MMO Week in Review: Disney reins in wayward Star Wars, Marvel video games (November 19, 2017)

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Disney’s image-preservation machine was in high gear this week over two of its most high-profile IPs and the clownshoes video game companies picked to print money with them. First, the Mouse House shredded its Marvel-based partnership with Gazillion, leading to the sunset of the once-popular MMOARPG Marvel Heroes (planned for early next year). And then there’s the whole Star Wars Battlefront 2 fiasco, where EA has temporarily been stymied in its attempt to suck every last dollar from our wallets, at least until The Last Jedi has broken records.

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

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES
NCsoft is already sunsetting MOBA Master X Master - NCsoft announced this evening that it will sunset its relatively new MOBA Master X Master, explaining that the game just "wasn’t enough to take on the established juggernauts." "There is…
Massively Overthinking: Are modern games too cheap? - This week's Massively Overthinking topic is a submission from reader and commenter camelotcrusade, who takes the industry's current fight over monetization in a different direction from lockboxes. "Are modern games…
Crowfall delays soft launch until 2018 - A lot of things have changed for Crowfall over the past year, several of them being pretty darn significant. Decoupling races and classes alone was a pretty big deal. So…
Former SWTOR dev talks about designing ethical lockboxes - An extensive Twitter thread from former Star Wars: The Old Republic lead systems designer Damion Schubert grappled with the timely and touchy topic of lockboxes and microtransactions from the perspective of one who…
RIFT’s fall festival lockboxes rankle players - [AL:Rift]The latest batch of lockboxes in RIFT isn't making friends among the playerbase. The current Autumn Harvest lockboxes seem to contain more exclusive items than in years past, which has…
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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Anthony Clark

I’m boycotting any Star Wars game by EA.

And now because of Marvel Heroes any Marvel/Disney game also.

No trust in either of those.

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Castagere Shaikura

Disney needs to take a hard look at swtor.

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Cyclone Jack

The big surprise for me this last week was Titan Quest: Ragnarok. I picked it up and started up an new character, but chose to start at the beginning (there is an option to start in Act 5). Hopefully it does well enough that they look into making a proper sequel, and they can get with Crate (Grim Dawn) for some engine updates.

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chriskovo .

Its called Grim Dawn and it also just came out with an expansion :P

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Kherova

I find it so funny that we are still using the term “rioting with pitchforks and torches”. You would think there should be a modern time equivalent.

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Jeff

I find it even funnier, that Adult editors use “Clownshoes” as a descriptor……It sounds like something you would hear at a campus rally.

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Utakata

Adults usually know how to spell “adult” without capitalizing the “a” within a sentence though. Unless you’re thinking “Adult” is a name of city of something. o.O

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Siphaed

“Rioting with iPhones and hashtags.” ?

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Utakata

Lol! :)

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