MMO Week in Review: Blizzard doesn’t want your money (May 24, 2015)

    
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Too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

Were you one of the three million people who ditched World of Warcraft earlier this year? Did you leave in part because you could fly virtually everywhere in the game but not the new expansion and found it irritating, illogical, and design-poor? Were you expecting to resub at some future point once Blizzard addressed the feature? Good news: Blizzard has nixed flying in Draenor forever; it doesn’t want your money, so you can now spend it on the hundreds of other MMORPGs on the market. You’re welcome!

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

BLADE & SOUL SAILS WEST
Blade & Soul hits western shores this winter - Remember when comic books had little call-outs on the front cover proudly proclaiming that something happened because the readers requested it? I always thought those were kind of hilarious. "Because you demanded it, here's the latest issue…
THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES
EverQuest’s new progression server comes online (again) - After a disasterous initial outing and subsequent wipe, EverQuest's Ragefire server came back online last night to welcome players back to the classic era of the game. The latest progression server for EverQuest struggled mightily as…
The Repopulation to launch in Q4 2015 - Just when you thought The Repopulation was doomed to be in eternal testing, Above and Beyond Technologies announced that it's releasing. This year. This winter. For real. The studio said that it's targeting a launch window…
ArcheAge preps a barrel racing daily event - ArcheAge is gearing up for its annual Rum Runner Rapids event, which looks to involve drinking, whitewater rapids, and barrels out of bond. More specifically, you can "construct colorful casks to use in a series of…
Crowfall locks down forums for backers only - If you still want to take part in discussions on the official Crowfall forums, you'll have to back the game. The game has locked down its forums for all non-backers, giving new registrations access to a…
Guild Wars 2’s Lion’s Arch reconstruction has begun - Guild Wars 2's Lion's Arch reconstruction has begun, declare patch notes and a new dev post released today by ArenaNet's Gaile Gray. The patch notes, which also include a number of PvP and PvE tweaks, begin with this in-character announcement from…
Funcom financials trend downward, new CEO appointed - While it could have been worse, Funcom's Q1 2015 financials could have been a heck of a lot better, too. In yesterday's financial report, the company announced that its revenues dropped $144,000 from the previous quarter,…
ArcheAge spawns fresh Reddit drama over pay-to-win - Third time's a charm with Reddit! Remember back in March when a Skyforge moderator threatened to ban anyone using the term pay-to-win and was summarily excoriated by the community for his trouble? Apparently the ArcheAge Reddit…
THIS WEEK’S STREAMS & CASTS
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