MMO Year in Review: Columbus Nova who? (April 2018)

    
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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 2019!

MMO company Daybreak stunned the entire gaming industry in April, absurdly telling little old Massively OP that Columbus Nova, the company Daybreak claimed had purchased it in 2015, had in fact never been owned by said company. Compounding it all were a round of mass layoffs, high-level departures, an overt wave of evidence deletion, and of course the Russian connection that worried MMO players the company was in big trouble. This story wasn’t just the biggest bombshell in April but the biggest in several years.

In happier news, TERA made it to console, Secret World Legends journeyed to South Africa, Ultima Online went free-to-play, and we deep-dived Summerset, Pantheon, and Ashes of Creation. Sadly, EVE Online couldn’t hang on to Andie Nordgren, Guild Wars 2 faced down spyware allegation, Boss Key imploded, and Belgium threatened multiple major studios with legal action over gambleboxes.

Read on for the whole list from April of this past year!

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Arktouros

Annnnnnnnnnnnnd…2 months later all 4 Chris Lee legislation are effectively dead because of a zero lack of interest by the people in Hawaii showing that once again this was all just a big shtick for political points.

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Alex Willis

I loved watching this story on MOP. Small But Mighty.

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PanagiotisLial1

Makes me wonder too what is the relation between Standing Stones Games(LOTRO and DOO) with Daybreak. Is it partnership or Daybreak owns them now? Cause if its the second they probably are on same danger as EQ games are right now. I also dislike daybreak for cancelling Everquest Next – I wont ever forgive them that

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Mr.McSleaz

Jeff Bezos just paid hundreds of millions of dollars some Lord Of The Rings rights.
LOTRO might be in trouble no matter what if Amazon decides they want to do their own LOTRO game.