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Valiance Online launches its Kickstarter today [Updated: It's live now!]

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A post on Valiance Online's Facebook has good news for fans of the upcoming game: SilverHelm Studios will be bringing the game to Kickstarter today. "It's packed with all manner of goodies for you to get your hands on," Design Director Nate "Paramount" Vogeding writes. "These things will be exclusive to our KS backers and backers alone. That's right; it won't be coming back around again." Vogeding also promises more pre-alpha invites and tells readers to "let everyone know that yes, there is a city coming back and very soon!"

Valiance Online is one of several fan-backed superhero MMOs vying to become City of Heroes' spiritual successor. In September, SilverHelm told followers that it will not be licensing the CoH IP if it is eventually secured from NCsoft by City of Titans.

[Update: The Kickstarter is now live, with pledges ranging from $1-$10,000 and a funding goal of $150,000. We've embedded the trailer below.]

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The Daily Grind: Do you like beefcake avatars?

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Marvel Heroes' new Juggernaut character sounded intriguing. Then I got a look at him and he went from probable purchase to lol-no-way!

Despite the intriguing momentum mechanic and the appeal of smashing everything in sight, I really can't stand beefcake character models. It's not just an MMO thing either. I find Gears of War unintentionally funny due to how absurd its cast looks, and Batvillain Bane is one of the silliest comic book baddies I've ever seen.

What about you, Massively readers? Do you like beefcake avatars, or do you laugh and steer clear like I do?

Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!

Juggernaut is Marvel Heroes' 40th playable character

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Marvel Heroes' 40th(!) playable character is Juggernaut, which Gazillion says will give gamers a chance to feel the power of the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak while using Cain Marko -- aka, Professor Xavier's stepbrother -- to smash everything in sight.

The new baddie's powers aren't limited by a resource, according to Gazillion designer and community manager Ryan Collins. "We wanted you to feel unstoppable and I believe that we've captured that essence with his powers, visual effects, movement speed, and even running animations changing as you build Momentum," Collins says.

DC Universe adds Green Arrow to Legends PvP

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SOE has plucked Oliver Queen from the mean streets of Star City and plunked him down in DC Universe Online's Legends PvP mode. That's right, you can now fight as Green Arrow and if you're keeping score at home, this release marks the first time a bow user has been made available for Legends play.

You can see Green Arrow in action via a recent SOE livestream that we've embedded past the cut.

[Source: SOE press release]

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Infinite Crisis reveals creepy alien starfish Starro

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Crowd-control fans, listen up: Turbine MOBA Infinite Crisis has today announced Starro, a new playable controller champion going live on November 5th. For those not up on their DC lore, the short version is "creepy alien starfish." Long version?
Starro is a Star Conqueror. These nomadic and parasitic creatures roam the cosmos in two forms: motherstars and parasites. Motherstars are sentient, while parasites are extensions of the motherstar's consciousness. A parasite attaches itself to other sentient creatures, allowing the motherstar to control that creature's mind. Once controlled, the victims work toward growing more motherstars to go out and bring universal harmony to other planets-by conquering them. Little did the Star Conqueror who came to be known as Starro know how difficult carrying that plan out on Earth would be! Starro has little concern for what happens to the individuals it controls. They're a tiny part of the whole. When Starro speaks to creatures it doesn't control, it does so telepathically, urging them to join in universal harmony.
We've got some pics and a video below to finish out Starro's reveal.

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The Stream Team: Celebrating Chaos Week with new sidekick Wasp in Marvel Heroes

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There's certainly no shortage of super heroes in Marvel Heroes! The game just released another hero along with another team up hero. Although unable to tear herself away from Rogue to play as Nova, Massively's MJ couldn't resist checking out the little sidekick Wasp. This teeny tiny hero packs quite the punch! Don't want to see her wings get singed? On passive mode, Wasp increases your chances to find rare loot. And you know how much MJ need more loot in her bags! Join us live at 3:00 p.m. to see the littlest Team Up Hero in action during this week's event, Cosmic Chaos

Game: Marvel Heroes
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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Not So Massively: LoL's world championship victors, Elite's shindig, and Citizen Con 2014

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Welcome back to No So Massively, where every Monday we round up the highlights from the past week in the world of MOBAs, roguelikes, MMOTCGs, and other games that aren't quite MMOs.

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Marvel Heroes adds Nova to its roster

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Marvel Heroes has a new superpowered crimefighter in its lineup. Nova is the latest addition to Gazillion's free-to-play online action RPG, and players can choose to play him in his Richard Rider/Nova Prime costume or in his new Nova/Sam Alexander duds.

Mechanically, Nova is something of a hybrid who is able to use both ranged and melee powers to "defeat enemies quickly." You can see him in action via the trailer just past the break.

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Leaderboard: Which Marvel Heroes character should I play?

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I'm going to borrow a bit from Massively's Choose My Adventure series in today's Leaderboard. My Marvel Heroes dabbling continues, but I'm having some decisional paralysis regarding my next hero. That's where you -- and today's poll -- come in.

I'm going to restrict the choices to X-men (excepting Storm and Nightcrawler) because, well, I like X-men and it also keeps the poll manageable. Help me out after the cut, please and thank you in advance!

Ever wish that you could put to rest a long-standing MMO debate once and for all? Then welcome to the battle royal of Massively's Leaderboard, where two sides enter the pit o' judgment -- and only one leaves. Vote to make your opinion known, and see whether your choice tops the Leaderboard!

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DCUO's 12th DLC pack coming 'later this year'

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SOE has announced the 12th DLC pack for DC Universe Online. It's called War of the Light Part II, and it "unites Green Lantern Hal Jordan with his rival Sinestro, as the two must set aside their differences to save the Emotional Spectrum."

There's no release date yet, but SOE's PR says you'll see it on PC, PS3, and PS4 "later this year." Gameplay additions include:
  • Players continue to unravel the mystery behind the loss of the emotional entities and their connection to the Emotional Spectrum in the second part of the War of the Light trilogy.
  • Carol Ferris and the Star Sapphires make their DC Universe Online debut in War of the Light Part II.
  • The DLC introduces six new adventures: new Daily and Solo Missions, one Duo, one 4-player Alert, and 4- and 8-player Operations, which will take place throughout Metropolis as well as Oa, Qward, and the home world of the Star Sapphires, Zamaron.
  • This is the first time players will be able to travel to Zamaron and Qward in DCUO.
  • Six new skill points will be available to earn, and players will have access to a host of new Collections, Feats, new gear and Base items.
You can read more about the DLC at the official DCUO website. Don't forget to check out the latest letter from the creative director, too!

Not So Massively: RuneScape's TCG, Destiny's playerbase, and Firefly Online's engine

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Welcome back to No So Massively, where every Monday we round up the highlights from the past week in the world of MOBAs, roguelikes, MMOTCGs, and other games that aren't quite MMOs.

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The Stream Team: Making the most of Rogue on Marvel Heroes Monday

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The Stream Team: Making the most of Rogue on Marvel Heroes Monday
Marvel Heroes Monday is back! Massively's MJ is diving back into the game that glorifies in alt-itis like no other. With so many heroes to choose from -- and more added regularly -- it's understandable that anyone could be paralyzed by indecision, so just imagine how difficult it is for MJ to pick one to play. Luckily, the inclusion of Rogue on the roster makes at least that one choice in her life a bit easier; selecting Rogue is like playing a handful of her favorite heroes all at once! Join us live at 3:00 p.m. for more super adventures on the best southern belle around.

Game: Marvel Heroes
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Monday, October 13th, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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Infinite Crisis reveals Stargirl, complete with pink stars

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Turbine has today previewed Infinite Crisis' latest playable MOBA hero, the youthful Stargirl, who fell into her sidekick role after discovering and donning her stepfather's old costume. In her heroic form, she's a blaster who wields a glowing staff to damage and crowd control enemies. Her skills include a cutesy buff called Family Heirlooms and a even-more-cutesy nuke that beams pink stars at her enemies; her ultimate, however, is a powerful nuke, slow, debuff, and shield all in one.

Stargirl goes live on October 15th. We've included new screenies and her intro video below.

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SOE previews new DCUO UI

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DC Universe Online is getting a UI makeover, and SOE has released a new nine-minute video that serves as a sneak preview of what you can expect from the superhero MMO in the near future.

For starters, there's a new PDA featuring transparent layers that allow players to observe game action while managing their stuff. SOE says that it also achieved a "more consistent and better organized" menu flow as well as improved performance. Click past the cut to see if you agree.

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Marvel Heroes adding Blade and a bunch of other badasses

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Gazillion has announced the next batch of playable supes for its Marvel Heroes online action RPG. Upcoming characters include Doctor Doom, Iceman, Winter Soldier, Iron Fist, Blade, Black Cat, She-Hulk, Vision, War Machine, and Kitty Pryde.

The firm hasn't said when the heroes will be available, but it is dangling a couple of pre-order deals which you can read about in the press release past the cut.

[Source: Gazillion press release]

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