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MMO Week in Review: City of Heroes necromancy (March 26, 2017)

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Much-loved 2004 MMORPG City of Heroes, which sunsetted prematurely in 2012, dominated the headlines this week as NCsoft announced it was resurrecting a piece of the game's legacy by adding CoH NPC Statesman into its upcoming MOBA, Master x Master, leading gamers and bloggers alike to opine on the subject, even after one NCsoft employee stepped forward to claim the decision as his own personal "passion project."

Speaking of necromancy, I had a desert-themed necro/thermal Mastermind who was a ton of fun.

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MMO Week in Review: PAX East awards, EverQuest's 18th, and ESO's battlegrounds (March 19, 2017)

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A week after PAX East's close, we've completed our assignments and handed out our awards. Make sure you cast your vote in our reader poll for the best MMO of the show!

Meanwhile, EverQuest celebrates 18 years online, Revelation fielded pay-to-win complaints, we compared survival sandbox Rend to other MMOs, Star Citizen wowed onlookers with its level design, and our columnist took a hard look at The Elder Scrolls Online's proposed Morrowind battleground system.

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MMO Week in Review: PAX East so far (March 12, 2017)

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PAX East is over, and Eliot is home safe with a zeppelin-full of stories. The best bit so far has been our interview with Final Fantasy XIV's Naoki Yoshida, but we also covered TERA's console port, the FFXIV panel, and our Funcom chat about Conan Exiles. And there's plenty more to come! Stay tuned for tomorrow and Tuesday, when we'll be spilling the rest of our PAX interviews, including a super secret one you veteran MMORPG fans are going to love! In the meanwhile, read on for the very best of this week's MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: On The Secret World's relaunch (March 5, 2017)

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Funcom's latest financial report this week was bolstered by Conan Exiles' success and the reveal that The Secret World isn't getting an expansion as rumored after all; it's getting a complete relaunch this spring with a fresh newbie experience, combat overhaul, and adjusted business model. Funcom's been tight-lipped on details so far, meaning speculation (even from our own TSW columnist) is running wild.

There's some sad news out of Funcom this week too: Anarchy Online and Age of Conan are basically headed for maintenance mode. "No further significant work is expected to be done on this project going forward," Funcom says of both games.

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MMO Week in Review: Morrowind's bear butts (February 26, 2017)

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Elder Scrolls Online let the press loose on the Morrowind expanshachapter this week, and we met the challenge: We deep-dived the story and lore behind the new version of the 15-year-old Vvardenfell, scoped out the unusual 4v4v4 PvP battlegrounds, and examined the new jack-of-all-trades Warden class (and yes, there are bear butts). And don't forget the gameplay trailer, which ought to satisfy those grumpy about not getting any gameplay sneaks during the reveal last month.

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MMO Week in Review: Smed prolly gets Amazon Prime for life now (February 19, 2016)

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This week, eyebrows across the MMOverse lifted when John Smedley, just seven weeks after the cancellation of crowdfunded Hero's Song and the closure of his indie studio, was announced as the leader of a new MMO studio under the Amazon Games banner, with most of the Pixelmage studio intact. Smed has thus far not responded to request for comment, but we're sure he's a bit swamped right about now.

Meanwhile, it was Fan Festival weekend for Final Fantasy XIV; Massively OP's Eliot Lefebvre dragged himself outta bed at the crack o' dawn to report on the Red Mage, swimming, and how Naoki Yoshida literally came out on stage in full Samurai gear to announce the new job.

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MMO Week in Review: Homestead, Head of the Snake, and piles of money (February 12, 2017)

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It was a big week for video game company financials: We heard from Blizzard, NCsoft, Nexon, Kakao, Square-Enix, and even Funcom, which says it's already recouped its costs for Conan Exiles, so it's smooth sailing (and good news for the studio) from here on out. Now, if only we could get some Secret World news...

Meanwhile, both Elder Scrolls Online and Guild Wars 2 pushed out major content updates -- the former introducing the wildly anticipated housing-themed Homestead patch, the latter rolling out Head of the Snake, episode four of its third season of living story.

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MMO Week in Review: Merrily migrating to Morrowind (February 5, 2017)

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This week, you guys. Not only did Asheron's Call and its sequel sunset, but Guild Wars 2 announced its next living story episode, Conan Exiles launched into early access, and The Elder Scrolls Online revealed that OMG we're going to Morrowind in its June chapter! Any one of these might have commanded a whole Week in Review, but clearly this was a special week.

Here at home, we've been busy with our brand-new comment system (which is working but not done yet) -- if you need help, make sure to check out the FAQ!

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MMO Week in Review: On the eve of Conan Exiles (January 29, 2017)

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This week, Funcom has been revving up for the early access launch of Conan Exiles, a long-awaited new entry into the multiplayer survival sandbox genre. Day-one players will be paying a base price of $29.99, on up to $59.99 for the CE. See you Tuesday!

Meanwhile, Asheron's Call franchise fans have been steeling themselves for the sunset of one of the oldest games in the genre, or they would be if they weren't dealing with DDOS attacks from e-thugs. Assuming Turbine gets the games back up on Monday, you can count on us to report from inside as the clock ticks down.

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MMO Week in Review: A new race for LOTRO (January 22, 2017)

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The new-old Lord of the Rings Online team at Standing Stone worked the gaming press corps this week, sprinkling reveals like candy at a Mardi Gras parade as they went. Topping the list is info MOP's Justin Olivetti acquired: Not only are new character models for the game confirmed (not just a wish-list item!), High Elves are coming to the game. Huh. Plus housing is due for updates in the very next patch.

Meanwhile, MOP's Andrew Ross penned a detailed research piece on whether lockboxes and their associated business mode trappings legally constitute gambling.

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MMO Week in Review: Weekend surprises from Nostalrius and The Repopulation (January 15, 2017)

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This week, the team behind former legacy World of Warcraft emulator Nostalrius, which treated with Blizzard last year in its play for official legacy servers, this week admitted it was wrong in having given its code core to Ukrainian-based emulator Elysium in retaliation for Blizzard's BlizzCon silence on the topic. "Moving from 'fan server' to 'pirate server' reputation makes it harder to convince that legacy fans have a place on the WoW community," the group said, asking Elysium to remove its code and user data. Intriguingly, Elysium said yes, sending its community into uproar.

Meanwhile, two of the bigger Kickstarted MMORPGs from the last few years both saw big movements this past week: Pathfinder Online is once again in talks for a new developer, and The Repopulation was offloaded to Hero Engine company Idea Fabrik, which plans to relaunch it rather than see it made in Unreal Engine as once planned.

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MMO Week in Review: Landmark's end (January 8, 2017)

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This week, Daybreak announced plans to sunset Landmark in just over six weeks from now, marking 2017's first casualty and causing fans to mourn both the game and the studio, which last year shook the genre by canceling EverQuest Next unreleased and in February will have closed down more MMORPGs than most companies have ever dreamed of making.

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MMO Week in Review: All I want for Christmas is the perfect MMORPG (December 25, 2016)

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Happy holidays everyone! This week we were blown away with the announcement that Turbine is splitting off a new indie studio, Standing Stone, to take over development of Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online, both to be published by none other than Daybreak. We were also saddened -- angry, even -- over the news that Asheron's Call and its sequel will be sunsetted instead of turned over to the players as once promised. The good news for LOTRO at least is that the team has secured the Lord of the Rings license without issue and is considering revamping its oft-mocked character models next year.

We've also been dishing out a bunch more awards -- best holiday, best crafting, best popcorn MMO, biggest disappointment, best PvP, biggest blunder, and best housing -- with the big five still to come. Plus we kicked off our blooper awards and yearly recap, and Justin sang you all to sleep with some MMO holiday tunes.

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