MMO Week in Review: Black Desert’s big merge (November 13, 2016)

    
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Kakao can call it a “new world” if it likes, but MMORPG players aren’t fooled: They know a merge when they see it, and merges are indeed coming for Black Desert. It’s a bit more complicated than that, of course; the game will switch over to de facto North American and European megaservers in a move that will probably benefit the game’s playerbase and economy in the end.

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

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES
A blizzard is sweeping over The Division - Just when you thought that the plague-ridden city of The Division couldn't get any worse, a blizzard is heading in with a vengeance. Ubisoft has just released its Survival DLC…
The Valkyrie awakens in Black Desert today - The Valkyrie awakens in Black Desert today with her new awakening weapon, a lance named... wait for it... Lancia. It allows the class to stab from afar and joust the enemy…
Is the online pay-to-win situation improving? - MMO players looking for a hot-button topic often have to go no further than dredging up discussion concerning pay-to-win and its alleged affect on online games. We have talked about it plenty…
Star Citizen pushes hard toward Alpha 2.6 - Star Citizen is nothing if not extremely thorough in its monthly reports that cover the projects and focus of each of its studios and teams. With October said and done,…
Cyberpunk 2077 may be an MMORPG in disguise - Sniffing out promising upcoming MMOs is getting more difficult now that developers and studios are avoiding that label like the plague. Instead, we're looking for terms like "seamless multiplayer" and…
Hero’s Song goes into early access on Steam - Following an intense alpha weekend test, Hero's Song is going into early access on Steam today as planned. The title is scheduled to go live at 11:00 a.m. EST. "It needs more…
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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 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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