The nullsec communications blackout in EVE Online came with plenty of warning for players, but it was still a surreal experience for veterans when the communication channels just… went away. But the blackout is ending today, with communications coming back online and allowing everyone to go back to the way things were after just over two months in the dark. The reversion was announced at the game’s fanfest in Berlin, with the official announcement explaining that the experiment gave the developers new information for the future. “Over the course of the blackout we’ve seen some substantial changes in player behavior and a massive impact on those we believe to be suspected of botting,” CCP says. “The duration of the blackout wasn’t specified in order to allow us to gather information without a hard deadline for concluding it. After 66 days, the blackout of local chat in nullsec will come to an end during downtime today, September 16 and … [Read more...] about EVE Online officially ends its nullsec blackout today
The stated reason for the way World of Warcraft: Classic was built upon the modern client architecture was to reduce any chance of exploits, but “reduce” is not the same as “eliminate.” Sure enough, a rather nasty exploit was found allowing players to repeatedly farm any given enemy in a dungeon without resetting the instance, allowing for chain-killing even the final boss of a dungeon without even slowing down to clear the rest of the enemies. The exploit is being patched out today, thankfully. Players who used the exploit shouldn’t be getting comfortable with a shrug and a “well, the good times are over” attitude, either; the announcement of the hotfix includes a promise that those who exploited the bug will receive appropriate punitive measures, likely including a removal of items at the minimum. While there’s always some measure of defense for ambiguous situations when it comes to exploits, we tend to doubt that anyone … [Read more...] about WoW Classic is hotfixing another exploit, this one in dungeons
I was thinking last week was a bit thin on MMO news, but I’m so glad I do this weekly recap because it’s proved my impression so wrong! This week, Bless Online officially sunsetted its last remaining server, Star Trek Online launched its Awakening expansion, Caravan Stories rolled out for PS4, PlanetSide Arena let folks in for a peek, and there was a smidge of turmoil in the City of Heroes rogue server community. Plus, we debated Elder Scrolls Online’s trade guild mess and mused on EVE Online’s population problem. Oh yeah, and a UK parliament committee berated video game companies for their gross monetization and lockboxes specifically – let’s hope they throw more than shade going forward. 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 EVE Evolved: EVE Online is losing players, and no one can agree on why - Nobody … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: Bless goes dark, Star Trek Online awakens
Do you remember that quirky personality-filled Plants vs. Zombies lane defense game from way back when? Popcap has been expanding that series franchise ever since, and the latest iteration is about to launch on October 18th as a multiplayer shooter-thing. In fact, reader Mark wanted us to let you know that Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville is currently selling founder’s packs for the upcoming release. PvZ:BfN (that’s a load of alphabet soup right there) includes 4v4 PvP, co-op fun, and even an amusement park. You may want to check out the official trailer to see if this is your kind of deal. And this is just the beginning of the rest of the news! Read on for a roundup of other smaller MMO news stories and videos from this past week in this edition of The MOP Up (and if you don’t see a news story that we should have covered, drop us a tip)! Bless Unleashed’s parade of lore profiles continue this week with a look at the dragon … [Read more...] about The MOP Up: Plants vs. Zombies goes multiplayer
When you’re visiting a California-class planet like Risa, you definitely need to bring along a few things. You’ll want to pack sunscreen, a surprisingly modest swimsuit, a hoverboard, and a social media blocker so your friends in the spaceship up there can’t take embarrassing photos of your sunbathing while they fly by on “planetary survey” runs. Hikari seems to be soaking up the atmosphere here in Star Trek Online: “Sometimes, when you’re taking a shot of a new ship or outfit… sacrifices must be made.” I think a massive “grats!” are in order for Skoryy, who has made the most expensive and best-sounding musical instrument in Guild Wars 2’s history. “A bit late, but boy do I have a screenshot ready,” Skoryy posted. “Because someone finally cashed in all his banked gifts and gold and made another legendary! Just in time to learn how to harp for the holidays.” Harp for the Holidays totally … [Read more...] about One Shots: What a view!