We’re taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before we head into 2018!
February saw the launch of housing The Elder Scrolls Online’s Homestead patch – a quality addition to a game that once declared MMO housing too hard to implement – and continued teasing Morrowind, both of which drove the game to a new high of 8.5M registered players.
Meanwhile, SOE/Daybreak’s former John Smedley, fresh off the death of Hero’s Song, set up shop with a new studio under the Amazon Games umbrella – with all the same people.
And Funcom declared it had recouped all its costs on Conan Exiles and would reboot The Secret World (while letting its other MMORPGs slide).
Read on for the whole list!
TOP NEWS STORIES OF FEBRUARY 2017
ZeniMax partially wins Oculus Rift lawsuit, awarded $500M
Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime ‘troubled’ by latest US immigration policies
Valve is under anti-trust investigation in Europe
Perfect World has laid off under 30 employees, ‘no impact’ on MMOs
Recapping the Asheron’s Call sunsets
RIFT changes achievement assist policy, promises to ‘bring back quality’ in 2017
Redside, a fifth City of Heroes spiritual successor, takes the field
Elder Scrolls Online’s Homestead expansion is live on PC
WoW Tokens explode in price thanks to Blizzard’s announcement
NCsoft 4Q 2016 financials: Record sales, WildStar’s fate, Lineage Eternal launch
Video games have a bad year on Kickstarter
Conan Exiles has already sold 320K copies, ‘all costs recouped’
World of Warcraft devs on droughts, team size, and lessons learned
Square-Enix saw MMO profits from FFXIV and FFXI dip in 2016
Ashes of Creation demos new dungeon video, won’t ‘sacrifice aesthetics for performance’
Guild Wars 2 AMA: DPS meters, PAX East, raiding, and insider trading
Mekria Online cancels its $110K Kickstarter
Blizzard Q4 2016 financials: Record quarter for Blizzard thanks to World of Warcraft and Overwatch
Valve is working on three VR titles, feeling effects of travel ban
Valve sunsets Steam Greenlight, proposes dev submission fees to ‘decrease the noise’
Black Desert’s western launch helped Kakao’s games division have a great 2016
What in the world happened to TUG?
Elder Scrolls Online now boasts 8.5M players
EVE Online releases Guardian’s Gala update, gives glimpse into its glorious future
You need to see Elite Dangerous’ new character creator, ‘Holo-Me’
Amazon Game Studios gave John Smedley a new online game team to run
Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen recaps the state of the game, defends the class matrix
Guild Wars 2 Art Director Daniel Dociu is leaving ArenaNet
Blizzard: WoW Tokens are ‘harmless’ and ‘make people happier’
The trouble with master writs in Elder Scrolls Online
Smed’s new Amazon studio is basically Pixelmage Games
Emily ‘Domino’ Taylor departs Daybreak and the EverQuest franchise
Neverwinter’s Cloaked Ascendancy expansion has just gone live
Anarchy Online finally arrives on Steam with $90 level boost option
The Elysium WoW emulator community is in total meltdown
Devs and players say farewell to Landmark and the last remnants of EverQuest Next
Check out these gorgeous New World screenshots
The Stream Team: The Exiled’s Early Access launch
Sparc is CCP’s new non-EVE VR sports simulator, due out 2017
Funcom is ‘relaunching’ The Secret World in 2017, but it’s maintenance mode for Anarchy Online and Age of Conan
EVE Online saw big bump in players and profits in 2016
FAVORITE EDITORIALS OF FEBRUARY 2017
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