As we do every year, today we’re going to peek back at the horrifying outcomes of last year’s MOP staff predictions for the genre and the games within it to determine how well we did. After all, what would be the fun of making predictions if we couldn’t giggle over our guesses a year later? So did we nail it or fail it? And did you fare better? Let’s find out. World of Warcraft and Blizzard Andrew: “World of Warcraft’s next expansion will exist, but not do as well as the previous ones as the mighty Titan has fallen, but people will still come back and enjoy it for a month or so before waiting for another major update while they play other games.” In fact it did rather well in terms of sales, even setting a sales record for the game, though that’s partly down to its now-global rollouts. Bree: “World of Warcraft’s expansion will do much better than Legion. We won’t see Classic in 2018, however … [Read more...] about Ask Mo: The hits and misses of Massively OP’s 2018 predictions
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Let’s get real here, the duende in The Burning Lands expansion for EverQuest are not happy to have mortals around. They certainly don’t want mortals running around in their city of Mearatas, which is sort of their place to go away from mortals. But you’re going to need to get in, because that’s how these expansions go, and since they aren’t actively trying to stop you odds are that they could use some mortal help. They’ll just be pissy about accepting it. However, while they will grudgingly accept that you have a right to earn entry, they’re still keeping the doors locked when you arrive there. Fortunately for you, the efreeti have torn a hole open leading into the city, which seems like the sort of thing where you could clear out the hole to make them grateful and get into the city, doesn’t it? Check out the full preview of this gem-inspired city on the official site. … [Read more...] about EverQuest previews the city of Mearatas in the upcoming Burning Lands expansion
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin sift through the ashes of World of Warcraft’s burning developments, make sense of Chris Roberts’ “You win by having fun!” mantra, get cozy with werewolves and tieflings, and more! It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so. Listen to the show right now: Show notes: Intro Adventures in MMOs: Lord of the Rings Online, Secret World Legends, World of Warcraft, Star Wars Galaxies News: World of Warcraft burns down the world tree, sparks a player protest Mailbag: Is this fair to the Horde? News: Star Citizen’s stockpiling controversy News: Dungeons and Dragons Online announces Sharn: City of Towers expansion News: Is Riot Games making an MMO? News: Albion Online’s Merlyn update adds … [Read more...] about Massively OP Podcast Episode 181: Some devs just want to watch the world tree burn
Although City of Heroes is not coming back (I think we all need to come to terms with that), many successors are waiting in the wings with their own vision of how a superhero MMO should be. Valiance Online, City of Titans, and Ship of Heroes all have claimed inspiration from City of Heroes and claim that they will be replicating some elements of what made that title work so well. But what did work well about City of Heroes? Why did it succeed when Champions Online, a title modeled after it and created by the same studio, failed? Why is City of Heroes so beloved, even years after its demise? Let’s hash it out today in the comments. Break down City of Heroes for us and see if you can’t put your finger on what made this particular MMO fly high. Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: What made City of Heroes work so well?
If you’re feeling the burning desire to reminisce in City of Heroes and hang out with other people who understand why it was so damn magical, today is your day. The HERC crew at the Titan Network have put together their annual shindig, running today from 3 p.m. EDT for about eight hours, so you can swing by as time permits or camp out the entire day. Organizers say there will be several costume contests again, this time themed around the different origins, as well as a character biography contest. A lot of folks don’t know what Paragon Chat is, so let me explain a bit: It’s basically a version of the City of Heroes client that you can use to log into a very scaled back version of the real game complete with other people. You can roll and customize characters, chat with other players, fully tour the maps, and make use of some nostalgic travel skills. The main thing you can’t do? Fight. The baddies and combat skills aren’t in there. If you’d like to … [Read more...] about Here’s how to Celebrate City of Heroes’ 14th anniversary in Paragon Chat today