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LOTRO starts Yule Festival, adds more quests to Minas Morgul

Our winner of 2019's Most Underrated MMO is giving its playerbase a winter treat today. Lord of the Rings Online is dropping Update 25.1 on Thursday, complete with new content and its Christmas-time event. The patch added four more quests for the recent Minas Morgul expansion: "Claim The Dead City in the Reclamation of Minas Ithil. Four...
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Final Fantasy XIV previews its 2019 Starlight Celebration

It's time to get ready for another holiday celebration as Final Fantasy XIV rolls out the red carpet with white trim for the annual Starlight Celebration. This year, the celebration is beset by... well, you know how it goes, something is going wrong with the celebration, player characters need to do something to fix it, and since...

Anthem rings in the holiday season with the arrival of Icetide

The place that Anthem takes place in looks damn near tropical, or at least tepid, so the idea of celebrating a snowy season would be strange. That said, there's also Shaper tech, which has done some demonstrably weird things. That's pretty much the easy explanation for the arrival of Icetide, the multiplayer shooter's version of the holidays. Update...

PSA: Conan Exiles will be free-to-play during this weekend on Steam

Have you been watching MJ's Conan Exiles streams and wondering what it'd be like to drop into the sun-baked survival hell of Hyboria? Well, you're in luck, my masochistic friend, because Funcom has announced a free-to-play weekend on Steam starting today. Now that Conan Exiles has kicked out the horsie-filled update (which works well for most...

Amazon’s New World is apparently slated for 2020, according to new Steam page

Amazon Game Studios has been teasing some sort of reveal for its MMORPG New World all week, which has surely been a comfort to MMO players worried after the studio took the game's always-on alpha offline last May for a major revamp of features. Starting last Saturday, the game's Twitter account had been posting short video...

Gamigo’s taking another swing at getting ArcheAge Unchained’s ArchePass live today

We have a joke around the MOP offices that we are not an uptime monitor. Our site does not exist to chronicle the uptime and downtime of every MMO out there, unless that downtime rises to the level of broadly interesting and important. This, I suppose, is why ArcheAge Unchained deserves another post, in spite of my grumbling, because...
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Wisdom of Nym: Impressions of Final Fantasy XIV’s first Blue Mage extension

Here we are. The newest Final Fantasy XIV patch is as much a proof of concept as the original Blue Mage launch was, showing how this can be expanded instead of simply how it must be expanded. It was always going to be a touch contentious simply because of the contentious nature of the limited job, but that means that this...

Pearl Abyss drops new Crimson Desert screenshots and design notes

So, other than MOP's Carlo (who's absolutely losing his mind over the game), who's hyped for Pearl Abyss' Crimson Desert? Because the Korean mega-studio is cranking up the ol' hype machine for the upcoming MMORPG, which it announced just a month ago at G-Star. The official website has been updated with a chunk of new info...

Massively OP’s 2019 Awards: Worst MMO Business Model

Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2019 awards continue today with our award for Worst MMO Business Model, which was awarded to Star Citizen last year. This faux-ward is a counterpart to our award for the best business model of the year and is intended to recognize an MMO of any age that has demonstrated a particularly awful or consumer-unfriendly business...

Armor-reducing weapon reloads and brittle weapon bugs arrive with Fallout 76’s latest patch

Some sunny day, we'll all be able to look at Fallout 76 updates with excitement instead of concern that they'll introduce new and horrifying bugs, but that day is not today. Along with the other things that Tuesday's update was meant to bring, the update brought some bugs that manage to reduce armor effectiveness when players reload...

Secret World Legends whispers of Krampusnacht 2019

It may have been a quiet year for Secret World Legends, but at least Funcom is keeping the event cycle going. That means that the creaky door has swung open on Krampusnacht, the horror MMO's sinister holiday event. The Yule event draws from Norse mythology, sending players through doorways to Niflheim and pitting them against krampuses (krampi?) in...

Star Citizen fan says he spent $31,000 on the game following a near-death experience

Gather round, Star Citizen skeptics and superfans, because it's story time over on the game's subreddit. Redditor ILMsux has posted a gripping story about a television shoot he was conducting when everything went horribly wrong. I do mean gripping; it's detailed and scary, and if it's not true - if it's not some sort of elaborate troll -...
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Dang, Astellia Online is sunsetting in its native South Korea

Well, this is not a good sign: Nexon announced last night that it's closing Astellia Online in its native South Korea. If you'll forgive the Google translation of what appears to be an in-character sunset announcement from the dev team: "After careful consideration, I made a tough decision to end the service. I would like to express my...
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The Daily Grind: Do sealed doors in MMOs bother you?

I am well aware of the reasoning behind why there are several doors in Final Fantasy XIV on buildings you cannot enter. The point is creating a sense of verisimilitude, and opening those doors would give a sense that these areas are meant to be explored along with creating extra space that needed to be filled in these regions....

Browser-based strategy MMO AD2460 will sunset on March 1

While I personally have never even heard of AD2460 before in spite of our covering it, it's always a sad time when you learn that a game is being shuttered, so I regret to report that the browser-based strategy MMO title is going to go dark. According to the announcement from developers Fifth Season, the game was simply...

The Stream Team: Playing in the Black Desert snow

Do you wanna build a snowman? That's what Black Desert Online is asking. And Massively OP's MJ yells yes! She definitely wants to get in on the new holiday event, which happens to include snow cannons and building snowmen. Join us live at 8:00 p.m. for some frosty (probably not Frosty) fun. What: Black Desert Who: MJ Guthrie When: 8:00...

Grim Dawn unveils Monster Totems as the first new feature arriving with its next update

Grim Dawn has only just released one of its largest updates, yet already the team at Crate Entertainment is looking ahead to v1.1.6.0 with a first look at the update's first feature: Monster Totems. Monster Totems effectively work like Corrupted Devotion Shrines in that interacting with them summons waves of enemies and rewards piles of loot for...
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Tencent will host a cloud version of Blade & Soul in China soon

It's possible that the hacking cough that was Google Stadia's launch has turned you off from the notion that cloud gaming is the future, but Tencent still believes in it. It believes in it so thoroughly that it's planning to launch a cloud version of Blade & Soul sometime in the near future. The game is doing well...

Bungie disables a Destiny 2 armor mod that let players endlessly spam their Supers

The Season of Dawn for Destiny 2 has gone live, bringing with it a lot of things to do and stuff to earn, but the sun has set on one particular armor mod that effectively let players chain-fire their Super abilities. Which is, admittedly, very busted but also sounds kind of fun in a way. The offending armor...

EverQuest II’s Frostfell has arrived with new goodies from Santa Glug

Gonna be honest, a dancing gobbo in a santa hat is a bit creepy to me, but I was informed that gobbo is in fact Santa Glug, bringer of presents, and I must never besmirch his name! We're talking here about EverQuest II, which this week dropped its Frostfell holiday festivities on the live servers. "Nights are longer...

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