star conflict

Official Site: Star Conflict
Studio: Gaijin Entertainment
Launch Date: Open beta
Genre: Ship-based sci-fi sandbox
Business Model: F2P
Platform: PC

Gaijin’s space MMO Star Conflict rolls out Journey update tailored to newbies

I was shocked to realize today just how long it’s been since we covered Gaijin’s Star Conflict – that’s the rather well-loved but under-the-radar PvP space MMO by the same company that does War Thunder. So we’re glad to rectify that today as Gaijin has launched a massive update to the game called Journey that seems designed to get new players into the game without, you know, freaking them out.

“In a major redesign of the game’s progression system, players can now earn experience points and unlock new content by taking part in a story-driven campaign. The update offers beginners a gradual introduction to the game’s warring factions, different ship types, and incrementally increasing complex combat scenarios, while experienced pilots can head directly to more challenging adventures in outer space on new, powerful ships.”

The update further boasts new high-end ships and two new sectors of space where the “focus is on long-range engagements.” The game is free-to-play, so you can check it out on Steam at your leisure.

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Star Conflict celebrates Independence Day with in-game bonuses

Just because humankind has reached out to the far stars doesn’t mean that an Earthbound holiday is forgotten. Star Conflict is celebrating the 4th of July today with a five-multiplier bonus for players’ first victory and a 50% discount on purchasing the Endeavour space shuttle bundle.

The Star Conflict team recently pumped out its Engineer Evolved update, complete with the Waz’Got engineer frigate, a “significant upgrade” to the trade system, a redesigned hanger interface, new tasks from Arlette Sokal, and destroyed ship debris that can be collected and processed.

Get pumped up for this PvP space battler with the new “Join the Fight” trailer after the break!

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Build your very own Space Shuttle Endeavour in Star Conflict’s new event

Feeling nostalgic for the shuttle program? How about the Cold War manifested in an escalating space industry? MMO space sim Star Conflict has you covered: This week, it’s launched an event called Space Race as part of its Ancestral Heritage patch to help you recreate that bygone space tech age. Oh, and there are now plasma cannon. Did we mention that?

“While the American Space Shuttle Endeavour and the Soviet Spiral Aerospace System are visually almost indistinguishable from their historic predecessors, the space engineers of Star Conflict have introduced significant improvements. Now featuring plasma cannons and special combat modules, both spacecraft have become dangerous opponents even for the ships common to the fifth millennium. The Space Shuttle Endeavour is perfectly suited for steadfast pilots and can function as a full-fledged Frigate-class warship capable of protecting its allies in combat. Taking advantage of its heavy armor protection, players can activate the Endeavour’s ‘Phase Demodulator’ module which forces enemies to focus their fire on it and away from other team members in the fleet, providing cover during a fight. The Spiral Aerospace System will appeal to all pilots that like to rapidly change their tactics, as its two special modules allow it to function either as a single or two separate spacecraft. In its unified state, the Spiral is a potent Engineering vessel capable of assisting its allies in various ways, while in its separated state the detached module can, for a limited time, act as a very powerful interceptor.”

Through May 14th, Conflicteers will zip through multiple types of missions for rewards that’ll help you build your very own shuttle. Check out the vids below to get your nostalgia on!

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The MOP Up: Christmas in a warzone (December 25, 2016)

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!

This week, Warface brought a little holiday cheer into its relentless warzones. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Overwatch, Elder Scrolls Online, Minecraft, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Jukebox Heroes: Massively OP’s guide to grabbing 120+ MMO soundtracks

One of the most common questions that I’m asked from my adoring throngs on the street is, “Justin, where oh where can I get some of these marvelous MMO soundtracks that you talk about all of the time?” OK, that just never happens (on the street, that is), but people are often curious how they can go about starting to amass an MMO soundtrack collection or where to find their favorite album.

The sad truth is that so much music from these games is never officially released in any capacity, which is why I scour YouTube for fan rips of the music files. However, every so often I do discover a studio release somewhere, and I try to keep an up-to-date log on these to help others in their quest for video game scores.

So in the spirit of Christmas and sharing, today I’m going to show you how you can get your ears on more than 120 soundtracks and scores from MMOs, MOBAs, and other online titles — some of which are free and legal for the taking. You’re welcome; don’t mention it!

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Star Conflict celebrates Cosmonautics Day

Star Conflict stood up straight and saluted Cosmonautics Day this week, a day that marks the 55th anniversary of humanity sending a person into space for the first time. Along with a few in-game references, the occasion coincided with the new 1.3.5 patch.

The patch added a trio of premium ships that players can earn and assemble without necessarily spending money to do so. Components for these ships are found in PvE, PvP, and coop modes across the game. The ships are the Archelon guard frigate, the Stingray gunship, and the Brokk engineering frigate.

Other changes with 1.3.5 include the ability to slot a Halo launcher on destroyers, more varied enemies in PvE missions, new corporation icons, and assorted bug fixes.

Source: Star Conflict. Thanks to I-Spy for the tip!


The MOP Up: Top raiding guild quits World of Warcraft (February 28, 2016)

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!

This past week a top raiding guild up and quit World of Warcraft, Jagex’s devs got threatened with unicorn poo, creepy dolls invaded Final Fantasy XIV, and more!

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Make My MMO: Vampire MMO Shadow’s Kiss is on Patreon (February 20, 2016)

So here’s a new one for the Make My MMO crowdfunding column: We have a game that’s actually vying for Patreon donations rather than campaigning on Kickstarter or Indiegogo. That game is Shadow’s Kiss, a vampire fantasy MMO. Developer Clockwork Throne says it’s using Patreon to fund production and reward backers.

Dragon of Legends has rejoined our list, having canceled its first Kickstarter and started over, asking for a much smaller amount (in fact, it’s already passed its base goal). Multiplayer sci-fi survival sandbox Planet Nomads finished its Kickstarter a winner too, pulling in almost $140,000. And while MOBA shooter Overpower didn’t quite make its funding goal on Kickstarter, its devs have announced it’ll head into early access on March 2nd.

This week, we also mused on Star Citizen’s success, had a look at Camelot Unchained’s new lighting system, and spoke to Crowfall’s devs about its world-building pipeline.

Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding this week and the roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’ve got our eye on!

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Star Conflict prepares to upgrade its sector conquest system

The meat of Star Conflict’s, er, conflict has been in its sector conquest system, which went live about a year ago. The team has been watching and evaluating the system since then and is currently preparing to upgrade it with new features.

Coming soon to a PvP galaxy near you will be a defense strength meter for locations, limitations placed on the defensive coverage of dreadnoughts, daily tournaments, new star citizens, corporate structures, and seasons with rewards and resets at the end. The changes will take place gradually over five stages.

Speaking of tournaments, Star Conflict Leagues have been in testing for a while now and should be coming soon with ladder seasons. There is a whole list of potential rewards for winners, including currency, unique weapons, and actual t-shirts.

Source: Sector conquest, Star Conflict Leagues, winner’s reward. Thanks to I-Spy for the tip!


Star Conflict’s latest patch introduces badass player-made destroyer ships

Building on its December Age of Destroyers patch, Gaijin’s space sandbox Star Conflict has this week patched in that very ship class for players to create.

“The first destroyers — a new ship class in Star Conflict, are available for manufacture and use by all pilots. At the moment pilots can build and utilise only rank 8 Destroyers. Higher rank will be added in stages in the nearest future.”

Destroyers are player-manufactured ships made out of special components and intended to serve as heavy fire support vessels. Check out the new images below, along with the 1.3 video.

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Star Conflict summarizes its journey through 2015

Curious what Star Conflict has been up to over the past 12 months? The developers put together a new video to summarize the major events and updates that took place in this space MMO, including invasions, the tutorial, the test server, and new ships. Even if you haven’t been playing the game, it’s a neat montage of Star Conflict’s visuals and combat.

The devs said that the new year will see the open space portion of the game expanding, “bringing the game even closer to open world space simulators.” You can watch the 2015 review video after the jump.

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The best MMO deals in the Steam winter 2015 sale

It’s the holiday season! A time for cuddling up before a cozy fire, enjoying loved ones, sharing memories, and… just kidding. It’s time to raid Steam’s sales and get some vidya games dirt cheap!

Here’s some of the stuff most useful for MMO players this round.

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