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Tuesday, 13 October 2020

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 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 […]

Chris Roberts talks up Star Citizen and Squadron 42's future, likening development to the Apollo project

As part of the ongoing eight year birthday of Star Citizen's launch (of alpha development), Chris Roberts tapped out a lengthy letter to the community in which he talked about the community, the developers, and a broad-strokes plan for both Star Citizen and Squadron 42, all while drawing parallels of each title's development to the […]

Torchlight III on the verge of launch: 'Lessons were learned'

As Torchlight III sits on the verge of release, there's an odd moment of calm for a game that's experienced a rollercoaster of development over the past two years. It's a title that's gone from a free-to-play MMO to a buy-to-play online ARPG and that's renovated its systems countless times. In this moment, the studio […]

The Daily Grind: Are day and night cycles a good or bad thing in MMOs?

As I type this, I'm waiting on a video game to give me some daylight so I can snap a picture for another article you've probably already read. And while I wait, this Daily Grind topic occurred to me! See, I'm usually a cheerleader for diurnal – day and night – cycles in video games. […]

MMO Week in Review: Crucible is canceled

Good news, junior high students everywhere: The Crucible is canceled! Nobody even likes that play. It's boring and sanctimonious and tedious – good riddance! Oh. Not that Crucible. The other Crucible. Amazon's Crucible. Yes, Amazon canceled its malingering flopped shooter Crucible and tried to bury the news on a Friday night. Boo hiss. But also, […]

V4 introduces a capture the flag-style PvP mode, merges three regions, and adds a new area

Nexon's PC and mobile MMORPG V4 has gotten some new things for players to do in a recent update, whether you're a PvP player or someone who likes to run around new areas. For the PvPers, there's the Halidom Rush mode, which reads way too close to Hamidon for my liking. This mode isn't about […]

The MOP Up: Wakfu's great server merge

Wakfu has finally set a date for its server merges. French servers are consolidating on October 14th, while international shards are coming together the day before that. "It is now technically possible to bring together characters from multiple servers," explained the team. "Our goal is to offer you a better in-game experience by improving Wakfu's […]

Trove and RIFT celebrate Gamigo's 20th anniversary, ArcheAge seeks community ambassador volunteers

The festivities to mark Gamigo's 20th anniversary are continuing to roll on in Trove and RIFT, with each game theming the next phase of its in-game celebrations after cleaning a celebration spot. Because nothing says "party" quite like cleaning! In specific, Trove players are tasked with clearing out the Thallasian dragon as often as possible, […]

Jukebox Heroes: Six great Runes of Magic tunes

Welcome back to Jukebox Heroes, the column that dares you to close your eyes and unplug your ears. Well, after you're done reading this opening, of course. So what's the greatest tragedy in modern musical history? Everyone has an answer to that, but mine will be, "How much Runes of Magic's score is overlooked because […]

Marvel's Avengers has more content incoming to satisfy players according to Crystal Dynamics' Scot Amos

It's only been out for a month, but Marvel's Avengers players are kind of on the bored side. This is probably not a huge surprise, as the game launched with somewhat threadbare content options for its persistent multiplayer options, helped not one whit by the fact that there are only six characters and you can't have […]

One Shots: Spit take

If my experience with that giant camel at Aladdin's Flying Carpets at Disney World is any indication, all dromedaries are jerks that want to spit on your head while you're already suffering from minor heat stroke in the warm Florida sun. So my advice for Hikari is to stand very, very still as this Conan […]

The Daily Grind: Has an MMO's story ever turned you off from playing the game?

It was a pretty bold move when Guild Wars 2 decided to indicate that one of the game's playable races had actually been a gigantic catspaw for one of the Big Bads. Like, that's got to alter your experience with the game if you find out that your Sylvari was actually a villain from conception, created to […]

Star Wars Squadrons shares an infographic of stats from the first week of online play

It would appear that the online multiplayer of Star Wars Squadrons has been pretty active overall, or at least the very first week of it. EA's Star Wars Twitter account offered up an infographic that collected data from the game's first week and provided several trivia bites for players to gnaw on. The game has […]

DCUO encounters ghoulies and makes reservations to travel to the 31st century

About every October, Batman is more gloomy than normal due to the fact that everyone is honing in on his motif with the Halloween season. So if you're heading over to DC Universe Online for this month's Witching Hour event, you might want to steer clear of the Caped Crusader. Trust us, you won't want […]

Dungeons and Dragons Online starts Fables of the Feywild pre-orders, gives a free dungeon to all

Monday will be a big day for Dungeons and Dragons Online, as a sizable patch is dropping for the game at the same time as Standing Stone Games will begin taking pre-orders for its Fables of the Feywild expansion. Update 47 includes a brand-new free dungeon (Promise of Flame) for all players and a makeover […]

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