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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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MMO Week in Review: What to expect from Black Desert (January 3, 2016)

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This week, Massively OP’s own Matt Daniel dived into Black Desert’s beta and delivered the first part of his impressions of the upcoming sandbox import. He’s now covered classes, combat, and mechanics; stay tuned for the second half covering crafting, gathering, and economy tomorrow.

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MMO Week in Review: Camelot Unchained’s crazy good crafting (December 27, 2015)

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If you thought MMO news would dry up over the holidays, think again: Camelot Unchained unveiled its complex crafting system, complete with influences from Star Wars Galaxies and other tradeskill-rich classic MMOs and MUDs.

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MMO Week in Review: Star Citizen, Elite make sci-fi games cool again (December 20, 2015)

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What a great time to be a sci-fi MMO player! Star Citizen wowed even long-time backers with its procedurally generated planet system trailer this week, and Elite: Dangerous launched phase one of its Horizons expansha-season-thing before amping up the class by offering a salute to rivals like Star Citizen and No Man’s Sky. All of that and it’s Star Wars week to boot. 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 ambitions (December 13, 2015)

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Star Citizen dazzled gamers this weekend with its new alpha 2.0 version. It also crossed the $100,000,000 crowdfunding threshold, setting off a fresh wave of awe and drama. And don’t forget Trion’s MMOARPG Devilian, which looks to be the last major MMO launch of the year.

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MMO Week in Review: The Elder Scrolls Online’s million dollar prize (December 6, 2015)

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Bethsoft is giving away a million dollars in a new Elder Scrolls Online promotion ostensibly designed to get people hyped for the game around the Christmas season. The contest is open to people in the UK, Germany, France, Russia, Norway, Finland, Switzerland, Mexico, Canada except Quebec, and the US, excluding residents of Florida, New York, Rhode Island, US territories, and folks on military installations. So instead of talking about this new phase of MMO marketing and what we’d do with the money, we’re talking about how sweepstakes laws suck.

If you don’t feel like complaining about that, you could always complain about the game’s cash shop, which is now selling vampire and werewolf transformations.

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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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