MMO Week in Review: Holly Longdale’s short goodbye

    
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It’s the end of an era for the EverQuest franchise, as this week Holly Longdale, the longtime franchise head only recently installed as the leader of Daybreak’s new Darkpaw Games substudio, announced she was already leaving. Bet-placing on where she’s headed begins… now. Plus, Marvel announced a new MMO, City of Heroes’ rogue servers raised eyebrows, Cryptic killed off its cross-game chat, Guild Wars 2 prepped its new-old content, and Ashes of Creation finally put down Apocalypse, at least temporarily.

Meanwhile, the novel coronavirus continued forcing the cancellation of gaming industry events, driving NCsoft West and Bungie employees to work remotely, even delaying the Blue Protocol beta schedule.

Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday in Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

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Alyn
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Alyn

EverQuest was and remains the trailblazer and the prototype for just about all popular mmo’s that have followed.

Holly was fortunate to be a part of this legacy and oversaw the entire franchise. Yes, it was dated, battered, and often overlooked. Holly managed to keep the “faith” and I appreciate that. As the twilight falls on this epic old franchise, I say that I shall miss her and the memories of my time in EverQuest 2.

Land with both feet, Holly and may a warm wind always blow at your back m’lady.

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Louie

Just a few months after she was assuring us there was a future for EverQuest. My hopes are pretty dashed about one of my favorite series and worlds, but I really hope this isn’t a sign of the end (or what will eventually become the end if it gets sold to the wrong hands)