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Monday, 16 November 2020

The Stream Team: Reviving the Ranger life in Path of Exile

Massively OP's MJ really enjoys her life of crime in Heist, but she is also really missing the life of a Path of Exile Ranger. It's time to revive her! Tonight, MJ's heading over to Standard League to run around with a bow for a while. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for this return […]

Life Beyond adds improved base construction, 'true MMORPG' controls, and bug fixes in recent updates

Things in the developing survival sandbox Life Beyond are shifting once more, and while most of the updates have been generally on the smaller side to this point, the 0.10.00 patch has made a few larger adjustments that those playing or following the title may want to know about. The first larger feature of the […]

Minescape is a custom-built recreation of RuneScape in Minecraft

What happens when you combine Minecraft with RuneScape? You get a boxy version of the classic MMORPG, or more specifically, you get Minescape, a passion project of Günther "scipio3000" Jungbluth since 2012 that's currently on its third season of updates. Minescape boasts 24 skills, bosses to fight, dungeons to plumb, and plenty of items to […]

EVE Pulse thanks players for PLEX for GOOD donations and shows off an updated jump clone panel

EVE Online has once more cobbled together a new episode of the Pulse, which rounded up the game's latest developments. As one would expect, the video touched on the latest game update, which added supercarrier, ESS, and bounty changes as well as opened the new Jita hub, and offered some words of thanks to players […]

Shroud of the Avatar drums up hype for… more lights in player towns

In what's being touted as a part of ongoing "amazing" quality-of-life improvements to Shroud of the Avatar, the game's newest newsletter is talking up the addition of more lights to player-owned towns. Yes, those who are stewards of cities and towns within the game world will now be able to generate more in-game lumens. Truly […]

Albion Online tweaks Corrupted Dungeon mobs and balances item skills in its latest update

The most recent update to Albion Online is mostly about turning dials around, so it's not exactly what one would call a barnburner of a patch. Still, things being adjusted is important to note, especially for those who are invested in certain pieces of gear or content. The content adjustment in question is related to […]

Star Citizen demonstrates the creation of props by making a Picoball live on stream

There have been broadcasts where the devs of Star Citizen have taken fans along for the creation of things like weapons and ship concepts, but have you ever seen an episode of Star Citizen Live where you saw a volleyball turn into a penguin-faced friend? Well, you have now. John Carney from the Props and […]

Vendetta Online discusses Chromebook support, trading improvements, and capital ships with a legacy

It's the journey and not the destination that's important, as the axiom goes, but recounting that journey in a spaceship sandbox can often only be done by word of mouth, with no in-game record of a ship's exploits along the way. That looks to be changing in the case of Vendetta Online, which outlined the […]

World of Warcraft offers up a trailer for the upcoming Shadowlands launch

Ready for a cinematic tease for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands? You really should be because the expansion is launching in just around a week, so you're running out of time to get ready. Also, it's here right now and just below, so even if you're not ready for the full expansion just yet, the trailer is […]

Mabinogi introduces limited-time boosts and a dungeon guide system to help players progress

Mabinogi has been out for a while — since 2008 here in North America, to be precise — so it would be reasonable to think that newer arrivals would be at something of a disadvantage in terms of getting to higher tier content or navigating their way through what's available. That's what the game's most […]

MapleStory Fest shows off a new class for MapleStory M, new 5th Job skills and new areas for MapleStory

The digital version of MapleStory Fest has come and gone, and with it a number of reveals for both MapleStory and MapleStory M as one would expect out of the event. For MapleStory M players, there's the new Demon Avenger class that's arriving to the game with an update on December 1st. Details were a […]

Wisdom of Nym: My personal red lines for Final Fantasy XIV

What would get me to stop liking Final Fantasy XIV? It's not exactly new or surprising to say that I'm fond of this game; a good chunk of my career has been predicated upon my enjoyment of the title thus far, and I use it frequently as an example of how to do things right with […]

Cyberpunk 2077 confirms PS5 and Xbox Series X release and backwards compatibility, shares a rap music video

Seeing as single-player (and eventually multiplayer) RPG Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed for a third time, the game will now arrive as the current crop of gaming consoles arrives, and when it does, it will be backwards compatible, according to a recent press release from CD Projekt Red. In addition to this new feature, those […]

Fight or Kite: Is Crowfall ready to be your daily MMO?

A question that comes up consistently for any Kickstarter MMOs is whether or not the game is ready to be played. Love it or hate it, Kickstarter games have often opened up player access to these games like never before. And a lot of backers will remind you that the game is in development, the […]

V4 introduces the Archer class and a limited-time boost event in its November 18 update

Sure, the mobile/PC MMORPG V4 has classes like a Gunslinger and a Boomblade, but perhaps you're the sort who prefers some more traditional ranged attack options. Then you'll love the Archer, which is coming to the game this Wednesday, November 18th. Of course, that's not to infer that the Archer is a bog-standard bow and […]

The Division 2 brings Title Update 12's Optimization Station and Summit improvements to PTS

Oh, if only real life had an Optimization Station. I'd be able to make my gaming PC run better. I could make sure my coffee maker was brewing the best coffee possible. I could optimize my face. Sadly, such a station does not exist in the real world, but it does exist in The Division […]

EverQuest II wrangles with login issues for nearly a week, extends Heroes' Festival to November 19

If you're an EverQuest II player, then you've likely been having a rough time logging in to the game over the last week. A forum thread recounts login problems that have been cropping up as early as this past Wednesday, which have been traced back to "service provider level networking issues" according to one post […]

The Daily Grind: Should MMOs have hunger and thirst mechanics?

I swear this isn't a Thanksgiving-motivated Daily Grind, but it might as well be! I am a big fan of video game cooking skills and often pick up those professions in MMORPGs that offer them. In fact, in SWG Legends, my main character is literally a chef. So naturally, I really want food to exist […]

MMO Week in Review: Next-gen is now-gen

The Xbox Series and PlayStation 5 systems launched this week, which meant that a lot of companies who weren't launching games along with them got the heck out of the way, including many MMO studios. On MOP, we busied ourselves musing on the ups and downs of World of Warcraft, contemplating LOTRO's lifetime sub, and […]

Spellbreak addresses player uproar surrounding upgradeable cosmetics in the upcoming Chapter Pass

Spellbreak is a free-to-play game that also has to make money, and one of the most newly common ways for free titles to make cash is with the premium edition of a battle pass. With that in mind, the devs at Proletariat don't want to force people's hands into their wallets, as outlined in an […]

The MOP Up: League of Legends' possible stolen identity

Have you ever had this happen: A new video game character is introduced in one of the world's most popular MOBA — and it's based on you? All the time, we bet. Well, according to an author who identifies herself as "Stephanie," League of Legends' Seraphine is based on her. She points to a brief […]

PSA: Guild Wars 2's Path of Fire expansion is on sale at half price

It's time once more for another Guild Wars 2 sale. Specifically, the Path of Fire expansion has its price slashed in half (non-affiliate link), whether you get the standard or the deluxe edition. Additionally, both versions of the expansion will pack in Heart of Thorns expansion as well. The sale will be running until just […]

Global Chat: Don't look, but Fallout 76 is actually good now

Even the most jaded opponent of Fallout 76 has to admit that Bethesda has been making progress in bringing the online RPG up to spec. Cary over at Virtual Bastion said that this year's improvements, most specifically the One Wasteland leveling revamp and subsequent fix, has made a convert. "Long story short, wow…I had a […]

Return of Reckoning makes a bloody WAR even bloodier

Warhammer Online's rogue server, Return of Reckoning, has developed a reputation of being one of the most frequently updated emulators out there, which definitely helps with making this title feel as alive and vibrant as WAR was during its original run. So simply nod with respect as you see the November 11th patch notes scroll […]

One Shots: Bring your poor, your tired, your zombies

For a while now, IronSalamander's been taking amazing pictures of the colorful and stylish Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, but I think today's headliner was the first to really grab me. It's like looking at a screenshot of an animated film. "Here is the Zomboss version of the statue of Liberty, just after the […]

The Daily Grind: What's the ideal MMO raid length?

If you've been around in the MMO genre long enough, you know that the idea of raiding has changed a lot. In Ultima Online, the closest thing we had were crawls, and they'd go on for hours as people came and joined the fun. In EverQuest, raids went on as long as they needed to, […]

Make My MMO: Welcome to Kasa, Book of Travels' central city

This week in MMO crowdfunding, Book of Travels popped back on our radar with a preview of its capital city, Kasa, which will serve as the game's hub and shopping center and harbor. "With its deep waters, Kasa has been the launching and landing place for Travellers for time immemorial, and for most visitors it's […]

Massively on the Go: Pokemon Go's quality-of-life changes aren't half bad

So, Niantic's pushed out a few more changes to Pokemon GO, and it's not all doom and gloom! In fact, a few changes have been either better than I predicted or outright unexpected. While we have several new cups for PvP, a better rating system, some UI changes, and legendary Pokemon returning to the reward pool, […]

The Stream Team: A look at the new lich challenge and creepy clown in AQ3D

AQ3D is known for its weekly updates, and this week's update packs in some goodies! First, there's a new lich challenge fight: Noxus' Return. Even though it cautions players to go in full gear (and the new max level of 31!), Massively OP's MJ is willing to dive in just to check it out. Next […]

The Stream Team: Honey, I shrunk the survival Saturday with Grounded's free weekend

Are you a fan of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids? Are you a fan of survival games? Massively OP's MJ loves both, and she just discovered a game that merges the two! She's checking out Grounded, a new survival sandbox in early access that just so happens to be hosting a free weekend right now. […]

LOTRO Legendarium: Was LOTRO's lifetime sub the best deal ever?

When Lord of the Rings Online ramped up to its launch in early 2007, Turbine offered a tantalizing deal to potential players. If they were willing to part with $299 up front ($199 for LOTRO's founders), the studio would flag their account as a lifetime subscription. This meant that from then on, they wouldn't have […]

Crowfall's developers discuss Domains and Update 6.3

As Crowfall's development team takes a moment to bask in the delivery of a big patch — and before it starts ramping up for Update 6.3 — ArtCraft's J. Todd Coleman and Thomas Blair sat down to cover all of the major movement on this PvP MMO. The November Q&A also talked up Domains, the […]

WRUP: Things Kyle has done that are total power moves this week edition

Told Mrs. Greenfield he didn't care about solving an equation: You could really tell that she didn't know what to say to that and was actually kind of put on the spot. Kyle just totally blew her off, and she told him to go to the principal afterwards, but you could tell she didn't know […]

The Daily Grind: How did the pandemic change your MMO gaming this year?

It's certainly been an unprecedented year for all of us, especially with the coronavirus impacting pretty much all spheres of our daily life. Even MMORPGs weren't immune to the pandemic, with many titles experiencing content delays, development teams transitioning to working from home, and conventions cancelled left and right. But now that we're in the […]

The Stream Team: Getting through Warframe's Glassmaker

Warframe's latest Nightwave season has reached its finale, which means the end is also on the horizon. So it is high time Massively OP's MJ dives into The Glassmaker! How far can she get in uncovering the mystery? Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to see. What: Warframe Who: MJ Guthrie When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Friday, […]

Betawatch: Naïca begins its bepixeled open beta

What? Yes, I'm well aware that "bepixeled" isn't actually a word, as well as the fact that the whole "pixel graphics" thing is just making note of those pixels being meant for lower resolutions and all graphics on a screen involve pixels. Guess what? None of that actually matters, Naïca looks lovely, and it's in open […]

SEED MMO video tackles fan questions about gameplay mechanics and development

Fans of SEED have questions. Developer Klang Games has answers. It's a Q&A session by any other name, but the game's latest dev video presents it just a little bit differently. The Q&A session addressed a number of topics such as specializing a colony for combat or manufacturing to encourage different playstyles, managing Seedling needs […]

Craftopia introduces dual wielding, new bosses, snap-to-grid building features, and a multiplayer fix

It's been a hot minute since we've had a look back at Craftopia, the early access crafting-minded survival sandbox from developer Pocket Pair, though that's with some good reason as the devs said that update frequency was being scaled back to the far less insane cadence of "every single day." Since then, the game has […]

Final Fantasy XIV announces its next live letter for November 27

The next patch for Final Fantasy XIV is not so far away. That's an important takeaway from the announcement that the game's next live letter with producer and director Naoki Yoshida will occur on November 27th, covering more details about what's arriving in the game with patch 5.4. While this is not the same as an […]

Police evacuate Ubisoft Montreal over what appears to have been a fake threat report

[We're updating at the end; scroll down for the latest.] According to Canadian news outlet Journal de Montreal (now verified by several other Canadian news agencies), the physical building where Ubisoft Montreal (among multiple companies) is housed is under some sort of hostage situation, a revelation that's sending shockwaves across social media this afternoon. Overhead […]

RuneScape expands on Construction Contracts in a dev blog and livestream

So just what are Construction Contracts in RuneScape? That's a question that was answered in-depth by both a recent dev blog and a sneak peek livestream, but in summary, they're meant to be a way for players to train the Construction skill while getting all the XP normally earned in a player house. To begin […]

The Stream Team: Crystal Lake camping for Friday the 13th: The Game

It's Massively OP's MJ's favorite day! And now she has the perfect game to celebrate it in. For Friday the 13th, she'll be camping at Crystal Lake in Friday the 13th: The Game. Who will survive in this multiplayer horror fest where one player is the murderer and others try to flee that fate? Even […]

Nexon Q3 2020: Strong revenues and expectations for MapleStory and V4 growth

It turns out all Nexon had to do to see a great quarter was cancel everything you wanted to play, fire a bunch of people overseas, and retreat to the safety of mobile! OK, I'm exaggerating a smidge, but if you've been following Nexon the last few years, you know that's kinda how 2019 went […]

Champions Online is mopping up old game issues, starting with Eidolon

Good news for Champions Online fans: Cryptic is apparently poking around in the game's innards with an eye toward fixing longstanding problems. "We're taking a look at some of the beloved content from Champions Online's history that may have fallen into disrepair over the years," the studio says. "After the update to Therakiel's Temple, Eidolon […]

Star Citizen offers a look at ore refining features and new sniper scopes coming in alpha 3.12

When alpha 3.12 arrives to Star Citizen, you're going to have a few new things to do as a cruncher of space rocks. As CIG has been keen on bringing up over the past few weeks, refinery decks are coming to the game, and in this week's episode of Inside Star Citizen, we get a […]

WoW Factor: Does Blizzard even know what it wants World of Warcraft to be now?

Let's start by pre-empting someone who feels very clever. Yes, I hear you muttering "profitable" as an answer. That isn't accurate; that's answering what the powers that be want World of Warcraft to do. I'm asking if they know what they want WoW to actually be. The two questions feel related, but they're actually very different from one another […]

Elite Dangerous shares new screens and details for Odyssey ahead of free availability on EGS next week

Information regarding the upcoming Odyssey expansion of Elite: Dangerous has been a bit thin ever since the developer livestream last month, but thanks to a column in the latest issue of PC Gamer UK magazine, we've gotten a number of new details as well as several new screenshots. The shots themselves offer a look at […]

Star Wars: The Old Republic adds daily rewards and an emote window to its test build

Game Update 6.2 is looking more and more interesting for Star Wars: The Old Republic players, especially for those who appreciate a nice quality-of-life bump in their game. In addition to testing the new Mandalorian flashpoint, Spirit of Vengeance, BioWare added two fun features to the PTR this week. Roleplayers will definitely rejoice to see […]

Pearl Abyss Q3 2020: EVE Online's revenues are up 45% YOY, Crimson Desert reveal coming in December

It appears it's been hard for many gaming companies to top or match their revenue earlier this year when many customers were captive audiences, but that doesn't mean every MMORPG is struggling. As it turns out, Pearl Abyss has dropped a bit off its peak, but not dramatically so. According to the company's third quarter […]

World of Warcraft gets more pre-expansion changes while fans speculate about the future of Classic

The latest addition to the pre-patch notes for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is pretty meaty. Enhancement Shaman gets some buffs across the board, tanking classes get the ability to Provoke earlier (and have another ability pushed later), and there are some general tuning changes. All of the changes are going live on November 17th, so this […]

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