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!
There was plenty of big news to go around in October, but MMO studio Trion Worlds took the top slot with its apparent fire sale to German MMO publisher Gamigo. Only a handful of original Trion devs remained after the asset sale and layoffs, and it wasn’t entirely clear for several weeks afterward whether all of Trion’s MMORPGs would actually survive.
Meanwhile, Lord of the Rings Online announced a progression server, we saw the launch of MapleStory 2, Shroud of the Avatar and Bless Online went free-to-play, Black Desert’s Russian servers were imperiled and then saved, ZeniMax began hiring for a new MMO, Star Citizen’s CitizenCon and EVE Online’s EVE Vegas wowed watchers, and the US Library of Congress granted a DMCA exception that would help preserve online games like MMOs. Plus, Rockstar’s offhand comments about Red Dead Redemption 2 crunch set the whole damn industry on fire.
Read on for the whole list from October of this past year!