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Neverwinter’s Uprising loot includes the most horrifying MMO cloak of all time

I'm glad I didn't see this dev blog until today because I might have had nightmares all weekend. Perfect World posted a preview of some of the gear and loot coming in Neverwinter's Uprising module. "In Neverwinter: Uprising, from deep in Undermountain you will be teleported into space to the Stardock, an asteroid that orbits Toril," the...
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Final Fantasy XIV releases the long-awaited Viera and Hrothgar name conventions

Here's something fun for the Final Fantasy XIV players wondering about a lore-appropriate name for a Viera: If you changed the character but haven't changed the name yet, her existing name is technically lore-accurate. Yes, that's one of the revelations from the new naming conventions for both the Viera and the Hrothgar. Viera tend to be...

Chronicles of Elyria reveals its four world maps

Are you a map fiend? Did you used to pour over paper atlases or Google Earth to check out terrain, roadways, and features? I love me a good map, especially in MMOs. A map of a game that hasn't come out yet is unexplored potential, tantalizing viewers with the prospect of visiting those lands. Well, prepare to be tantalized because...

SWTOR shows Onslaught pics, announces more free expansions for all players

This weekend's Star Wars: The Old Republic community cantina in San Diego proved to be a font of information about this fall's Onslaught expansion, complete with the announcement that all F2P accounts will be receiving the Rise of the Hutt Cartel and Shadow of Revan expansions for free at the same time. In a Twitter thread, BioWare revealed...

The Daily Grind: Has a free trial ever convinced you to buy an MMO?

Many years ago when my guild was between home games, we decided to conduct a little experiment to entertain ourselves while we waited for a specific launch. Over the course of a few months, we jumped into a new MMO trial every week and played around together. We tried obscure things, betas, games we hadn't been to in ages,...

MMO Week in Review: SWTOR’s latest monetization tweaks

Star Wars The Old Republic dropped a patch this week, a quality-of-life update that makes the free-to-play experience a bit less paintful in the lead-up to the Onslaught expansion this fall. Meanwhile, we contemplated what City of Heroes 2 could've been, got a hard date on DCUO's Switch port, saw Life is Feudal go free-to-play,...

Citywars Savage is a Minecraft-like sandbox MMORPG with programmable NPCs

We here at MOP like to cast a pretty wide net in our little corner of the videogame universe, which means we also see some oddball little titles cross our desk. Take Citywars Savage, for example: a Minecraft-like sandbox where players can band together to form their own little boxy civilizations and can even program NPCs to help...

The MOP Up: Ragnarok Online EU is relaunching

Ragnarok Online is changing hands in Europe, and as part of that, the long-running fantasy MMO is relaunching with a different spin under 4game. Closed beta testing will happen next month with the open beta in September. "After 12 years of service, Whybe Online is closing up the game servers. From now European players can enjoy Ragnarok Online distributed...

Otherland delays hardware move, preps performance patch

Big changes are ahead for the multiverse of Otherland, as the team is preparing to move the MMO over to new hardware and a new hosting company located in the US. It was supposed to happen this month, but that didn't work out, and so the project is getting delayed until next month when a different set...

Jukebox Heroes: The best of FFXIV Shadowbringers’ soundtrack

I don't see a lot of chatter about it, but from talking with some of my Final Fantasy XIV-playing friends, Stormblood was at best "OK." It was an adequate expansion full of adequacy, and that adequaciousness spread over the soundtrack as well. I didn't hate Stormblood's score, I just had much higher expectations coming off of the amazing...

RuneScape’s RuneFest 2019 picks dinosaur theme, promises ‘huge game-changing announcements’

We knew when this year's RuneScape convention is taking place: October 4th to 5th. We knew where, too: the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre in the UK. But we didn't entirely know the theme - until now. This week, Jagex announced that RuneFest 2019 will be themed in accordance with its big dinosaur-themed expansion, which...

One Shots: Playing favorites

Oh sure, we all say that we're impartial and we love all our alts the same... but admit it, there is one race that you secretly favor and shower with love and affection. In this week's edition of One Shots, our readers shared their favorite MMO races of all time. For Rafael, it's Blade and Soul's smallest class: "My...
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The Daily Grind: How fast do you finish weekly tasks in MMOs?

Ah, the weekly reset! It's a thing in a lot of games. It's a thing in Final Fantasy XIV, in World of Warcraft, in Star Wars: The Old Republic... in lots of games. Some stuff gives you more stuff once per week, or sometimes that's when you can get anything from stuff, or... you know, it's...

Make My MMO: Kickstarter’s RAW deal, Star Citizen’s alpha 3.6 is live

This week in MMO crowdfunding was not a good week for MMO crowdfunding, thanks to RAW, whose Kickstarter campaign was actually canceled by Kickstarter itself just a day before it funded. While the crowdfunding platform gave refunded backers three possible reasons for the suspension of the campaign - all of which amount to fraud - it told PCGN's...

Path of Titans is a new survival sandbox on Indiegogo, slated for early access this year

At this point, when a new online game crops up with no PR outreach asking for money, I think a lot of us hesitate, as we should - we've all been burned before. In the case of Path of Titans - no, not that Path of Titans - we're hopefully not looking like another RAW....

PSA: Level up your Black Desert Shai by July 24 for serious in-game rewards

As I write this, I'm scrambling to get my Black Desert Shai leveled up to 58. Why? Well if you get your Shai to level 58 before maintenance on July 24th, Kakao is promising to reward you with a cool 500 mil. That's a good bit of money for people who need to score that last bit...

The Stream Team: Listen to a little of Lord of the Rings Online’s annual Weatherstock

Last week offered a taste of the famed annual Weatherstock concert in LOTRO, and now you can experience the main show! Massively OP's MJ is sitting on Weathertop, enjoying the views and the music. Join us live at 2:00 p.m. for a front row seat at Weatherstock. What: Lord of the Rings Online Who: MJ Guthrie When: 2:00 p.m....
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Storyboard: Never forget that all MMO lore is made up

Let's take a trip back to the dewy slopes of June 2006, when Chris Metzen addressed the question of how the lore of the Draenei deviated from the lore that had already been laid out. See, in Warcraft III, the history of the Burning Legion had been established to include Sargeras being corrupted by the already demonic Eredar, whereas...

Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce departs the studio

When Blizzard Entertainment was created in 1991, three men were at the center of this new venture: Michael Morhaime, Allen Adham, and Frank Pearce. All three were fresh faces from UCLA and looking to make their mark on the games industry. While Blizzard took off into the stratosphere, over time its co-founders departed: first Adham (who subsequently returned), then a...
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WRUP: Which stupid things did Eliot pre-order edition

As you may know, San Diego Comic-Con is currently taking place, which means that all of the world is planning out which superhero movies they'll be seeing over the next three years and we get to find out how you really follow up the Avengers franchise. However, toy company Hasbro is also there, and they have followed in their...

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