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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

PlanetSide 2 kicks off Nanite of the Living Dead VII: The Seeds Must Flow today

The annual Halloween event has arrived in PlanetSide 2 as of today, and you get the vague sense that the designers really went all in on this one. Seriously, did you see that space pumpkin in the header? You need to shoot it for rewards, but one suspects that you'd be tempted to shoot it anyhow if you […]

Black Desert Mobile adds the Tamer class, Black Desert PC kicks off Halloween

The month of October brings with it another gaggle of treats for players of Black Desert and Black Desert Mobile, with both games introducing new things to enjoy like a new class or some new Halloween-themed events. On mobile, the Tamer class has officially launched, bringing with her a short sword, a trinket, and the […]

Overwatch's Halloween Terror is back once again with new cosmetics and challenge missions

The well-known (and regularly repeated) Halloween event of Overwatch is back once again. It's time for Halloween Terror 2020, bringing along the usual Junkenstein's Revenge content, which will add two challenge missions each week for a total of six over the course of the event's run. Expect things like faster moving and exploding Zomnics, heroes […]

Secret World Legends offers up public raids and daily login rewards for Samhain 2020

The Halloween season is especially near and dear to Secret World Legends' heart, what with its whole vibe of Anima-powered people taking on literal gods, monsters, and mythological terrors. So it stands to reason that the game will be celebrating with its Samhain 2020 event, though this one appears decidedly less meaty than previous Samhain […]

Some Assembly Required: How clever gamers solved Dual Universe's massive puzzle event in record time

If you are a fan of sandboxes and virtual worlds – and you are reading Some Assembly Required, so you probably are – then you are likely looking for more to do in your games than just quaff quests, delve dungeons, and run raids. You seek alternate activities. How about a deep, years-long scavenger hunt […]

Final Fantasy XIV announces the Make it Rain campaign starting on October 21

There will sadly be no All Saints' Wake in Final Fantasy XIV this year; the game's annual ghoulish celebration is a victim of the development delays in the wake of the global pandemic. This is unfortunate, but it does mean that the annual Make it Rain campaign is starting early and includes a representative from the […]

Explaining Genshin Impact's impact: The reinvention of gachapon

Yes, I know Genshin Impact isn't an MMORPG. It's not even an MMO; it's just regular old multiplayer. But when its first four days sees 17 million players and $50M in revenue, either something went really right or well-trodden MMO business models are beginning to show distinct flaws. Both MMO players and developers should be […]

Titan Reach devs admit their Kickstarter is doomed, plan Indiegogo instead

You might have noticed that the Kickstarter for "old school" MMORPG Titan's Reach has just a few days to go and yet has raised only $125,000 of its $421,578 goal. Sydney-based Square Root Studios isn't oblivious to this reality, either, and in fact the team has already posted plans for its next steps. "Unfortunately, we […]

Perfect Ten: 10 notable MMO developers that shut their doors

When En Masse Entertainment announced that it would be closing its doors this fall, we here at Massively OP came to the realization that there really haven't been as many studio shutdowns over the years in comparison to how many MMOs have been sunsetted. Titles are born and titles die, but their studios often live […]

Unions in Europe call on Blizzard employees in France to strike against the closure of the Versailles office

Last week we had reported the unfortunate news that Blizzard would be shutting down an office in Versailles, France, displacing 285 employees who handled a variety of tasks for EU players including customer service, localization, and marketing duties among other things. Now, a letter shared by YouTube channel Taliesin & Evitel calls for employees of […]

EVE Online launches Quadrant 4: Phoenix to cap off the Triglavian invasion arc

With 2020 finally and blessedly coming to an end, EVE Online is reaching the climax of its long-running Triglavian invasion content plot too, and today it's kicking off its final quadrant of the year, dubbed Phoenix. "As the Triglavian invasion comes to its year-long finale, EVE pilots will be faced with rebuilding New Eden and […]

Surprise! Gamigo's MMO RIFT is testing out a new zone area

Ever since the transfer of RIFT from Trion Worlds to Gamigo, players have experienced a content drought that's only been addressed with drips and dribbles of patches ever since. But could a more substantial patch be on the way? Well, yes and no. Don't get your hopes up too much, but when fan site The […]

World of Warcraft weathers a wild pre-patch launch night

After a very long wait for the servers to come back up yesterday, World of Warcraft officially jumped into the Shadowlands era last night with the release of its 9.0 pre-patch. It was a bit of a bumpy ride, especially for players in Europe, with WoW Tokens being taken offline, chat not working all of […]

The Daily Grind: What character customization option do you use in all your MMOs?

We are nothing if not creatures of habit, even when it comes to the wild game worlds we visit. There's also something to be said for creating continuity between MMOs by fashioning characters that sort of look like each other. At least for myself, I've noticed that I do tend to lean on the same […]

The Stream Team: Going to Glint's lair in Guild Wars 2

Last Guild Wars 2-sday, Massively OP's MJ collected all of the lost dragon's memory shards. Now, she must get to Glint's lair to search for that weapon before the enemy Balthazar does so she can keep the world safe. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for more GW2 Path of Fire story. What: Guild Wars […]

Shroud of the Avatar introduces players to the Breach adventure scene

Into the Breach with you, Shroud of the Avatar backers of a specific tier! That's the name of the next adventure scene being added to the MMORPG soon, with Episode 2 Access holders once again getting first crack at the location. The Breach is a modified version of Dysborg Ruins, a PvP scene located along […]

League of Legends officially reveals Seraphine the Starry-Eyed Songstress

At this point, the fact that there's now a pop star champion in the League of Legends roster should come as little surprise to fans, what with the whole K/DA thing and the fact that the character has already been on Twitter a fair bit. Be that as it may, we can now officially confirm […]

Crowfall hosts a week-long series of sieges to stress test the game and improve performance

The devs of Crowfall are trying their best to squeeze out as much performance from the game as possible, but to do that, they need data. That's where a week of Dregs campaign sieges comes into play. Starting between now and Friday, October 16th, ArtCraft will be working with the Unity engine team to record […]

Massively OP Podcast Episode 292: Burning down the Amazon gameforest

Justin and Bree discuss Crucible, Star Trek Online, Black Desert, FFXIV, Star Citizen, WoW, MMO Halloween, and new games from CCP and Zenimax, with adventures in LOTRO, WoW, SWG Legends, and Torchlight III, plus an audio mailbag topic on ragequitting.

Fallout 76 drops a huge bug fix patch, lays groundwork for Steel Dawn

Mutant radroaches may dominate the landscape of Fallout 76, but the truly insidious bugs are the ones that have been crawling all over the game for a long while now. So while it might be disappointing to some to see that today's Update 23 doesn't contain any new content or features, the Bethesda realist knows […]

Judge ensures Epic's Unreal Engine remains on Apple's iOS while warning of 'serious ramifications' for consoles

While we still have a long way to go before the Epic Apple feud begins its bench trial, there's been a couple of notable moves by Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers ahead of the official trial. A preliminary injunction released on Friday has ensured that Epic Games' developer account should stay in place, which includes Unreal […]

SMITE introduces the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as unique character skins in an upcoming battle pass

With the wild success of the Avatar and Korra battle pass, it's perhaps unsurprising that SMITE is going to try and pull the same trick, this time using the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. A cinematic trailer has unveiled the TMNT Battle Pass which dresses up Osiris, Sun Wukong, Loki, and Mercury as Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, […]

Guild Wars 2's Shadow of the Mad King Halloween 2020 is officially live

Shadow of the Mad King is back in Guild Wars 2 for the Halloween season of this hell year, and if you're really fast, you'll beat me to the candy corn. Nope, too slow, I already ate it all. But don't worry because there's plenty more to do: Players will be playing Mad King Says, […]

Neverwinter's Redeemed Citadel releases Milestone III on PC today

The continued growth of the Redeemed Citadel in Neverwinter has a date for PC players: today. Today's patch will see the beginning of Milestone III, which once again introduces a new server progress goal and a new leaderboard for players to climb. This milestone's leaderboard goal will be to summon Zariel as a companion, while […]

Choose My Adventure: Remnant From the Ashes is the action shooter MMO I didn't know I wanted

I miss out on a lot of games. It happens. It's bound to happen. There are likely countless numbers of titles that escape my notice, and that's fine. But I am genuinely upset at myself that I didn't try Remnant: From the Ashes sooner. Especially since I have nobody to blame but myself. It's not […]

Here's everything we know about the TERA PC, TERA Console, and Closers transfers

The handover of TERA and Closers from En Masse to its parent company Krafton and Naddic, respectively, has been… well let's be honest, it's been a confusing mess. The company is clearing trying to rectify that with some of its announcements this week, with some but not complete success. Let's start with TERA Console. On […]

Flameseeker Chronicles: Tips and tricks for Guild Wars 2's roller beetle racing

I'm not a big racing game person. Sure, I played my fair share of Mario Kart 64 back in the day, but beyond that, I'm just not that into that kind of high-speed, track-memorizing gameplay. So when Guild Wars 2 introduced roller beetle racing back in 2018, I didn't pay much attention to it. Recently, […]

Rumor: The next Final Fantasy XIV expansion is titled Forspoken

It's that time once more, when Final Fantasy XIV fans have scoured trademark registrations to discover the title of the next FFXIV expansion! After all, we all know it's happening and it's around the same time. And sure enough, a registration has turned up for "Forspoken," which places it within the right timeframe for registration and at […]

PWE and Echtra Games' Torchlight III has officially launched

It's not an MMO now, but it's finally live: Torchlight III has officially launched today. Originally pitched as a free-to-play MMORPG called Torchlight Frontiers by Echtra Games and PWE way back in 2018, the game won two of our "most anticipated" awards and lingered in long open test periods with worrying delays before admitting in January […]

World of Warcraft launches the Shadowlands pre-patch today

As of today, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is over, because the Shadowlands pre-patch for the game has finally released! And there was much rejoicing. This means that the level squish will be in place, players will have access to several un-pruned abilities, new customization options, Chromie Time, and so forth. There's a whole lot of […]

Final Fantasy XIV patch 5.35 is out today with a community pilot program

It's time to take the fight to the Garlean Empire in a very small way on the Bozjan Southern Front in Final Fantasy XIV. Yes, it's patch day once again, and that means players now have access to new adventures in the aforementioned battleground that both serve as a leveling mechanism for underleveled jobs and a […]

ArcheAge plans Chronicle patch as players boggle over Unchained's proposed new ArchePass

Gamigo is rolling out a patch this week for ArcheAge as well as ArcheAge Unchained: Come October 15th, both versions of the game will see the addition of vehicle customization, the return of a lineage of bosses, and a new quest arc: "The episodic Chronicle quest-line, Calleil and the Crown Prince, unravels in a separate […]

Dungeons and Dragons Online: Fables of the Feywild's bundles includes a $130 edition

With Dungeons and Dragons Online's next expansion tentatively scheduled for November 4th, Standing Stone Games is urging players to get ready for Fables of the Feywild by placing their pre-orders now. The base edition is $40 and includes the actual game content plus the shapeshifting Shifter race. There are more expensive editions, with $80 and […]

The Daily Grind: Which MMOs out there could use a level squish of their own?

MOP backer and fellow blogger Terminally Nerdy pinged us a few weeks back with an interesting conundrum: He was trying to think of other MMOs that have implemented level squishes akin to World of Warcraft's. Off the top of our heads, we couldn't think of one – only corner cases that aren't quite the same […]

The Stream Team: Rescuing the pack to find Fennorian in Elder Scrolls Online's Greymoor

Mordal was frozen, Karthwatch is kaput, and now Massively OP's MJ needs to rescue a pack of werewolves down in Elder Scrolls Online's Blackreach caverns. Then Edjar will lead MJ to the evil Exarch who abducted Fennorian. Join us live at 8:00 p.m. to continue the Greymoor story. What: The Elder Scrolls Online Who: MJ […]

Spellbreak brings new weekly quests, deathmatch, and Halloween cosmetics on October 22

A storm is gathering in the battle royale title Spellbreak. A prologue of things to come. How do we know that? Because we've been told about Prologue: The Gathering Storm, the first seasonal content update that will land on Thursday, October 22nd, free to all players with a number of new things to do. The […]

Warframe showcases its next Frame, names the new Necramech, and previews new Deimos content

There's been another home devstream from the folks of Warframe, and as usual it crams a bunch of reveals in its hour-long runtime. In this stream we have a (possibly tentative) name for the next Necramech, an overview of the next Heart of Deimos update entitled Deimos Arcana along with several new infested weapons, a […]

Path of Exile brings on another round of Heist improvements in the latest patch

The turning of knobs and tweaking of dials for Path of Exile's latest League continues. Grinding Gear Games has offered patch notes for the next update, which once again focuses on improving heists in a variety of ways. One of the biggest chunks of patch note real estate revolves around fixing Alternate Quality Gems. Fixes […]

RuneScape will give away goodies in anticipation of its Steam launch and additional action bars

Do you like free digital stuff? Do you happen to play RuneScape? Then this month has some good news for you, as the game's weekly newsletter has announced a couple of upcoming freebie handouts. To mark the game's imminent launch on Steam, Jagex is marking the occasion by handing out the Steam Valve goodie bag, […]

Legends of Aria's Toil and Trouble season six content gets spookier and longer

It's time to get spooked on in Legends of Aria as season six: Toil and Trouble is bringing all sorts of Halloween-style content for players to enjoy. And it's making it available for longer besides. This season introduces some new dynamic encounters in the form of Spooky Cauldrons in the West Valusia region of Southern […]

Elder Scrolls Blades shows off a new quest map and confirms monthly Arena seasons

The mobile multiplayer RPG Elder Scrolls Blades has had another Town Hall update post with another look at another update coming soon. Update 1.9 will be introducing a handy new quest map feature that makes it easier for players to go to their next quest, job, or event while also showcasing just how many quests […]

Destiny 2 offers a peek at revamped new player onboarding and armor mod adjustments

Bungie's usual weekly newsletter is once again offering up some sneak peeks for Destiny 2, specifically a look at a new player experience refresh and some new armor mod tweaks that are coming down the pike. Starting on November 10th, new players will once again see their friendly Ghost revive them in the Cosmodrome, but […]

Final Fantasy XI's October version update arrives with more promised for the future

The October version update for Final Fantasy XI is here! It brought some new Ambuscade fights with it, and… that's it! Well, that's not entirely it, but that's the vast majority of what is in this particular update. But as noted in the latest edition of the Vana'diel digest, this is simply a matter of […]

Elder Scrolls Online has just begun another freebie ESO Plus sub trial

Elder Scrolls Online is kicking off yet another free sub trial event starting today and running through October 19th. As usual, ESO players who take advantage of the trial basically pick up some temporary subscription benefits, even if they are normally B2P players, including the craft bag, double bank storage, experience and gold boost, extra housing […]

Albion Online previews its midseason update with corrupted enemies, combat balance, and more fish

Dungeons in most video games are not a pleasant place to hang out, and Albion Online is no exception. So you can imagine that the Corrupted Dungeons are even less pleasant places to spend time within, stuffed full of corrupted enemies and vile traps. And they're getting even more corrupted enemies with the game's upcoming […]

Not So Massively: Reflections on Blizzard, one year after the Hong Kong fiasco

Almost exactly a year ago, I declared that the Blizzard I loved is dead, in reaction to the Blitzchung/Hearthstone/Hong Kong fiasco. Twelve months later, that story has largely faded into the mists of history, recollected only by the occasional angry comment from those still holding a grudge over it. Now seems like a good time […]

Bless Unleashed preps November 4 closed beta for its PC edition

We'll understand if you're still too mad about the sad fate of Bless Online on PC to enjoy this post, but here it is anyway: As promised, Bless Unleashed is coming to PC, and in fact, it's rolling into beta on November 4th after its summer preview events. "Neowiz and Round8 Studio are pleased to […]

Wisdom of Nym: The first preview of Final Fantasy XIV patch 5.4

Here we go, here we go, here we go again. The hype cycle for patch 5.3 felt like it lasted too long, probably because of the actual rest of the world, but now Final Fantasy XIV is moving forward again, and that means stuff back on the Source! Yes, the first strains of 5.4 are being […]

Black Desert confirms that it will be compatible with the PlayStation 5

Let's face it, no one likes having to deal with the fact that the communities for every version of Black Desert are locked to individual platforms. But the game is facing an interesting conundrum as the next generation of consoles is rolling out, which prompts questions of what happens to PlayStation 4 owners and Xbox […]

Blue Protocol readies up another closed beta test phase in Japan on November 7

Closed beta for Bandai Namco's MMO Blue Protocol continues to roll on with another announced test phase for players in Japan starting on Saturday, November 7th. The game will open up to 15,000 players, with the recruitment period running between now and Monday, October 26th. This phase of testing will focus on the matchmaking system's […]

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