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Enlisted gets a new map, new weapons, and better graphics in its Rzhev update

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When a military location is historically known as a "meat grinder," you can probably expect things to get pretty intense, which means that players of the free-to-play WWII FPS Enlisted will probably want to steel themselves when they hop into the Rzhev update that released last week. Naturally the update introduces a new Rzhev map to fight on that attempts...

Second Life celebrates 21 years of operation with town halls, music events, and exhibitor showcase

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While techbros on some serious stuff dream about a metaverse (or more specifically how to turn it into a monetizable hellscape), Second Life has arguably been doing the metaverse thing - as in an alternate, wide-reaching sandbox universe one can peruse - for 21 years now. That's obviously a milestone worth celebrating, and that's just what's happening over the...

Anvil Empires shares improvements to the game world’s natural features and fort building

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When you're trudging through the fields in Anvil Empires, it's probably a good idea to stop and smell the flowers... or at least appreciate the pretty trees, considering the isometric perspective of this persistent war MMO. Doing that will ideally be a bit easier thanks to some improved environmental visuals, which is one of the highlights from the developing...

The Stream Team: Returning to co-op FPS Starship Troopers Extermination

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It's been quite some time since MOP's Chris has gotten out into the bug-infested firefights of Starship Troopers: Extermination, and since he's in the mood to gun down some monstrosities, now seems as good a time as any to check in on the early access title! Would you like to know more? Then tune in today at 2:00 p.m....

SMITE 2 readies its third alpha weekend for June 27 with three more characters in tow

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Third time's the charm, or at least the next in a series of steps for SMITE 2, as the MOBA has tied down some early details and a start date for its third alpha weekend, which will begin on Thursday, June 27th. Yes, that's technically not the start of the weekend, but who's going to complain about getting an...
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Wisdom of Nym: MOP’s last-minute prep checklist for Final Fantasy XIV Dawntrail

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You have two days left to get your prep work done for Final Fantasy XIV's next expansion, and in case there's some stuff you have still forgotten or have not yet done now is the time to do it. However, some of that is... probably not happening if you haven't already done it. Like, if you have 100 Comedy...

Ethyrial Echoes of Yore’s angel investor acquires the whole dev studio as updates continue

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Readers may remember the floundering launch of sandbox MMORPG Ethyrial: Echoes of Yore, which was bad enough that developer Gellyberry Studios lost its publisher and would've ended the game's life were it not for an angel investor named Ryan swooping in to buy a large stake in the MMO. Since then, Ethyrial has gone free-to-play and added a whole...

First Impressions: Tarisland’s interesting gameplay isn’t enough to surmount shoddy temport quality

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When we issued our 2024 predictions for the MMORPG genre during our annual year-end articles, I said that Tarisland would be a sleeper hit, mostly because I'm stupid and bad at these kinds of questions, but also because I was sort of hoping that would be a little bit true. I wasn't expecting the game to blow the doors...

Aion Classic EU’s roadmap for the rest of 2024 includes three solid content drops

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Gameforge is still working Aion Classic for all its worth: This morning, it officially unveiled the second half of its roadmap for the EU version of the game for the rest of the year, which clearly focuses on the game's 2.8 update, slated for July. "Titled Conquest, the update increases the level cap and introduces the dungeon Phaestos’ Disc as...
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Final Fantasy XIV sets an aetheryte in London ahead of Dawntrail’s launch

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If anyone has an aetheryte ticket in real life and wants the cheapest trip possible to the UK, good news, as there's an aetheryte available in real life in King's Cross down in London right now. Yes, Final Fantasy XIV is promoting the impending release of Dawntrail next week (and early access later this week) by erecting a big...

Piffsy is a new social MMO with llamas and dancing

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My friends, have you heard the word on the cyberstreets about this new social MMO that released a couple weeks ago? It's called Piffsy, which is definitely a name you want to bandy about on the playground as your friends talk about Fortnite. Anyway, Piffsy exudes pretty strong Free Realms vibes, with a colorful world, player housing, and an emphasis...

View counts for New World Aeternum’s official announcement trailer see a mysterious spike

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A lot of the time, when PR tells us how many views a game gets on YouTube or Twitch, it's an easily ignored metric - a number that's spun to show a supposed level of game health - so we generally don't pay that sort of thing any mind. However, one Redditor found something very odd about the view...
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Blue Protocol’s fate up in the air after Bandai Namco Online declares insolvency

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It's probably wise for us to severely ratchet down any expectations or hopes of seeing a triumphant release of Blue Protocol in the year 2024. At this point, the signs aren't good for the MMORPG, as Bandi Namco Online declared itself to be in a state of insolvency due to massive revenue losses. Bandai Namco Online (the subsidiary of Bandai...

Throne & Liberty KR showcases updates to progression, new activities, a new region, and artifact system

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Earlier this week, NCSoft brought a four hour-long smorgasbord of information out of Throne & Liberty's Korean version, with devs hosting a TL meet-up showcase that outlined multiple updates and additions coming to the MMORPG in July and August. According to translatiosn from fansite Throne & Liberty Online, the update landing on July 27th will mostly focus on improving existing...

The Daily Grind: What should MMO subscriptions actually pay for?

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When I first started playing MMORPGs, I didn't know what an expansion was because no MMORPG had ever had one. I paid my subscription because it gave me access to the game, and that was that. Sure, I looked forward to patches, but I didn't really expect them, and most of them did not add new content, not exactly;...
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MMO Week in Review: Tarisland, Pax Dei, and Black Desert’s Heidel Ball

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Tarisland officially launched this week, treating global players to Tencent's WoW clone that looks... kinda less and less like a WoW clone as you play it. Whether that's a good thing or not is up to you. Meanwhile, we took a look at Throne & Liberty and Dune Awakening, Pax Dei headed into early access, Raph Koster began teasing his next...

‘Single-player MMORPG’ Erenshor adds cloud saves, improved friendly AI, and Steam Deck support to its demo

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Near the middle of last year we started reporting on Erenshor, a game that attempts to recreate the experience of playing a classic MMORPG in a single-player offline environment. We took a quick look on OPTV, called it one of those games that helps scratch that progression grind itch, and followed along as its free demo got some updates. It...

The MOP Up: Among Us adds three new playable roles

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Highly sus game Among Us added three new roles with its latest update: Tracker (keep tabs on Crewmates via the minimap), Noisemaker (make noise when you die to alert the crew), and Phantom (turn invisible and make your getaway). And this is just the beginning of the rest of the news! Read on for a roundup of other smaller MMO news stories...

The Stream Team: One last roulette run in Final Fantasy XIV before Dawntrail arrives

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It's the last Eorzea Sunday stream of the Endwalker era! MOP's Chris and his crew are coming together for one final run of the daily roulettes before the pre-order early access of Dawntrail arrives and you're invited! Come on by today at 2:00 p.m. EDT for one last hurrah before the expansion! What: Final Fantasy XIV Who: Chris Neal When: 2:00 p.m....

EVE Echoes has spent 2024 pumping out events, balancing, new regions, new ships, and a cheater crackdown

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Most of the EVE Online-shaped noise has been coming out of... well, EVE Online, particularly since its Equinox update went live and testing for the EVE Vanguard FPS portion continued. However, there is another facet to the weird gem of the space sandbox, and that is the mobile MMO EVE Echoes, and while its updates don't make the biggest...

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