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Thursday, 8 October 2020

City of Heroes' SEGS rebuild project releases a pre-alpha version of its engine

The Super Entity Game Server (SEGS) project, which readers will recall is an attempt to rewrite the code for City of Heroes to connect with game assets players already own (and thus skirt any legal trouble with NCSoft's EULA), has made a fresh step closer to its projected late winter alpha release with the launch […]

SMITE reworks Loki and adds Gummy Worm Medusa for Halloween

Halloween is a season of tricks and/or treats, so perhaps it's that connection to trickery that prompts SMITE to kick out a rework of Loki in the latest update. He's a god of trickery, you see. It fits. "We focused on preserving the stealth Assassin feel his kit evoked, but removed many of the frustrations […]

Nexon will take MapleStory Fest all-digital on November 11

Nexon is getting ready to kick off its third MapleStory Fest, and like so many other gaming events this year, this version will indeed be a digital one. It's been dubbed MapleStory Fest 2020 at Home. "Celebrate MapleStory and MapleStory M together with other Maplers from the comfort of your own home," the announcement reads. […]

Star Wars: The Old Republic outlines its triumvirate of special events running in October

Welcome to another month of events in Star Wars: The Old Republic wherein you're exploring the relics of the Gree! It's always Gree, isn't it? We hope that's not a huge spoiler for anyone, although if you've logged in to the game this week you have no doubt already noticed the Gree-related antics. On the off […]

OrbusVR's most recent patch adds a new island, treasure maps, bracers, and long-term missions

It was certainly an inevitable conclusion, but the playerbase of OrbusVR has successfully completed the required tasks for the Explore the Realm community event, successfully unlocking a new island that was added in last week's update among other features. This new Forsaken Isle is meant to be an endgame location for groups of three to […]

Dual Universe asks its playerbase for thoughts on where to focus development via upvotes

Like what you see online? Then click that upvote button! Anyone who's watched a YouTube video since what feels like forever ago is familiar with the positive reinforcement that clicking a like or an upvote can bring. Dual Universe is going to leverage that learned behavior to determine what features to focus development on through […]

The Stream Team: Conjurer class questing in FFXIV

After poking back into FFXIV for its 10th anniversary, Massively OP's MJ yearned for more adventures on her Miqo'te, so she's nabbed Chris to join her for some. They'll be working on her conjurer class quest to move her along her White Mage path. Join us live at 2:00 p.m. for a return to… What: […]

PUBG brings back actor Jonathan Frakes for another lore video about the city of Paramo

Yep, we're doing this again, talking about lore tidbits associated with the decidedly plotless battle royale shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. But once again, we've got Star Trek actor and Beyond Belief host Jonathan Frakes to entice us along with that Unsolved Mysteries-style theme song in the background for that extra nostalgic hit. The video once more […]

Crowfall's October ACE Q&A livestream discusses expanded build options coming in update 6.2

The month of October is all about update 6.2 for Crowfall, which will be all about deepening the build variety for players of the throne war PvP MMO. The game's ACE Q&A video for this month took a closer look at the changes that are due to arrive with the update on that front. The […]

Riot Games is shuttering its Sydney, Australia, office as it sunsets its Oceanic Pro League

Activision-Blizzard isn't the only company shuttering overseas holdings this week, it seems: Riot Games is closing one down too, this time the company's Sydney, Australia, office. Riot's Malte Wagener and Tom Martell explain that League of Legends' esports Oceanic Pro League "has not met [the company's] goals for the league" and that they "do not […]

Perfect Ten: What gamers need to understand about MMO mages

So the first two times I tackled this type of topic for the Perfect Ten column here on Massively OP, I had the advantage of every game having a Warrior or most games having a Rogue, usually using those exact names. Mages, though? There are lots of different names for these guys. Mages, wizard, sorcerers, […]

World of Warcraft will still offer 100% drop rates for raid-dropped mounts in the Shadowlands pre-patch

One of the big things that World of Warcraft players have been advised to get done before the launch of the Shadowlands pre-patch is to hunt down the mount drops from Jaina Proudmoore and N'Zoth at Mythic difficulty. Currently, the mounts drop two at a time and have a 100% drop rate, while the expansion launch will […]

O'dyllita is live for Black Desert PC as console launches its first Succession classes

The O'dyllita region is finally open for PC players of Black Desert today! Readers will recall that the high-level area was postponed back in 2019 and then resurfaced in March before MOP's Desert Oasis columnist Carlo deep-dived it in June, calling it the best zone Pearl Abyss has ever built. And now it's live and […]

Yes, Genshin Impact is blocking Hong Kong and Taiwan-related chat

There are some words you can't say in Genshin Impact even when chatting with friends. These words are probably not of an enormous surprise to anyone familiar with the Chinese government, as the banned terms include Hong Kong, Tibet, and Taiwan. Others are a bit weirder, as some players are reporting "enemies" as an auto-blocked word […]

Cryptic's Stephen D'Angelo on City of Heroes' lessons, Star Trek Online's booming revenues

It's been a wild year for PWE's Cryptic Studios, as it's been busy maintaining its core MMORPGs but also working on Magic Legends, which began life as an MMO and has since shifted gears – and delayed significantly. That's the takeaway from a new interview on VentureBeat with Cryptic boss Stephen D'Angelo, who covers a […]

Lord of the Rings Online tests missions, pushes back Halloween

It's shaping up to be a busy month over in Lord of the Rings Online, as yet another preview build of Update 28 went out on the test server. Among other new features, players can try out the new mission system, which offers "short, solo, or duo scaleable instances" that will be available to players […]

Baldur's Gate 3 has officially entered early access – with multiplayer (kinda)

With Cyberpunk 2077, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, and Baldur's Gate 3 coming out this fall, it's certainly shaping up to be the season of the RPG. And speaking of Baldur's Gate 3, the long-awaited follow-up to BioWare's 2000 masterpiece has just gone into early access. Why does this matter to our crowd? It's because players […]

The Daily Grind: Does gacha have a place in MMO business models?

Just so, so many of my friends are playing Genshin Impact these days — and not just playing, but gushing over the fun, the beauty, and the gacha business model. Wait, what? Yes, I've actually seen many people both defending and approving of the game's use of the controversial gacha model of character acquisition and […]

The Stream Team: Frolicking in EverQuest II's moon forest

As beautiful as the crystalline structures are, Massively OP's MJ can't help but love the lushness of the Aurelian Coast in EverQuest II's Blood of Luclin. Who said the moon can't be forested? Tonight she continues her signature quest for the expansion… assuming she isn't distracted by all the side quests again or the pretty […]

Neverwinter allows for cooldown-free power swaps on console with its latest patch

Don't you hate when you're playing Neverwinter on your PlayStation 4 and you realize you need to change your power setup but don't want to deal with the inevitable cooldown? Now you won't have to. The newest patch for the game's console versions today changes the system so that you will no longer incur a cooldown […]

Shroud of the Avatar will introduce expanded teleporter functionality in Release 83

Release 83 for Shroud of the Avatar is going to make fast travel significantly more convenient for those players who own certain teleporters in their player-owned towns. In the latest Avatar update post, fans get a look at expanded features for the teleporters to Ardoris, Central Brittany, and Owl's Head. All three of these location-specific […]

RuneScape begins mental health charity drive, plans Orthen digsite launch for October 19

October's destined to be a solid month for RuneScape fans, thanks to the release of a new archaeology digsite rolling out on October 19th. It's called Orthen, and players are encouraged to complete the Desperate Measures questline and secure level 90 archaeology before attempting the new content. "Orthen, our mysterious sixth dig site, was once […]

Massively OP Podcast Episode 291: Day of Delays

Justin and Bree discuss WoW Shadowlands' and Magic Legends' delays, Torchlight 3's planned launch, PlanetSide 2's big patch, Skyforge's Switch announcement, and HEX's sunset, with a Daily Grind lightning round and mailbag topics on feelung untethered from MMOs, live podcasts, and MMO dailies.

Path of Exile begins the process of improving heists with its latest update

The devs of Path of Exile know that the titular heists of its recent League could use a bit of improvement, and with the most recent patch update, they seek to do just that. This latest patch introduces tweaks that should make heists shorter like reducing the maximum length of a Heist in higher level […]

Ghost of Tsushima's multiplayer Legends mode will arrive to PS4 players on October 16

The spectacular single-player adventure of Ghost of Tsushima would be a lot better with other people around, but I suppose we're all going to have to settle for a lack of co-op in lieu of a completely unique and separate four-person multiplayer mode where players get to fight against oni together. Oh woe. The mode […]

Star Trek Online's House Shattered is live on PC as the game heads to the Epic Games Store

Star Trek Online's new season is called House Shattered, but it is not in fact about shattering actual houses, as satisfying as that might be. Instead, it's a continuation of the Year of the Klingon storyline, and it's live today for PC players just in time for the game's official launch on the Epic Games […]

World of Warcraft shares its survival guide for the Shadowlands pre-patch next week

You still have another week before World of Warcraft releases its Shadowlands pre-patch, which marks the end of the game's Battle for Azeroth phase and moves into the pre-expansion period more completely. But if you're curious about what's going away, what's changing, and what you'll be able to do to get ready for the full expansion launch, there's […]

Guild Wars 2's Halloween festival, Shadow of the Mad King, returns October 13

On today's podcast, Justin asked me which MMO NPC needed more screentime, and I don't remember whom I picked but it was wrong. Obviously, the only correct answer is Mad King Thorn, who rules over Halloween in the Guild Wars universe every year. His jokes always slay the audience! And he's back again for Shadow […]

Activision-Blizzard is reportedly shuttering its Versailles, France, office

Activision-Blizzard is apparently closing down one of its offices, specifically the one in Versailles, France. The news comes from Bloomberg, which this morning reported that staff have been told that the studio, which at one point employed around 400 people, will be closed. According to the report, the office covered customer support, localization, and marketing […]

Choose My Adventure: How Spellbreak kicked my butt

So, you're first of all likely all wondering what happened to the voted-for Fallout 76 that was supposed to be part of this column. I ran into some technical issues, I'm afraid: I was able to get the game as part of my Game Pass subscription and assumed that I could just play the thing […]

World of Warcraft addresses LGBTQ storytelling: 'Whatever your background is, there's a place for you in this world'

TechRadar has an interview up this week with Blizzard's Steve Danuser, currently the lead narrative designer on World of Warcraft, and Johnny Cash, senior game designer and LGBTQ+ Advisory Council member, and no, it's not just another preview of Shadowlands' story. Instead, it homes in on Blizzard's new push into being more LGBTQ-inclusive with its […]

City of Heroes Homecoming rogue servers kick off Halloween with today's patch

If you miss the spooky times in City of Heroes, whether you were there for some of the first ToT teams or experienced Dr. Kane's trial, you'll get your chance to re-live it all over again with the Homecoming rogue servers' Halloween event, which has kicked off as of this morning. The entire collection of […]

World of Warcraft updates players on the major changes being worked on in the Shadowlands delay

By this point you have no doubt heard that World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is being delayed past its initial October 26th date to an as-yet-unstated point in the future. The development team is at least being transparent about what is changing within that extra development time, however, with a new post outlining what the team is […]

Star Citizen opens update 3.11's PTU build to all backers, with cargo decks, new weapons, and more

The test build before the alpha test build of Star Citizen — a super alpha, if you will — has now opened up to all backers of the space sandbox. It's time to kick the tires of alpha 3.11's PTU version, which introduces a variety of the features that the Inside Star Citizen video series […]

Secret World player publishes fifth 'unofficial' novel

For Secret World Legends fans, one truth is pretty evident: They're not getting any new stories in the game — at least, any time soon. So for more of the spooky, conspiracy-laden tales that they crave, they might have to go outside of Funcom's provision to the community itself. We've been following one SWL player, […]

Torchlight III tempts you with a banner to stress test its servers today

With just one week to go before it officially launches, Torchlight III is striving to get its house in order. And by house, we mean the servers, which need to get stretched out and tested like a new pair of underwear before they're due to be worn for good next week. As such, Torchlight III […]

The Daily Grind: What's the goofiest not-an-MMO acronym you've seen an MMO try to adopt?

There was a phase our genre went through about five or so years ago when every new MMO – even the ones that most people would've agreed were pretty standard MMORPGs – were trying to rebrand themselves with brand-new acronyms and genres. It wasn't a new trend, of course; ArenaNet tried it with CORPG (competitive […]

The Stream Team: Filching is funnest with friends in Path of Exile

Filching is funnest with friends! A life of crime is apparently much better with companions at your side (of either the undead or live variety)… at least in Path of Exile. Massively OP's MJ is enjoying heists in the new league, but only with company. OK, it helps that friends act as a diversion! But […]

Massively Uplifting: Shattering mental health and disability stereotypes while increasing gaming inclusivity

Back to school? That quintessential September mantra may not be a given for everyone this year. However, what is still a given is the goodness of so many in the gaming world! No Man's Sky and Sea of Thieves supported charity initiatives, while gamer Steven Spohn has declared a goal of raising $1 million dollars […]

Fall Guys season two brings medieval fantasy-themed costumes and rounds on October 8

The phenomenon battle royale title Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is about to get medieval on its players. While that certainly can be taken literally considering the hard-hitting slapstick nature of the title, that also means thematically when season two arrives on Thursday, October 8th. This upcoming new season will introduce a bundle of cosmetics styled […]

Wizard101 and Pirate101 get into the Halloween mood with Crown Shop items and quests

Both Wizard101 and Pirate101 have begun to celebrate the Halloween season in their own individual way, though one game is offering more than the other; Pirate101 is mostly focused on the Crown Store as it brings back a number of thematic items including mounts and pets as well as a Haunted Galleon ship while also […]

Final Fantasy XI previews a lighter update for its October patch

Here's the bad news for Final Fantasy XI fans: The game's October version update is going to be on the lighter side. The good news, on the other hand, is that the November update will be significantly larger, and the lighter update now is a direct result of loading the bases (so to speak) for next […]

Xsyon introduces mounts and a variety of additional social features in latest patches

The early access sandbox of Xsyon just got a little bit friendlier thanks to the game's most recent patch updates. In early September, an update introduced mounts to the game, letting players train some of their pet types up to become rideable friends. Certain pets can also come along with players and fight alongside them […]

Minecraft reveals Caves and Cliffs update, Minecraft Dungeons unveils cross-platform play

We're in the age where it seems like every video game released under the sun has its own personal reveal show, and Minecraft was certainly no exception (cheers, COVID-19). That grousing aside, though, the recent Minecraft Live event did make a number of interesting announcements including a new update for the base game and for […]

Dungeons and Dragons Online shares the leaderboards for its third season of Hardcore League

The race to the top of the Dungeons and Dragons Online Hardcore League that kicked off in June has ended, and now it's time to congratulate the winners. Leaderboards have been posted that introduce players to the top earners of Favor and Reaper XP during the permadeath mode's third season. With the current season complete […]

Prep for WoW: Shadowlands with this story catch-up video

It's certainly no secret that World of Warcraft's storyline has been a hot, confusing mess of azerite, burning elf trees, and slumbering old gods over the past few years. So whether you're coming back to the game for Shadowlands after a long absence or simply got lost in the lore weeds somewhere in Battle for […]

Fallout 76 roleplay group had its Facebook account terminated for being mistakenly flagged as a hate group

Politically, things in the US are… charged, to say the least, and the impact of misinformation efforts across social media platforms is more in the spotlight than it ever has been before. However, one prominent roleplay group in Fallout 76 ran afoul of the efforts by Facebook to stop these digital groups with a brief […]

ZeniMax Online Studios appears to be ramping up development of its long-speculated new MMO

If you've been wondering what's going on with that new IP that's almost certainly in development at ZeniMax Online Studios… well, we don't know yet. But we do know that development seems to be ramping up, with more job listings and hiring offers looking for a larger number of people to round out the development […]

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV leaves the Deep Dungeon for now

We don't quite have patch 5.35 here yet, but we do know that the patch will add the Bozjan Southern Front to Final Fantasy XIV in lieu of prior expansions offering the Deep Dungeon at this point. This is kind of significant. For a long time, this was a feature that I just assumed we would be […]

Elite: Dangerous provides some deep detail about Odyssey's on-foot features in a developer livestream

Last week, Elite: Dangerous began to spill information about the upcoming Odyssey expansion with a video about missions and their move to on-ground locations like stations and NPCs. That subject was mostly the focal point for the latest Discovery Scanner devstream, which opened up further about the mechanics of finding things to do on foot. […]

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