Age of Conan (finally) adds 720-day loyalty rewards

In one of our recent Daily Grind discussions about MMORPGs that might make it to 20 years of live operation, some of our commenters pointed out that despite Age of Conan continuing in maintenance mode, Funcom had ceased to honor its ongoing subscription loyalty reward program for players pushing two years or more. The same day, Funcom (purely coincidentally, we […]

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EverQuest II stops making older expansions free, while EverQuest hands out skeletons

Daybreak has quietly shifted one of the aspects of its free-to-play business model for EverQuest II. In response to a query as to when the studio would be making any previous expansions free as it has done in the past, Daybreak said that it “will not be adding anything further to the F2P lineup.” This means that free players can […]

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Secret World Legends rearranges the Orochi Tower while The Park spin-off goes on sale

Secret World Legends’ weekly “The Buzzing” roundup has moved from Reddit to the official site, and in the most recent edition, the team covers the recent patch, the return on the legacy transfer service, and the upcoming final chapter of the Tokyo storyline. The Orochi Tower is loosely scheduled to arrive in SWL in early October, although veteran players might […]

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Runescape – Runefest ?17: A Return to Origins

If Runefest ’17 could be summed up in a single theme, it would be about getting back to the roots of the veteran MMO. The annual Runescape fan gathering and convention, held at London’s Battersea Evolution, focused less on major updates and more on features that would grow and improve both games. Whether it’s classic Old-school Runescape, or it’s newer and more glamorous sibling, the conveyer belt of future updates certainly looks packed.

Runescape – Runefest 17: Cosplays & Costumes

Cosplay is a highlight of any fan gathering, and Runescape’s Runefest is no different. Our team hit the convention floor, capturing some of the incredible fan creations and professional costumes on show.

Runescape – Coming to Mobile Platforms Everywhere

After announcing Runescape Mobile earlier this year, Jagex have made good on their promise. At Runefest ’17, working demos of both Runescape and Old-School Runescape were available to play, with fans even able to use their existing accounts. We went hands on with these early versions to find out more, and interviewed some of the team behind bringing the veteran MMO to your pocket.

Guild Wars 2 races to fix Path of Fire login and instance creation issues during launch weekend

With the popularity of this month’s Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire, the pressure is on for ArenaNet to keep the game running as smoothly as possible for all veteran, new, and returning players. While we have been hearing positive word-of-mouth about the expansion, there have been some serious issues that have kept many players from enjoying it – including […]

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The Daily Grind: Should MMOs get rid of levels?

I would like to say that when I was a kid playing my first MMORPGs, I was impervious to the grind, that I embraced taking many months to level a skill or hit a level cap. But that would be a lie. I stuck a rock on my keyboard to AFK macro overnight in Ultima Online, and a friend of […]

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EVE Gate Shutdown – Wednesday September 27th

As part of our roadmap to overhaul the web presence of EVE Online, we’ve come to the decision to retire EVE Gate as we move to fully replace the forum and community engagement software that we use.

After the discovery of a critical issue with EVE Gate last week, we’ve decided to bring forward the retirement of EVE Gate to close a vulnerability, rather than invest further time on fixing the issue that could be better spent working to improve out websites in other areas.

On Wednesday (September 27th), EVE Gate will be retired.

This will of course mean that the web based EVEmail access that EVE Gate provides will also be retired on Wednesday, however we are investigating alternative solutions for providing EVEmail access outside the EVE Online client, as we’re aware of how important this access is to the Community.

As part of the retirement of EVE Gate, significant efforts have been put into ensuring that EVE Portal, the mobile app for EVE Online, will be a reliable alternative for out of game EVEmail access going forward.

We’re aware that some pilots have been experiencing issues using EVE Portal, and we hope that these issues have now been resolved so that character status and EVEmail is accessible on your mobile device.

In addition to this, in the coming months we’ll be speaking with the EVE Community and the Council of Stellar Management to prioritise expansion of EVE Portal into a wider ranging companion app for EVE Online, so stay tuned for further information.

If you’d like to discuss this announcement, please feel free to do so here!

MMO Week in Review: Following the Path of Fire back to Guild Wars 2 (September 24, 2017)

Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review! Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire expansion launched on Friday, sending fans of Tyria and nostalgia back into the Elonian deserts. How many of those 11 million total accounts are playing? Probably not all of them, […]

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Avabel announces Steam, Switch, and PS4 import with crossplay capabilities

We are pretty used to hearing about MMORPGs that spawn a mobile version, but how about the other way around? Avabel Online, a mobile game that launched back in 2013, is now confirmed to be coming to consoles and PC in the future. The Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, and Steam will all see an identical client of the mobile MMO […]

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– Cougar Megara IEM Gaming Headset: Punching Above Its Class

Chris has been using Cougar’s unique in-ear monitor gaming headset, the Megara. He’s waited to write this review until now to get a good feel for their long-term comfort, durability, and how they compare in the market. Retailing for just over $30, are they worth your time? Read on to find out.

The MOP Up: Monster Hunter World’s Tokyo reveals (September 24, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line! Maybe […]

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Elder Scrolls Legends nerfs its Twitch ‘drops’

Earlier this year, popular streaming platform Twitch – with whom we are a partner – introduced what probably ought to have been a controversial feature called Drops. Essentially, a game’s devs can set up the game to grant in-game items and bonuses (i.e., drops) to those who watch and stream the game through the platform, presumably hoping that’ll drive community […]

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Permateam aims to reduce toxicity by avoiding random grouping in games like Overwatch and League of Legends

Players feeling the frustration and sting of random grouping in Overwatch and other e-sports games might have a new ally in the form of a permanent teaming service. Permateam, as the name implies, connects players with desired team roles to form teams that benefit all. The site has one of the longest and most peculiar manifestos that we have read in […]

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MMO Mechanics: Material storage and the Guild Wars 2 economy

Guild Wars 2 launched its second expansion, Path of Fire, a few days ago, and as you might expect, a new expansion means some immediate priority shifts will deeply affect the game’s economy. New materials are added, which are required by the newest recipes and are thus highly sought after, and other materials will fluctuate in value depending on their usefulness within […]

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MMOs you’ve never heard of: Savage Hunt – Dragon’s Prophet, Ironsight, Until None Remain, and Battlerite

Welcome back to our intermittent series on MMOs and other multiplayer games you you’ve never heard of! Today we have four fresh titles to take a look at. Savage Hunt Gamigo announced Savage Hunt – Dragon’s Prophet this week, the successor to Dragon’s Prophet, which Gamigo is calling “one of the most successful MMORPGs ever launched.” MMORPG players will recall […]

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One Shots: Drop. Your. Sword.

“It’s possible, pig, I might be bluffing. It’s conceivable, you miserable, vomitous mass, that I’m only lying here because I lack the strength to stand. But, then again… perhaps I have the strength after all. DROP… YOUR… SWORD!” Can’t imagine why this screenshot of Secret World Legends from Winterskorn has me thinking of The Princess Bride. It’s inconceivable. Also, that […]

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20-year-old Ultima Online is going free-to-play (kinda) and getting player-generated quests

In preparing tomorrow’s birthday piece for Ultima Online, I confidently wrote that Ultima Online was not going free-to-play because that’s what the devs always say, so stop asking. Turns out that’s not quite accurate, as during the game’s real-life 20th anniversary celebration yesterday, the Broadsword team announced that Ultima Online is getting a free-to-play mode. The mode is called The […]

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The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite small act of kindness from a stranger in an MMO?

At one point in Final Fantasy XI, I was stuck in Ordelle’s Caves. A friend had been helping me get my RSE deep within the caves, and then he had to log off… and I was stuck without a map or any guidance, far too low-level to get out. But then a high-level Thief saw me, partied with me, and […]

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