MMO Week in Review: Camelot Unchained’s crazy good crafting (December 27, 2015)

    
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Camelot Unchained
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!

If you thought MMO news would dry up over the holidays, think again: Camelot Unchained unveiled its complex crafting system, complete with influences from Star Wars Galaxies and other tradeskill-rich classic MMOs and MUDs.

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

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES
The best MMO deals in the Steam winter 2015 sale - It's the holiday season! A time for cuddling up before a cozy fire, enjoying loved ones, sharing memories, and... just kidding. It's time to raid Steam's sales and get some vidya games dirt cheap! Here's some…
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The Game Archaeologist: Asheron’s Call 2 - MMO sequels are funny animals. Sequels (along with prequels and "reimaginings") are ingrained into the entertainment industry so deep that it makes sense that MMO studios would follow suit. And yet these types of games --…
The best MMORPG polls of 2015 - Every week for the last few years, we've expanded on our "Daily Grind" theme with a Leaderboard poll. On the one hand, seeing the numbers and bar graphs is a quantitative sort of magic that we don't…
New research illuminates our gaming motivations - If you've ever thought that the Bartle test was a bit outdated, game analytics consulting firm Quantic Foundry has a new gamer psych chart for you. This past week, it released its Gamer Motivation Model, which groups gamer types…
Record of Lodoss War Online is launching in 2016 - Record of Lodoss War Online is old-school. It's meant to be old-school. The IP that it's referencing is old-school, its gameplay mechanics and graphics are meant to be old-school, the long stretches of radio silence regarding…
Ask Mo: Massively OP’s 2015 awards debrief - Massively OP's formal 2015 awards technically ended on Friday, though we've got a few stragglers and roundups left to go. As I do every year, today I'll round up all the awards in one place, discuss the thought process behind…
The Repopulation temporarily suspends development - The unfortunate saga of The Repopulation continues this week, as Above & Beyond Technologies announced that it was pulling the plug on the alpha servers -- at least for the time being. "It is with heavy…
The most popular MMORPG conversations of 2015 - One of my favorite things to do every year is look through Livefyre and round up the articles that you guys just would not stop talking in. So let's have a meta-look at the top 10…
Nexon to take over TERA operations in Korea - There's a changing of the guard for TERA in South Korea this month, as the title is changing up publishers. Bluehole Studio announced yesterday that Nexon will be taking over publishing duties following Hangame's decision to…
New source claims 300 Elder Scrolls Online layoffs throughout 2015 - The Bethsoft layoffs saga has just gotten weirder. Last week, Irish news outlet The Connacht Tribune reported that 300 customer service representatives had been newly let go from Bethsoft's Galway offices, established in 2011 to support the then-unreleased…
LOTRO’s 2016 roadmap - Everyone always wants to know what's coming next for their favorite game. As Lord of the Rings Online players are nearing the cusp of Mordor itself, it's understandable that there are many questions that are out…
There are eight live SWGemu projects right now - The Daily Dot has a long piece out this week on its Kernel subsection all about Star Wars Galaxies and its emulator underground. Author Dennis Scimeca chronicles the life of SWG and the NGE, chats with Raph…
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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.