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MMO Week in Review: Daybreak’s sad holiday tidings

Daybreak's latest round of mass layoffs Friday put a damper on a week that wasn't all bad, not even for Daybreak itself, as we caught wind of a trademark filing for PlanetSide Arena too - hopefully the devs affected all land on their feet. We've also got a brand-new MMO, Atlas, inbound later this month, plus Legends...

EVE Evolved: How could Project Nova live up to its true potential?

I think it's fair to say that EVE Online developer CCP Games hasn't had much success when it comes to avatar-based gameplay. The studio's first attempt at a first person shooter with DUST 514 launched to a resounding thud as a PlayStation 3 exclusive, and the expansion that added avatar-based gameplay to EVE itself caused mass...

Make My MMO: Legends of Aria’s rocky early access, Ashes of Creation’s Apocalypse

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, Legends of Aria rolled into early access after postponing its Steam-specific early access into the new year. While hype for the game has been high, the official servers have been seesawing this week with rollbacks as the team works on data synchronization. Ashes of Creation formally announced Apocalypse this week too;...

The Stream Team: More dungeon healing in Final Fantasy XIV

MassivelyOP's Chris had such a good time flinging helpful cards at random folks in Final Fantasy XIV last time that he's back to do it once again! Yes, being the healer isn't the most glamorous of jobs in an MMORPG party situation, but it is important and also has the added benefit of nearly instantaneous party finder queues. Feel...

Population Zero is an upcoming crafting-survival MMO inspired by classic sci-fi

Survival crafting games are all the rage these days, it seems, and the genre's about to get just a little bit bigger with the introduction of Enplex Games's upcoming title Population Zero. Inspired by classic sci-fi adventures, Population Zero sets players loose on a bizarre and fantastical alien world, where they must gather resources, establish habitats, and...

Jukebox Heroes: My ‘best’ FFXIV music picks

Recently, Square Enix invited Final Fantasy XIV fans to vote on their favorite music tracks from what has become a very expansive and acclaimed score. The 50 top-voted pieces were compiled into a new album called The Best which has been on-and-off the market ever since mid-November. Apart from being a little put back at the...

One Shots: Our favorite screenshots of 2018

As we begin to put a big bow on 2018 and send it off to wherever years are stored -- VH1, we assume -- the One Shots community is doing its darndest to share their favorite screenshots from this year. Let's kick off things with Ryuen: "My favorite of 2018 is a screen shot of a quest scene in
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The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the best fast travel options?

There will never be a time in my life without my heart going out to Guild Wars for its map traveling. Yes, the original. After years of playing Final Fantasy XI, the idea of fast travel that was reliably under my control alone was heady; finally, no relying on White Mages for teleports plus running across dangerous zones for...

The MOP Up: TERA’s Valkyrie goes to console while Vainglory comes to PC

No matter what platform you're on, there's good stuff coming your way! TERA's Valkyrie update is finally making the jump to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on January 8th. This content patch brings in the titular class along with a level-up event. Here's the trailer to get you psyched. Alternatively, if you're on PC or Mac, you can...

Latest Sea of Thieves developer update video addresses Shrouded Spoils feedback and achievement rebalance

It's been a little over a week since Sea of Thieves launched its Shrouded Spoils update, and while Executive Producer Joe Neate says that player response has been "super positive," the devs are still looking into making a few tweaks based on the feedback they've received. In the latest developer update video, Neate says that the team...

Warframe garners over a million downloads on Switch, previews second wave of Fortuna content

The folks at Digital Extremes are sending 2018 out with a bang, it seems, as they've just announced that Warframe has received over a million downloads on the Nintendo Switch since it launched late last month. The Switch isn't the only console getting attention from the devs, however, as they also announced on the latest devstream...

The Stream Team: A day in ARK’s desert dome

Massively OP's MJ already took a trip to the ice dome on ARK's Extinction map, and it was pretty productive. So now can she do the same in the desert dome? It's a new area that MJ needs to explore (likely with new ways to die!). Join us live at 2:00 p.m. for some fun in the filtered...

The Game Archaeologist: Neverwinter Nights 1 & 2

At the end of June 2014, dozens of online worlds flickered and vanished with the flip of a switch. It was a online apocalypse the likes of which we had not seen in quite some time, although you might be forgiven for not having heard of it. When GameSpy Technology went offline on May 31st, 2014, dozens of EA...

Anthem doesn’t need whales to succeed, says BioWare’s Mike Gamble

It's fairly common knowledge that many games with microtransactions tend to rely heavily on big-spending "whales" to keep their finances in the black and turn a healthy profit, but according to BioWare's Mike Gamble, Anthem won't be catering to high-rollers. In an interview with Gamasutra, Gamble went into a bit more detail about the upcoming multiplayer shooter's...
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WRUP: Tips for stealing food from the people one table over in the restaurant if that’s your deal edition

Tip 1: Make sure the people one table over in the restaurant have actually ordered their food. If you try to steal it and they're still just looking at the menu, you'll look like a jerk. I mean, you'll look like a jerk anyhow, but you'll look like a jerk who isn't paying attention either. You enormous jerk. Tip 2:...

The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite MMO holiday tune?

Seeing as how 'tis the season and all that, even the sound of MMOs is changing for the holidays. Christmas tunes are popping up here and there all over the place, so if you thought that you were going to get away from them by avoiding shopping malls and radio stations, think again. In moderation, I love me some good...

The Stream Team: Beginning Betrayal in Path of Exile

It's here, and Massively OP's MJ is very excited to dive in! The conglomerate of some her favorite Path of Exile expansions are brought back together for Betrayal. Which arm of the Immortal Syndicate will she focus on? And will she topple it, or manipulate it? Oh, and now she can also focus on housing. Starting over has never...
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Betawatch: Legends of Aria pushes back its Steam early access

It's been a week of some speed bumps for Legends of Aria; after it reset progress with its karma system ahead of its early access launch, the general access got delayed until 2019. So not quite going according to plan. They've already hosted an AMA about the future of the game and difficulty, though. Other beta news? Sure,...

The Archer has arrived in Kritika Online

Crashing through the sky comes a fearful cry! It's a hawk's cry, specifically. Followed shortly by an actual hawk in someone's face, followed shortly with a volley of arrows. That's just how the Archer rolls in Kritika Online, and you can find out when you roll one now. Yes, the class is here, using the power of a bow...

Covens: The Ember Days is here to satisfy your needs for AR magical games

If you're in dire need of some kind of augmented reality title with a magical theme and the thought of waiting until 2019 for the Harry Potter version sends you into cold shivers... well, you might want to see someone about that; it's not healthy. But Covens: The Ember Days will at least help ameliorate that waiting, as...

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