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MMO Week in Review: Final Fantasy XIV knows how to throw a fan event

Let's just stipulate right here that Final Fantasy XIV knows how to freaking throw down a fan festival. Patch info, expansion info, juicy teases, no mobile junk, and no condescension. Oh yeah, and the devs are also the band. If you've missed Eliot's in-person coverage of the Vegas event, you've missed out indeed. Of course, other stuff also...

Anthem previews character customization in latest developer livestream

As many MMO fans will attest, extensive character customization can be a big draw for a game. After all, what gamers don't love making a character that's uniquely their own? The folks at BioWare seem to recognize this, as the latest Anthem developer livestream focused primarily on the game's character customization system, and boy does it ever...
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The MOP Up: Free Overwatch this Thanksgiving

Don't have Thanksgiving plans past gorging on dead bird carcasses and mashed-up roots? Blizzard has just the thing for you: Free Overwatch! "From November 20th through the 26th, we're calling on all prospective agents: assemble your teams and dive in during the Overwatch Free Trial on PC, PlayStation®4, or Xbox One!" the studio said. "For this free trial, we're...

The Stream Team: Healing and leveling in Final Fantasy XIV

With the Final Fantasy Fan Festival's reveals fresh on his mind, Massively OP's Chris is ready to play a whole lot of catch-up on his Astrologian character in Final Fantasy XIV. After all, those Shadowbringers aren't going to be able to heal themselves! It's a stream full of dungeon delving and HP pool monitoring, which should be a...

Din’t miss our Final Fantasy XIV Fanfest 2018 and Shadowbringers coverage

Massively OP's complete coverage of Final Fantasy XIV's 2018 Fan Festival.

FFXIV Fan Festival 2018: Q&A with Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida

The question and answer portion of the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival actually came before the Letter from the Producer, and as a result it was pinned in a spot wherein players could neither ask about 4.5 content (which would be discussed shortly thereafter) nor about Shadowbringers content (which would not be further discussed at this time). So you might...
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FFXIV Fan Festival 2018: Naoki Yoshida explains patch 4.5 and Blue Mage in the newest live letter

After Friday's keynote, Naoki Yoshida made it fairly clear that Final Fantasy XIV fans would not hear anything further about the contents planned for the game's third expansion, Shadowbringers, through the rest of the fan festival. Luckily, patch 4.5 was on deck to be a meaty update anyhow, especially when... oh, right, it contained a new freaking job on...

One Shots: Take me home, country roads

I can't tell if Deekay Plus' headlining shot from Fallout 76 here is that of a gorgeous West Virginia sunrise -- or an in-progress nuclear blast. Either way, props for taking a quick screenshot before a light tanning or severe fallout enuses! Of course, he couldn't resist getting that song stuck back in our heads: "Country roads west virginia...
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The Daily Grind: What are your reactions to this year’s Final Fantasy XIV Fanfest?

Game-specific conventions are always a wild ride. Square-Enix didn't have to spend the past few days wowing people who had no idea about what Final Fantasy XIV is; the fan festival is an event in which the developers want to impress the players and fans, and that was clearly on display over the weekend. Presumably. See, I'm writing...

Make My MMO: Star Citizen hits $200M in crowdfunds, Reddit drama ensues

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, Star Citizen officially broke the $200 million barrier for total funding collected from the proverbial crowd. That's a lotta ships. Unfortunately, the celebrations over on Reddit took a turn for the dramatic as posts attracted brigaders and were shut down. I'm sure you're all...
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H1Z1’s esports league is basically toast, ESPN reports

It looks like H1Z1's Pro League isn't gonna make it. ESPN is reporting this evening that the esports league teams received a letter from Jace Hall informing them that "the 2nd Split has been suspended indefinitely, and that a second league season will not be renewed or scheduled at this time" and that "teams have been immediately released...

Whatever happened to Empyrion Galactic Survival?

Anybody remember Empyrion Online aka Empyrion Galactic Survival? It's one of those space sandbox multiplayer survival games that went for a Kickstarter back in 2014 but ultimately canceled it, having raised only about $26K of its $64K ask. It landed in our Betawatch and then our Make My MMO lists and then... we kinda forgot...

Champions Online pays tribute to Stan Lee with new in-game cosmetic

Champions Online was just one of the many superhero MMOs that came out to pay their respects to comics legend Stan Lee after news of his death earlier this week, and now the folks at Perfect World Entertainment have put out a new post paying tribute to the man without whom their game, and many others...

The Stream Team: More getting lost in ARK: Extinction

When we last left Massively OP's Chris, he had inadvertently become ARK: Survival Extinction's greatest hide-and-seek master as he tried to come to grips with the survival sandbox and make his way to his new clan. Now safely back at camp, he's looking to get more acclimated to his new surroundings and maybe even manage to successfully pet a...

LOTRO Legendarium: Starting on a legendary journey

Part of me was laughing at myself. Here I was, a grown man, shuffling around my weekly schedule to come home in the middle of the day to play an MMORPG that had been out for over 11 years. And more than that, I was practically bouncing up and down because of it. For those that look at the legendary...
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WRUP: The revolution will be available in audio formats edition

Folks, we know that people have been upset about the idea that the revolution will not be televised. Thus, we've made sure that the revolution will be available in audio formats, including narrated audio revolution, a sixteen-track concept album by five guys who swear they absolutely love Pink Floyd, and spoken-word poetry that prominently features the word "revolution" over...

FFXIV Fan Festival 2018: Details from the press conference with Naoki Yoshida

In contrast to the high-octane trailer that had opened the day, the final event for the first day of the Final Fantasy XIV fan festival was quiet and subdued. Of course, it was also for a very different audience, with numerous press representatives gathered into a small conference room for a quick session of questions and answers with producer...

The Daily Grind: Is it better to play MMOs cooperatively or competitively?

It's a fact of MMO life that, sooner or later, we interact with other players in these games. It's kind of one of the big features. And I've noticed that in most of those play interactions, we're either working with or against other gamers. We play cooperatively when we party, band together to overcome PvE content, help each other out,...

Mythology and modernity collide in upcoming action-RPG Breach

In the world of QC Games's upcoming action-RPG Breach, there are two Earths: the one we know and love, and the mythological Earth, where magic and mythical creatures reign. After thousands of years, the veil between the two is collapsing, and -- surprise! -- our Earth is under threat of destruction at the hands of the fantastic...

Betawatch: Torchlight Frontiers’ stress test, Lost Ark’s wild popularity

Torchlight Frontiers' alpha stress test kicked off today; PWE is begging y'all to come stress test the servers. Except literally nobody I know got in, even people who applied ages ago, which seems a little weird? Anyhoo. Get in there and wreck some stuff. The rest of us will be scrutinizing the business model plan. "Torchlight Frontiers Closed...

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