Let’s just stipulate right here that Final Fantasy XIV knows how to freaking throw down a fan festival. Patch info, expansion info, juicy teases, no mobile junk, and no condescension. Oh yeah, and the devs are also the band. If you’ve missed Eliot’s in-person coverage of the Vegas event, you’ve missed out indeed. Of course, other stuff also happened this week; for example, we saw big content drops for Black Desert, EverQuest II, Secret World Legends, ArcheAge, and TERA, plus Hellgate is back and Fallout 76 officially opened its doors. And we got a look at Path of Exile’s next big thing, and we’ll have more info from the Hi-Rez Expo this week too. Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday in Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review! THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES FFXIV Fan Festival 2018: Shadowbringers promises new story, new regions, and new jobs - The plan was to fan a … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: Final Fantasy XIV knows how to throw a fan event
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Every year, I cover BlizzCon for Massively Overpowered. This is not new information; you’ve all seen my liveblogs running every year for quite some time. And the reception of any given year as well as my own feelings vary a lot from year to year; 2017 was high-energy with a touch of apprehension, 2016 was excitement about the new expansion with a few niggling issues, 2015 was hype for Legion but annoyance at the content drought. And even going further back than that, you can see lots of different attitudes running through; that’s just as far back as we go on the independent version of our site. This year, on the other hand, the reaction has been split between anger and flabbergasted silence. I made a joke on the bingo card about pauses for cheers where no actual cheering happened, but that literally happened on the World of Warcraft panel. So what the hell happened this year? Why is it that this year’s reveals have been met with muted excitement at best and outright … [Read more...] about BlizzCon 2018: What the heck happened?
Apologies in advance, this is going to be a really random post. Mostly, it has reference to a number of recent posts I’ve made, and a little to do with geeking and gaming. So, I figured it was relevant enough to ramble about. Yesterday was my birthday. Syn, who has been my best friend for many years, was cooking something devious up, and I knew it. She mentioned it the night before, but I had no clue exactly what she meant to do. Last night, she dropped the bomb on me: She bought me VIP tickets and a Photo op with my favorite band in the whole world – The Moody Blues. In Las Vegas. This September. I was beside myself — mostly because it wasn’t cheap (but she had it in her head to do this, so I accepted the gift as graciously as I could). And then I thought of the planning I’d need to do for the trip. And finally, the fact I really need to get into better shape before going on another trip. I spend my work time sitting in an office all day, and the time … [Read more...] about Vegas Pokemon Conglomeration
I failed miserably at attempting to do a daily creative thing. Yesterday was an extremely crappy day on the work front, or at least one that drained every little bit of sanity out of me. By the time I got home I just wanted to vegetate on the sofa and play some games. With the announcement of the Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire expansion coming in September, this I am sure rekindled the fires for a lot of folks. For me personally… its particular un-directed style of roaming aimlessly yet still feeling like you accomplished something was a reasonable fit for the state of mind I happened to be in last night. It’s funny how my opinions of this game have changed significantly over the years. While I was in Alpha I was not a fan at all… and this is still the only Alpha program I purposefully resigned from. In Beta however I started to see some of the merits and played a little bit at launch, however that did not last extremely long. … [Read more...] about Top Five Lists Are Hard
Play EVE Online for freeLast week we broke the story that EVE Online developer CCP Games is backing out of the virtual reality games market, closing its Altanta office and selling its VR-focused Newcastle studio. The long-held Atlanta office was acquired in the merger with White Wolf in 2006 and has been hit with several rounds of layoffs over the years, with a major hit in 2011 after the Monoclegate disaster and another 2014 when the World of Darkness MMO was cancelled. The Newcastle studio was the development house responsible for CCP’s VR dogfighter EVE: Valkyrie, and both Valkyrie and CCP’s new VR game Sparc will now be maintained by the London office. Around 100 staff were laid off in the restructuring, roughly 30 of whom worked in CCP’s headquarters in Reykjavik, Iceland. Though we were informed at the time that these changes would not impact the development of EVE Online, it since became apparent that more than a few non-development staff were cut. In … [Read more...] about EVE Evolved: EVE Online’s CCP Games is gambling with the livelihoods of employees