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Overwatch introduces the Workshop to build truly custom game modes

Historically, one of the best parts of Blizzard's various single-player games has been building custom maps; it worked out well for Warcraft III, clearly, and people have long enjoyed producing what amounts to entirely different games in other titles. The Workshop in Overwatch isn't going to have quite that much power (at least to start with), but it is going to

The Stream Team: A dozen years of LOTRO Middle-earth merriment

Today marks LOTRO's 12th anniversary, and the festivities include a new anniversary quest. Unfortunately for Massively OP's MJ, she hasn't completed all the quest scrolls commemorating the previous 11 years. Tonight she'll try to power her Minstrel through as many as possible. Can she make it to twelvesies? Join us live at 8:00 p.m. for some Middle-earth celebrations. What:...

SWG: Beyond is the latest in a long line of Star Wars Galaxies emulators

Is it rogue server week or something? Fans have now announced another privately run Star Wars Galaxies server, this one called SWG: Beyond. Longtime fans of the franchise will know that there have been dozens of SWG rogue servers popping up over the years, with at least two dozen of them still live and kicking. In fact, our...

Shroud of the Avatar’s upcoming patch will let you be the mother of dragons

OK, we'll just admit outright that the above headline is a little misleading. But since everyone and their uncle is making Games of Throne references these days, we felt left out! And besides, Shroud of the Avatar is adding more young dragons to the game with this week's Release 65, and one can always dream about taming them...

Sea of Thieves will begin telling some Tall Tales – Shores of Gold on April 30

Things appear to be getting more narrative focused in the Sea of Thieves world. Tuesday, April 30th, will see the launch of Tall Tales - Shores of Gold, a new adventure that appears to have a distinctly cinematic spin. The update promises to lead players on "a series of interconnected tales of wonder and discovery, exploring the stories of...
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Crowfall talks about improvements to alchemy and lighting

Lighting, like ambient sound, is one of those things that you tend to notice most in MMOs when there's something wrong with it. You might think that it's a simple thing for the design team behind Crowfall to put together, but as the latest development diary explains, it posed a unique challenge for the game simply because everything...

Dungeons and Dragons Online delays its Sharn expansion to mid-May

Disappointing news for players looking forward to playing Dungeons and Dragons Online's newest expansion next week: It's not going to happen. Next week, that is; the expansion is still on the way, but Standing Stone Games has decided to delay it for a couple of weeks. The new launch date is May 14th: "We're writing to update you...
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Overwatch’s next hero is not Sojourn, but a lot of people wish she were

You all remember how people were a little bit miffed about the introduction of Wrecking Ball/Hammond into the Overwatch lineup, right? To summarize very quickly, some players were a bit miffed that the game still doesn't feature a black woman in its cast (a demographic that makes up at least 7% of the US population) but does feature a...

Elite Dangerous posts its April update patch notes and offers to fund a tabletop CCG

It's a tale of two Elite: Dangerous stories this week: On the one hand, the game has kicked out its new April update, and on the other hand, there's some new information about a tabletop card game based on the Elite franchise that has risen from the ashes of a seemingly doomed pen and paper Kickstarter campaign. A company...

Another crunch-ridden game studio exposed: This time it’s Fortnite’s Epic Games

"Crunch" was surely the gaming industry word of the year in 2018, thanks to a massive backlash over horrible working conditions at some Rockstar studios working on Red Dead Redemption 2. But it was neither the first nor the last incident, not even in 2018, which was also the year Netmarble finally released its own plan...

Desert Oasis: A post-mortem examination of Black Desert’s defunct Shadow Arena

Last week was such an intense week for Black Desert. The community took a blow when news broke out regarding Black Desert’s second major loss in the past few months: a rock. As far as I know, it was the most controversial thing to happen in MMOs that week. Nope, can’t think of anything else...
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Star Trek Online announces Rise of Discovery, two new discounted Command Dreadnoughts

Star Trek Online fans, point your eyeballs at PC Gamer this afternoon, as it's got the scoop on Rise of Discovery - that's the MMO's next big update, with transmedia synergy mode fully engaged with tie-ins to Star Trek Discovery itself. It's not entirely new information, as the roadmap last month already named this content and...
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Perfect Ten: Things do prepare for ahead of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

Let's be real, folks, Final Fantasy XIV's third expansion is not right around the corner. You have two months until that thing is even in early access, and that's just for the people who pre-ordered it like myself. For people who plan to wait until after the launch to maybe play, it's even longer. This means that now is a good...

Black Desert’s new roadmap teases new maps and new group-based content on the way

There's big news coming out of Black Desert today, as Pearl Abyss and Kakao have dropped a roadmap of new content coming to the game "before the end of this quarter," including a badass new horse called Doom, an underwater ruins map for high-level toons, a new region dubbed Star's End, and "a brand-new experience will add new...
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World of Warcraft gets a new update on the patch 8.2 test server

Sure, World of Warcraft fans don't yet know when the next major patch will be going live, but there's been another update to the test server and that means new stuff to pick apart on that test server. The fine people at Wowhead have already gotten to work unpacking all of the content found in the latest 8.2 build,...

The Elder Scrolls Online wants to show you the cats of the development team that inspired Elsweyr’s Khajiit

Who wants to look at some pictures of kitties?! Yes, The Elder Scrolls Online players have a bit more time to wait before Elsweyr arrives, and once you arrive you'll be dealing with Alfiq... but really, we all know that they're just cats. Khajiit? Also cats. The development team? Awash in cats. Multiple cats. So now you can find out about

Aaaaand now there’s a new temporary City of Heroes rogue server up

Can we just agree that the City of Heroes drama going on right now is wild? Turns out it's damn hard to organize thousands of hungry players and coders in the shadows, and even prior to last night's announcements - that Titan Network is in talks with NCsoft to bring a legal player-run server online and that...

ARK Survival Evolved-inspired voxel sandbox PixARK is launching May 31

It's been a year since Snail Games' survival-centric voxelbox PixARK hit early access, but its time in testing is almost up: The company announced today that it's launching the game on May 31st on PC and console. "To survive in this mysterious land, you must tame creatures both ferocious and cuddly, craft high tech and magical tools, and build...

BioWare delays several Anthem ‘Act 1’ features including guilds and masteries

A little under a month has gone by since BioWare's stress-inducing, crunch-heavy environment was exposed by the media, and since then the studio has struggled to bolster public perception and improve the struggling Anthem in the process. Unfortunately, BioWare doesn't look as if it will be able to deliver as it had previously promised. First, the good news....

Exclusive: MMORPG Astellia Online deep-dives its Warrior and Scholar classes

Korean-born Astellia has been hovering on the horizon for the last few years of its development as Barunson E&A - the majority owner of the studio behind the game, Studio 8 - has guided it through Asia. And now it's on track to release here in the west this summer, as a buy-to-play title focused on PvE,...

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