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The Daily Grind: Could a time travel MMO work?

A week or so ago, we reported on the release of an eastern title called Dark Era that was largely unremarkable save for the fact that it allowed players to travel to six different eras in time, to meet historical and fictional characters.

Personally, I didn’t hold great hopes for the game, but it cheered me up slightly to see an MMO — any MMO — tackle time travel as a core theme instead of a fun side quest. It also made me wonder if a time travel MMO on a large scale was actually possible. Thematically, Otherland might be the closest we’ll ever get, but it’d be cool to be able to jump through the centuries, from the past to the future, and even dabble in a bit of paradoxes and cause-and-effects.

That’d be a headache to program, of course, and it would always be compared to the perfection that is Chrono Trigger. As a thought exercise, do you think a time travel MMO could work? How so?

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Otherland opens the doors to Water Isle, goes on sale

Hey everyone — Otherland would like a minute of your time. It’s raising its hand for you to call on it because it has some exciting news and really wants a little attention.

The early access title patched in a new zone yesterday, Water Isle. Water Isle is the third of five planned areas that are based off of the Chinese elements. This area reunites players with the Water Master and throws in 70 new quests to conquer and a level cap increase to 55. The update also added the option to buy credits in the cash shop.

Otherland is currently hosting a major sale on Steam. Through February 1st, you can pick up this early access title for 75% off at $5.

Source: Patch notes


Perfect Ten: The biggest MMORPG news stories of 2015

For as long as Massively Overpowered exists, this will be one of the most memorable years in our site’s history. It was the year that, after seven year of operation, old Massively got abruptly shuttered by AOL along with Joystiq and WoW Insider. It was also the year that the community rallied around us and Kickstarted the hell out of a new site, giving us the chance to create MOP as an independent MMO entity.

2015 will no doubt be remembered for a lot of other things too, of course. I don’t think anyone could have predicted all of the craziness and unexpected turns that happened in our genre over the past 12 months. Let’s take a walk back through the year-that-was to cover the biggest, strangest, and most exciting stories that we covered.

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Otherland adds Wood Isle zone, raises level cap

The 5Isle area of Otherland has grown significantly bigger this week with the addition of Wood Isle, a new area brimming with missions and challenges. The new forest zone includes 70 quests and plenty of dangers, with monsters lurking in the dark and a demonic threat.

November 27th’s patch also increased the level cap to 55 and tinkered with the combat system. “The developers have focused on improving combat by rebalancing the damage and healing system. Combat is now more challenging, strategical and enjoyable for all players,” the announcement stated.

Otherland is 50% off until December 1st on Steam.


Grab an Otherland Steam key from Drago and MOP

Sci-fi MMORPG Otherland most recently made blog headlines when it denied accusations that it solicited or purchased what appear to be suspicious reviews on Steam. So how would you like a chance to play the game yourself, for free, and form your own opinion?

Drago Entertainment has given us 50 Steam keys that unlock the $19.99 standard edition of Otherland on Steam, and we’re passing them along to you today. Click onward for a key!

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Otherland devs deny buying positive Steam reviews

Drago Entertainment has today denied allegations that it paid for positive Otherland reviews on Steam.

Website MMOs.com accused the developer of directly paying for fake reviews, suggesting the company is “trying to boost sales in an incredibly shady way” and “trying anything and everything to get people to try the game.” “[I]f you’re going to try to trick your customers into buying your game[,] you might as well spend a little bit more and get your fake reviews written by native English speakers,” wrote the site, calling for Steam to take down the reviews.

On the Steam forums, Drago acknowledged the suspicious reviews but denied responsibility for them:

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Steam’s Halloween sale includes The Secret World, ARK, and more

This week sees a big Halloween sale over at Steam, which includes several MMOs that you might want to pick up while they’re at a discount. The sale ends on November 2nd.

Both The Secret World’s basic and ultimate editions are half-off at $15 and $30, respectively. The ultimate edition includes all of the content from issues 1 through 11, making it a much better prospect than buying the DLC piecemeal.

Other sales include ARK: Survival Evolved, H1Z1, The Park, TERA, Shroud of the Avatar, War Thunder, EVE Online, Otherland, and EldevinSpeaking of things to play for Halloween, check out our guide to all of the events running rampant through MMOs right now!

Source: The Secret World sale, Halloween sale. Thanks to Nordavind for the tip!


Otherland has added 120 new quests

Early access action MMO Otherland has added 120 new quests. Developer DRAGO Entertainment says that it has been hard at work expanding the storyline of 8Squared, with today’s update adding the ability to join the White Army forces. New areas include the Mausoleum and the Red Castle, which “provide exciting new gameplay for the next 10 levels.” The cap has been raised to 40, if you’re wondering.

The devs have also “reworked” male characters, added quickslot keybindings, and shortened zone transitions.

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Otherland teases Halloween event, reacts to player suggestions

Even in the midst of its early access testing, Otherland is planning some sort of Halloween event later this month along with a large content patch.

A new state of the game that was posted over the weekend updated the community on the progress being made with both new content and on existing bugs. The upcoming patch will continue the storyline while players should already see an improvement with login issues.

The team also promised that it’s taking player feedback into account by implementing community requested changes: “We are following pretty much every thread on the forum and we don’t neglect taking the suggestions section seriously either. We heard your suggestions about the male avatar’s looks and improved that in the last patch. We added a set of chat commands many have requested. Things like inviting players to a group or clan without having to interact with them directly.”


The Stream Team: A first look at Otherland

Are you curious about Otherland? MassivelyOP’s MJ is, and now that the game is in Early Access she has the chance to peek inside. Of course, you know she’d never leave you behind, so she’s bringing you along with her! Just how immersive is this new sci-fi title? Now is your chance to find out. Tune in live at 5:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you an early look at…

What: Otherland
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 26th, 2015

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Otherland compensates players for early access issues

Otherland’s early access launch wasn’t without its difficulties, as Drago has been racing to fix various issues over the past weekend. During this time, some players found themselves unable to log into the game, experiencing client crashes, or stuck forever on loading screens.

Drago says that many of these issues now have been resolved and has compensated players with a gift as an apology. “We have used the chance to give everyone +1000 credits to change your character look in the metamorph! This means everyone who has or will buy the starter edition in the future will now have 1000 credits, deluxe edition buyers get 2500 and collector’s edition owners 5000 in total. ”

Source: Steam #1#2


Massively OP Podcast Episode 30: Slumbering MMOs

This week Justin and Bree talk about the painful subject of when MMOs go dark for extended downtime and technical issues. Of course, there’s plenty of good news, too, such as Elite’s great sales, Otherland’s early access, and RIFT’s brand-new calling.

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.

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Otherland opens its early access doors today

Does Otherland hold potential to be an immersive MMO? Fans today will get to find out as the title opens up its early access testing on Steam.

The sci-fi MMO is adopting a buy-to-play model, and as such players will have to fork over some cash (at least $20) to get into early access testing. According to the developers, the game is mostly feature complete, with early access taking the place of open beta instead of being a repackaged alpha test. The team is asking for help during early access to track down bugs and to judge whether the combat balancing is too easy.

To find out more about Otherland, read our recent first impressions of the title and then watch the early access trailer after the break.

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