MMO Week in Review: Landmark’s end (January 8, 2017)

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This week, Daybreak announced plans to sunset Landmark in just over six weeks from now, marking 2017’s first casualty and causing fans to mourn both the game and the studio, which last year shook the genre by canceling EverQuest Next unreleased and in February will have closed down more MMORPGs than most companies have ever dreamed of making.

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES
Landmark is shutting down on February 21 - Sad news for fans of Landmark who were happy to see it have its own life after the closure of EverQuest Next; Daybreak has announced that the Landmark servers will…
The MMOs we lost in 2016 - If you thought we lost a lot of MMOs in 2014 and 2015, wait until you see 2016's list. It's easy to shrug off some of these, like the non-MMORPGs,…
Firefall: The dead game that won’t die - 2016 was not Firefall's year. I'm not sure which year was its year, honestly, what with the e-sports bus fiasco and suspension of PvP and former CEO Mark Kern hoopla and "pre-launch reorganization" in…
Rumor: NCsoft might be working on Aion 2 - So NCsoft is working on another MMORPG. This in and of itself isn't terribly surprising, since this is how the company makes money. You might not even think it's all…
Hyperspace Beacon: SWTOR predictions for 2017 - [AL:TOR]Here we are again. Star Wars: The Old Republic survived another year despite those who predicted five years ago that it would shut down in less than a year. Although…
The most popular MMORPG conversations of 2016 - Last week, we posted a rundown of the most popular MMORPG articles of 2016, calculated strictly by the number of pageviews they got. Today, we're going to take a look at the…
Why and how Warhammer Online failed - It might be hard to remember at this point, but back in 2008 there was a fever-pitch excitement for Mythic's Warhammer Online. The RvR MMO was poised to be not…
THIS WEEK’S CASTS & STREAMS
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