Week in Review: NCsoft’s wild week (May 17, 2015)

    
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NCsoft did not have the best week. Amidst WildStar’s ongoing Reddit drama, NCsoft’s first quarter financials broke, and rumors about WildStar’s Steam launch as a supposedly F2P title began to brew. Korean mecha MMO Project HON was canceled, too, but it’s not all bad news; scuttlebutt has it that Blade & Soul might be bound for the west after all, and revenues for Guild Wars 2, still rolling out expansion reveals, are up quarter-over-quarter.

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES
EverQuesting: Life after Landmark’s big wipe - It was just over a week ago that Landmark's servers went offline in preparation for a major upheaval that affected nearly every system in the game, from a total reworking of topography to a complete character…
WoW Factor: A three million loss lesson - It's been a little while, hasn't it, friends? In the time since I last penned WoW Factor (which missed an installment purely due to transit strangeness - the only time I've ever missed a column, I…
World of Warcraft goes on the offensive against bots - World of Warcraft botters, beware: Blizzard is coming after you hard. The studio said yesterday that it has leveled the banhammer against several accounts -- perhaps as many as 100,000 for up to six months --…
Ubisoft delays The Division until Q1 2016 - A couple of months ago, we reported that The Division was on track for a 2015 release. Not so fast, according to Ubisoft, which today announced that the MMO shooter's launch is being pushed back to…
See two of Overwatch’s superheroes in action - Which Overwatch character are you going to pick when you get into the beta? That's a hard call to make before you can actually get in and sample each of them, although preview videos are the…
The cowpocalypse hits Diablo III for its anniversary - Hey, would you look at that: Today is Diablo III's third anniversary! Of course, this being a hell-torn haunted world, there can't be a birthday party with balloons and pin-the-tail-on-the-Diablo. No, the way the game celebrates…
Crowfall backers can now gift a copy to a friend - If you have too much money burning a hole in your pocket and a good friend who didn't get on board with the Crowfall campaign during its Kickstarter, then ArtCraft has a way to solve both…
Neverwinter cracks 1.6M players on Xbox One - [AL:NW]If you're looking for Neverwinter's true success story, it might not be on the PC at all. Cryptic Studios announced today that ever since launching on the Xbox One, Neverwinter has racked up an impressive 1.6…
Ask Mo: The trouble with roleplaying in MMORPGs - Long ago on Massively-that-was, a reader named Avaera sent in a long list of fabulous questions worth addressing. I'm tackling another in today's edition of Ask Mo: Would you welcome a large scale roleplaying-enforced MMORPG? One…
EverQuest’s progression server launches on May 20 - Are you itching to turn back the clock with EverQuest's progression server? You don't have much longer to wait, as Daybreak has announced that Ragefire will launch on May 20th. If you're planning to take the…
THIS WEEK’S STREAMS & CASTS
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sciencestick
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sciencestick

oh NCsoft you mean the company that summarily shuts down MMO’s? Oh well I would never play any game with their name on it, that would be foolish and short sighted.

goettel
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goettel

Wildstar’s first birthday is coming up, June 3rd.
Not a bad day for an announcement.

DPandaren
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DPandaren

I’m sorry, I’m too distracted by that robutt’s butt.

Madda
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Madda

This week has seen more NCSoft news than when they announce a new game. Anyway, just throwing it out there that WildStar going buy-to-play won’t fix the population issues by itself. They have a long road of eating crow, saving face, and reorganizing priorities if they plan on staying afloat.
Also, no, Blizzard has no plans to release or work on progression servers. Remember, every expansion had its off patches, but Vanilla / BC was probably the most awkward and nonsensical of them all.

NCsucks
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NCsucks

They died for me even since the CoH incident.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

AdeptusEnginus ManastuUtakata TheDonDude sray155 The cool thing is that a lot of the conveniences stay anyway (like crafting and loot overhauls). The main goal is to get people clustered into specific sets of content rather than everyone just logging in at level 1 and rushing past 18 expansions to get to the newest one. Instead, people play it roughly in order, and there’s a good reason to play through each set of content.

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

Dystopiq  Technically true. But I (most people?) certainly don’t expect [near as] much innovation with AI.

Velimirius
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Velimirius

Kotaku reports that NCsoft cancelled that Project Hon mecha game :(

RicharddeLeonIII
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RicharddeLeonIII

duane99 I’m in the same boat…never give up that ncsoft either restarts it or sells it to someone who will >.<

duane99
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duane99

…reads nothing about City of Heroes.  Weeps silently.