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MMO Week in Review: Farewell to WoW's old guard (September 18, 2016)

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Already reeling from Rob Pardo's new studio announcement and the sudden retirement of Chris Metzen, fans of Blizzard and World of Warcraft were further stunned this week by a small exodus of developers adding their resignations -- from Blizzard, the WoW team, or both -- to the pile.

Meanwhile, Guild Wars 2 is prepping for its living story episode drop this week, H1Z1: King of the Kill delayed its launch, and Marvel Heroes surprised its playerbase by announcing a significant streamlining plan for its characters and gameplay. Cue the "dumbing down" comments.

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MMO Week in Review: WoW's magic is back (September 11, 2016)

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Blizzard has made magic happen again: It sold 3.3 million copies of World of Warcraft's Legion expansion by its first full day of launch, tying the records set previously by Cataclysm and Warlords of Draenor and impressing some of its tough-love critics. The real question is how long can it keep the magic -- and the players?

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MMO Week in Review: Legion's laudable launch (September 4, 2016)

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So WoW: Legion happened this week. Eliot likes it. You guys like it. Bloggers like it. Go Blizz!

Meanwhile, EVE Online announced a free-to-play business model switcharoo, The Elder Scrolls Online rolled out One Tamriel on the test server, and Firefall vanished from the internet and then reappeared just as mysteriously.

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MMO Week in Review: Guild Wars 2 celebrates four years (August 28, 2016)

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Guild Wars 2 had an interesting fourth anniversary week: A massive bug led to uncharacteristic downtime and a rollback for the game, punctuated by the arrival of birthday and anniversary gifts. Then, research firm Superdata sent the game back into the spotlight by including it on its list of top five premium PC games by revenue for the month of July, a good sign for the game after a disappointing spring. And Massively OP's Tina delivered a smashing guide to what you ought to be doing in GW2 while awaiting the next episode of the living story.

Meanwhile? World of Warcraft: Legion launches Tuesday. It's the deep breath before the plunge.

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MMO Week in Review: Gamescom, Legion, and Elder Scrolls lockboxes (August 21, 2016)

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Gamescom this week started out as a dud for MMORPG players but ended with a bang: We got a release date for Eternal Crusade, huge presentations from Star Citizen and Elite: Dangerous, and a tease for The Elder Scrolls Online's One Tamriel. Hint: It's lockboxes.

Meanwhile, Legion is bearing down on us all.

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MMO Week in Review: One man's sky (August 14, 2016)

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No Man's Sky launched this week for PC and console, mystifying players with inconsistent statements about multiplayer and stonewalling the press.

Meanwhile, we scoped out World of Warcraft's latest patch, weighed in on Guild Wars 2's living story season start, and cheered at WildStar's apparent comeback in NCsoft's latest financial report.

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MMO Week in Review: WoW Legion creeps closer (August 7, 2016)

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We've been creeping ever closer to World of Warcraft: Legion this week, with a glimmer of hope in WoW's "growth," a look at the new leveling system in Legion lands, and a big trailer intended to rope you in.

Meanwhile, we got a peek at RIFT's upcoming Starfall Prophecy expansion, celebrated the arrival of Elder Scrolls Online's Shadows of the Hist, and gave Star Wars: The Old Republic the side-eye over its new lockbox enhancements initiative, which we should totally call NLE.

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MMO Week in Review: Fresh content for Guild Wars 2 (July 31, 2016)

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The first episode of the third season of Guild Wars 2's living world story launched this week. Out of the Shadows brings along with it a revamped, pirate-themed PvP map and a fractal. Even if you're busy with one of the other many content releases going on this midsummer, don't forget you can still bank this episode to play it when you wanna. Yay, content!

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MMO Week in Review: The patch before the patch before Legion (July 24, 2016)

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World of Warcraft fans of every stripe rejoiced to see the Legion pre-pre-patch drop this week: tmog junkies, lore junkies, animation junkies, website junkiesnostalgia junkies. Well maybe not this guy; maybe he's still pissed about totems. And definitely not the victims of silencing system abuse and roleplayers, though that last group is at least... being heard.

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MMO Week in Review: Pokeymans (July 17, 2016)

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Captain's Log, Stardate 70009.8. I thought it would be the holodeck that eventually did in the crew, but it turned out to be Pokemon Go. Who would have thought an antique Japanese Gameboy IP and a niche mobile subgenre would combine to destroy civilization as we know it? Who will roam the stars in search of knowledge when they can fall off cliffsget stuck in caves, and get shot at filling out their Pokedex? May god have mercy on our souls.

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MMO Week in Review: Lament for Turbine (July 10, 2016)

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The Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities befell Turbine and its MMORPGs this week: The layoff monster struck hard. Though Warner Bros. told us Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons would "continue to operate as they do now" as the studio transitions to a mobile one, the company has yet to clarify just what that will mean for both games as well as the Asheron's Call franchise.

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MMO Week in Review: SWTOR's persistent prosperity (July 3, 2016)

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Star Wars: The Old Republic celebrated another big news week, what with the launch of GEMINI Deception for subbers, rumors of a Knights of the Eternal Throne expansion, and the start of the Dark vs. Light event. Its business model is having a good week too, as BioWare maneuvered to boost character slot allowances and once again landed near the top of Superdata's sub MMO revenue rankings.

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MMO Week in Review: Love vs. hate for SWTOR's Dark vs. Light (June 26, 2016)

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This week, Star Wars: The Old Republic came under fire over its Dark vs. Light event, which essentially requires achievement-hunting players to roll new characters (on alt servers or with newly purchased slots, assuming their home server is full) to replay content they have already have done many times before. PvP and raiding requirements also have eyebrows quirking and historians reminding everyone of WoW's Children's Week's many problems.

But hey, I can't wait to see the EA infographic bragging about the eighty bajillion characters rolled in SWTOR!

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