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Week in Review: WoW slips to 7.1M subs [May 10, 2015]

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World of Warcraft raised eyebrows this week as Blizzard revealed a three million sub drop in the last quarter, the sharpest three-month drop in the game’s history. The heavy losses don’t appear to worry MMO players, however, and they don’t appear to worry Blizzard, either, as the studio preps WoW’s 6.2 patch and enjoys absurd success with Hearthstone and Diablo III.

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MMO Week in Review: The future of EverQuest Next [May 3, 2015]

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You know what scared me the most about Daybreak’s ongoing drama earlier this year? John Smedley stopped saying wild things in interviews and social media. But don’t worry, guys; the Smed is back. This week he told a mainstream gaming publication all about the company’s enthusiasm for “chang[ing] with the times” to embrace console, mobile, VR, and abbreviated play sessions in a modern world where “the days of the WoW-style MMO are over.”

This, of course, terrified players of Daybreak’s current stable of MMORPGs as well as those awaiting the arrival of someday-sandbox EverQuest Next. Smed assured the throngs on Reddit that Daybreak “plan[s] on continuing to support EQ and EQ2 for the very long haul” and clarified that while EverQuest Next will have raids, they won’t be grueling, eight-hour affairs.

Of course, almost no one does those in WoW anymore either, and I never did meet a WoW raid that wasn’t eclipsed by the fall-asleep-at-your-keyboard marathons invented by classic EverQuest, but who’s counting?

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MMO Week in Review: Guild Wars 2 specs and traits – April 26, 2015

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This week, ArenaNet finally unveiled just how Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns’ revamped specialization and trait system will work. Massively OP’s own Tina Lauro posted her experiences with the game’s Stronghold PvP, and the studio further promoted its ongoing e-sports efforts.

Fancy classic Guild Wars instead? It’s in the midst of its 10th anniversary celebrations. Happy birthday!

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MMO Week in Review: Star Wars Galaxies’ new narrative [April 19, 2015]

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Raph Koster changed the direction of Star Wars Galaxies historiography forever this week by blogging about the travails of the sunsetted MMO’s PvP system and laying most of the blame for SWG’s struggles at the feet of the Jedi. In follow-up comments, he debunked the widely held belief that the NGE killed SWG by quoting internal stats that suggest earlier SOE decisions that foreshadowed the NGE — like tone-deaf nerfs to merchants, pet skills, and group sizes — had far earlier and far worse consequences for the epic sandbox.

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MMO Week in Review: Superhero shenanigans [April 12, 2015]

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The remaining superhero MMORPGs just had a big week — or perhaps an unsettling week, depending on your point of view. Daybreak’s DC Universe Online announced a cadence shift from quarterly to monthly, while Champions Online was split off from Cryptic North and sent home to Cryptic’s home base in California. Whether these decisions will be good for the games in the long run is anybody’s guess.

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MMO Week in Review: April 5, 2015

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This week, Daybreak Game Company announced that the venerable EverQuest II, with 10 full expansions under its belt, will cease production of more, turning instead to smaller and more frequent paid DLC. The first of such DLC, dubbed Rum Cellar, is due to launch April 28th.

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MMO Week in Review: March 29, 2015

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Better not call it pay-to-win: Skyforge made headlines this week for bristling at the P2W term. Massively OP’s Justin Olivetti delivered his first impressions of the game’s closed beta in two parts, suggesting it feels more like a Neverwinter-style “guilty pleasure than a long-term stay.” The devs also revealed the game’s 13 launch-day classes, and our own stream champion MJ Guthrie checked out the game live for viewers.

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MMO Week in Review: March 22, 2015

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The Elder Scrolls Online relaunched a day early this week as “Tamriel Unlimited” with a fresh buy-to-play model and a shiny-new cash shop. Massively OP’s own Larry Everett discussed why it’s worth returning to the game in his Tamriel Infinium column.

Meanwhile, EVE Fanfest 2015 drew to a close; CCP spent the convention talking up its new VR tech, four new side projects, and EVE Online’s inbound customizable structures and player-built stargates. We also learned that DUST 514’s do-over, Project Legion, may be in dev limbo.

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MMO Week in Review: March 15, 2015

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In spite of losing its director of design and delaying the release of its first-person camera view patch, Guild Wars 2 elicited cheers this week when it announced that map completion will no longer require WvW map exploration. ArenaNet also revealed the Desert Borderlands world vs. world map due to launch as part of the Heart of Thorns expansion.

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MMO Week in Review: March 8, 2015

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This week, Massively OP’s Eliot Lefebvre checked out Guild Wars 2’s Heart of Thorns expansion in person, taking the Revenant class out for a spin and scoping out the new zone and PvP. Plus PAX East happened, and FFXIV mostly stole the show! Here’s what we’ve gotten up so far (with more on the way tomorrowday):

Also, you guys kinda funded the hell out of our Kickstarter. And we love ya. Read on for a look at the rest of this week’s top MMO stories.

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MMO Week in Review: March 1, 2015

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After a bit of teasing, Game of Thrones-esque PvP MMORPG Crowfall launched its Kickstarter this week. We pitted it against its closest rival, interviewed its lead devs about their plans, and gave our own impressions of the first big game announcement of the year.

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MMO Week in Review: February 22, 2015

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Up-and-coming PvP MMORPG Crowfall has been counting down a 40-day timer that ends next week, biding its time with announcements about its destruction-oriented voxel-based tech, physics engine, and new classes. Any guesses as to what’s happening when that timer runs out?

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MMO Week in Review: February 15, 2015

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Daybreak dominated the headlines during MOP’s first week back online, with layoffs, resignations, and DDOS attacks that had former devs defending the team and players hoping for reassurance. Our own MJ Guthrie discussed the fate of SOE Live, and Jef Reahard pondered F2P’s impact on the studio.

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