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Albion Online lays out its future roadmap with hideouts, hotspots, and customization

The Oberon update landed in Albion Online yesterday, along with news that the game is going free-to-play in just a few short weeks, but we're willing to bet money that no one has really cleared enough content in that update to say that they're done with it. It just got here, after all. But the developers...
Hooray, no shouting LFG for hours, that's enticing.

Anthem promises more loot changes and no more Forge loading screen in next week’s update

If you missed Anthem's developer livestream yesterday, you'll be forgiven; it's hard to find in between every dang site's constant barrage of Stadia news. Ahem. Anyway, it had a few tidbits worth noting! According to transcripts of the stream, BioWare is planning to roll out patch 1.0.4 next week if all goes well. It'll include fixes for several...

Perfect Ten: MMOs that set themselves up as spiritual successors

As with the larger video game market, sequels aren't unknown in the MMO space. We've seen studios take a stab at following up successful earlier efforts with follow-ups (such as Asheron's Call 2 or EverQuest II), and the modern trend of MMO-lites have produced sequels as well (just see The Division 2 or Destiny 2). But...

Superdata February 2019: EA’s Apex Legends and Anthem crushed it as Blizzard fumbled

If you were wondering exactly how Apex Legends stacks up against Fortnite since the former's debut earlier this year, SuperData's February 2019 global revenue report is where you want to point your eyeballs. EA's new shiny entered the PC list at #6, just behind Fortnite, and the console list at #4, just behind both Fortnite and...
I'm doing this why, exactly?

Vague Patch Notes: Finding motivation within MMOs

Here's a fun question to ask yourself when you're doing basically anything in an MMO: Why am I doing this? It's usually at once a very easy question to answer and a very difficult one. In one sense, for example, it's very easy to understand why you're in this Flashpoint in Star Wars: The Old Republic. In character terms, a...

RIFT’s eighth birthday celebrations are live today with Carnival of the Ascended

RIFT players are having a bit of a wild ride the last few weeks. First, Gamigo announced it was nuking the game's progression server, which had been running only since 2018 and never even made it past the first expansion. Then Gamigo confirmed that it's planning a battle pass, but it didn't tell anybody what's actually...

GDC 2019: Here’s how CCP’s 10,000 player battle tech demo went down

Developer CCP Games currently holds the world record for the largest PvP battle in gaming history, which was awarded in recognition of January 2018’s 6142-player Siege of 9-4 in EVE Online. The studio wants to push those numbers higher, and recently partnered with Hadean to put on an EVE-themed live demo of its Aether simulation engine...

Lady toons are finally in the current Star Citizen alpha test

Hellooooooo, ladies. I'm gonna set aside my rant about how I feel about online games that deprioritize female characters for years of testing and just get on with the fact that hey, they're here now in Star Citizen. In Star Citizen's alpha 3.5, that is, after quite a bit of delay, as they were meant to launch last year....
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Children of Ur and Eleven join forces to create the ultimate Glitch revival

The process of rebuilding the social and non-combat sandbox MMO Glitch has been a slow one. It's been one that attracted a deep well of talent, though, as multiple separate revival projects were in the works to bring the game back in a big way. Among them were Children of Ur and Eleven, both working separately to...

Pantheon delves into its philosophy of challenge in latest dev diary

What does it mean for a game to be challenging? That's the question that the Pantheon devs tackle in their latest dev diary. While many games choose to focus on technical challenge -- for example, testing players' reaction times or ability to input complex button combinations -- Pantheon is taking a different route, putting "less burden on nimble...

Project Gorgon opens microtransaction shop full of stuff you can’t use yet

Monetization is always a tricky topic in MMOs, especially when it comes to microtransactions, but that's just the territory that Project Gorgon devs are trying to navigate right now, as they've just opened up the first iteration of the Project Gorgon shop, and the current offerings are... interesting. As of this writing, there are three "Kickstarter-like" packages available for...
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The Daily Grind: What’s the most jaw-droppingly absurd behavior you’ve seen in MMO group content?

Sometimes people do things that are dumb in MMOs. We know and accept this. Sometimes people think that dancing on a mailbox in World of Warcraft is still fine or Leeroy Jenkins jokes are still funny or whatever. Again, that's fine. And then sometimes you have your tank at level 120 and in decent gear stand in the obviously...

Guardians of Ember kicks off its do-over open beta with more localization support

No, your mind isn't slipping and the Matrix is not glitching; Guardians of Ember has just gone into open beta. Again. You might recall that this is the second go-around for this hack-and-slash MMO, this time helmed by Gameforge after Insel Games was knocked off Steam over review manipulation. Gameforge is enticing players with candy to crawl...
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AdventureQuest 3D details the fight against hackers deleting characters

On a list of unpleasant things occurring to players in any MMO, "getting your character deleted while you're still playing" is probably near the top of that list. It was also something that started happening in AdventureQuest 3D, much to the surprise of the game's development team. The good news is that the problem has been fixed, the better...

Space MUD Starmourn adds Bounty Hunters, new zones, and more

How is it that there's a gigantic new space MMO with a dozen playable races, starship combat, exploration, trading, and even hacking on the market without this being top-billing news? Probably because Starmourn is a text-based MMO with rudimentary ASCII visuals. But don't let that stop you from giving it a look! Ever since going into open...
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Outlaws of the Old West drops bugfix patch and wipe while explaining how to rustle up your grub

When Outlaws of the Old West describes itself as being in early access, it means early access. That's why it has patches like the most recent one, which fixes a number of bugs and issues like making crouching actually quieter in terms of movement. It also changed several lighting effects, fixed issues with tools damaging interior structures, fixed issues...

LOTRO and DDO hand out downtime compensation packages as spring festival begins

Freebies! Who wants freebies? Get them while they're hot! Get them while your inventory still has space! Oh, hello, I see you heard my call. Step into my parlor and select from my fine free wares. Would you like a Lord of the Rings Online compensation package? It contains many figments of splendor, dyes, XP boosts, and buffs...

Sea of Thieves turns one, patches in birthday gifts, merc voyages, and Arches tease

Sea of Thieves is turning one year old today and getting an anniversary patch. Today's patch is not the anniversary patch, however. That's coming "a little further down the line." No, today's patch is going to tide you over with content, including a set of new mercenary voyages, birthday goodies in your inventory and in the cash...
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MMO Business Roundup: Lucasfilm Games, Anthem sales, MapleStory Fest, and Oculus

Welcome back to another round of the MMO Business Roundup. It's GDC week, so it's no surprise that we've had so many business posts coming across our desks! First up is Disney, which as PC Gamer reports has apparently brought back Lucasfilm Games. Don't get excited or panicky just yet, though; it doesn't really look as if Disney...

Warframe of Mind: Can we catch up in Warframe’s story before TennoCon?

I have mixed feelings about TennoCon 2019. Don't get me wrong -- I am excited as all get out and look forward to going! TennoCon is always an amazing experience; the first one ever got me playing Warframe, and each one after has accelerated the excitement with amazing expansion announcements. However, therein lies the rub: I am also anxious...

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