame time, as the River of Souls raid has opened up for exploration and conquest.

“The 20-man raid, River of Souls is now open!” Trion Worlds announced. “Prevent Alsbeth the Discordant’s plans to reanimate the most powerful souls to fight in the army of Regulos.”

River of Souls originally was introduced to the game as part of a world event in March 2011’s Update 1.1. Players might recall that this first world event didn’t go as great as anyone had hoped, generating no small amount of controversy at the time.

Source: RIFT. Thanks Anon!

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RIFT hangs ten with this year’s Summerfest

When we have a winged, masked figure riding a surfboard through the air in an MMO, we are firmly through the looking glass without any opportunity to go back. That’s probably not an issue with RIFT’s audience, since they’re used to a little… oddness in their fantasy MMO.

The air surfer is courtesy of this year’s Summerfest, which has returned through August 2nd and is sporting a “fantastic new tropical Tiki theme.” Yes, it’s all island living for this year’s event, even if you happen to be on the Prime progression server.

RIFT’s Summerfest includes scavenger hunts, seasonal quests, artifact piñatas, and a special minion questline, among other activities. There are plenty of items to chase, such as the aforementioned island surfboard, an Island Cove dimension, tiki decor, parrot pets, island cosmetics, and — naturally — hammocks.

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The MOP Up: Star Trek Online’s DS9 expansion gets a console release date (July 14, 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 ElswordEVE OnlineSoulworker OnlineLeague of LegendsRealm RoyaleSurvived ByEverQuest IIProsperous UniverseBlack Desert Mobile, and Star Trek Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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RIFT’s progression server moves on to Ember Isle, onslaughts, and planar attunement

It’s a big step forward for RIFT’s one and only progression server. Prime inhabitants can now move into the game’s 1.6 Update with all of its vanilla RIFT endgame glory.

There’s a lot of content for players to plunder with this update, starting with the (re)introduction of the Ember Isle. This tougher level 50 zone includes 30 additional quests and many other activities to keep players busy at the level cap.

Also arriving with yesterday’s patch are the defensive-themed onslaughts, the Caduceus Rise dungeon, and Planar Attunement. This last feature is an ongoing character progression system that converts post-level 50 XP into advancement through several enhancement fields. The full patch notes are up as well and mention some of the class tweaks and general fixes that went into the game.

Source: RIFT

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ArcheAge is rolling out the next phase of its fresh-start servers with Reign: Part 1 on July 18

Trion Worlds has announced that the next phase of ArcheAge’s fresh-start progression servers will soon begin, boosting the level cap to 55 and unlocking a new dungeon, two additional races, and a slew of quest chains. The update, titled Reign: Part 1, will unleash the Dwarf and Warborn races and allow players to access their starting areas — Airain Rock, Aubre Cradle, and Sunbite Wilds — as well as the various quest lines contained within. It will also unlock the Mistsong Summit dungeon, where players can earn a variety of loot, including the newly redesigned Mistsong armor set.

On top of the new fresh-start server content, the update will introduce a number of new features for legacy servers, including the addition of Paloth’s Crystals, which will give free-to-play players the opportunity to earn rare mounts through “entirely in-game means.” Moreover, the new phase will introduce “a more powerful new tier of Hiram gear, an overhaul to Sport Fishing, and adjustments to the trade system,” the details of which can be found in the latest dev blog on the game’s site. Expect the whole shebang on July 18th.

Source: Press Release

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Global Chat: A starting point for WoW Classic

The recent announcement of WoW Classic’s starting point — Patch 1.12 — started to make the prospect of this legacy server a lot more real to players, including many MMORPG bloggers.

“Fans of Captain Placeholder are no doubt disappointed, but it seems like a reasonable place to call Vanilla to me,” said The Ancient Gaming Noob.

“I do wonder whether Blizzard will ever take this idea to the logical next step, as other studios have already (both EverQuests and now RIFT), and make it into a progression server so that players can relive the highs of each new content release, patches, and expansions in turn,” mused GamingSF.

Inventory Full concurs: “A server that simply locks at a specific snapshot of the game risks stagnation. There is a market for an unchanging experience as can be seen by the number of ‘maintenance mode’ MMOs that still hold some kind of population but it’s easy to see why a company as large and successful as Blizzard might not consider that audience sufficiently large or profitable to encourage.”

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RIFT hands out free progression server vault space

Have you ever gotten excited about a game issue or MMO extended downtime because you know that there’s a good chance that you will be able to reap some compensation for your troubles? It’s happening today with RIFT’s progression server crowd that’s had to deal with a buggy bank feature. The upshot? Free storage space for all!

“Fixed an issue allowing you to use extended bank vaults even though they were invisible,” the patch notes said. “In accordance with this, YOU GET A VAULT. AND YOU GET A VAULT. AND YOU GET A VAULT! (Vault 1’s extended storage is now available for everybody).”

Today’s hotfix also addressed some wardrobe, LFR, and dimension issues on the live servers and greatly increased the token drop rate for Prime’s expert dungeons and raids.

Summerfest is on the way for RIFT, and dataminers have discovered some of the new goodies that you’ll be able to earn with this year’s festival.

Source: Patch notes

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RIFT issues another progression server challenge, loses lead raid developer

It’s time to play the catch-up game with RIFT, starting with this week’s new challenge by the devs to progression server players. For the next month, players are tasked with sealing 120 rifts of various types as well as completing 20 zone events to secure a “Planar Protector” title. There are new PvP and crafting challenges as well.

Moving on to team news, players discovered the Raid Lead Designer Richard “Icarus” Byon has left Trion Worlds for another opportunity. Trion confirmed the departure: “We are extremely proud and grateful of the work he accomplished for RIFT; he is a talented designer and hard worker who brought a lot to the team and Trion as a whole. We have made gains to shift resources and continue to avidly work on instance and raid content. The RIFT team has some great content that we are working on while re-positioning our cadence and development focus.”

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The MOP Up: The Black Death improves its profession system (June 10, 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 RuneScapePokemon GoEverQuest, EVE Online, Paladins, Titan QuestThe Black DeathSkyforgeFinal Fantasy XIWizard101, Pirate101War of RightsEvolveState of Decay 2, all waiting for you after the break!

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ArcheAge’s fresh start servers snag the ‘Conquer’ update next week

Trion’s pretty sure MMORPG gamers cannot get enough of starting over in ArcheAge, which is why it’s whipping up yet another phase for the ArcheAge: Legends Return fresh start servers next week on June 13th, complete with new housing, dailies, bosses, dungeons, and raids.

“In the Conquer Phase, a host of new dungeons, raids, and upgrades are now at your fingertips. Venture forth to Golden Ruins in order to claim additional housing in Auroria, or embark on new daily quests and high level creatures to secure your route to level 50! […] Additionally, the Serpentis raid is open for enterprising adventurers, as well as Sea of Drowned Love and Sea of Drowned Love’s weekend version. Other changes include changes to the Dream Ring, which can now be progressed to an Epic version, an expansion of the Dream Ring quests on Fresh Start, allowing you to take your Ring to its maximum level, and the introduction of T1 Cars, and the Farm Hauler upgrade.”

The pair of fresh start progression servers have been running in NA and Europe since April, doing their happy progression server thing with vanilla content unlocking over time. Phase two rolled out last month after a brief delay.

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Trion makes summer plans to port Prime’s best ideas back to RIFT – here’s what both server types can look forward to

It’s about to be summer in RIFT – Summerfest, that is. In Trion’s latest developer letter, the team lays out what the season will bring to the game, and yes, that does include the Summerfest event, this year with new art and new housing items as well as “cleanup” work. Trion further vows that the ability updates in 4.4 are “not considered the end of ongoing soul work”; it’ll be considering legendary abilities, more Warrior tweaks, and Cleric healing and DPS updates in the future.

Most notably for regular-flavor RIFT players, Trion is planning on porting over a few of its best ideas from the progression server as well as revisiting some ongoing systems that need work. It’s looking at new daily rewards, rare mount drops, an evaluation of individual loot, a revamp of the credit store, and mechanics like eternal weapons, planar fragments, and warfront queueing. As for lockboxes…

“Some may have noticed the recent trend on the RIFT store to offer the latest mounts without releasing them inside of a lockbox, and you should expect more of that.”

And what about players on Prime? Trion says it’s working on the prelude event for the River of Souls on the Prime server.

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Funcom Q1 2018 financials: Conan Exiles will be the studio’s ‘bestselling game of all time’

A year ago, MMO fans were thrilled to find out that Funcom had had its best quarter in ages thanks to the early access launch of Conan Exiles. The first quarter of 2018 wasn’t quite as huge, but you can be sure next quarter will be, as Funcom says it’s already sold 1.4M copies of the game, a million of those before May 8th – which Funcom notes is as many as Age of Conan sold in its first three years of life, making it Funcom’s “bestselling game of all time.” It’s expected to launch on PS4 in Japan this summer, alongside the game’s first DLC in June.

Age of Conan, by the way, gets a note for its Saga of Zath progression server that ran throughout winter and spring; the studio says it was “successful in engaging players and increasing revenue.” Little ink is spilled over Secret World Legends beyond a note about Dawn of the Morninglight and a promise for “more content and events […] going forward.” Anarchy Online is not mentioned.

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