mmo roundup

MMO Week in Review: Guild Wars 2 dev admits to mount lockbox ‘missteps’ (November 12, 2017)

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This week, Guild Wars 2 players, primed by the last few months of anti-lockbox sentiment in the gaming community, rioted over the addition of pseudo-lockboxes containing random mount skins in the cash shop. ArenaNet President Mike O’Brien has since provided a statement acknowledging that the timing and context were poorly chosen and that the multitude of new random skins unduly exacerbated the perception that ArenaNet was headed down an ugly path. That said, he also points out the upsides: that the mounts are cheap, progressive, and diverse. So will Anet change them? Yes and no.

“Microtransactions can be polarizing, and we’ve received both positive and negative feedback on the license. We won’t change the existing license in a way that would invalidate the investment players have made, but I want to confirm to you that our next planned mount skin releases will focus on individual sales like the Reforged Warhound and bundles like the Spooky Mounts Pack. We will not add any skins to the currently available Adoption License, thus not pushing down the odds of acquiring any one skin in that set.”

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MMO Week in Review: Wrapping up BlizzCon and reeling from genre upheaval

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Even had this week not contained BlizzCon — which itself was meaty, and yes we’re getting both a World of Warcraft expansion and WoW vanilla/legacy/classic servers — it would have been a big one for the MMORPG genre, as EVE Online company CCP laid off dozens of employees and shutter substudios, PWE closed down both Gigantic studio Motiga and Torchlight developer Runic Games, and Marvel Heroes studio Gazillion fell silent in the midst of “inappropriate conduct” allegations and missed patches.

We’ll have more on all these stories in the coming week, but for now, read on for the very best of this past week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: Destiny 2 has already won the year (October 29, 2017)

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Destiny 2 has finally arrived for PC, and the fact that a crapton of our MMORPG readership is playing won’t surprise you, given that the game is already the best-selling video game of the year. Just try not to get banned, k?

Meanwhile, if you’re still wanting to throw money at Actiblizz, welp, BlizzCon – and that promised new WoW expansion – is fast approaching!

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MMO Week in Review: I’m putting lockboxes in your Halloween candy bucket (October 22, 2017)

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Lockboxes dominated the headlines again this week as the ESRB, PEGI, the UK government, and a handful of developers weighed in on the issue. Meanwhile, in a case of exceptionally bad timing, Activision secured a patent for match manipulation intended to drive engagement and cash-shop purchases. Just in case that whole lockbox thing doesn’t work out, see.

Meanwhile, we’re gearing up for Halloween across the MMORPG world, from Guild Wars 2 and LOTRO to Secret World and WoW. We’ve got nine more days of this until it’s time to begin prepping for the next big holiday. I’m talking about Black Friday, of course.

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MMO Week in Review: Warframe’s first steps into a larger world (October 15, 2017)

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Warframe took another step closer to being an MMORPG this week with the launch of its Plains of Eidolon expansion, which introduced an open-world landscape feel to zones and a slew of MMO-like questing options.

In Final Fantasy XIV, the latest housing crisis was met by apologies from no less than Naoki Yoshida.

And on the business end of things, the ESRB declined to classify lockboxes as gambling, Blizzard sued another Chinese ripoff, and IGN bought out the Humble Bundle company.

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MMO Week in Review: The battle of the sci-fi MMO conventions (October 8, 2017)

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It’s the battle of the conventions this weekend as NYCC, EVE Vegas, and Frontier Expo have all gone head-to-head. At NYCC, Star Wars The Old Republic dished out info on the new Timothy Zahn-inspired planet; at EVE Vegas, we got the scoop on post-Lifeblood F2P EVE Online improvements and CCP’s new mobile game; and we’ll have a bunch of news on Elite Dangerous tomorrowday straight from London!

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MMO Week in Review: Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire eyecandy (October 1, 2017)

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After a rocky first weekend, Guild Wars 2’s massive Path of Fire expansion smoothed out, impressing the Massively OP staff and readers alike with its eyecandy and “joy of movement” philosophy (if not so much its storyline). Meanwhile, Black Desert launched the first part of its Kamasylvia update, Final Fantasy XIV announced its The Legend Returns patch, and Camelot Unchained’s Mark Jacobs spoke with us about his game’s social system shakeup.

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MMO Week in Review: Following the Path of Fire back to Guild Wars 2 (September 24, 2017)

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Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire expansion launched on Friday, sending fans of Tyria and nostalgia back into the Elonian deserts. How many of those 11 million total accounts are playing? Probably not all of them, to be sure, but enough to cause more than a few disconnects and instance-creation problems through the weekend, especially in the EU but felt across the game’s territories. The demand bodes well for the game’s long-term finances (if not its short-term charm).

Don’t miss our coverage of the update; we streamed the launch on Friday, got our accounts in order, and debated the game’s material storage nerfs. MOP’s Choose My Adventure series will also cover Guild Wars 2 for the next month, so keep an eye out for that, a special guest on the podcast, and our impressions of the launch!

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MMO Week in Review: EVE’s is an evil laugh (September 17, 2017)

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This week, the universe of EVE Online was rocked by a sudden but inevitable betrayal that compounded the ongoing player-instigated wars and led to the banning of a notable EVE player and elected CSM official caught threatening to mutilate another player in real life. The impetus? The theft of in-game property worth approximately $20,000. Ouch.

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MMO Week in Review: Destiny’s child (September 10, 2017)

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Assuming you weren’t consumed by hurricane preparations this week, you very likely descended upon Destiny 2 with a sick day in tow, as Bungie’s sequel formally rolled out to console players around the world. Meanwhile, the MMO genre fussed over Secret World’s raid locks, World of Warcraft’s flightless Argus, and the end of Perpetuum.

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MMO Week in Review: Turning heads in Star Citizen, literally (August 27, 2017)

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Star Citizen stole the show — Gamescom, that is — with reveal after reveal during its week of demoing a version of the long-delayed 3.0 alpha. While the SOEmote-esque real-time facial animation and camera locking captured most of the attention, CIG also let slip that it’s planning some detailed survival mechanics for the game, like eating and bathing.

Meanwhile, SkySaga announced a de facto shutdown, Guild Wars 2 completed another preview weekend, Star Wars: The Old Republic launched Crisis on Umbara, and World of Warcraft geared up for this week’s Argus release.

And we’re wishing all the best to our friends and readers suffering in Texas this weekend.

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MMO Week in Review: Who better to bring Secret World to TV than Johnny Depp (August 20, 2017)

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Eyebrows across the MMOverse rose in unison this week as Johnny Depp’s production company announced it was working on a TV show based on none other than The Secret World, which in its current Secret World Legends incarnation has launched Tokyo and fiddled with currency. Don’t miss our piece on what we hope to see in the show!

Meanwhile, Guild Wars 2 hosted another Path of Fire preview weekend, Daybreak dropped the “H1Z1” from Just Survive, and Dauntless kicked off its founder alpha.

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MMO Week in Review: Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire begins with actual in-game fire (August 13, 2017)

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If our poll is any guide, a whole lot of our readers — and presumably the broader MMO playerbase — were immersed in Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire preview event this weekend, putting out actual in-game fires, hopping around on raptors, and wondering if Herald Kehnan was ever gonna shut up! (He is not.)

Meanwhile, World of Warcraft’s next expansion was probably leaked, Black Desert talked up its plans for the rest of the year, a huge war is brewing in EVE Online, and Star Citizen stripped all the dates from its public production schedule.

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