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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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MMO Week in Review: New MMORPGs on the horizon (June 11, 2017)

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This week was a doozy for MMORPG players as two new games were announced for our genre: an as-yet-unnamed Magic: the Gathering MMO from Cryptic and PWE, and Fractured, a SpatialOS-powered MMOARPG sandbox without some of the more annoying tropes that usually attach themselves to sandboxes.

Meanwhile, Elder Scrolls Online Morrowind formally launched, Secret World Legends plotted a headstart and new beta wave, and Bless Online apparently gave up on its western ambitions.

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MMO Week in Review: Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood’s everything (June 4, 2017)

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This week, Final Fantasy XIV let the western press loose on the Stormblood expansion that’s until now been a bit buried by other summer releases. Not anymore, though! MOP’s Eliot Lefebvre posted nine in-depth previews and guides on what to expect from the content avalanche on the way.

Meanwhile, Ashes of Creation’s Kickstarter funded many times over with $3.2M now banked, Black Desert scored big on its Steam launch, and NCsoft put a date on Master X Master. Read on for the rest of the best of this week’s MMO news and opinions!

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MMO Week in Review: Morrowind, Black Desert, and a bajillion other MMO launches (May 28, 2017)

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Memorial Day weekend: a time for gaming deals, double-experience events, and launches. Mainly launches this year! Black Desert has landed on Steam, The Elder Scrolls Online began the PC head start for Morrowind, Marvel Heroes soft launched on PS4, Legends of Aria kicked off its alpha, Revelation Online and Shroud of the Avatar saw major content updates, and both Kritika Online and Worlds Adrift entered closed beta.

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MMO Week in Review: Wild West Online isn’t just a gankbox (May 21, 2017)

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Gotta love a massive week for MMORPG news! We chatted up the Wild West Online team to learn more about its reversal on Kickstarter and its PvE server plans, Funcom saw its best financial quarter ever but delayed Secret World Legends’ Steam launch, Bungie revealed Destiny 2 gameplay and sent WoW Token prices skyward, Elder Scrolls Online prepared for Morrowind’s head start, and Star Citizen’s latest concept ship sale propelled it over the $150M fundraising hump.

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MMO Week in Review: The Secret World’s June relaunch (May 14, 2017)

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This week, Funcom announced that The Secret World will morph into Secret World Legends just shy of its spring plan, landing on June 26th. Funcom even sat down with us for a lengthy video interview as we poked and prodded for answers about the state of the game and the path that led the studio to give the cult favorite such a drastic makeover.

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