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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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MMO Week in Review: Black Desert’s headstart is here (February 28, 2016)

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As the staggered headstart period for Black Desert preorders has gotten underway, we’ve been asking where you’re playing and what you think so far. Daum has already opened new servers to handle the influx, mused on its future plans, and mapped out events that run throughout March.

Stay tuned to Massively OP this week as we bring you coverage of the official release of the game and launch our Black Desert column!

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MMO Week in Review: Black Desert and ArcheAge cash-shop rage (February 21, 2016)

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Cash-shop crises blew up in MMO land this week. We put up a Leaderboard poll this weekend about the growing resentment toward Black Desert’s proposed cash shop being expressed on Reddit and in the official forums; the debate is still raging over whether we should all be raging. And then ArcheAge sparked a new drama by introducing a form of stat-boosting costumes with a form of maintenance and decay built in under the RP guise of doing laundry. Is it always about money? Yes, pretty much.

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MMO Week in Review: Blizzard and NCsoft financials (February 14, 2016)

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Activision-Blizzard and NCsoft both posted financial results this week, sending MMORPG communities into their usual rounds of speculation and admonition. Blizzard claimed nonspecific “growth” for World of Warcraft, while NCsoft saw end-of-the-year bumps for Guild Wars 2 and WildStar that didn’t quite meet everyone’s hopes and dreams.

Meanwhile, it’s been a week of festivity here on the site, as we celebrated Valentine’s Day with an MMO event roundup and our first birthday as an independent website with a birthday podcast and special edition Sword & Bored comic.

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MMO Week in Review: H1Z1’s split, DUST 514’s sunset, Black Desert’s launch date (February 7, 2016)

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It was a gigantic week for MMO news, not all of it good.

The weird: Daybreak announced that it is splitting its zombie MMO sandbox H1Z1 into two separate (and separately bought, going forward) halves: a survival sandbox half and a last-man-standing shooter half. This comes the same week the company added new RNG bundles to H1Z1’s cash shop.

The bad: Unfortunately, CCP announced that it is finally giving up on the beleaguered console version of EVE-universe shooter DUST 514, which will sunset in May. The studio says it’s working on a new PC shooter to replace it.

The good: Black Desert’s western launch is confirmed for March 3rd.

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MMO Week in Review: The Repopulation’s triumph (January 31, 2016)

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After months of struggle with HeroEngine drama, Above & Beyond finally announced this weekend that it wasn’t giving up on indie sandbox The Repopulation: In fact, it is undertaking a massive port of the entire game to Unreal Engine, which should get the game out from under the heel of HeroEngine and allow some improvements to boot. In the shorter term, the studio will be pushing out smaller-scale, non-MMO survival sandbox version of the game called Fragmented to Repopulation owners for free, which should help tide everyone over until the port is complete.

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MMO Week in Review: Blade & Soul’s western frontier (January 24, 2016)

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NCsoft’s wuxia-driven action-combat MMORPG Blade & Soul finally launched in the west this week after years of play overseas. Impressions from around the blogosphere and from our own writers have been mixed, but the game is proving popular with gamers, having already increased its server pool twice.

Meanwhile, John Smedley re-emerged this week with a new company and a new Kickstarter for a new sandboxy OARPG, Hero’s Song. We spoke with both Smed and author Patrick Rothfuss about their work on the game.

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MMO Week in Review: Blade & Soul’s headstart

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Blade & Soul’s headstart launched this weekend, and quite a lot of you are playing it already or planning to jump in Monday night/Tuesday morning when it officially launches. It hasn’t been the best of headstarts for the game, given its bumpy server conditions and GM naming controversy. Stay tuned this week for our launch festivities, including an updated hands-on with the game, and read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: Marvel Heroes is getting a new CEO (January 10, 2016)

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This week, Gazillion announced that long-time CEO David Brevik was stepping down from his post and leaving the company that makes Marvel Heroes. Brevik told forum-goers and stream-watchers that he loves Marvel Heroes but wanted to step away from the business of leading a company and get back to being personally involved with game design and programming. His new company, Graybeard Games, will likely build something “RPG-oriented.”

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