MMO Year in Review: July was the high mark of the year for MMORPGs (July 2017)

    
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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!

July was a month of MMORPG launches, as Riders of IcarusAlbion Online, and Gigantic formally launched; Dark and Light hit early access; and other MMOs, including SWTOR, Guild Wars 2, and Neverwinter, rolled out major updates.

But it was also a period of delays, as Star Citizen collected thousands of comments over its repeated delays of its 3.0 alpha and both ARK: Survival Evolved and Lord of the Rings Online’s Mordor rescheduled launches for August. We also said farewell to Firefall after its long limbo, and don’t forget the Pokemon Go live event trainwreck!

Read on for the whole list!

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Just to point out something about one of those stories listed for July 2017;

“Shroud of the Avatar’s Portalarium transitions into publishing, may consider partnerships”

It’s amazing just how deceptive Portalarium have been with hindsight; At the very least, they were already in talks with BlackSun of Russia as a Partnership in December 2015.

BlackSun themselves released what appears to be their contract on that date, but because it also revealed they were already discussing moving the game to a Free To Play model, Portalarium threw their partner under the bus on Reddit and said this wasn’t the final, signed contract. (see the comments for that).

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(Edit: Double posted, sorry)