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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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MMO Week in Review: To Elona via bunnies in Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire (August 6, 2017)

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This week, Guild Wars 2 took the lid off its next expansion: Path of Fire, a nostalgia-driven, story-oriented trip back to the deserts of Elona. With bunnies.

Meanwhile, Lord of the Rings Online successfully launched us all into Mordor — read our recap here! — and Funcom successfully ported Secret World Legends over to Steam.

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MMO Week in Review: Guild Wars 2’s expansion, Star Citizen’s drama (July 30, 2017)

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Another huge week for the MMO genre! On the AAA MMORPG front, Guild Wars 2 dropped its final season 3 episode, noted Mike Z is leading the expansion effort, and teased its expansion announcement for this week (stay tuned for our liveblog Tuesday!).

Star Citizen dominated the headlines and comment sections with the news that its alpha 3.0 has been delayed again, that the new concept ground vehicle boosted the game to $155M funding but won’t launch with 3.0, and that the studio has “no intention of reducing the size of the Star Citizen universe.”

And Citadel: Forged With Fire launched early access, building on last week’s Fortnite and Dark and Light momentum and leading into this coming week’s launch of The Secret World on Steam.

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Camelot Unchained’s big bot battle boasts benefits for beta-beseeching backers

What does a battle between hundreds and hundreds of bots have to do with fans eager to access Camelot Unchained’s long-awaited beta? Plenty, it turns out. In this week’s newsletter, the dev team reported that a massive simulated battle with crazy amounts of visual effects was actually highly beneficial in preparing the game for human testing and a “major milestone” in the game’s journey.

“Our push for client stability has paid off greatly,” the team said, “culminating in the successful testing of over 1,500 bots using abilities, which stressed both our item and particle systems, all with great performance! It’s a big win for us and our backers as this is one of our big requirements to for Beta 1.”

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MMO Week in Review: Dark and Light is finally live (July 23, 2017)

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It was a huge week of launches for the MMO industry, headlined by crowdfunded indie sandbox Albion Online, RIFT 4.2 Celestial Storm, shooter Gigantic, Star Trek Online’s 13.5 update, and of course, Dark and Light, a once-abandoned MMO revivified and spruced up into something playable in 2017, albeit in early access with the usual early access launch woes.

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MMO Week in Review: Hurtling toward LOTRO’s Mordor (July 16, 2017)

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Lord of the Rings Online startled everyone this week by smacking a release date on its Mordor expansion, and it’s surprisingly soon: July 31st. Maybe. “In the event of delay, you will receive the Mordor expansion content and items no later than August 31st, 2017,” preorder players are told. Of course, if you are thinking of preordering, maybe check out our editorial on the community’s reaction to the price and what’s in the virtual box before doing so.

Meanwhile, Guild Wars 2 announced its season 3 finale, EVE Online killed the last remnants of walking in stations, and we got a last-minute heads-up on new “massive” online RPG Citadel: Forged With Fire.

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MMO Week in Review: Firefall’s demise, Warframe’s rise (July 9, 2017)

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MMORPG vets said farewell to Firefall this week, as on Thursday Red 5 emerged from months-long silence to abruptly announce a sunset for the very next day.

The good news is that there are a few places former fans can get the same vibe, including in Warframe, whose TennoCon event this weekend revealed some upcoming MMO-like features, including open landscapes and adventure areas.

Meanwhile, we issued report cards to both Elder Scrolls Online and Pokemon Go.

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MMO Week in Review: The Secret World is out of secrets (July 2, 2017)

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The Secret World formally relaunched as Secret World Legends this week, complete with a launch trailer, bans, and compensation for headstart issues. We added another impressions piece to our archive as well. Still wanting to play on Steam? You’ve got another few weeks to go.

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MMO Week in Review: Secret World Legends’ soft launch (June 25, 2017)

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Ready or not, The Secret World has become Secret World Legends this weekend as Funcom game soft-launched into the headstart of its reimagined MMORPG. The launch hasn’t been without its issues, however, including today’s downtime and patcher problems, though the weekend revelation that vets will get more than they expected has been welcome.

Meanwhile, Final Fantasy XIV’s Stormblood formally launched, racking up praise from our veteran players.

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