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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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Week in Review: WoW slips to 7.1M subs [May 10, 2015]

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World of Warcraft raised eyebrows this week as Blizzard revealed a three million sub drop in the last quarter, the sharpest three-month drop in the game’s history. The heavy losses don’t appear to worry MMO players, however, and they don’t appear to worry Blizzard, either, as the studio preps WoW’s 6.2 patch and enjoys absurd success with Hearthstone and Diablo III.

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MMO Week in Review: The future of EverQuest Next [May 3, 2015]

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You know what scared me the most about Daybreak’s ongoing drama earlier this year? John Smedley stopped saying wild things in interviews and social media. But don’t worry, guys; the Smed is back. This week he told a mainstream gaming publication all about the company’s enthusiasm for “chang[ing] with the times” to embrace console, mobile, VR, and abbreviated play sessions in a modern world where “the days of the WoW-style MMO are over.”

This, of course, terrified players of Daybreak’s current stable of MMORPGs as well as those awaiting the arrival of someday-sandbox EverQuest Next. Smed assured the throngs on Reddit that Daybreak “plan[s] on continuing to support EQ and EQ2 for the very long haul” and clarified that while EverQuest Next will have raids, they won’t be grueling, eight-hour affairs.

Of course, almost no one does those in WoW anymore either, and I never did meet a WoW raid that wasn’t eclipsed by the fall-asleep-at-your-keyboard marathons invented by classic EverQuest, but who’s counting?

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MMO Week in Review: Guild Wars 2 specs and traits – April 26, 2015

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This week, ArenaNet finally unveiled just how Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns’ revamped specialization and trait system will work. Massively OP’s own Tina Lauro posted her experiences with the game’s Stronghold PvP, and the studio further promoted its ongoing e-sports efforts.

Fancy classic Guild Wars instead? It’s in the midst of its 10th anniversary celebrations. Happy birthday!

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MMO Week in Review: Star Wars Galaxies’ new narrative [April 19, 2015]

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Raph Koster changed the direction of Star Wars Galaxies historiography forever this week by blogging about the travails of the sunsetted MMO’s PvP system and laying most of the blame for SWG’s struggles at the feet of the Jedi. In follow-up comments, he debunked the widely held belief that the NGE killed SWG by quoting internal stats that suggest earlier SOE decisions that foreshadowed the NGE — like tone-deaf nerfs to merchants, pet skills, and group sizes — had far earlier and far worse consequences for the epic sandbox.

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MMO Week in Review: Superhero shenanigans [April 12, 2015]

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The remaining superhero MMORPGs just had a big week — or perhaps an unsettling week, depending on your point of view. Daybreak’s DC Universe Online announced a cadence shift from quarterly to monthly, while Champions Online was split off from Cryptic North and sent home to Cryptic’s home base in California. Whether these decisions will be good for the games in the long run is anybody’s guess.

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MMO Week in Review: April 5, 2015

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This week, Daybreak Game Company announced that the venerable EverQuest II, with 10 full expansions under its belt, will cease production of more, turning instead to smaller and more frequent paid DLC. The first of such DLC, dubbed Rum Cellar, is due to launch April 28th.

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MMO Week in Review: March 29, 2015

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Better not call it pay-to-win: Skyforge made headlines this week for bristling at the P2W term. Massively OP’s Justin Olivetti delivered his first impressions of the game’s closed beta in two parts, suggesting it feels more like a Neverwinter-style “guilty pleasure than a long-term stay.” The devs also revealed the game’s 13 launch-day classes, and our own stream champion MJ Guthrie checked out the game live for viewers.

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MMO Week in Review: March 22, 2015

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The Elder Scrolls Online relaunched a day early this week as “Tamriel Unlimited” with a fresh buy-to-play model and a shiny-new cash shop. Massively OP’s own Larry Everett discussed why it’s worth returning to the game in his Tamriel Infinium column.

Meanwhile, EVE Fanfest 2015 drew to a close; CCP spent the convention talking up its new VR tech, four new side projects, and EVE Online’s inbound customizable structures and player-built stargates. We also learned that DUST 514’s do-over, Project Legion, may be in dev limbo.

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