Hear that rumble off in the distance? It’s WoW Classic, and it’s only two weeks out now, as all the infodumps and server plans and promos and new models and character boosts and server types indicate. We got Blizzard’s quarterly financials this week too, and no surprise – WoW subs are up in anticipation. We’re thinking it’ll be awfully interesting if WoW Classic prods the rest of the genre to turn another page the way the original game did. Meanwhile, No Man’s Sky is prepping its next big thing, DCUO hit the Switch, Legends of Aria hit Steam early access, City of Heroes’ rogue servers took steps toward legitimacy, video games were once again unjustly blamed for spurring on violence, and the ESA’s backtrack on lockboxes feels like a bit of a hollow victory. 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 … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: Where Blizzard goes, the MMO genre follows?
Follow up thank you letter after interview
We’re taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before we head into 2019! You might think that August, having birthed Battle for Azeroth, would have been the bombshell month for 2018, but you’d be wrong. It was in fact September, which saw the announcement that EVE Online and CCP Games had been bought out by Black Desert’s Pearl Abyss, the news that THQ Nordic had bought the rights to and abandoned MMO Project Copernicus, the revelation that WildStar and Carbine were being shut down, and the report that Daybreak had seen major investment from a benefactor aiming to use it to build mobile games and an e-sports empire. And that was all just on September 6th! The rest of the month was no slouch either; we learned that another Lord of the Rings MMO is in the works, Boundless launched, Belgium began its criminal investigation over lockboxes, and MassivelyOP itself got a major website overhaul. … [Read more...] about MMO Year in Review: Literally the biggest news day in MMO history (September 2018)
Neowiz’s Bless has been the subject of much chatter lately (not least of all my own), with its troubled, let’s say, launch raising a bevy of questions and concerns among the game’s community. And as it just so happens, we recently had the opportunity to ask the Bless dev team at Neowiz some questions of our own. In the exchange, conducted via email (and helpfully translated between Korean and English by the Bless PR team), the devs answer questions on a variety of topics, including the game’s performance and balance issues, chat limitations, and what players can expect from upcoming content updates. If you’re curious to know what they had to say, then read on for the full interview. Massively Overpowered: A common complaint among Bless players has been that the game’s technical performance is poor, with many players resorting to manually altering the game’s .ini file in order to change options that are not available through the in-game settings … [Read more...] about Interview: Neowiz on Bless Online’s tech, class balance, gems, PvP, and more
Support Massively OP on PatreonWere 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! The MMORPG genre saw two big launches this past week: The Elder Scrolls Online released its Summerset chapter for PC players (to positive reviews!), while Worlds Adrift hit early access (to concerned reviews over its retention-unfriendly PvP system, though Bossa says it’s working on that problem). Meanwhile, we’re in the calm before the storm for one more night as Bless Online’s early access headstart kicks off tomorrow. Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions. THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES First impressions of Worlds Adrift: Innovation, Zelda, open-world PvP, and that sinking feeling - Worlds Adrift has been one of those games I've been closely watching but trying not to jump into until it was ready. I tried one of the alpha weekends, and… The … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: Summerset and Worlds Adrift (May 27, 2018)
A few months ago, I published 30 Things I Absolutely HATE About Your Blog — since then I have been thinking to come up with its reverse topic as well. That is, I wanted to publish a list of 30 things that I LOVE about a blog. Once again, it’s just my personal view and hence there’s a good chance that you would disagree with me — with some or all of them. :D And I also tried to cite other blogs and blog posts as examples for “things” wherever it’s possible. Also, when I published the previous list, none of the “things” were actually technical in nature but on this list there are so many technical “things” that are not easily fixable (if it’s a problem). However, it doesn’t really mean that I absolutely hate your blog. It’s just a perspective and I could be totally wrong. 1. Unique Brand Name No, you don’t have to be an Apple, or Google, or Microsoft. But I just love it when I see blogs with unique … [Read more...] about 30 Things I Absolutely Love About Your Blog