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The Stream Team: A non-PvPer’s guide to Elder Scrolls Online’s PvP event (plus antiquities!)

Yes, Massively OP's MJ has been distracted from ESO's main story quest in Greymoor... and that's not going to change any tonight! Right now there's an event going on, and she's not about to lose out on those tickets -- even if that means PvP! MJ will brave both Cyrodiil and the Imperial City to complete the missions....

Massively Uplifting: Speech therapy, a college class in WoW, and the Ian Holm tribute that crashed LOTRO

Inside or outside? Like a cat at the door, June had many of us unsure if we wanted to go out or stay in; just as some folks were finally getting out of the house as pandemic restrictions eased, others were retreating right back in to get away from the heat (or illness spikes). Luckily, staying indoors didn't mean...

Korean casual mobile game dev Game Tales plans on creating a large-scale PC and a mobile MMORPG using UE5

As the promise of Unreal Engine 5's capabilities start to sink in, our little part of the gaming world is seeing perhaps the first waves of this new engine tech from a pretty unlikely source: a Korean game developer known as Game Tales that previously worked on casual mobile titles but is planning on making a big...
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The Repopulation promises new skills, system revamps, and more in its latest roadmap

A lot of the progress made in development of The Repopulation is pretty granular: bug fixes here, some greybox builds replaced there, things of that sort. For those who would rather get a bigger picture of what's to come, the developers have shared an updated roadmap of what tasks are next. The vast majority of the post is...

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen discusses community management in a livestream

June's usual developer roundtable livestream from Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen is a little bit different than usual: it's a solo discussion with community manager Ben "Kilsin" Walters about -- what else -- community management. The stream features a number of questions about topics that are brought up in the forums, keeping discussions on point, and even some...

MMOs You’ve Never Heard Of: Deadside, The Isle, Minions of Elden, Dekaron M, Ragnarok Origin, Titan Reach

Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMOs and MMO-adjacent titles you've (probably) never heard of! We'll start with Deadside, which is definitely in the adjacent bin, as it's billed as a "hardcore multiplayer shooter with survival elements." Rawr, get this game a cold Mountain Dew while it jumps off cliffs! Developer Bad Pixel pushed the game into early...

RuneScape improves its chat filtering, OSRS adds more Poll 71 features and tweaks death mechanics

Surprise, surprise, some players of RuneScape and Old School RuneScape have been presumably trying to circumvent the hard-locked chat terms meant to discourage hateful speech. In response, Jagex has added additional hard-filtering for several more words and phrases last week. It's like beta testing but all of the testers are horrible gremlin people! In much happier...
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Quantic Foundry surveys say gamers are seeking more relaxing and less intense gaming experiences during COVID-19

How has the novel coronavirus pandemic altered the types of games people play, if at all? According to some new survey results from Quantic Foundry, COVID-19 has shifted gamers' appetites away from challenging and intense titles to more relaxed and soothing affairs. The results come from surveys completed at pre- and post-COVID times (here meaning when most countries had...

Star Citizen’s latest video talks about targeting, turrets, and taking off

There's certainly a number of things to consider when flying a ship in Star Citizen, but during a recent developer livestream, several CIG devs focused on the ship experience talked about adjustments to some arguably important points: taking off, turret aim, and target acquisition. First off, hovering will be getting an adjustment in 3.10 which will eventually...

Enter to win a Neverwinter Gift of the Twisted Noble for PC courtesy of PWE and MOP!

With the launch of Neverwinter's Avernus campaign on PC players last week, PWE has kindly granted Massively OP 50 Gift of the Twisted Noble keys to give away to our PC readers! Each pack includes the Cape of the Twisted Noble, Stone of Health, an Adventurer's XP Booster, and five Injury Kits. Critically, the keys are redeemable...

Mortal Online 2 posts its roadmap for the next two months, plans to sell a $2500 package

If you're super invested in the kind of open world PvP game that Mortal Online 2 is building, then the devs at Star Vault are planning to offer their faces for a hearty wallet slapping if the donation package tiers are any indicator. As we noted before when the game first started its closed combat alpha, getting...

Not So Massively: Gatewalkers has huge potential but isn’t there yet

After years of hilariously wrong recommendations, something seems to have clicked with Facebook's algorithms lately to make it finally start showing me relevant ads. This is how I discovered Gatewalkers, an upcoming game combining survival and ARPG mechanics in a science fantasy setting. Recently, Gatewalkers ran an open alpha event, and I got to check out how it plays...
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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands datamining reveals more alpha details, including more Soulbinds

The testing for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands continues, and with a new update that means new datamining of important details. The most recent update has some quite relevant datamining, as it includes the basic setup of all of the expected Soulbinding trees arriving with the expansion. Of course, the trees aren't currently available for testing in the...
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Wisdom of Nym: The two-month delay of Final Fantasy XIV’s next patch

Well, it turns out this week did not bring much in the way of new information about Final Fantasy XIV patch 5.3. Or... it did, but it only brought one piece of information, and that one piece of information was important but not particularly illuminating. Yes, patch 5.3 is not coming out until August 11th. Yes, that's about...

Here’s how corrupted dungeons in Albion Online’s Rise of Avalon update will work

One of the features coming to Albion Online in the Rise of Avalon update is the Corrupted Dungeon, but just how exactly do those work? Game director Robin Henkys in his patented comfy chair are here to tell you all about it in the most recent video. The Corrupted Dungeon is much like the other dungeons whose...

Rust has introduced modular vehicles and players are already having fun with them

A recent update to Rust has gotten player motors running and heading out on the highway in their own custom creations. Modular vehicles are here, in other words, allowing players to cobble together their own cars to get around the sandbox. It all starts with a chassis that's found out in the world, which can be either short,...

The Maelstrom has arrived to Atlas – check out the new trailer

Storm's here, Atlas players (however many of you are still around). As of this past Friday, the Maelstrom update has arrived to the piratical sandbox, along with some fresh patch notes. As promised, this update has added an all-new map to the game that features centralized Golden Age islands for a clearer path to completing the compass,...

Everland was the MMO Reckful was building before he passed away.

Last week, we covered the tragic death of Byron Bernstein, the popular streamer and World of Warcraft player who took his own life at the age of 31. Bernstein, better known as "Reckful" to fans, had over a quarter-million YouTube and almost a million Twitch followers. As we noted last week, tributes emerged across World of Warcraft as...
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The Daily Grind: Do you have a favorite MMO PvP moment?

There was a fun thread on the Guild Wars 2 subreddit a while back that really made me miss solid MMORPG PvP. A player posted up footage of his small breakaway crew setting up siege weapons on top of a cliff overlooking an objective; when the massive zerg came through, the handful of them spent several minutes laying...

MMO Week in Review: A house divided, a wedding, a do-over, and a TV show

It was a hodge-podge week for MMOs, yet one without a dull moment: Epic Games reneged on its promise to release Conan Exiles for free on the Epic Games Store, Star Trek Online released House Divided, Amazon pulled Crucible back into beta after a messy launch, LOTRO rolled out the wedding of Arwen and Aragon,...

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