MMO Week in Review: What the Smed (August 23, 2015)

    
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MMO Week in Review: What the Smed (August 23, 2015)
Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: MMO studio executive, long begrudged for his role in a popular sandbox’s downfall but much beloved for his outspoken candor, is publicly harassed and swatted by international crime ring until he erupts on social media, resigns from his post at the studio he’s run for almost two decades, and quits to found a brand-new company.

No? Never? This genre, man.

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

STAR CITIZEN STUFF
Star Citizen has refunded over 1,200 backers - Are you dissatisfied with Cloud Imperium's progress on crowdfunded space sim sandbox Star Citizen? You might be able to get your pledge refunded, according to a report published by Polygon. A CIG spokesperson told the website…
Star Citizen’s FPS devs confront merge conflicts - Star Citizen published its weekly Star Marine update earlier this morning. Cloud Imperium says that it didn't add or test new features this week because it was dealing with the broken builds that resulted from "merge conflicts"…
Revival and Star Citizen studio IllFonic lays off six - IllFonic, the studio behind the dark fantasy sandbox Revival and one of several contributors to Star Citizen's FPS module, has laid off six staff members, according to GI.biz. The website confirmed details in a Facebook post from…
THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES
More layoffs for ZeniMax (Update: Confirmed) - The end of this post has been updated with confirmation from Bethsoft as of August 20th. Comments by a gaming industry recruiter and tech consultant have sparked a Twitter rumor that ZeniMax, the conglom that backs Bethsoft and…
The Game Archaeologist: Star Wars Galaxies’ NGE - It became one of the most infamous moments in MMO history -- and perhaps one of the most misunderstood. For all that the MMO community references Star Wars Galaxies' New Game Enhancements (NGE) as a synonym…
Trion’s Trove has a million monthly users - Could Trove be the sleeper hit of 2015? Signs are looking good already. While the sandvox title lingered in open beta for quite some time, it took launching to propel the game to new heights. Trion Worlds recently…
WildStar previews its free-to-play loyalty reward system - Free-to-play games have a rather predictable system in place - you spend money on things and then you have them. Simple and straightforward. WildStar is doing that, yes, but it's also giving players the opportunity to…
ArcheAge taking sign-ups for free server transfers soon - In just a few days, ArcheAge will begin accepting sign-ups for server -- sorry, evolution -- transfers. Trion Worlds announced yesterday that players affected by the upcoming server merges can put their name in for a free…
Chaos Theory: Touring The Secret World’s Issue 12 - Do you think a little thing like being in another country and having dismal internet could keep me from touring The Secret World's Issue #12 with Lead Designer Romain Amiel and Communications Manager Tor Egil Andersen? Of…
Marvel Heroics: My Marvel Heroes wish list - If there's one constant in the gaming universe, it's that every MMO player has a wish list. It's almost impossible to spend any length of time in a title without thinking of what you would love…
Devilian’s South Korea server is shutting down - Is Devilian in trouble? It may be too early to tell, but developer Ginno Games has announced the closure of the title's South Korea server and its reacquisition of rights from publisher Hangame. MMO Culture reports…
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ElMutharino quixadhal Avatar11 PotBS is actually still around, currently owned by Portalus Games in Seattle.  That game managed to escape when SOE was no longer interested, then was sold anyway.

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Damonvile Zariarn Deathgod881 Bannex19  Considering it’s not a typical MMO but more of a game in development by the players,  that’s not saying much.  I personally don’t like it either.

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deekay_zero Avatar11 Damonvile Zariarn Deathgod881 Bannex19 Geez you’ll reply to any stupid comment :P  :)

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quixadhal Avatar11 Vanguard and PoTBS were published by SOE (actually I think they took over when the game tanked)

the rest is true, though

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Avatar11 “SOE doesn’t produce duds!” — What?
Have we already forgotten Vanguard?  Pirates of the Burning Sea?  Free Realms?  Have we forgotten how even their popular games have been driven into the ground by poor decisions and attempts to pander to the flavor-of-the-month fanbase?  I speak, of course, about the infamous CU/NGE from Star Wars Galaxies, and the dumbing down of EQ2 to try and capture the WoW audience.
No duds indeed.  *snort*

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Lethality breetoplay I hate excluding stuff. Sometimes I include stuff I like because I can, but I didn’t do it this week because I was already soooo past my target of 20. :P
Honestly, the Devilian post got attention because people love to bash Trion/Korea/OARPGS/everything.

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breetoplay Lethality I’m just messin’ with ya :)

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Lethality The Devilian post had four times the comments and hits. WIR is based on both. Revival’s patch was on the bubble though.

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Mifune Whenever we we have a game or topic that just has a ton of stories in a week, I usually lump them together. Been doing that for years. :D On Old Massively, I had graphics for all the big games, even.
Example: Gamescom got its own: http://massivelyop.com/2015/08/09/week-in-review-gamescom-2015-august-9-2015/
And earlier in August, I did it for GW2, MH, and PG: http://massivelyop.com/2015/08/02/mmo-week-in-review-blizzard-likes-your-money-after-all-august-2-2015/

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So what’s so special about SC that it gets it’s own section in this review?