MMO Week in Review: MMOs are back

    
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I don’t know about you folks, but I feel as if I’m barely treading water when it comes to keeping up with all the MMO news from the last week. It’s damn hard to convince yourself MMOs are in trouble when we’re looking at ESO Blackwood, PSO2 New Genesis, Lost Ark, Crowfall, Elyon, Albion Online, LOTRO update 30, and Aion Classic – even if things are a bit of a mess.

Plus, there’s the deluge of stuff coming out of E3 and E3-adjacent events, like Diablo II Resurrected’s launch date, Book of Travels’ early access plans, Sea of Thieves’ collab, and Elder Scrolls Online’s next two DLC.

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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Every week, get caught up on the MMO genre’s latest news and Massively OP’s best content in our MMO Week in Review! Want more roundups of content? Try Friday’s Betawatch for MMO testing highlights, Saturday’s Make My MMO for MMO crowdfunding updates, and Sunday’s The MOP Up, which mops up all the bits of news we didn’t cover anywhere else.
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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

The latest No Man’s Sky update is incredible. My friends and I are hooked. That game has a few bug issues, but for the most part is the best exploration game I’ve ever played. Every planet is a new revelation with some plant, rock, animal or land feature I hadn’t seen before.

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Mallus

Eso Blackwood has mixed reviews on steam with people saying its boring and overpriced. PSO2 won’t light the MMO scene on fire, plus there’s this: PSO2 New Genesis wrestles with server lag and unhappy players post-launch (Chris Neal). Crowfall will drop off significantly after the 1st month when people realize there’s nothing to do and so many things are missing like a custom UI, lack of guild/social UI, auction house, living world etc. Elyon = Tera clone and we all know how well it’s doing. I think Albion online is doing all right but it’s a niche game. Aion has had prior fresh starts and fails because of monetization. That leaves Lost Ark which looks like it might do ok and New World which keeps stepping on it’s d*ck so to speak.

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Sarah Cushaway

So a bunch of expansions and a re-release of a classic game (and Aion is going to be cash shop heavy, btw) and Crowfall, which–by every account I’ve read from testers–is a giant heap of garbage…and somehow the MMO industry is “saved”?

Oh ffs. Let me know when something new that isn’t kickstarter garbage releases. New World is coming up but that doesn’t look exactly promising; just more linear grind.

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Danny Smith

We needed a fresh crop of mmos for you to write “without coming out of beta [BLANK] is sunsetting next month” articles about as the last pile was running low, gotta stock up for the winter disappointments!

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Godnaz

And WoW sits on its thumbs with no content release 7 months after Shadowlands and barely any communication on where the game is headed. Many evacuees including top streamers and raiders are headed, if not left already for FFXIV, some to ESO and even GW2. Anticipation for the next big MMO? Hardly, when most gamers can barely find hardware to upgrade. What a positively dank timeline for Blizzard and a cautiously joyous one for the genre.

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_a4

I love how Activision are killing their own game and act like they don’t know what’s going on or why. It’s hilarious.

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jimthomasUS

I love the real journalism of this site truly but the mmorpg genre is dead until a new AAA release proves otherwise.

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Rndomuser

You forgot to add the AmA for Ashes of Creation which was today. It wasn’t advertised much but it has answers for many questions about the game:
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1055249367/

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Mallus

Ashes is a long way out and has allot of work to do before it can even be considered and it’s way over hyped.

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Dankey Kang

Feel like we might finally be sailing out of the dark age of MMOs.

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_a4

We’ve been in the dark age of MMOs since around 2012-2013. The last remotely good MMO that released was Aura Kingdom in 2013 and that becomes a grindfest after level 60.

After 2013 every MMO that released has been complete piece of crap. I’ve had more fun in mediocre, trash Asian MMOs like:

– Dekaron
– Rohan Online
– Twelve Sky 2
– Shaiya
– Talisman Online
– Metin 2
– Perfect World
– Heroes of Three Kingdoms
– Silkroad Onine

and others than in any of the trash that released after 2013, be it Western or Asian, be it ESO, BDO, ArcheAge, FF14, whatever…