E3 2017: Final Fantasy XIV’s Naoki Yoshida on Stormblood, design, and themeparks

Since there were so many early access issues with Stormblood, I figured I’d try to give you Final Fantasy XIV players a little something to chew on while Square-Enix smooths out the rough edges and handles today’s launch. Building on Massively OP’s Eliot Lefebvre’s recent interview with Naoki Yoshida/”Yoshi-P” at May’s Final Fantasy XIV event, we sat down again with him for a chat […]

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Anthem is the start of a ’10-year journey’ for EA and BioWare

At this point, when a game studio says it has a 10-year plan for its online game, do you believe it? Perhaps unintentionally echoing Bungie just a few years prior, EA’s Patrick Söderlund told the Xbox crew at E3 that BioWare is indeed anticipating a decade-long run for its newly announced mutliplayer online action RPG Anthem. “It’s a game that we’ve been […]

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Shroud of the Avatar adds East Asian-themed town, kicks off Q&A

Fancy a bit of the Far East in your MMORPGs? Shroud of the Avatar is making that wish come true with its unclone of the town of Celestis, as explained in Portalarium’s latest newsletter. “The terrain is heavily influenced by Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China, while the cultural decor is influenced by feudal Japan,” writes Level Designer Chris “Seawolf” […]

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Diablo III’s Rise of the Necromancer launches June 27 for $14.99

Blizzard has just announced that the BlizzCon-announced Rise of the Necromancer pack is launching for Diablo III on all platforms next week on June 27th. It’ll run $14.99 on both PC and console, a bit cheaper than some folks were anticipating. “From the crypts deep beneath Blizzard Entertainment today came a dark invocation proclaiming that the Rise of the Necromancer™ pack, which […]

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Diablo 3 – Rise of the Necromancer Coming June 27 for $15

We finally have the release date and cost for the Diablo 3 add-on, Rise of the Necromancer. The new content will be released on June 27th for all platforms and will cost $15. In addition, PS4 and XB1 players can get the D3 Eternal Collection that includes the base game, Reaper of Souls and the Rise of the Necromancer. XBox Gold & PlayStation Plus members can grab it for an “introductory” price of $40, meaning a short term price.

The Black Death – Industry Update Released, Includes Estate Housing

The Black Death has been updated with the “Industry” patch. The update includes new Estate housing with the ability for players to hire peons to perform tasks such as farming, barkeep, tailor, etc. In addition, a new navigation system has been released to better allow players to work their way through the game world.

Villagers and Heroes – Systems Reworked for Starfall Expansion Announced

Villagers & Heroes is getting a “massive” update later this year across all platforms (PC, Mac, mobile) with the deployment of the Starfall expansion. Mad Otter Games has said that nearly every system in the game has been revamped including the loot system, crafting, classes, UI improvements, a new world map, and bug fixes.

Final Fantasy XIV – The Five Biggest New Features in FFXIV: Stormblood

Today marks the official worldwide launch of Final Fantasy XIV’s second expansion, Stormblood. To celebrate, we’re listing off the top five new features being added to the game with this update. This is a sponsored article, so it’ll be more informative than exclamatory. Hang onto your butts, here’s what’s new in Eorzea with Stormblood.

Conan Exiles is instituting a new ping block on official servers

Officially, the reason behind the region blocking in Conan Exiles is to make sure that players are always on a server that can support similar ping rates and fair gameplay. Whether or not you believe that idea is immaterial; people have gotten around the region block regardless, and so another layer of blocking is being put into place with the […]

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The Elder Scrolls Online recaps the big events of E3 while players get hit with surprise bans

If you’re fond of The Elder Scrolls Online and have managed to tear yourself away from Morrowind for a few minutes, you probably already caught up on the game’s big announcements at this year’s E3. But there was more stuff going on this year than just that, and the game’s team has helpfully recapped the big events for players unable […]

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Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood has launched today

The time is finally here. While pre-ordered players were able to play from Friday onward, Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood officially launches today. Players of all sorts can log in and start fighting for the liberation of Ala Mhigo and Doma beneath the heel of Imperial occupation; the developers have even officially confirmed that the instance issues hitting the game at […]

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The Daily Grind: What’s the ideal group size for an MMORPG?

During this week’s Massively OP podcast (live this afternoon!), Justin and I tackled a detailed question about MMO group makeup, the trinity, and combat, and we took the opportunity to tangent a bit into praising City of Heroes, which not only managed to smash the trinity but did so in a way that increased the number of combat roles in a […]

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Conan Exiles – New Region-Lock Protocols & Region-Free Servers

The Conan Exiles Facebook page has been updated with a detailed post about the region-lock feature that the game has had implemented since the launch of Early Access. Over the course of a week or so, the team has been monitoring “MaxPingAllowed” on official servers. Adjustments have been made to the filter to better utilize region lock. In addition, a number of servers have had the ping filter removed to make them region-free.

Record of Lodoss War Online is now playable in the West

Do you ever wish that more imported games would just launch without fanfare? Record of Lodoss War Online has apparently done just that; Gravity Interactive announced its launch in the West last week without fanfare or much flare. Heck, it’s without even much in the way of a fleshed-out site, as the official site is still missing a gallery and […]

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Revelation Online takes a tour of Ersich Forest

We promise the population of Revelation Online that Ersich Forest is, in fact, a lovely and benevolent area. Sure, it seems nice on the surface, but most players have probably been hard-wired to expect that means the worst. Some horrible fanged nasty is going to kill them there, obviously, that’s what always happens. But not here. Yes, there are monsters, […]

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Prevent the Fall adds in a new tutorial and quality of life improvements

It’s nice to know what in the world you’re doing, isn’t it? That can be tricky when you’re starting a new game, but the developers behind the upcoming VR-enabled co-op RPG Prevent the Fall know it’s important. So the game’s latest patch focuses heavily on quality of life improvements and starts with a tutorial, explaining the basics of gameplay and […]

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Prep for the apocalypse with Escape From Tarkov’s hideouts

Some people seem to want the apocalypse to happen because they have a really sweet underground bunker that is ready for a test drive. For the rest of us, the closest we might get is Escape From Tarkov’s new Hideouts, which will at least entertain us with the fantasy of our own shelter while the world crumbles around us. The […]

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EVE Online calls upon pilots to fight a rogue swarm

If you haven’t heard from one of your friends who plays EVE Online lately, it might be because he or she is in the thick of a swarm. Rogue Swarm Alert, EVE’s June event, is currently running and offers players an exciting diversion to mining and backstabbing. “Join your fellow capsuleers and help CONCORD defeat the swarms of rogue drones,” […]

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