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MMO Week in Review: WildStar Reloaded (October 4, 2015)

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WildStar relaunched as a free-to-play title this past week, running into the usual conversion and launch stumbles: queues, discons, and downtime. Carbine nuked region locks, added new temporary servers to mitigate the load, and wouldn’t rule out a journey to consoles, but it did admit today that the queues aren’t quite at an end yet:

While we’re hard at work increasing the number of players we can let into the game, and we’re making continual improvements that are allowing us to raise concurrency, due to the number of people looking to play we expect the queues to continue for a few more days.

Here on Massively OP, we streamed some chunks of launch week, took the community’s temperature, and pointed our monthly Choose My Adventure at the revitalized MMO.

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MMO Week in Review: WildStar’s second chance (September 27, 2015)

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WildStar’s relaunch as a free-to-play MMO is bearing down on us this Tuesday. This week, Carbine introduced new quality-of-life changes, gussied up its lighting, put the auction hall on hold, and opened the beta for everyone. If you’re thinking of giving the game a second chance, don’t miss either the studio’s checklist or our own tips for new and returning players.

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MMO Week in Review: The return of the MMO expansion

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2015 is shaping up to be the year of the MMO expansion, headlined by Guild Wars 2’s Heart of Thorns, Final Fantasy XIV’s HeavenswardStar Wars: The Old Republic’s Knights of the Fallen Empire, and World of Warcraft’s Legion (its announcement, anyway!). Even 18-year-old Ultima Online is due for an expansion this fall. And still more MMO studios lined up this week to walk back their plans to skip expansions in favor of smaller updates; EverQuest, EverQuest II, and EVE Online are all returning to the expansion model.

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MMO Week in Review: The next big wuxia MMO (September 13, 2015)

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Good news for those of you who love wuxia but haven’t glommed onto the existing wuxia MMOs: Blade & Soul is still on the way, sooner than you might have dreamed. While NCsoft’s epic action-combat MMO is still slated for an early 2016 launch, the closed beta begins next month.

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MMO Week in Review: EverQuest Next up, Pathfinder down (September 6, 2015)

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Paizo announced this week that it had let go all but three members of the Goblinworks studio working on Pathfinder Online, who will endeavor to keep the game going for early enrollment subscribers while the company seeks additional investment funds in the million-dollar range.

In happier news, Daybreak dealt a blow to the vaporware crowd by revealing that EverQuest Next is in the midst of a large internal playtest.

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MMO Week in Review: Guild Wars 2 reimagined (August 30, 2015)

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It’s been a giant week for Guild Wars 2 as we count down to the now-50-odd days until Heart of Thorns launches, though it’s not been without its bumpy roads. ArenaNet announced the Thief elite spec and next beta date, handed out its third anniversary gifts, committed to an October 23rd expansion release, and revealed a new raiding endgame and free base-game business model, though the last pair bobbed in the wake of a badly timed leak. Plus, Massively OP’s GW2 columnist, Tina Lauro, debated the merits of datamining.

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MMO Week in Review: What the Smed (August 23, 2015)

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one: MMO studio executive, long begrudged for his role in a popular sandbox’s downfall but much beloved for his outspoken candor, is publicly harassed and swatted by international crime ring until he erupts on social media, resigns from his post at the studio he’s run for almost two decades, and quits to found a brand-new company.

No? Never? This genre, man.

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MMO Week in Review: Funcom’s fate (August 16, 2015)

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Funcom fans are a whirlwind of worry this week as the studio announced that it is hunting someone to buy it out. “The Company is actively seeking interested parties for discussions surrounding a possible investment, acquisition, merger, or any other available options,” Funcom’s statement reads. Of particular concern to the modern MMO community is The Secret World, widely considered one of the more unique MMORPGs to have released in the last few years. The game is getting a big update next week. How many more will get it?

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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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