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MMO Week in Review: Delays for Nightingale and Throne & Liberty

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You know the summer's winding down and we're deep into Q3 when the delay announcements start rolling in. This week, MMO players learned that NCsoft has delayed Throne and Liberty and Inflexion has delayed Nightingale - both to 2023. Meanwhile, we journeyed back to RIFT, welcomed Tower of Fantasy, got hyped for Path of Exile 2, and said farewell to...

Fallout 76 heads to QuakeCon and hosts a savory Meat Week

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Wasteland survivors will want to take a break from digging through garbage cans and piles of Super Mutant meat sacks when August 18th rolls around. That's because Bethesda is making the trip to QuakeCon to do a special presentation on Fallout 76. "For Fallout 76 this year, we’ve lined up a Developer Q&A panel where members of the development team...

The MOP Up: Survival sim Grounded tames gnats and preps for launch

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Honey-I-shrunk-the-players survival sim Grounded's last big pre-launch patch arrived recently, adding gnat pets, a cookery building, and armor and weapon upgrade revamps. Grounded is expected to launch on September 27th. And this is just the beginning of the rest of the news! Read on for a roundup of other smaller MMO news stories and videos from this past week in this edition...

The Stream Team: Taking a look inside the demo version of Frozen Flame

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Demos are great. We love demos. MOP's Chris loves demos. And since Frozen Flame put out a big update at the beginning of the month that also happened to change the game's demo, now seemed as good a time as any to take a look! Join him today at 2:00 p.m. EDT if you also love demos! What: Frozen Flame...

Global Chat: Dispatches from Blaugust 2022

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By now, you may have caught wind of Blaugust 2022 -- the latest season of a community effort to encourage, promote, and educate new and returning MMO bloggers to the field. This year, Blaugust has more new participants than it's had in a very long time, and I thought it would be a great boost if we could highlight...

Whatever happened to The Repopulation? (2022 Edition)

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A few weeks back, I was working on a column that includes a reference to The Repopulation, and I realized I hadn't heard anything about the game in a long time. So I went back to look: Our last article was almost a year ago when the game issued its last tweet, but we didn't miss a whole heck...

One Shots: A salute to the world’s pylon-proppers

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Heroes come in many shapes, forms, and professions. While nobody typically thinks of them, the pylon-proppers are always selflessly keeping virtual world docks from falling into disarray and entropy. Every day, pylon-proppers get out there and do what they do best, even if it means they have to take a nap while doing it. So today we salute heroes like...
The stuff that you have, does someone have a claim on it?

The Daily Grind: How do you prefer to form parties in MMOs?

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My first experience in an MMO was playing Final Fantasy XI, where as I have previously mentioned forming a party was downright necessary for everything from leveling to clearing content to browsing the auction house. You formed one by putting up your flag indicating you were looking for a party and then waiting around, or possibly going to the...

Make My MMO: Elite’s new CEO, Wagadu’s alpha, and Fractured’s conquest system

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This week in crowdsfunded MMOs, Kickstarted sandbox Fractured Online dropped a new dev talk video this week, deep-diving the game's city conquest system and how its developed over the course of the beta. Gamigo is still slated to publish the indie MMO later this year. Meanwhile, Elite Dangerous' David Braben stepped down as CEO of Frontier, The Wagadu Chronicles is...

Black Desert Mobile’s Buccaneer sets sails for servers this month

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Let it not be said that Black Desert Mobile lacks respect for the high seas and its altruistic cadre of pirates! For lo, Pearl Abyss is bringing the Buccaneer and her "slippery scallywags" to the battlefield at the end of the month. The class is set to arrive in the mobile MMO on August 30th with a variety of high-impact...

Genshin Impact’s big 3.0 update arrives August 24 – here’s a new trailer

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Genshin Impact has been full of sneak peeks and previews of its large-scale 3.0 update, but now the biggest preview yet has just recently dropped: a new trailer and a series of release dates for the game's 3.x series of patches. Version 3.0 is set to land on Wednesday, August 24th, while additional updates will run for five weeks in...

New World shares a lore post as players raise $2300 for St. Jude’s in a player-run fishing tournament

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New World has a story to tell its players. A story about two enterprising pirates seeking the Heart of the Ocean - a jewel that's rumored to grant the wealth of princes, eternal life, and dominion over the very tides. So obviously, that means that the story will take a dark turn. The lore dump in question doesn't tie down...

The Game Archaeologist: MegaWars, the Star Trek online sim from the ’70s

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When we look at the early days of online computer gaming, it shouldn't be a surprise that the geeky crowd that was working on these titles were also enamored with geeky shows like Star Trek. In fact, somewhen in the mid-1970s, an unknown author wrote the code for a Star Trek sim called WAR that was meant to be...

Guild Wars 2’s August 23 balance patch diversifies power and support builds for several specs

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Yet another balance pass is coming to Guild Wars 2 on Tuesday, August 23rd, and once again ArenaNet has decided to give players a deep-dive ahead of the patch's release, which is looking to diversify power and support build options for the game's classes. The notes detail a number of updates made to power-based builds for a wide variety of...

WRUP: Handheld beehive techniques edition

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Why am I holding a beehive? I'm glad - ow - you asked! I've figured out the secret to - ow - using a beehive as a handheld weapon! The bees are very angry at me at the moment, since they - ow - are swarming and all, but I'm pretty sure - ow - that if I smash...
pants plz

The Daily Grind: What’s the best MMO guild you’ve ever been in?

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At this point in my MMO career, I've been in scores of guilds -- perhaps hundreds, if you count quick trials when I tested the waters and found them wanting. Some of these have been the most welcoming social groups I've ever seen, while others were toxic, dead silent, or laser-focused on raiding to the exclusion of all else. I...

The Stream Team: Fun with fiends in AdventureQuest 3D

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An adventurer's life can be stressful, so finding ways to unwind is important. For Massively OP's MJ, she'll be having fun with fiends in AQ3D. Friends? No, we didn't say friends... There's a new addition to the Nulgath content involving a paladin and a Fiend Hunting Quest, so MJ plans to relax while checking it out. Tune in live...
Sure, all right, whatever?

Betawatch: Diablo IV internal test footage leaked

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Those of you who are eagerly awaiting the Diablo IV beta are going to be waiting for a while yet, but you probably already knew this now. Those of you who just want to see what the current test looks like, however, can take refuge in leaked footage online that shows everyone what the current testing looks like. It's...

Trove’s Lunar Plunge brings back the battle against the minions of Q’bthulu until August 23

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Eldritch horror that are boxy and colorful are still eldritch horrors, so players of Trove are going to want to perhaps handle the matter during this year's edition of the Lunar Plunge event, which kicked off earlier this week and runs up until Tuesday, August 23rd. This year will see players work with Lunar Knighted Qubesly, High Priest Lunavic, and...

These LOTRO community videos will make you want to play the game again

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I'll admit to a super-soft spot when it comes to Lord of the Rings Online. It's my home MMO, I talk about it way too much, and I've never gotten bored of my journeys through Middle-earth. One of the reasons that I have stuck around as long as I have is the tremendous community which often goes above and...

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