We’re taking a tour back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before we launch into 2020 and a whole new decade of MMOs!
In July, Amazon confirmed that it was working with Athlon Games on the brand-new Lord of the Rings MMO first announced in 2018. Naturally, we hope it doesn’t suck.
Meanwhile, RuneScape launched Land out of Time, EVE Online tested a comms blackout, and Daybreak’s EverQuest 3 teases and trademark filings gave us our first inkling that the company was planning a reorganization.
Read on for the whole list from July of this past year!
TOP NEWS STORIES OF JULY 2019
FAVORITE EDITORIALS OF JULY 2019
Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers made early access a luxury
LOTRO Legendarium: Which Lore-master pet should you use?
Fight or Kite: One specific update would make Crowfall worth playing every day
The Daily Grind: Should MMOs allow players to alter how other characters appear in their client?
Choose My Adventure: TERA and the argument in favor of ‘just OK’ gaming
The Daily Grind: What one modern feature would you bring to WoW Classic?
Massively OP’s guide to Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers’ unlocks and progress
Into the Super-verse: A quick-and-dirty guide to picking the right City of Heroes archetype – Redside edition
Massively Overthinking: Do you even *like* MMO expansions?
First impressions: Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers is beautiful, horrifying, and a crowning achievement
Desert Oasis: Finding the Shai’s place in our Great Valencian Black Desert
The Game Archaeologist: Ironman modes and elective permadeath
Massively on the Go: Pokemon Go’s third anniversary report card
Wisdom of Nym: The subtle mechanical shifts in Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers
Not So Massively: Gaming genre elitism isn’t a good look on anyone
Flameseeker Chronicles: Guild Wars 2’s Living World is a barrier to entry
Choose My Adventure: Behold! The MOP Hunter-Killer arrives to the City of Heroes
TennoCon 2019: A longer look at space, ships, and squads in Empyrean, Warframe’s not-an-expansion
Perfect Ten: Reasons why I quit your MMORPG
MMO Burnout: Sinking boats (and sleeping with the fishes) in World of Warships
The Daily Grind: Do you still have any faith left in Secret World Legends?
Vague Patch Notes: Why live MMOs struggle to onboard new players
Massively Overthinking: What would you want out of a potential WoW sequel?
WoW Factor: What would a factionless World of Warcraft look like?
Lawful Neutral: Dance studios, canvas bags, and ‘false advertising’ in the MMO industry
LOTRO Legendarium: Five essential roleplaying tools for living in Lord of the Rings Online’s Middle-earth
Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers’ balance issues ahead of the first patch
Leaderboard: Do you care more about story or combat in MMOs?
The Daily Grind: What was the last MMORPG you played out of pure nostalgia?
The Soapbox: Hoping for Amazon to succeed where Lord of the Rings Online failed
Choose My Adventure: The ‘hard mode’ of City of Heroes in Going Rogue
Perfect Ten: How Final Fantasy XI shaped my MMO preferences forever
Desert Oasis: Taking a swing with Black Desert’s Tamer and her bō staff
Vague Patch Notes: Datamining, leaks, unforced errors, and messaging
MMO Cartographer: Riders of Icarus is a very tame MMORPG
Warframe of Mind: TennoGen fosters player creativity and content, store now on Steam
Massively Overthinking: Revisiting sheep and wolves in MMOs
Into the Super-verse: A possible glimpse into City of Heroes 2
Some Assembly Required: A Stage Reborn brings live theater to Final Fantasy XIV
Storyboard: Never forget that all MMO lore is made up
Jukebox Heroes: The best of FFXIV Shadowbringers’ soundtrack
Not So Massively: Jumping into Grim Dawn in 2019
Wisdom of Nym: Impressions of Final Fantasy XIV’s first wing of Eden
Flameseeker Chronicles: Why Guild Wars 2 is the ideal starter MMO
Choose My Adventure: Breaking through the obstacles of Going Rogue in City of Heroes
Tamriel Infinium: What comes after champion points in The Elder Scrolls Online?
Perfect Ten: Great MMOs that will run just fine on your old computer
Vague Patch Notes: Keeping it simple, oversimplification, and MMO design
Massively Overthinking: Our favorite MMORPG zones of all time
WoW Factor: Is Age of Darkness really the next expansion, and is it what we want and need?
The Soapbox: The counterproductiveness of limited-time content in online games
Lawful Neutral: Mr. Krabs’ Wacky Bucks and currency in online games
LOTRO Legendarium: The first year of LOTRO’s operation
Tamriel Infinium: Everything we learned from Quakecon 2019’s Elder Scrolls Online panel
Wisdom of Nym: Story beats that I’d like to see explored in Final Fantasy XIV
Fight or Kite: Exploring Crowfall’s banking, newbie, and God’s Reach update
Choose My Adventure: Help, the Going Rogue story of City of Heroes has a hold of me
The Survivalist Soapbox: Astroneer’s moon landing update is a time-limited online event done right
Desert Oasis: A guide to open PvP and grindspot etiquette in the world of Black Desert
ALL 2019 YEAR-IN-REVIEW POSTS SO FAR