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Here’s what The Repopulation’s current owners are working on in 2019

At the tail end of 2018, The Repopulation actually saw some forward movement under its new owners at Idea Fabrik, with the launch of a major patch focused on the combat overhaul, performance issues, and rebuilds of two key areas, Ghetti Gorge and Plymouth Control Center. Now the studio is looking ahead to 2019. "In this next...

Grab a free key for Wild Terra from Juvty and MOP

Looking for something to play on today's holiday? How about Wild Terra? The isometric sandbox has recently patch in a patch to tweak the game's economy and trading systems, including resource currencies, plus it's seen a round of server transfers and discussions over its cash shop. Juvty Worlds has granted Massively OP 300 keys for the entire B2P...

EVE Evolved: Solving conflict avoidance in EVE Online

Back in October, I made the case that wars were literally ruining EVE Online for the huge number of players living in high-security space. War corporations were using the system purely to harass small industrial and social groups that couldn't realistically fight back, and many players targeted by these wars would just quit the game. CCP has since...

Camelot Unchained is working on trebuchets, Luchorpán animations, and… underpants

Hot damn, we hope you like trebuchets because Camelot Unchained is talking about 'em again. "While still ongoing, we’ve previously completed a whole host of things for our fully-destructible, fully-networked building and building destruction systems," City State Entertainment's Tyler Rockwell explained in the game's Friday update. "If you’ve had the opportunity to join us in any testing...
Never seen a bluer sky.

Wisdom of Nym: A measured evaluation of Final Fantasy XIV’s Blue Mage

It's fair to say that a lot was riding on the first limited job for Final Fantasy XIV. It's not just that the job itself needed to be fun, it's that it needed to justify a highly unorthodox approach to the game's leveling and gameplay structure while at the same time providing people with the sense that it was...

Anthem’s demo debuts on Friday, so do your homework now

One of the most-anticipated games of 2019 is about to hit the air soaring, as BioWare brings Anthem's demo to bear this Friday. Pre-order customers can get an early look at the game on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, while the rest of the world will have to wait an entire week to get in on the...

Warframe’s 2019 roadmap includes three new suits, cinematic quest, and Melee 3.0

Digital Extremes has an action-packed 2019 in store for Warframe players, with an increased focus on "on-going shorter turn-around content" rather than slower, large content updates. Some of the additions on both the near and far horizon include a trio of new warframes (two of which are named the Hildryn and the Wisp), the next cinematic quest titled New...
And this fad can end any time now, I'm not going to lie.

The Ice King cometh in Fortnite’s latest in-game event

Last week, Fortnite's update v7.20 went live, and alongside all of the normal fare like the new scoped revolver weapon and the reintroduction of the glider redeploy, the patch also added a floating frost orb over the Polar Peaks, its purpose unknown. This past weekend, however, its purpose was revealed as it burst open to unveil the Ice...

Ragnarok Online 2 stumbles into maintenance mode as Gravity officially ends development

It looks like it's lights out for Ragnarok Online 2, Gravity Interactive's core sequel to the long-running Ragnarok Online (yes, there are several other games floating around the franchise too; this is the one from 2013). As MMO Culture noticed, Gravity announced last week that it had pulled the dev team from the game and...

NCsoft West mobile studio Iron Tiger hit with layoffs ahead of Aion Legions of War launch

Remember back at the end of 2015 when NCsoft was talking up its reinvestment in western franchises and studios? One of its plans included a new NCsoft West mobile studio in San Mateo called Iron Tiger, which at the time was actively expanding to work on mobile titles, including a Lineage game. The studio has been tight-lipped since...

The Daily Grind: What’s your core problem with mobile MMOs, and is it fixable?

Droid Gamers put out an interesting piece this weekend that to me illuminates how the ongoing conversation about mobile MMOs go south. Author Ash Mayhew is agitating for more MMORPGs on mobile, but specifically "classic MMORPGs" rather than the endless parade of clone RPGs where you just auto-click and auto-attack and auto-loot. "The fact that developers are looking backwards...

MMO Week in Review: Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr chapter heralds five months of cat memes

I wouldn't go calling Elder Scrolls Online's Khajiit catgirls and catboys to their faces, but we're sure to be tempted this summer when as announced this week the Elsweyr chapter/expansion launches and we get our first chance to dig into the full depths of the province. Bring your hype! Meanwhile, players rioted over Blizzard's WoW esports...

The MOP Up: WildStar suffers another indignity

Miss WildStar? Well at least there's the soundtrack to listen to on various sites, right? Nope! Apparently NCsoft pulled the acclaimed score from sites like iTunes and Spotify without any warning. Composer Jeff Kurtenacker, who doesn't get any royalties from the OST sales, is just as confused as anyone else: "It’s frustrating. I’m not sure what the...

Make My MMO: WoW’s esports crowdfunding, Legends of Aria’s spring delay

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, Blizzard is making its debut in this column, as it officially announced that it will be partially crowdfunding World of Warcraft's upcoming esports prize pools. Esports fans will already be aware that other companies - including Riot, Valve, and Hi-Rez - have utilized community sales and contributions to bolster prize pools before, but...

The Stream Team: Spicy times with the Dauntless Scorchstone Hellion

Dauntless has once again added a superheated new monster to the Shattered Isles and it looks like it's a zesty little fight. It's the Scorchstone Hellion, and MassivelyOP's resident large critter exterminator Chris is ready to face the heat. Join us this Sunday, January 20th, at 2:00 p.m. EST for another heapin' helpin' of Behemoth slaying. What: Dauntless Who:...

PSA: Grab three free Star Trek Online ships right now

Kicking off a week of free giveaways ahead for Star Trek Online, Cryptic's made a trio of Tier 5 (T5) starships available for free in the game store. But you're going to need to move quick to grab them, because this promo will end on Monday at 1:00 EST. There is one ship for each of the game's...

Global Chat: The big question mark of Anthem

What's the biggest gaming unknown for you going into 2019? For MMO blogger Cary at Virtual Bastion, it's whether or not BioWare is going to stick the landing with Anthem. I think that's a question a lot of us have right now. "I think I’m in the 'just cautious' boat," Cary writes. "Its latest trailers have revealed more about...
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Dragon Saga is a sidescrolling MMO brawler you probably didn’t know existed

Hey, are you itching for a new game to play in the "sidescrolling MMORPG beat-em-up" subgenre? It seems weird that this is a whole subgenre, sure, but the important thing is that you do have an option you may not be aware of in the form of Dragon Saga. Don't let the 3D graphics fool you, this is...

One Shots: Dream home

Housing wish fulfillment (or lack thereof) was the main theme running through last week's community postings here at One Shots. Where would we like to live in MMOs, either virtually or for real? One thing is for certain: Toy Clown is far too classy for the likes of us. I mean, my own house doesn't look anywhere near as nice...
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The Daily Grind: Do you wish more MMOs celebrated character birthdays?

It always struck me as a cute trick that the original Guild Wars gave your characters birthday presents. Sometimes they were even valuable birthday presents, seeing as how your characters had to be around for quite a while before they could pick up presents. It's a little trick that I'm sad more MMOs haven't picked up on, especially when it's...

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