MMO Week in Review: 2015’s MMORPG zenith is now (October 25, 2015)

    
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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!

Welcome, everyone, to the biggest week of MMO gaming of the year. The high point of 2015? You’re standing on it, so enjoy the view. Guild Wars 2 launched Heart of Thorns on Friday, celebrating 7 million accounts — check out MOP’s Tina Lauro’s ongoing launch diary for the scoop. Star Wars: The Old Republic’s Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion released for early access subscribers, followed up by an impressions piece and spoiler-heavy video by our SWTOR expert, Larry Everett. And hot on the heels of its controversial skillpoint trading announcement, EVE Online leaped into its Las Vegas con, where MOP’s Brendan Drain is reporting back on the upcoming Citadel expansion.

Oh yeah, and because that’s not enough insanity for one week, Halloween is right around the corner, so expect an avalanche of Halloween events in all your favorite MMOs, plus our traditional roundup of all the festivities. In the meantime, read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions!

GUILD WARS 2: HEART OF THORNS LAUNCH
SWTOR: KNIGHTS OF THE FALLEN EMPIRE LAUNCH
EVE VEGAS 2015
THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES
EVE Vegas 2015: Citadel expansion details revealed - CCP promised some big reveals at EVE Vegas 2015 and so far it has definitely delivered. In yesterday's EVE Online keynote speech, we heard concrete details on the big Spring 2016 expansion and some other cool stuff…
WoW Factor: A decade of Blizzard’s bad habits - The funny thing about World of Warcraft - and I should note here that I'm using "funny" in this case as a synonym for "odd" rather than "hilarious" - is that the game has been around…
Wakfu rolls back EU server to June - Call it the mother of all rollbacks. A series of technical issues has resulted in massive amounts of lost data on Wakfu's EU Elbor server, requiring a shutdown of the server and a rollback to June 21st.…
ArcheAge bans blockades, griefers cry about it - Those crazy ArcheAge kids, always mucking up the works! The latest bit of fantasy sandpark drama comes to us courtesy of the game's official forum, where Trion laid the smack down on griefers who were blocking…
Camelot Unchained reveals its Shapeshifter classes - I think I found my preferred class in Camelot Unchained. It's called the Black Rider, and "while their attacks may not be as physically powerful as those of their opposing realms’ counterparts, their ability to spread…
Sword Coast Legends has officially launched today - After a couple of delays over the past few months, Sword Coast Legends is now live on Steam and officially celebrating launch with a lengthy list of patch notes. The star of the launch patch is the…
‘Hardcore Russian’ MMO Sphere 3 aims at open beta - Do you often find yourself bemoaning the carebear environment of current MMOs and missing the "good old days" of unrelenting player killing across virtual worlds? Then one new Russian title might be your savior: Sphere 3:…
Funcom is fined by Norwegian authorities - In January of last year, Funcom was subject to a raid by Økokrim, the Norwegian agency responsible for investigating and prosecuting financial crimes. The company complied with the investigation, and the long-delayed penalty of that particular…
Chaos Theory: Sneaking into The Park with Joel Bylos - Decisions, decisions. When you are invited to a special sneak peek of The Park, the upcoming single-player game based on The Secret World's own Atlantic Island Amusement Park, guided by Joel Bylos, the very guy who…
Linkin Park to perform at BlizzCon - BlizzCon 2015 has its big closing act: Linkin Park. The rock group has signed on to perform a concert for Blizzard's community on Saturday night, November 7th. As with most of the convention's coverage, fans who can't…
Camelot Unchained reveals its heavy fighters - Next up on Camelot Unchained's class reveal docket is the upcoming MMO's heavy fighters, a brutal group of muscled pain that will be sure to ruin an enemy's day. As with the other reveals to date,…
TERA welcomes new players with a video guide - [AL:TERA]Every MMO has its own quirks that other games simply don't possess, and TERA is no exception. Sure, you're familiar with the basics of logging on to a game client and naming your character, but there…
THIS WEEK’S CASTS & STREAMS
AND FROM OUR FRIENDS AT BLIZZARD WATCH

Activision Blizzard creates new e-sports division

What’s new in WoW’s Hallow’s End 2015

The revival of Valor Points in WoW

Every week, get caught up on the MMO genre’s latest news and Massively OP’s best content in our MMO Week in Review! Want more roundups of content? Try Monday’s Not So Massively for MOBA and multiplayer news, Friday’s Betawatch for MMO testing highlights, Saturday’s Make My MMO for MMO crowdfunding updates, and Sunday’s The MOP Up, which mops up all the little bits of news we didn’t cover anywhere else.

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ManastuUtakata
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breetoplay ManastuUtakata 
…the only thing, it’s got one of those letter verification doohickies that can stump someone such as myself with a reading disability. But I will do that in future, instead of spamming it here. As even eventually after million and one times I’ll get the right letters inputted in…just Like all those monkeys with a typewriter and the works of Shakespeare. <3

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ManastuUtakata Hey if you guys spot something like that, will you send us a tip? I was awake late last night and could’ve done this, just not watching comments on my PC, which is outta commission. :D Tips land on my phone, so I see them even when it’s off-hours. :D

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Greaterdivinity Siphaed I remember the first just cause. You could just steal any car, motorccle, elicopter and..wrech shit. MMOs need that.

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Greaterdivinity ManastuUtakata 
Yes it was. :(

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It’s bad enough we have people predicting Peak Oil, but we have Bree Royce declaring Peak MMO? :-)

Poor Wildstar, less than a month ago and already being left out.

I think WoWS, WS, Destiny, SWTOR KotFE, GW2 HoT, SW BF is quite a flurry of gaming.  ( i am proud I went went with flurry instead of some double entendres.)   In memory of Titan, one could even add the Overwatch Beta to the list.

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Celestia

What a crazy year for the MMO business.

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So according to @vicariousfan and @Vagrent Zero, if you have the name Hellbound Heart, your an alt or hacker. I feel sorry for anyone who loves the novella by Clive Barker Hellbound Heart : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hellbound_Heart so be warned, if your a Clive Barker fan he will hack you and attack you. Also don’t talk to him about Final Fantasy. They hate it. Like really bad. Post the trolls when I can, that’s what I do. You’ll notice several users question these two people as well. Be warned.

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ManastuUtakata  Well, even if it’s some ungodly hour, it’s still a work day (Monday) over there! And I’m assuming it was that crazy spammer dude that has completely incomprehensible “discussions” with himself?

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Edit/Update: Tina cleaned it all up. At least someone was around on staff to do that…even if it was all the way over from Northern Ireland! o.O

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Armsbend Never played the first, but the second one made me a fan of the series. Kinda like Saints Row for me, where I jumped in late and absolutely and unexpectedly fell in love with the game(s).
I have a soft spot for big, dumb games filled with explosions and absurdity that don’t take themselves serious in the slightest, apparently. They’re so delightfully over the top and ludicrous that I can’t imagine not loving them.