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The Stream Team: Returning to the Deathgarden

The free trial of DEATHGARDEN is still going, so Massively OP’s MJ is diving right back in for some more… well, death. Hopefully she can avoid the hunter a little better in the arena this time around, or perhaps she’ll try her hand at being the hunter! Join in live at 9:00 p.m. for more savagery amid the foliage.

What: DEATHGARDEN
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, August 20th, 2018

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The Stream Team: A first look at Broke Protocol

Now that Massively OP’s MJ is more amenable to blocky games, it’s time to up the ante with Broke Protocol! A persistent sandbox game, Broke Protocol allows her to make her own goals and even roleplay in a low-poly open-world action game. Will she run around and help others, or will she be a menace to society? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first look at…

What: Broke Protocol
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, August 20th, 2018

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The Stream Team: A first look at DEATHGARDEN

If a new game is going to give out a free weekend, that sounds like a pretty decent time to check it out! Massively OP’s MJ is going to give DEATHGARDEN a go. (It’s quite possible the Death Counter talked her into this.) She’d prefer to do the five-man team up of this battle royale, so feel free to join in live at 2:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first look at…

What: DEATHGARDEN
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 18th, 2018

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Ashes of Creation preps for September’s Alpha 1, shows off its action combat

Need a good dose of Ashes of Creation news to spice up your week? Intrepid Studios popped its head back up to talk up the game, starting with the revelations that Ashes is going to make an appearance at Gamescom next week and kick off its Alpha 1 testing next month.

The Alpha 1 test will span seven months and cover 100-player open world battlegrounds, 200-player castles and sieges, and the city horde mode, which challenges players to work together to protect a town from rampaging NPC invaders. At some point down the road during this test, name reservations will open up for backers.

Lead Developer Steven Sharif also popped onto Discord to share some other tidbits about the game features and systems. If you wanted to know if crossbows will have scopes (they will), if there would be quest dailies (there will not), and what surprises weapons will hold (some have skills!), then you’ll want to peruse this list.

Intrepid whetted fans’ appetites for this upcoming MMO with an action combat gameplay trailer. Where is this trailer? Where might you find it? Don’t fret, it’s been waiting for you below… waiting for you all your life.

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The Stream Team: Trying Warframe’s Frame Fighter minigame

Massively OP’s MJ seems to be all about games within games lately! Now, Warframe has a fighter minigame available on PC. She’s never played one of these types of fighters, but she’s willing to dive into Frame Fighter. Maybe she can even slip in a round of Happy Zephyr. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to face off against MJ.

What: Warframe
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 17th, 2018

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Crowfall: New marketing boss, bestiary entry, player mapping, and the Mother of Cats

Crowfall has a bunch of smallish pieces of news this week that we don’t want to miss.

First, ArtCraft announced that it’s picked up a new VP of Marketing with experience on gobs of major titles, including the MMO genre’s seminal games. It’s maybe not that exciting a revelation to gamers, but it does signal that Crowfall is shifting gears into a new phase of development.

The team also released a new bestiary entry, this one on the aurochs – that’s the bullish-looking critter with sprays of blue hair and a skullface, seen in lots of of screenies from the game.

Then ArtCraft’s Dave Greco did a stream walking through his concept art for Illara the Traveler, Mother of Cats.

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The Stream Team: All your base are belong to Rend

One of the best things about Rend is its emphasis on teamwork and cooperation. And although Massively OP’s MJ is only one person, she knows her contributions help. She’ll be heading out into the wilds and continuing to collect resources for her faction base while she explores. Of course, all this will also help get her a step closer to making portals so she can raid the spirit realm and get a pet. Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to check out the Conclave base.

What: Rend
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 17th, 2018

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A brand-new minigame and a bunch of rocks enter Warframe this week

Did you know that Warframe has minigames buried inside its code? That is indeed a thing, and in fact a new hidden minigame has been added to the world of Warframe with this week’s update as Frame Fighter joins existing games Wyrmius and Happy Zephyr.

“Challenge your friends to a side by side duel — Frame Fighter has arrived!” Digital Extremes says. “Inspired by long-time Warframe Fan LocoCrazy_, this no-frills arcade minigame will transform your Orbiter into a battleground! No quarters required! Visit Simaris and acquire the Ludoplex — a new home for all of Warframe’s minigames — through Standing. Choose from Excalibur, Volt and Mag, each with their unique Ability. Unlock additional Frame Fighter characters by discovering Fragments throughout the game. If the scanned Warframe’s Prime is in your Inventory, you can toggle to the Prime version of the acquired character.”

The patch also adds some new amp bits and… rocks and plants. No really, there are new flora pieces available as decorations for clan bases. Nifty! Not coincidentally, we’ll be streaming Warframe tonight; join us on OPTV at 9 p.m. EDT to see the some of the new content up close!

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The Stream Team: Secret World Legends Immersion Game must go on

The Game must go on! Massively OP’s MJ only made it through v2.0 of the text-based game in Secret World Legends, but there are still three more versions to go. And the third one is pretty fun. Can MJ solve it all? Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. as MJ dives deeper into Immersion as the Game v3.0 takes her Seoul.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

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Rend’s Jeremy Wood on how Frostkeep borrows from Blizzard, Dark Age of Camelot, and PlanetSide

GameDaily has an interview with Rend’s Jeremy Wood this week that covers a bunch of meta topics of interest to MMO players and watchers of this oddball hybrid title. While Rend has no plans to suddenly become a battle royale title, Frostkeep is very much watching what the MMO subgenres and companies are up to in order to “fill the same psychological needs that are being filled by those games in [Rend].” Specifically, Wood says his team learned a lot from Blizzard and the MMO genre.

“Our biggest takeaway from our Blizzard experience is you can make a fantastically unique product without really inventing anything new,” Wood explained. “Blizzard got where they are by taking inspiration from all sorts of different great pieces of games in different genres.”

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Hi-Rez’s Realm Royale playerbase and reviews are way down on Steam

Yikes – Realm Royale is apparently struggling, proving once again just how hard it is to break into one of these new runaway subgenres. GitHyp (via GIbiz) has a report this week on the size of Hi-Rez’s battle royale playerbase after just two months of life.

“At the time, we thought Realm Royale could be PUBG‘s first serious competition on Steam with no other recent battle royale game coming close to 100k players,” GitHyp writes. But since then, the game’s activity level has apparently sunk to around 7000 concurrent players, which as the analytics firm notes is a loss of 93%. Streaming of the title is down too, aside from the ongoing $100K weekly tournaments. GitHyp attributes the downslide to Steam’s mixed reviews, which focus primarily on balance concerns.

Earlier this week, Hi-Rez reorganized into into three core studios, one apiece for SMITE, Paladins, and Realm Royale, as if to emphasize GitHyp’s assertion that the game isn’t dead yet and the company’s not giving up on it any time soon; it’s still in alpha on PC, and it has yet to launch on console.

Source: GitHyp via GIbiz

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The Stream Team: Sharing a stash of Trove summer festival stuff

Massively OP’s MJ doesn’t need a festival to log in and play Trove anymore, not since Geode. And she doesn’t need a reason to give things away to you, either! Thanks to piñata popping during that event and donations from fans, she has a stash of summer festival stuff to share. If you’ve really been missing a piñata head to wear, tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for your chance to win. There might also be a special mount and/or wings to win!

What: Trove
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

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The Stream Team: What comes after SWTOR’s Knights of the Eternal Throne?

Now that Massively OP’s Larry and MJ finished SWTOR’s KOTET story, what’s next? MJ has no idea really. Surely the story must go on somehow, but on what tangents? What awaits — and more importantly, what choices await? Not that MJ can make them, mind you; the audience does! Join us live at 2:00 p.m. as the we move beyond the Eternal Throne to new adventure in…

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

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