mmo news roundup

MMO Week in Review: The E3 hullabaloo

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E3 2018 positively dominated this week, with big reveals for MMO and multiplayer online fans for the first time in years. Fallout 76 has MMO gamers alternately concerned and hyped, Elder Scrolls Online revealed its next two DLC, and hey, we even got some news on WoW Classic. Meanwhile, among the big crowdfunded games, Camelot Unchained posted good news, Crowfall posted not-so-good news, and Star Citizen was all over the place. We’ve rounded up every single post we’ve done from the con so far right here, but if you just want the highlights, then read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions from E3 and everywhere else.

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MMO Week in Review: Before the Dark Times (June 10, 2018)

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E3 is already shaping up to be interesting before it even begins: So far, we’ve heard more about both Anthem and EA’s new Jedi-centric Dark Times-era Star Wars game as well as posted up our wish list for Bethsoft’s Fallout 76.

Meanwhile, Valve abdicated all responsibility for what it profits from on Steam, CCP announced a mobile EVE Online game called Project Galaxy, Hi-Rez launched Realm Royale on Steam, Bless Online tried to recover after its messy launch, and we posted our post-launch impressions of Elder Scrolls Online Summerset.

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

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MMO Week in Review: Fallout 76, Bless Online, and Elder Scrolls Online

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How do you pick one big story in a week like this? You don’t: You just roll with all the big ones. This week, we learned Bethsoft is working on a new Fallout game, Fallout 76, with a rumored online and/or MMO component, which set the internet on fire.

ZeniMax then freaked its community out when players discovered spyware had been patched into Elder Scrolls Online; the studio apologized, saying it was added in error and will be removed this week, never having been activated or used.

And then there was Bless Online, which soft launched into early access with server outages, downtime, dupes, and refunds from folks upset over the game’s lack of endgame content. Stay tuned for our own hands-on with the game’s first week, and then read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: Summerset and Worlds Adrift (May 27, 2018)

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The MMORPG genre saw two big launches this past week: The Elder Scrolls Online released its Summerset chapter for PC players (to positive reviews!), while Worlds Adrift hit early access (to concerned reviews over its retention-unfriendly PvP system, though Bossa says it’s working on that problem).

Meanwhile, we’re in the calm before the storm for one more night as Bless Online’s early access headstart kicks off tomorrow.

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

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MMO Week in Review: Roadmaps for LOTRO and SWTOR, multiplayer for No Man’s Sky (May 20, 2018)

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Roadmaps! Getcher roadmaps! Both LOTRO and SWTOR released gameplans for the rest of the year this week; LOTRO has a class revamp, new regions, and a level cap bump to 120 on deck, while SWTOR aims to tackle some faction-blending and go all-out on PvP fixes.

Meanwhile, we got hands-on with State of Decay 2, Worlds Adrift hit early access, Boss Key shuttered, Pantheon revealed a trio of classes, and No Man’s Sky announced multiplayer for real this time.

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

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MMO Week in Review: Bless, Daybreak, Conan Exiles, and Wild West Online (Mar 13, 2018)

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Gotta love those weeks when there are so many huge stories I can’t decide what to feature here and just feature them all! Conan Exiles launched this week, with lots of praise – except for Funcom’s disastrous handling of PvE-conflict servers. Bless Online shocked its community by springing optional subscriptions just a few weeks ahead of launch and not exactly dazzling press previewers. Wild West Online blundered onward into its ill-advised formal launch from early access, in spite of criticism over its incomplete state (and lack of female toons). And just to cap it all off, the Daybreak/Columbus Nova/Renova mess took a bizarre turn into the tawdriest corners of political intrigue. What a week! I need a drink.

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

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MMO Week in Review: Star Trek Online is going free-to-play, again (May 6, 2018)

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There are hardly any proper MMORPGs that haven’t already seen at least one major business model shift over the years, and this week Star Trek Online announced its second: It’s going even more free-to-play, or maybe more buy-to-play, depending on how you look at it, as it’s trading its optional subscription away for an optional flat-fee buy-in.

Meanwhile, we’re looking ahead to Guild Wars 2’s underwater update, watching players quibble over Elder Scrolls Online’s and Star Citizen’s business models, debating the state of modern MMO raiding, genuinely enjoying SWTOR’s latest update, being surprised that WoW’s doing so well, and mourning the impending loss of two PWE MMORPGs.

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

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MMO Week in Review: Just Daybreak things (April 29, 2018)

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Arg, this week you guys. Daybreak is currently wading in the aftermath of one of the biggest unforced errors I’ve seen in the MMO genre in a decade, from inexplicably deciding to answer Russian sanction rumors by abruptly claiming it’s not owned by the company it’s said it’s been owned by for three years to laying off over 70 people in what was allegedly an unrelated H1Z1 crisis.

It’s such a mess that you probably missed our farewell to EVE Online’s Andie Nordren and our impressions pieces on Project Gorgon, Sea of Thieves, and Elder Scrolls Online’s Summerset. Oh yeah, and Belgium declared lockboxes illegal and threatened a bunch of international corporations with criminal penalties. No big thing.

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

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MMO Week in Review: Politics and MMOs mix just fine (April 22, 2018)

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If you thought it was possible to keep politics out of MMOs, you’re sadly mistaken. This week saw multiple news stories : the end to the court cases that saw the Bossland bot makers escape financial ruin, the CSGO swatting case in which police who killed a man will apparently go uncharged, the Russian Telegram crackdown that’s blocking multiple MMOs (and other services) in the former Soviet state, and the war on lockboxes (and the online games that abuse them) as waged by the Dutch Gaming Authority.

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

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MMO Week in Review: When you gaze too long into EVE’s Abyss, the Abyss also… actually it just PKs you (April 15, 2018)

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After wrapping up PAX East – and chronicling our experiences with Pantheon, Ship of Heroes, ESO Summerset, and Ashes of Creation – we dived straight into EVE Online’s annual Fanfest, where this year CCP Games announced the Into the Abyss expansion as well as progress on Project Nova. Stay tuned for more! In the meantime, read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: WoW picks its Battle for Azeroth launch date, Ultima Online goes free-to-play (April 8, 2018)

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Classic-but-still-updated MMORPGs were on fire this week! World of Warcraft kicked off PAX East with a bang by announcing Battle for Azeroth’s launch date of August 14th, and then Ultima Online released its Endless Journey patch, taking the 20-year-old game free-to-play for the first time ever.

Stay tuned early this week as we roll out all our PAX coverage! In the meantime, read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: April Fools’ Day, SOTA, and Star Citizen (April 1, 2018)

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Shroud of the Avatar is hereby granted no more launches! Yes, this week Richard Garriott’s Ultima-inspired MMORPG officially shed its in-testing shroud, while, Star Citizen launched its 3.1 alpha, Guild Wars 2 rolled out SAB, and April Fools’ Day gripped the genre. And at GDC, we took a look at big game data, SpatialOS, Defiance, and Ultima Online through the eyes of its original creators.

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

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MMO Week in Review: Expansions for Elder Scrolls Online, Star Trek Online, and Skyforge (March 25, 2018)

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Sea of Thieves launched this week, it’s true, captivating many MMORPG player hearts with a round of yo-ho-hos and ahoy theres, but it was a huge week for the MMORPG industry all by itself too. We got expansion announcements for Elder Scrolls Online, Star Trek Online, and Skyforge and a launch announcement for Bless, plus deep-dives with Shroud of the Avatar, Secret World Legends‘ South Africa content, the newly launched ARK Park, and SWTOR’s 5.8 update. All that against the backdrop of our meanderings through GDC – including an exclusive with Ship of Heroes!

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

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