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MMO Week in Review: A Landmark launch (May 29, 2016)

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If you blinked on Friday night, you missed it: Daybreak slipped out a tiny announcement in its forums about Landmark’s launch date, confirmed for June 10th, which is also a Friday. Trailblazers will benefit from a two-day headstart period. Preorder packs stay on sale through June 6th; expect to pay $9.99 for a game copy on launch day. RIP, EQ Next.

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MMO Week in Review: Cleaning up the MMORPG community (May 22, 2016)

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It’s been an interesting week for MMORPG players frustrated with toxicity in the gaming community as three distinct stories highlighted how studios are cracking down on troublemakers in our midst: Old School RuneScape banned players for blatantly racist harassment via slurs and costumes, Trion’s community team posted its plans for combating toxicity on ArcheAge’s forums and chat channels, and Blizzard issued press releases vowing to find “consensus and collaborat[ion]” on managing problem gamers in the wake of harassment of an African-American Hearthstone tourney player.

Will measures taken to fight toxicity have any lasting effect? That’s the real question. Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: A console port is a blessing for Star Trek Online (May 15, 2016)

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One of my self-inflicted rules for our Week in Review mandates that I not feature the same game twice in a row, but I say today that Star Trek Online, which rarely gets featured at all, deserves the exception. After announcing a controversial original-series-flavored expansion pack for the sci-fi MMORPG earlier this month, PWE and Cryptic have now announced that the 2010 game will port to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this fall, no doubt in the hopes of emulating the success of MMOs like Neverwinter, DC Universe Online, and Final Fantasy XIV. Newsflash to grumpy PC gamers: An influx of console money is a good thing for the longevity of the game. You should be cheering!

Meanwhile, Blizzard kicked off World of Warcraft’s Legion expansion beta test (really beta this time), and NCsoft’s latest financials cast a shadow over WildStar.

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MMO Week in Review: The Star Trek Online expansion schism (May 8, 2016)

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This week, PWE announced Agents of Yesterday, the next full expansion for Star Trek Online that has a back-to-its-roots or even — dare we say — vanilla feeling. It’s become a surprisingly polarizing announcement, as the focus of the update will be original series tie-ins and requisite time travel tropes in celebration of the franchise’s semicentennial, which is apparently aggravating opponents of the classic Kirk-and-Spock regime as well as actual trolls. If you’re really good, maybe next year you’ll get a Wesley Crusher expansion?

Don’t look at me; I’m a lightsaber girl.

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MMO Week in Review: Nostalrius as ‘ambassadors’ for the vanilla community (May 1, 2016)

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This week, proponents of classic World of Warcraft servers made headway as Blizzard addressed the community, suggested “pristine” servers, and agreed to meet with the former admins of the Nostalrius emulator. The Nostalrius team has said that it will be “changing its former strategy” as it negotiates with Blizzard: It will not release its source code or database, and it will take seriously its role as “ambassadors of a larger movement for the entire World of Warcraft community.”

“It is a major responsibility,” the team wrote in a forum piece this weekend. “Our top-priority and only focus now is to fulfill the needs of this community, by carrying your voice to Blizzard directly.”

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MMO Week in Review: PAX East vs. EVE Fanfest (April 24, 2016)

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This weekend, Massively OP’s Brendan Drain and Eliot Lefebvre have been reporting from EVE Fanfest in Reykjavik, Iceland, and PAX East in Boston — and they’re not even done yet! Stay tuned over the next few days as we finish up our interviews, and read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: Funcom’s elder MMORPGs (April 17, 2016)

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Funcom’s older MMORPGs, Anarchy Online and Age of Conan, both made headlines this week with new patches: AO’s update added a controversial membership award scheme that’s annoyed some players, while AoC’s patch added a new arena but didn’t quite soften the blow for crafters, who were told that the crafting revamp promised years ago is not happening.

Meanwhile, it was a pretty good week for veteran MMORPGs, as RIFT celebrated its fifth anniversary, Guild Wars 2 prepped its spring patch, and Lord of the Rings Online’s latest update brought players to Pelennor Fields. You guys, I think they’re actually going to make it to Mordor for real.

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MMO Week in Review: Farewell, Nostalrius (April 10, 2016)

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This week, MMORPG emulators pushed to the forefront of the news thanks to World of Warcraft emulator server Nostalrius, whose administrators decided to halt the project under threat of legal action from Blizzard Entertainment. The fact that the server boasted 150,000 active accounts prompted a spirited gamer debate over copyright ownership, the value of vanilla servers, and whether Blizzard ought to heed a 57,000*-signature petition to legitimize Nostalrius or set up retro servers of its own. (*At the time of this writing.)

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Week in Review: EVE’s World War Bee (April 3, 2016)

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This past week, Massively OP’s Brendan Drain has been chronicling World War Bee, the great conflict unfolding in EVE Online over the past few months that’s now exploded into actual war between incumbent power Imperium and the Moneybadger Coalition. It’s a contest on a scale seldom seen in other games at all, never mind in the MMORPGs where these struggles are born. You’re going to need spaceships full of popcorn for this one!

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MMO Week in Review: Revival needs a rez (March 27, 2016)

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This week, the studio behind grimdark sandbox MMO Revival announced that formal work on the client is coming to a halt and sales of homes in-game will end, suggesting that resources for the game had run out. All hope is not lost, however; Illfonic says the game is “not completely dead” and suggests it’ll “figure some new way to make Revival happen.”

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MMO Week in Review: Tree of Savior’s new launch plan (March 20, 2016)

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Tree of Savior announced plans this week for a staggered launch: early access in March for a fee, and free-to-play in June. Community uproar caused IMCGAMES to rethink that plan and put the schedule to a vote; the new schedule includes a launch for paying founders on March 29th and a free-to-play server opening on April 28th.

Meanwhile, the MMORPG community turned its attention away from EverQuest Next and toward LandmarkDaybreak’s future, and what it all means for western gamers.

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MMO Week in Review: Sadface (March 13, 2016)

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I hope this past week is the worst we have to see this year: Not only did Daybreak cancel EverQuest Next, but WildStar saw a massive layoff, shut down its China launch plans, and fielded rumors suggesting a sunset is imminent.

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MMO Week in Review: Black Desert is finally here (March 6, 2016)

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Black Desert formally launched in the west this week, bringing only mild to moderate launch drama, all rectified within the amusing “shitstorm matrix” that Daum crafted to pacify players whose launch wasn’t entirely to plan.

Don’t forget to check out our launch-day roundup as well as our new column, Desert Nomad, in which our columnist Matt Daniel will be chronicling his adventures in the fresh sandbox.

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