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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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MMO Year in Review: EverQuest Never (March 2016)

This year, we’re taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before we head into 2017.

March was pretty much the worst month of the entire year, and March 11th was a particularly bad day: It was the day that EverQuest Next was canceled, WildStar was slammed with layoffs, Colin Johanson announced he was leaving the Guild Wars 2 team, and Zahrym left the WoW team. Our Week in Review summary that week is just called "Sadface." In retrospect, I can see why MMORPG players were shaken to the core. I'm so sorry if March 11th was your birthday.

The rest of March wasn't much better; Revival was more or less canceled, there was that whole Ghillie suit thing, and Guild Wars 2 ended development of legendary weapons.

March was also the month a dev team coined "shitstorm matrix," so there was that.

Read on for the curated list of our favorite posts from the month of doom.

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MMO Week in Review: ArcheAge's tumult (December 18, 2016)

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ArcheAge dominated the week again as it continued to struggle with server hiccups in the wake of the Revelation expansion and the addition of fresh start servers.

We've also been working through our annual awards, so far voting on the most underrated MMO, biggest MMO story, most improved MMO, best and worst business model, best pseudo-MMO, and most likely to flop. And don't miss our guide to MMORPG winter holiday events, many of which are live right now!

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MMO Week in Review: Your new cottage in Daggerfall (December 11, 2016)

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Elder Scrolls Online dominated the headlines this week for two key reasons: an exciting infodump on its upcoming housing system and criticism over its newly introduced lockboxes. In our own CMA column, which this month covers ESO, we're also playing through some of this year's DLC and seeing how it all feels at the end of 2016.

Meanwhile, we were introduced to brand-new MMORPG Ashes of Creation, confirmed that Daybreak does indeed have a new head honcho, and caught wind of the rumor that CCP Games is on the market.

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MMO Week in Review: The changing of the Daybreak guard (December 4, 2016)

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This week, we learned that Daybreak President Russell Shanks left the company back in October, having been replaced (temporarily?) with Columbus Nova exec Ji Ham.

Meanwhile, Black Desert's big "New World" server merge went down, SWTOR's KOTET expansion went live, and The Elder Scrolls Online went down the old lockbox road.

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MMO Week in Review: Winter has come to Guild Wars 2 (November 27, 2016)

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Guild Wars 2 rolled out the third episode of the third season of living story content this week. Dubbed A Crack in the Ice, the episode takes players to yet another new zone, Bitterfrost Frontier, to deal with the Kodan. Meanwhile, ArenaNet also put out a new fractal and sat for an AMA, during which the studio revealed it isn't planning on fixing old dungeons but is working on fixing economic exploits and insider trading.

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MMO Week in Review: You get an expansion, and YOU get an expansion! (November 20, 2016)

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It's been another glorious week for MMORPG expansions: EVE Online's Ascension expansion went live, introducing among other features the alpha clone state that allows gamers to play for free (we streamed it, if you're curious!). Then RIFT's Starfall Prophecy made landfall; it's very much a traditional MMORPG expansion (with a traditional MMORPG pricetag). Even Daybreak got in on the action with twin expansions for EverQuest and EverQuest II (we streamed that one too!). And don't forget Overwatch! All in all, good stuff for some of the genre's staples.

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MMO Week in Review: BlizzCon 2016 (November 6, 2016)

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This weekend's BlizzCon was either a fantastic festival of fun or a full-on fail-face flop, depending on whom you talk to -- and which games you care about. In our wheelhouse, we saw the Overwatch Sombra ARG come to a close with her reveal, heard about Blizzard's apparent rapid-fire next three patches for World of Warcraft, and puzzled over Diablo III's plans to import classic Diablo content and charge for a Necromancer class pack. Saturday's WoW panels, however, left our writers and commenters more annoyed than thrilled, and it's hard to argue the convention wouldn't have had more pop with a truly massive reveal.

Oh yeah, and then Nostalrius inserted itself into the weekend with the announcement that it's releasing its source code to the community and allowing a rival emulator group to restart the sunsetted emu.

Don't forget to pick up a "MoCree" Overwatch parody t-shirt, and then read on for the very best of this week's MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: All Hallows' Eve eve in EVE Vegas (October 30, 2016)

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Halloween is almost upon us! This week, as we gear up for candy night, we took a listen to some favorite Halloween MMORPG tunes in long-gone games and took advantage of the seasonal sales. Don't forget our guide to spooky MMO events!

Meanwhile, Massively OP's Brendan Drain has been reporting back from EVE Vegas, where CCP has been deep-diving its plans for Ascension, the new tutorial, the new PvE modes and AI, and what it's like to play as a permanent alpha.

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MMO Week in Review: You red you dead (October 23, 2016)

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The internet lost its mind over this week's announcement that Rockstar is working on Red Dead Redemption 2, complete with a multiplayer online component and a new trailer to go with the launch date of next fall. Whether it launches on PC or not is still a mystery.

Meanwhile, MMOs from Guild Wars 2 to Elder Scrolls Online kicked off their Halloween events -- don't forget our guide to MMORPG Halloween 2016!

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