MMO Week in Review: Weekend surprises from Nostalrius and The Repopulation (January 15, 2017)

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This week, the team behind former legacy World of Warcraft emulator Nostalrius, which treated with Blizzard last year in its play for official legacy servers, this week admitted it was wrong in having given its code core to Ukrainian-based emulator Elysium in retaliation for Blizzard's BlizzCon silence on the topic. "Moving from 'fan server' to 'pirate server' reputation makes it harder to convince that legacy fans have a place on the WoW community," the group said, asking Elysium to remove its code and user data. Intriguingly, Elysium said yes, sending its community into uproar.

Meanwhile, two of the bigger Kickstarted MMORPGs from the last few years both saw big movements this past week: Pathfinder Online is once again in talks for a new developer, and The Repopulation was offloaded to Hero Engine company Idea Fabrik, which plans to relaunch it rather than see it made in Unreal Engine as once planned.

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

HI-REZ EXPO 2017 RECAP
THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Perfect Ten: Mobile MMOs coming in 2017 - This past year, we couldn't seem to go a week without bumping into news of some new mobile MMO or a tablet spin-off of some existing franchise. It seems as…
EverQuesting: The loss of Landmark - Daybreak did it again. Boy, that phrase has come to mean a great many different things over the years. However, in this case it refers to the art of dropping…
Recapping Crowfall's equity investment Q&A - Early this afternoon, ArtCraft Entertainment's J. Todd Coleman and Gordon Walton answered investor questions about Crowfall's equity crowdfunding venture, which closes out on Monday. We've collected some of the highlights. Coleman…
The $2B ZeniMax Oculus Rift trial begins - Virtual reality headsets may be but babies on the gaming scene, but already one of them has landed in hot legal water. This week, a trial has begun in Texas between…
ArcheAge suffers lengthy downtime over vanishing NPCs - [AL:Arche]ArcheAge just cannot catch a break. Disappearing NPCs prompted another complete restart of the North American servers yesterday, which didn't solve the problem. Trion community dynamic duo Brasse and Celestrata…
THIS WEEK'S CASTS & STREAMS
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Every week, get caught up on the MMO genre's latest news and Massively OP's best content in our MMO Week in Review! Want more roundups of content? Try Friday's Betawatch for MMO testing highlights, Saturday's Make My MMO for MMO crowdfunding updates, and Sunday's The MOP Up, which mops up all the little bits of news we didn't cover anywhere else.

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