Guess what’s up from maintenance with a hefty update today? It’s Nexon’s Riders of Icarus, and the patch is called Dawn of the Magician, chiefly because – drumroll – you’re getting the new Magician class. The patch notes have the whole chart of new class skills, but it’s going to look familiar to fans of mages everywhere: Expect chaos, lightning, light, and dark pew pew to define your arcane powers rather than elemental or nature magic.
To kick off the launch of the new class, Nexon is also launching an event for everyone dubbed Race to Glory. The word “grind” is used five times in these patch notes in a positive way, mind you, and it’s basically what the event is about: Over the next month, players will be participating in five races for prizes, everything from speed-leveling your new Magician to murdering 100 of them in duels and PvP. Or dying to them, if that’s more your speed.
It’s all live in game right 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 Hearthstone, DC Universe Online, Elsword, EverQuest II, Wild Terra, Riders of Icarus, Dauntless, Realm Royale, Pokemon Go, Escape from Tarkov, War of Rights, and EVE Online, all waiting for you after the break!
If you’re tired of watching exploiters and cheaters wreck your favorite MMOs, maybe give some attention to Riders of Icarus, where Nexon is putting players’ urge for vigilante justice to work. With its “Bounty for the Hunter” event, the company is incentivizing normal folk to report anybody abusing the game mechanics in exchange for some loot. Only the first reporter gets the goods, you can be rewarded only once per account, and yes, submitting fake reports will get you a ban of your own.
Miscreants are looking at just a one-week ban and a reset of their ill-gotten gains. Reporters grab a pack full of buff goodies; the best part is that the reward includes a pair of ridiculous uniforms. Don’t ask us why the dude’s hat is lopsided and the girl is inexplicably wearing hotpants! Guess you don’t need pants to report cheaters.
Think this sort of thing ever works? What happens when the people motivated have reported all the exploiters and are no longer rewarded for doing it?
It’s so disappointing when an evil deity fails to adequately plan for an invasion, isn’t it? That’s what’s hitting Riders of Icarus, and really, it just makes the God of Ruin look incompetent. First he sends his two weakest generals to take stock of the defenders of the realm, but then they wind up getting into dust-ups with mortals, losing, and letting their relics fall into mortal hands. So mortals are actually doing better because of this first invasion attempt!
Just sloppy work all around, really.
The overarching plan for future development is to ultimately give players access to the fourth relic slot whilst also allowing players mechanics to select the desired stats for that relic. Meanwhile, the world raid will continue to improve and offer better rewards and bigger foes, so don’t rest on your laurels just yet. Check out the full gameplan on the official site.
Want to shake up an MMORPG’s status quo and stir up players’ excitement? Take a cue from what Riders of Icarus is doing today with its Reliquary Update and add a new type of gear altogether. These relics are thanks to the God of Ruin and his army littering the landscape with the new equipment type. Don’t get overly excited about the change, however, as the patch adds a grand total of one relic for high-level players.
Relics are found from world raid bosses and must be appraised (for a fee) before they can be equipped. Once a relic is appraised, its attributes and effects are revealed. Oh, and there’s a chance that the relic could be destroyed during this appraisal process. “Ooh, you got a new shiny? Let me identify it for you! Whoops. Broke it.”
Riders of Icarus is running an attendence event through June 7th that hands out rewards each day for the first week of a player’s visitation. These rewards include 10 days of premium service and a Black Dooly mount.
Hope you weren’t holding out any great hope for Icarus Mobile, the portable spin-off of Nexon’s Riders of Icarus. MMO Culture is reporting that the contract for the upcoming mobile title looks like it will be canceled very soon, leaving the title’s continued existence in doubt.
However, take solace in the fact that the main MMO endures. In fact, the dev team just started talking about the future of the title after nearly a year of stalled development. Plans for 2018 include special MacBain merchants, improvements to the Tempering System, a world cup event, a party mode for Ellora’s spire, and the opening of the region of Turimnan sometime around August.
“The development has halted for Icarus for almost a year, as many of you have noticed, due to unforeseen circumstances, but rest assured that starting from now, the direction of the development for the game will improve gradually in the coming months so as to not disappoint everyone that has continued to wait and support us,” the team posted.
It’s been a quiet year for fans of Riders of Icarus, so it’s probably for the best that the first words of the newest development blog is an apology for being so quiet. Apparently, there were issues with providing players with new stuff to do. What sort of issues? We don’t know, it doesn’t say. But it does confirm that new stuff is coming to the game, starting with the addition of the MacBain merchants. Take on MacBain quests, get MacBain coins, get powerful weapon crafting materials from the MacBains. And if you want to make references to The Simpsons while you do so, who are we to judge?
Moving forward, the development team has plans to implement the region of Turimnan, make improvements to Ellora’s Spire such as including a party mode, and make the Tempering system more straightforward and clear. Most of the future updates don’t have dates just yet, but we can hope that there will be quite a bit more happening this year than took place last year. Less quiet, at the very least.
Hey, here’s an MMORPG we haven’t talked about in a while! Nexon’s Riders of Icarus is making a bid for players’ attention this week with a pair of spring events that offer both buffs and rewards.
First up is the Icarus’ Blessing server buff, which will run through April 26th. This constant buff will increase character XP, familiar XP, up the change of rares to drop, improve taming chances, and make the player stronger and tougher in battles.
Running from now through May 3rd is the Rider Returns event as well, designed to call back previous players who haven’t logged in anytime over the past two months. With this promotion, returning players will get a special reward every day for the first seven days he or she is back, including an aventurer’s package, 14 days of premium service, an outfit, a Maid Daveen pet, and a mecha cat mount.
Is your Valentine’s day about love, friendship, or free candy from mom? In MMORPGs, it’s about questing, murder, and free loot! So, yeah, kinda the same. Enjoy Massively OP’s guide to this very pink not-a-holiday across the MMORPG genre – and some not-quite-MMOs too!
How much is too much?
To some, that might seem like a reasonable question. But I knew. I knew. There is no such thing as too much!
There was a question raised on Massively OP this past week about in-game hoarding. I answered… boy did I answer. I kept answering. It was just like my virtual bags: I filled the space to overflowing. And I just kept going. And now, it’s even spilling over to The Soapbox! It’s not my fault games make cool things I like and want to keep, or make getting stuff so much fun (searching through every box and barrel, anyone?). But there is much more to it than that. Yes, I admit I am a serial hoarder. But I am also an unrepentant hoarder! It’s not a problem. Others may think I have a problem.
I see it as item security.
Last week on Reddit, an EVE Online player begged CCP to organize a wall of shame for botters – essentially an online list of those caught cheating, with character names and corps to boot. This, he argued, would not only prove to the community that cheaters were being banned but allow players to “self-police” those corps “actively harbouring bots.”
You’re probably making a face right now imagining just what EVE players might do with such a list, but then again, we’re talking about botters here. I’m more curious whether you folks actually believe those are effective or a good idea in general. Several EVE players said it’d never happen because of European laws, but in fact we’ve written articles about multiple MMO studios naming-and-shaming cheaters: Guild Wars 2, Riders of Icarus, H1Z1, Tree of Savior, and Mechwarrior Online, just to name the first five I found by searching the last three years of our own site.
Is “naming-and-shaming” MMO cheaters with a “wall of shame” a good idea, or should studios that famously ban the wrong people maybe stay away from painting targets on customers’ backs?
We’re taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before we head into 2018!
July was a month of MMORPG launches, as Riders of Icarus, Albion Online, and Gigantic formally launched; Dark and Light hit early access; and other MMOs, including SWTOR, Guild Wars 2, and Neverwinter, rolled out major updates.
But it was also a period of delays, as Star Citizen collected thousands of comments over its repeated delays of its 3.0 alpha and both ARK: Survival Evolved and Lord of the Rings Online’s Mordor rescheduled launches for August. We also said farewell to Firefall after its long limbo, and don’t forget the Pokemon Go live event trainwreck!
Read on for the whole list!
Step aside, turkey and fambly rage: It’s time to buy stuff. Because we don’t already unload our wallets the rest of the year on MMOs! Oh wait, yes we do. In any case, here’s a quick roundup of all the best MMO Black Friday 2017 sales on Steam and elsewhere.