MMO Year in Review: Literally the biggest news day in MMO history (September 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!

You might think that August, having birthed Battle for Azeroth, would have been the bombshell month for 2018, but you’d be wrong. It was in fact September, which saw the announcement that EVE Online and CCP Games had been bought out by Black Desert’s Pearl Abyss, the news that THQ Nordic had bought the rights to and abandoned MMO Project Copernicus, the revelation that WildStar and Carbine were being shut down, and the report that Daybreak had seen major investment from a benefactor aiming to use it to build mobile games and an e-sports empire.

And that was all just on September 6th! The rest of the month was no slouch either; we learned that another Lord of the Rings MMO is in the works, Boundless launched, Belgium began its criminal investigation over lockboxes, and MassivelyOP itself got a major website overhaul.

Incidentally, we think September 6th, 2018, is now the biggest single news day in MMORPG history to date, followed closely by March 11th, 2016, when Daybreak canceled EverQuest Next, WildStar was hit with mass layoffs, and Colin Johanson left Guild Wars 2, all in the span of a few hours.

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

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rafael12104

Heh. I remember September 6, actually. I kept refreshing the MOP web page at work and couldn’t believe all of the updates. I couldn’t jump in and have my say as I was in the middle of something, but I couldn’t pull away from the site either.

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Sean Barfoot

Oh man, I remember feeling bad for your guys that day!

Alyn
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Alyn

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2019!?

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Bruno Brito

2019 will be a surprising year.

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Denice J. Cook

…And March 2019 is only three months away! Schedule everybody for some overtime now in preparation, Bree! :P

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3dom

What’s planned for March? Besides questionable Anthem (cause EA) and The Division 2 (cause TD1 sucks) releases.
edit: Anthem is planned for February. Though I’d bet on delay.

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PanagiotisLial1

Blizzard buyout? :p

Ok ok, that is not happening, lol

but if it ever does happen in the future it will be big news

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JoeCreoterra

It was big news when they were bought out, but that was quite awhile ago. Blizzard is actually owned by the parent company Activision Blizzard.