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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.

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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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MMO Week in Review: Final Fantasy XIV’s next expansion (October 16, 2016)

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This weekend has been all about Final Fantasy XIV, whose Las Vegas Fanfest served as ground zero for the announcement of a brand-new expansion for the game: Stormblood. Massively OP’s Eliot Lefebvre has been reporting back from the event, covering so far the keynote address, the Q&A, and the speculation floating around the trailer’s mysterious lady in red.

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MMO Week in Review: One Tamriel, CitizenCon, and KOTET (October 9, 2016)

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It was another giant week for the MMORPG genre: Star Citizen pulled in an extraordinary amount of money on ship sales during CitizenCon, Star Wars: The Old Republic released its Blur trailer for Knights of the Eternal Throne, testers leaked what may be a huge spoiler for Guild Wars 2’s next update, and The Elder Scrolls Online launched One Tamriel and teased next year’s housing patch.

Meanwhile, we delivered our impressions of Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade (parts one and two) as well as our deep-dive into Trion’s Atlas Reactor, which launched this week. Stay tuned for our upcoming reports on Final Fantasy XIV’s rumored expansion from Fanfest this week, and read on for the rest of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: Amazon still believes in MMORPGs (October 2, 2016)

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Do you see that face up there in the banner? Get used to it: I have a feeling we’re going to be using it a lot until Amazon has more to show of its newly announced MMORPG sandbox New World. Yes, this week, Amazon Games Studios announced it still believes in massively multiplayer open-world sandboxes. Of course, it also believes in Breakaway, Crucible, and its Amazon Twitch Prime mashup, but forgive us if we’re just a little excited that one of the biggest tech companies in the west is putting money into our genre.

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MMO Week in Review: Guild Wars 2’s Rising Flames was actually early (September 25, 2016)

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Guild Wars 2’s Rising Flames episode rolled out this week, beating the originally announced cadence with nostalgia-fueled content buffed by the resumed development of legendary weapons, the reveal of the Eternal Coliseum PvP map, and an AMA on that touched on everything from repeatable hearts to insider trading.

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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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