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Week in Review: Gamescom 2015 (August 9, 2015)

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Blizzard stole Gamescom handily with its possibly rushed but certainly jam-packed reveal of World of Warcraft’s next expansion, called simply Legion. It almost took away the sting of losing Bashiok to NCsoft and dropping to 5.6 million subscribers. But will it be enough to stem the tide?

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions as well as a roundup of all of our Gamescom coverage so far.

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MMO Week in Review: Blizzard likes your money after all (August 2, 2015)

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I know I wasn’t the only person worried about Blizzard’s intentions regarding World of Warcraft after its latest patch was revealed as the last serious update for the poorly received Warlords of Draenor cycle; in this very Week in Review column, I even snarked that Blizzard no longer wanted our money. But maybe that worry was for naught. This week, the studio made one of those announcements-about-an-announcement to get the hype and buzz started for WoW’s next expansion. Will it suck, or will it be jammed full of the content MMORPG fans traditionally clamor for? Let the speculation continue, at least until Thursday.

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MMO Week in Review: Salute to Smed (July 26, 2015)

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Daybreak reps confirmed this week that veteran John Smedley, who led the MMO-building company for almost two decades, has stepped down from his position. The outspoken game head has recently beleaguered by extreme harassment by online thugs and supposedly will return from his vacation with a new role.

Though Daybreak and Smed have been otherwise silent on the topic, Smed’s rivals have not. “John was the driving force at the helm of SOE as they committed more and more resources to online gaming when almost nobody else was willing to do so,” Camelot Unchained’s Mark Jacobs wrote. “[I]f it wasn’t for him and SOE, I have no doubt that our slice of the gaming industry wouldn’t be where it is today.”

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MMO Week in Review: Summer MMO launches (July 19, 2015)

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July has been a huge month for new launches as well as updates to existing MMOs. Surmounting technical issues, Skyforge soft-launched this week for all players complete with new collector editions after an early access period for founders. (Just don’t forget to turn off the bandwith leeching, eh?) And Trion’s Trove, which launched just 10 days ago, has apparently become so popular that the studio has pretty much done nothing but add a steady stream of servers and try to compensate players when the existing ones go boom. Really, there are worse problems to have.

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MMO Week in Review: Daybreak’s defiance (July 12, 2015)

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Following the arguably mild sentencing of Lizard Squad hacker Julius Kivimaki in Finland this week, Daybreak Game Company President John Smedley lashed out on Twitter and Reddit, discussing openly the ongoing harassment he’s been suffering since last year, when Kivimaki allegedly called in a bomb threat that diverted Smedley’s plane. (Kivimaki has not yet been convicted of that crime, however, and awaits trial for that and many other charges.) Apparently, Smedley’s defiance was taken as a dare by Lizard Squad, whose members claimed responsibility for persistent DDoS attacks on Daybreak’s multiple MMOs and services that lasted for several days over the past week. Lizard Squad has ramped up its assault on the company, using Twitter to threaten and doxx other Daybreak employees and offer a horrifying $5000 reward for the desecration of Smed’s father’s tombstone.

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MMO Week in Review: Playing devils, punching dinos (July 5, 2015)

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Trion confirmed this week that it is indeed porting Korean MMOARPG Devilian Online to the west as Devilian. In a welcome letter posted to the community, the head devs asserted that the game deserves the MMO label, talking up the game’s open world and large-scale PvP.

Want to game with members of the Massively Overpowered community? MOP’s own Jef is hosting an ARK: Survival Evolved server. Come punch dinos with us!

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MMO Week in Review: At least Trion’s new game isn’t a MOBA? (June 28, 2015)

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Trion Worlds teased a new game this week, providing an image of a game fans believe they have identified as Devilian Online, a Korean-born OARPG that’s got more in common with Diablo than with the MOBAs MMO studios have become so fond of cloning, though it’s led MMO players to wonder what else Trion might be up to.

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MMO Week in Review: The E3 2015 roundup (June 21, 2015)

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After several years of dud E3s, this year’s expo took us by surprise, with big reveals for several major MMORPGs, including Star Wars: The Old Republic, which is retooling its faction system for its upcoming Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion, and Guild Wars 2, which opened prepurchases for its Heart of Thorns expansion only to be met with… let’s call it pushback from fans.

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions as well as a roundup of all our E3 coverage.

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MMO Week in Review: SWTOR rumors, ESO on console (June 14, 2015)

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The Elder Scrolls Online made its way to consoles this week, though it’s not been without login problems and setbacks that linger even today as I type this. Here on MOP, we discussed the pros and cons of the console version and whether it was worth the wait, while Bethesda threw a few million guides and videos at clueless newbies.

Meanwhile, Star Wars: The Old Republic casually announced a new expansion, followed by a leak that if true suggests a major shift in BioWare’s story plotline.

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MMO Week in Review: Eyes on EverQuest Next (June 7, 2015)

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Hey, remember EverQuest Next? Daybreak does too, which is why it announced on Friday that it’s shifting developer attention to the unreleased title. There are caveats, of course; Daybreak won’t commit to a 2015 release, and Landmark is not being abandoned. “You can fully expect updates and hotfixes to Landmark as we continue with this development process; they are simply going to be on a less regular schedule than you guys have been accustomed to over the past year or so,” says Daybreak’s Terry Michaels.

It was a big week for MOBAs as well, with the launch of Heroes of the Storm and the sunset announcement for Infinite Crisis. Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: WildStar is saving itself (May 31, 2015)

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Just in time for its first birthday, Carbine formally announced WildStar’s free-to-play transition this week; it’s due in the fall and is part of NCsoft’s stated intent of bolstering its Western roster. Our own WildStar expert Eliot Lefebvre, who’s been heavily critical of the game’s first year, thinks there’s still hope for the game.

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MMO Week in Review: Blizzard doesn’t want your money (May 24, 2015)

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Were you one of the three million people who ditched World of Warcraft earlier this year? Did you leave in part because you could fly virtually everywhere in the game but not the new expansion and found it irritating, illogical, and design-poor? Were you expecting to resub at some future point once Blizzard addressed the feature? Good news: Blizzard has nixed flying in Draenor forever; it doesn’t want your money, so you can now spend it on the hundreds of other MMORPGs on the market. You’re welcome!

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Week in Review: NCsoft’s wild week (May 17, 2015)

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NCsoft did not have the best week. Amidst WildStar’s ongoing Reddit drama, NCsoft’s first quarter financials broke, and rumors about WildStar’s Steam launch as a supposedly F2P title began to brew. Korean mecha MMO Project HON was canceled, too, but it’s not all bad news; scuttlebutt has it that Blade & Soul might be bound for the west after all, and revenues for Guild Wars 2, still rolling out expansion reveals, are up quarter-over-quarter.

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