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MMO Week in Review: Guild Wars 2 is a study in contradictions (November 29, 2015)

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Attention, those of you who survived Turkey Coma and Black Friday 2015: We now return you to your regularly scheduled MMOs. This week, Guild Wars 2 overtook holiday headlines and hits by talking up its continuing e-sports push and then saying farewell to its WvW dev while simultaneously promising love for WvW. Wheee!

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MMO Week in Review: Blade & Soul’s westward journey (November 22, 2015)

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In the middle of Force Master week, NCsoft announced that Blade & Soul will be making its formal North American and European debut on January 19th, just in time to keep everyone company through the post-holiday doldrums.

Meanwhile, NCsoft subsidiary ArenaNet went live with Guild Wars 2’s raiding system, sat for an interview with our own Tina Lauro, and navigated raid drama from its testing guilds.

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MMO Week in Review: Bards bards bards (November 15, 2015)

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Everyone knows that bards are the best class in MMOs. It’s a factual fact. And now that we’re all in agreement, because we totally are, I present to you Camelot Unchained’s bards. Three of them. And in true CU fashion, they are non-mirrored, distinct to each realm. This means you can roll at least three of them before people start looking at you weirdly and directing you to altoholics anonymous.

And speaking of CU fashion: You can now buy some.

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MMO Week in Review: BlizzCon 2015 (November 8, 2015)

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BlizzCon 2015, Blizzard’s annual fan convention, has come to an end, having spilled its guts on what’s coming up for World of Warcraft: Legion, Diablo III, Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. Read on for our BlizzCon 2015 roundup and the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions!

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MMO Week in Review: Light for World of Darkness (November 1, 2015)

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This week, CCP stunned pretty much everyone by selling off White Wolf and the Vampire: The Masquerade IP, including all of its work on the World of Darkness MMO, which it canceled last year. Paradox, to which CCP sold White Wolf, wasted no time teasing new projects, though precisely what mix of “multiplayer co-op” we might expect remains to be seen.

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions, and don’t forget that Halloween festivities continue in many games for a few more days or weeks!

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MMO Week in Review: 2015’s MMORPG zenith is now (October 25, 2015)

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Welcome, everyone, to the biggest week of MMO gaming of the year. The high point of 2015? You’re standing on it, so enjoy the view. Guild Wars 2 launched Heart of Thorns on Friday, celebrating 7 million accounts — check out MOP’s Tina Lauro’s ongoing launch diary for the scoop. Star Wars: The Old Republic’s Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion released for early access subscribers, followed up by an impressions piece and spoiler-heavy video by our SWTOR expert, Larry Everett. And hot on the heels of its controversial skillpoint trading announcement, EVE Online leaped into its Las Vegas con, where MOP’s Brendan Drain is reporting back on the upcoming Citadel expansion.

Oh yeah, and because that’s not enough insanity for one week, Halloween is right around the corner, so expect an avalanche of Halloween events in all your favorite MMOs, plus our traditional roundup of all the festivities. In the meantime, read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions!

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MMO Week in Review: Star Citizen’s one million (October 18, 2015)

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The aftermath of CitizenCon has been glorious for Star Citizens: We learned more about the 2.0.0 alpha patch, read up on the Starmap, rounded up the highlights of CitizenCon itself, and celebrated the game’s one-millionth member.

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MMO Week in Review: Star Citizen’s CitizenCon 2015 and Squadron 42 (October 11, 2015)

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Star Citizen’s CitizenCon pretty much owned this weekend, and yeah, it was the “convention” kind of con, not the other one. Here’s a quick run-down of the big news:

We’ve lined up all the big videos below: the full presentation, star mapclip from S42 and behind the scenes, the alpha 2.0 live demo and press demo, facial animation tech for S42, and the Bishop senate speech. Check ’em out, then read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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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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