MMO Week in Review: The patch before the patch before Legion (July 24, 2016)

    
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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!

World of Warcraft fans of every stripe rejoiced to see the Legion pre-pre-patch drop this week: tmog junkies, lore junkies, animation junkies, website junkiesnostalgia junkies. Well maybe not this guy; maybe he’s still pissed about totems. And definitely not the victims of silencing system abuse and roleplayers, though that last group is at least… being heard.

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

POKEMON MADNESS
THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES
First impressions of Nexon’s Riders of Icarus - Earlier this month, the latest addition to Nexon’s perpetually expanding stable of MMORPGs, Riders of Icarus, took wing into its “soft launch,” or open beta, whichever meaningless term you happen to…
No Man’s Sky offers new trailer on trade - What's better than re-watching old trailers while waiting for No Man’s Sky to launch on the PS4 in a little over two weeks? How about watching a new trailer! Hello…
The Soapbox: Calling an MMO launch a launch - It's launch. Can we collectively accept that? Marketing, developers, and players alike? Launch is launch. When your game launches, it has launched. If I can reach another decade on this…
MMO Mechanics: Creating engaging crafting mechanics - I'm currently bogged down in an over-the-shoulder crafting blur, vicariously depleting gold and recommending several YouTube-approved crazy material gathering runs as I get my husband acquainted with Guild Wars 2's crafting…
THIS WEEK’S CASTS & STREAMS
AND FROM OUR FRIENDS AT BLIZZARD WATCH

Has Diablo 3 been abandoned?

New WoW Legion comic Anduin: Son of the Wolf

BlizzCon 2016 goody bag unboxing video reveals Blizzard drinking stein and more

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 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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