Blog Archive

Monday, 5 October 2020

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. […]

Fight or Kite: Small changes (and one big one) to improve Spellbreak's balance

An inordinate amount of my time has been spent playing Spellbreak recently. I'm honestly not a gigantic fan of battle royale as a primary game mode, but I can barely put this one down. With all this time spent in game, I've begun to develop a few thoughts on how I would tweak and tune […]

The Wagadu Chronicles unlocks three stretch goals, including sea navigation and a new sub-lineage

Having raised over $145,000 in its Kickstarter campaign to date, The Wagadu Chronicles is tearing into its stretch goals like a lion enjoying a gazelle snack on the Serengeti. Already, the campaign has unlocked three stretch goals of additional features: a sea navigation system, the Swala sub-lineage, and an ancient African board came that can […]

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen's latest dev roundtable discusses about pledges and rewards

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen has shared another monthly developer roundtable podcast for fans and followers of the game, but this particular topic might be a prickly one if some of the video's reactions are an indicator. In it, Ben "Kilsin" Walters sits down with customer service manager Michael "Artois" Butler to answer questions related […]

Rare and streamers tussle over Sea of Thieves community toxicity

The wild and untamed waters of Sea of Thieves' Caribbean are a little more choppy as of late — and not because of pirate vessels sailing through them. The game is currently in a bit of an uproar as developer Rare and prominent streamers are butting heads over the issue of toxicity. Despite the studio […]

VR MMORPG Ilysia ends its Kickstarter drive successfully with over $150K in funding and 13 stretch goals met

Clearly, many people are looking for more MMORPG titles in virtual reality. Or at least enough people that want to see Ilysia close out its Kickstarter funding campaign strong; the drive has recently wrapped up, raking in $159,312 as of Sunday morning, which is over double its original $60K goal. Of course, the original goal […]

The Daily Grind: Are you honestly having The Fun in your MMO of choice?

This is a serious question! A few weeks ago, I was talking to one of our writers about a game he was playing and writing about. He was trying to have fun in the game's mining system, and I just kept laughing because I cannot think of a single MMORPG where mining is fun. Not one. […]

MMO Week in Review: Shadowlands postponed

World of Warcraft's Shadowlands delay – to later in 2020 – was by far the biggest news of the week, all but smothering news that Magic Legends' launch has been delayed until next year and HEX is sunsetting outright. But on the bright side, Torchlight III finally has a launch date, Skyforge is launching on […]

EVE Online tests feature to deprioritize 3-D visuals for 'extreme situations'

The oft-repeated lancing of EVE Online as "spreadsheets in space" (which is really more like "too many UI elements in space" in my personal opinion) is soon to get just that little bit more literal. A new feature on the game's test server has added an option that shuts off the 3-D visuals, leaving only […]

The MOP Up: FFXIV blasts out its first remix album

Final Fantasy XIV's soundtrack is downright legendary — and now it's gotten even better, thanks to the game's first "remix" album that was just released. "This work includes 14 songs carefully selected from the adventures of the warriors of light," Square Enix said. "Enjoy the music of FFXIV, which has been reborn in various genres […]

Battle Bards Episode 178: The Division 2

Washington D.C. has fallen to the plague, curiously well-armed agents are everywhere, and intriguing music floats. The Division 2 features a tense and action-packed synth score that distinguishes itself among online games — and is worth an investigation by the Battle Bards. Suit up, because today we're going to the musical dark zone! Battle Bards is […]

Jukebox Heroes: The best of SWTOR's launch soundtrack

I got so excited when Star Wars: The Old Republic included its soundtrack in the collector's edition back at launch. However, we all discovered that this really was only half the OST; the other half was given away for free by BioWare in the days leading up to the game's release. Making a Star Wars […]

Wandering Monster Games Twitter account suddenly surfaces with cryptic Just Survive hints, possibly from Daybreak

Back in July of 2019, Daybreak Games filed a number of curious trademarks that seemed to suggest that the MMO studios under its umbrella were all getting their own individual indentities, a rumor that was formally confirmed in January of this year and the followed up with the purchase of . The only dangling thread […]

One Shots: Watch where you're waving that thing!

Several Christmases ago, my mother actually bought me a giant pirate sword that was very metal and very, very sharp. I instantly became terrified of it and never took it out of its scabbard, having no idea what I'd ever use it for. Vincent? Vincent went another way with his giant sword in FFXIV because he's […]

The Daily Grind: Do you think MMO rogue servers could help with MMO identity issues?

Here's what got me thinking about this. At first, I was going to say that I would eagerly play on a WildStar rogue server because of course I would. But then it struck me that just getting the game running as it was wouldn't fix the issues that the game had where it was 50% a […]

Make My MMO: Wagadu and Ilysia breeze past Kickstarter goals

It's been a positively packed couple of weeks for crowdfunded MMOs new and old. A few of the highlights: Afrofantasy MMO The Wagadu Chronicles entered our lists; it's already fully funded and pushing on with stretch goals. Crowfall patched guild alliances and mounts into its beta. Ashes of Creation showed off underwater mounts. Elite Dangerous […]

Elite: Dangerous' latest community goal has players siding with Eurybia Blue Mafia or the Keltim Empire

Now that Elite: Dangerous has once more brought back community goals, it's time once again for players to pick sides to unlock rewards and shape the game's galaxy. Or at least a small pocket of it. In the goals for October, we find the Keltim Empire attempting to capture an engineer by the name of […]

Star Trek Online's upcoming Experimental Upgrades feature will let players enhance their ships

While Tier 5-U and Tier 6 starships in Star Trek Online are effectively the top shelf of space boat in the game, there will soon be a new system that will let players upgrade those ships to even bigger levels of power. The Experimental Upgrades feature will let players add an additional Device slot, Universal […]

The Stream Team: Doing Conan Exiles Den of the Wolf-brothers vault

Unlike the Exiled Lands, Isle of Siptah has many places Massively OP's MJ has not yet explored. Obviously, that must be remedied! So this survival sandbox Saturday is dedicated to delving into the Den of the Wolf-brothers vault. Sounds lupine-y doesn't it? Join us live at 2:00 p.m. as MJ experiences her very first vault. […]

LOTRO Legendarium: Speculating on the Brawler class

You have to imagine that there's some frustration over at Standing Stone Games this past week. The studio wants us all to be focused on Lord of the Rings Online's fall update, but along comes a leak about a new class for 2021 that stole all of our attention. Honestly, I think that's a bit […]

SWTOR is giving away minipets in honor of Star Wars Squadrons' launch

Star Wars Squadrons, a multiplayer dogfighter from EA, launched yesterday, giving players the ability to engage in their own epic space battles. And instead of feeling threatened by the new player in the field, Star Wars: The Old Republic is welcoming this launch with a promotion of its own. BioWare said that any player who […]

WRUP: Full lyrics to the theme song 'Massively Overpowered (The Elocution of a Bird)' edition

Look at the neat thing we found! It turns out that while clearing out the back of the Massively Overpowered offices because I needed to find a new hiding space for when I cry, I stumbled onto all of the old materials from the 1987 Massively Overpowered animated feature film "Rainbows Are Your Enemies!" Obviously […]

The Daily Grind: Which MMO NPC deserves more screen time?

Many people know that I have a deep affection for Bingo Boffin in Lord of the Rings Online. The well-meaning but sometimes daft Hobbit adventurer starred in a very long quest chain — and yet, it wasn't enough for me. It's been great that he's come back for more tales during the Halloween event, but […]

The Stream Team: Wandering Deimos in Warframe

With Deadlock Protocol done, and since she has met the whole family, Massively OP's MJ is free to wander Warframe's Deimos. The world is just ripe with… interesting things. And boils. And pus pockets. OK, so she'll have to watch her step while she walks around! Or maybe she'll finally find and ride a velocipod. […]

Betawatch: Torchlight III leaves early access to release on October 13

At long last, we know when Torchlight III (nee Frontiers) is launching. It's October 13th! Isn't that exciting? There are also outlined plans for how the head start access is going to work, as well. So we'll finally be bidding a farewell to it on our testing lists, and then it will just be a released game […]

Wakfu launches Agony Unchained while outlining server merging plans

The latest update for Wakfu is off the chain. Or at least agony is off the chain, since it's literally titled Agony Unchained, strongly implying that agony had been chained in some fashion beforehand. Masqueraiders, for example, have received extensive reworks that will hopefully make the process of playing them less agonizing. The Mineral Tower has […]

Multiplayer Roundup: Spellbreak, Astroneer, Runeterra, Apex Legends, OWL, and the Ragnarok battle royale

We're rounding up a bunch of Not-So-Massively multiplayer-but-not-MMORPG news today! Spellbreak: The popular new battle royale rolled out its 1.1 release, chiefly focused on bugs and fixes. Proletariat says that with this patch behind it, it'll be turning its attention to content and gameplay. The game launched on NVIDIA GeForce NOW's platform too. Legends of […]

Frozen Flame adds a new skeletal monster, lets players rent servers, and changes no-building areas

Frozen Flame has a new skeleton. This isn't to suggest that the closed beta of the action survival RPG somehow replaced its internal hardware, but it has added a new skeleton for players to attack in the most recent update; specifically, it's a Nocturnal Skeleton-Guard that spawns at night on the roads outside of the […]

Kingdom Maker is a medieval fantasy mobile MMO of politics, love, war, and subterfuge

Ever wanted to manage a medieval kingdom from your favorite mobile device along with lots of other players? You'll soon be able to when Kingdom Maker releases, a fantasy MMO that promises players a pocket-sized world of "adventure, war, love, money, building, & politics." Kingdom Maker, oddly enough, comes via Global Worldwide, which has its […]

Open beta MMORTS Starborne announces Dissidence expansion with new map, mode, and historical servers

Icelandic developer Solid Clouds announced something this week for Starborne that most MMO betas never see: an expansion. It's called Dissidence, and it's promising quite a bit for the indie MMORTS, including a new handcrafted map, new map effects, new lore, improved UI, a new game mode, new rank categories, and the "one path to […]

The Stream Team: Friday fishing before AQ3D's Taco Day

With all the excitement of AQ3D's Taco Day coming on Sunday the 4th, Massively OP's MJ is going to relax the rest of the weekend. And that includes some Friday fishing! With her pirate ship bobber and a new pole, she's ready to reel in more fish and levels. Join us live at 2:00 p.m. […]

Destiny 2 brings back the Festival of the Lost Halloween event on October 6

Care for some Halloween-y treats in your space wizard FPS? They're coming back once again as Destiny 2 brings back the Festival of the Lost event, running between Tuesday, October 6th, and Tuesday, November 3rd, and available free for all players. This year's event is effectively similar to last year's in that players will have […]

Wild Terra 2 plans new patch, free-play week, and December early access

It's been just a year since we first covered Wild Terra 2, a sequel-slash-do-over for the original Wild Terra that was meant to take the first game's best ideas and coat them in improved graphics and more modern survival sandbox mechanics. This week, Juvty Worlds announced a slew of things for the game, chief among […]

Genshin Impact's international launch is making a big splash outside China

The release of Genshin Impact on PS4, mobile, and PC has not only caught many by surprise but has also captured a lot of attention. According to analysts at Beijing's Qimai Data, the new multiplayer RPG has raked in an estimated $1.84 million USD on iOS alone, and landed more Twitch views on its launch […]

Development of Reckful's MMORPG Everland is on hold pending probate court resolution

Earlier this summer, the gaming community was stunned by the abrupt passing of Byron "Reckful" Bernstein, a popular YouTuber and streamer who was also working on an MMORPG called Everland. At the time of his death, his team asked followers for time to grieve before making decisions on how to proceed with the game. Since […]

Book of Travels posts a video full of in-game moments on a single-player shard

So what does it actually look like when you play Book of Travels? The answer is that we don't know yet, but the latest video from the development team gives you a hint of how it will look with multiple snippets of gameplay put together. Roaming around in a beautiful landscape, investigating, talking, and generally immersing […]

World of Warcraft's Chromie Time auto-disables at level 50; refunds are being offered for Shadowlands

When you level your alts through World of Warcraft content starting when the Shadowlands pre-patch arrives on October 13th, you can do so with Chromie Time allowing you to sync up and experience a full expansion start to finish. Theoretically, anyhow. In practice, it turns out that hitting level 50 will automatically kick you out of Chromie […]

Soulbound Studios insists work on Chronicles of Elyria continues in pre-litigation paperwork response

Back in August, we reported on players filing pre-litigation paperwork to sue Soulbound Studios over Chronicles of Elyria in a class-action lawsuit after hiring a lawyer. This paperwork involved sending letters to both Soulbound Studios and Xsolla, the company responsible for processing payment. As of a couple of days ago, there's been an update on […]

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