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Anarchy Online teases upcoming 17th anniversary event

Happy 17th birthday, Anarchy Online! Seventeen years ago this month, Funcom first stepped out onto the MMORPG scene and “launched” this sci-fi title. We are legally obligated to put that into quotes, because it wasn’t so much of a game launch as a mockery of all that was good and pure in the world. Fortunately, the disastrous start eventually gave way to a solid and engaging title that endures to this day.

Anarchy Online is days away from throwing its anniversary event, which will take place from June 26th through July 19th. While there aren’t any specifics out on the event quite yet, you can take a look at last year’s anniversary details to get an idea of what is probably coming.

And if you’re feeling all nostalgic, why not indulge some more by reading our Game Archaeologist retrospective of this game?

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TERA hauls out scarves for the end of its anniversary month

TERA is busy wrapping up its month-long sixth anniversary, and its final week contains a few changes and events for players to enjoy.

These events include the conclusion of the Claw & Order community murder mystery, more anniversary items in the shops, double quest rewards all week long, increased drops from select dungeons, bonus reward items from battlegrounds, and free scarves if you’re able to track down and pester an En Masse Entertainment employee in the game. Scarves! Just the thing for those brisk summer months!

The studio is also running a contest through the end of the month: “Starting Monday, May 21st until Thursday, May 31st at 10 a.m. PDT, players can exchange 5 Anniversary tokens for an in-game Contest Entry Receipt to enter their account into the Anniversary Conclusion contest.” Three winners will be chosen per server and granted prizes like six months of subscription time and the choice of any item from the store.

Source: TERA

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Lineage II celebrates its anniversary and the spring harvest

Dual events are vying for players’ attention in NCsoft’s long-running Lineage II. Can you believe that the fantasy MMORPG is now 14 years old? You’d better, because the anniversary celebration is happening right now.

From now through May 16th, Lineage II is spreading the love and festivities to all players through bonus server settings. These include 300% vitality bonus, no XP loss upon death, and 200% item drop rates (on weekends only).

In addition to the anniversary, the Spring Harvest event is in full swing with lots of opportunities to smash open food to see if there are any rewards inside. Because that’s what you should have been doing with food all along, don’t you know!

Lineage II launched in North America back on April 27th, 2004. Yes, it actually predates a certain other fantasy MMO. Impress your friends with that fact.

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Lord of the Rings Online celebrates its eleventh birthday

Not that Hobbits need much of an excuse to throw a party, but it just so happens to be Lord of the Rings Online’s 11th birthday this month. That means that the super-charged anniversary celebration is back with its treasure hunt cards and other festivities.

Free gifts are for the taking, too, for any player who logs in between now and March 31st, 2019. That is not a typo; you actually have a full year to get these goodies.

The anniversary event came with Update 22.1, which adjusted the new fiddles, added a new Bardic fiddle as an anniversary award, fixed the Lake-town fishing deed, and fine-tuned the chat filter.

Source: LOTRO

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Skyforge hints at a special anniversary event

Skyforge is heading into its third anniversary very soon, and the team is hinting at something special for the occasion.

“At this point in time, we would usually announce the in-game celebrations of our birthday,” the team said. “But this time, we have planned something different, something bigger. Skyforge will perform a special event on all platforms (PC, PS4, XBOX) in the upcoming month.”

Meanwhile, the sci-fi MMO is running an introduction event for its upcoming Overgrowth expansion. From now through April 12th, players can go through the Tessa’s Exiles event to earn special rewards including tattoos, halos, and weapons.

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Tree of Savior hands out second anniversary gifts, previews new classes

It’s been two years since Tree of Savior leaped onto the Steam scene, and the crew is celebrating with a nine-week event that is running through May 29th. This event includes a free DLC present that will trigger a special quest and new costumes. There are additional rewards that can be earned simply by logging into the game and checking a special list on a regular basis.

If in-game events aren’t enough to get your excited, Tree of Savior recently previewed a pair of new classes that are on their way to the game. The Onmyoji Master is joining the Wizard tree, while the Retiarii is coming to the Swordsman branch.

You can check out an early look at these classes in action after the break!

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EverQuesting: An EverQuest 19th anniversary retrospective and party planner

There are MMOs that have been around a while, and then there is EverQuest. It’s so old school it is old enough to be out of school! Yup, EQ turned 19 years old yesterday. That’s 19 years of the iconic music, 19 years of Qeynos, and 19 years of Fippy trying to storm that gate! So much has happened in Norrath between March 16th, 1999, and March 16th, 2018 – more than one single restrospective could cover. So we’ll just look at a single year!

As is tradition, I’ve sat back and looked over the previous year, remembering the highlights and goings on of the game. How did the 19th year play out for one of the oldest MMOs? Sadly, this year was of the leaner variety; not much happened across Norrath. You wouldn’t know that by all the anniversary offerings, though! Take a stroll down the cobbled lane of memories, but don’t get lost in the nostalgia; there are oodles of anniversary quests to fill your schedule with during the celebration, going on now through Thursday, May 10th, 2018.

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Warframe celebrates five years and 38 million players

Warframe continues to defy expectations for online gaming playerbase sizes. A year ago, it boasted 30M registered players. As of today, it’s up to 38M. Not too shabby, but then, it took home the staff’s and readers’ awards for Best Not-So-Massively Game of 2017 for a reason. Worth noting is that while Digital Extremes is celebrating the game’s fifth birthday, it’s still technically a soft-launched beta. Weird, right?

Warframe humbly launched its Open Beta program on PC March 21, 2013. Since that date the free game-as-a-service title has earned 38,083,936 million registered online users across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One – 8 million more than last year at this same time,” DE says today. “And in that time Warframe players have done extraordinary things. They have crafted 52,972,344 Warframes and 234,766,197 weapons. They have assassinated Captain Vor, the game’s first boss, 53,117,969 times, and been part of 41,765,109 Stalker eliminations. And they have accumulated a total of 136,747 years, 49,912,765 days, 1,197,906,351 hours playing Warframe.”

The fifth anniversary site is expected to be live tomorrow; players will be invited to “share their five-year journey with other community members by learning unique Warframe factoids, discussing their favorite moments, watching new videos, buying cool commemorative gear, and maybe even unearthing some free in-game items.” Maybe it’ll even launch! Nah.

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Nexon’s MMORPG Mabinogi is about to turn 10 years old

Nexon’s adorable and frankly underrated free-to-play sandbox Mabinogi is preparing to celebrate a decade of life come March 27th, and that means events galore – in fact, some have already begun, including the Festia anniversary zone and miniquests, the Cave of Trials challenge, and the Sneaky Developer quest.

Coming up later in the month are daily and weekly giveaways and handouts, the Festival Troublemakers Event. My favorites, however, are the Popularity Contest and the crafting quest known only as The Fattening. Don’t forget to grab your 10th anny gift box too!

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Revelation Online dishes out birthday presents on its one-year anniversary

It has already been a full year since the release of Revelation Online in the west on March 6th, 2017, and the game is throwing a birthday celebration with events running through most of the month.

From today through the 16th, players will receive special daily login rewards, including a little whale pendant on the 11th. Then there’s the anniversary forecast event from the 12th through the 19th that features activities paying out in “forecast discs,” followed by free anniversary fortune eggs handed out from the 19th through the 26th. Free stuff, you can’t complain, right?

“We’d like to say a big thank you to our community for sticking with us through thick and thin,” said the team. “The first year of Revelation Online has certainly been a rollercoaster, but we still had plenty of positive moments throughout the last year, which we hope to continue on throughout 2018 and beyond.”

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Pokemon Go brings back party-hat pikachus, announces bulbasaur for next community day

I have to admit that Pokemon Go‘s really been on a roll lately with the rapidly rolled out events. Despite some bugs during the last community day, the event was pretty enjoyable, much like the first one. We’re seeing more lore being at least acknowledged beyond small easter eggs, even if we’re sadly still swimming in Pikachu hats.

And while POGO is celebrating Pokemon’s 22nd anniversary (“Pokemon Day“) with party-hat Pikachu again, at least it’s bringing three times its normal stardust value, as well as Present, a move we also got on Santa-hat Pikachu at Christmas. At least the new cash shop clothes inspired by the game’s remake are adding some visual differences to the game.

We’ve got more to look forward to next month, though. The game’s next community day is featuring Bulbasaur, the mascot from Pokemon Green, as Japan originally released Blue as a third option post-launch.

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Otherland marks franchise’s birthday with a patch announcement

In the annals of MMOs, Otherland is a virtual baby, only a couple of (rocky) years old. Yet the overall franchise is much older than that, with the first book in Tad Williams’ acclaimed series turning 21 years old this month.

To honor this legacy, Otherland wants players to know that it’s not content with the game’s performance as it stands. Drago Entertainment announced that it has plans to completely revamp the user interface for this summer. It is also working on quality-of-life improvements and “a large content expansion.”

Otherland delivered Patch 5.6.65 this week that creates more streamlined infrastructure: “This patch does not bring any visible updates to the game and focuses on the framework behind Otherland. In the long run this will allow us to provide better and faster updates in the future.”

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Old School RuneScape turns five, kicks off $20000 prize pool tourney

It’s time for parties and cake in Old School RuneScape. That’s because the throwback version of the game is turning five years old today. Pretty soon the throwback’s gonna need a throwback! I wasn’t kidding about the party, by the way:

Old School RuneScape is five years old today, and in celebration of this monumental achievement we’ve got a special event for you to enjoy in-game! […] Help us in celebrating 5 years of Old School RuneScape by heading to the Falador Party room. There you will meet Da Vinci, who by chance, requires some assistance with finishing his painting! The event will remain in-game until the 15th March, giving you plenty of time to lend a helping hand and grab yourself some new holiday rewards!”

Jagex is running a stream today at 2 p.m. EST on its new Twitch channel, where it’ll tease next month’s $20,000-prize 2000-man PvP event. The studio is also rolling out a long list of quality-of-life changes, including tweaks to taps, auto-retaliation, PvP teleportation, and bounty hunter target penalties. Happy 5th birthday, Old School RuneScape!

Source: Official site, press release

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