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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.

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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!

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MMO Week in Review: Practicing Pig in Project Gorgon (March 18, 2018)

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If you’ve ever fancied a sandboxish MMORPG where you can exercise your pig form, flower arrangement, iocaine resistance, interpretive dance, phrenology, and dying skills, then Project Gorgon was made for you – and as luck would have it, it rolled into early access on Steam this week.

Meanwhile, Secret World Legends announced its South Africa-themed content patch, we dug into new research on aggression and games, multiple sci-fi games honored Stephen Hawking, we got the scoop on ArcheAge 4.5, and classic EverQuest turned 19 years old.

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MMO Week in Review: Trion triumphs with RIFT Prime (March 11, 2018)

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Queues for days! Well, maybe not literally for days, but queues have definitely befallen players who’ve been trying to play the popular RIFT Prime server this weekend, which honestly is a good thing, since every single one of those folks angling for a vanilla-ish experience is paying a sub.

“We apologize most profusely for our great success,” Trion joked, noting that it’s been busily raising server caps and expects login times to spread out as “the first heated rush to glory fades.”

Don’t forget to check out our guide to the new server, as well as our first impressions published this weekend, then read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: All the MMO birthdays (March 4, 2018)

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The MMO genre celebrated a ton of birthdays this week, including anniversaries for the launches of Black Desert, The Division, RIFT, Wakfu, and Dungeons and Dragons Online. Meanwhile, Funcom announced a new game (not an MMO, though), Elite Dangerous launched its next chapter, Path of Exile’s Bestiary update made it out the door, Soulworker hit open beta, Secret World Legends pushed out its agent network, and Trion stunned everyone with its Defiance 2050 reboot plans.

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MMO Week in Review: So what’s Funcom making next? (February 25, 2018)

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Funcom is up to something: This past week, the studio announced that it will announce (you gotta love announcement announcements) a new game on Wednesday. We don’t know much about what it is, save that it’s a post-apoc setting with possibly prefab characters. So MMORPG players will probably be watching curiously on Wednesday… but our bet is Funcom fans will go back to poring over Secret World’s agent system previews instead.

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MMO Week in Review: Elder Scrolls Online’s cash shop controversy (February 18, 2018)

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Elder Scrolls Online’s first DLC of the year, Dragon Bones, launched this week along with update 17. While the patch is loaded with content, including a new cosmetic system and new dungeons, the rollout suffered from an experience exploit that caused server downtime in addition to angst from the community, which objected to the pricing scheme attached to the new outfit system.

Meanwhile, Camelot Unchained picked July 4th for its beta, we got the scoop on Bless Online, SWTOR delivered its spring roadmap, Trove announced a new expansion, Star Citizen launched a new ship sale, and LOTRO began testing a new region.

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MMO Week in Review: MMO money month (February 11, 2018)

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If I had to sum up this week in MMOs, and I do because that’s what this column is all about, I’d say it’s about money. Multiple MMO companies released their quarterly and annual deets this week, including Blizzard (another record quarter) and Square-Enix (which claims an increase in Final Fantasy XIV subs. Trion rightly boasted of Trove’s 15M playerbase as well. But the most interesting bit was surely NCsoft’s report, which shows Guild Wars 2 getting a welcome bump from Path of Fire while Blade & Soul (which just released its Call of the Deep update) pulls in excellent numbers too.

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MMO Week in Review: Battle for Azeroth this summer (February 4, 2018)

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World of Warcraft’s Battle for Azeroth expansion preorders went live this week, with a summer launch date that could be as late as September 21st – still a pinch earlier than most predictions.

Meanwhile, this week saw the end of MOBA Master X Master and MMORPG Linkrealms, as well as the announcement that Gigantic is closing up shop, Anthem and RD2D are delayed, and Alganon is offline.

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MMO Week in Review: The fate of SWTOR (January 28, 2018)

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Is Star Wars The Old Republic in trouble? BioWare rumors say it might have been, but longtime watchers point to ongoing content updates – not to mention the developer livestream promising a freshened roadmap next week – that suggest just the opposite.

Meanwhile, this week saw the rollouts of two not-quite-MMOs that a lot of MMO players have their eye on: Monster Hunter World, which we’ve covered with impressions and a guide, and Sea of Thieves, whose closed beta has gotten off to a rocky start. Darkfall New Dawn officially launched too!

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MMO Week in Review: Camelot Unhindered (January 21, 2018)

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This week, crowdfunded MMORPG Camelot Unchained announced it had raised $7.5 million dollars from investors, intended to speed up production of the game, which is already quite delayed. Studio head Mark Jacobs spoke to us at length about the influx of money, the state of the game, and the impending beta launch; he reassured players that nothing about the game’s design or planned business model.

Meanwhile, Trion Worlds delivered two huge announcements this week: It’s sunsetting Devilian in March, and it’s opening up a sub-only, lockbox-free, specialty fresh-start server for RIFT this spring.

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