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Blizzard hasn’t canceled BlizzCon 2020 over the pandemic, is still working on the show

Every week that goes by during the COVID-19 pandemic, we've seen more and more gaming conventions throw in the towel and go digital, some well before governments mandated closures - and some thinking far in the future. One company thinking well ahead is Blizzard, and it's posted a note about its plans for BlizzCon 2020. The short version?...

Satan has planted the most trees in Gamigo’s charity initiative so far

Last week, Gamigo announced a charity event to benefit Eden Reforestation Projects, selling packages that offer in-game items for MMOs like ArcheAge, RIFT, and Trove that would plant either two, 10, or 20 trees depending on the package bought. It would appear that players of these games have taken to the drive with gusto,...
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Amazon’s MMO New World just delayed launch from May to August 25

Amazon's New World isn't going to make its planned May launch, as you've probably already guessed, given the fact that spring was supposed to mark the start of beta and instead COVID-19 happened. "We have made the hard decision to delay the release of New World until August 25, 2020 and the start of Closed Beta to July,"...

Fallout 76 drops new trailer ahead of April 14 Wastelanders launch

No more delays for Fallout 76: Bethsoft confirmed again today that the freebie Wastelanders expansion is indeed launching for PC, PS4, and Xbox One as planned on April 14th. "Wastelanders brings a new beginning to Appalachia for first-time and veteran players alike with a new main quest, human NPCs, new choices, companions, a reputation system and much more. Players...

Check out Population Zero’s new combat video – and pick up a key for this weekend’s beta

Population Zero is dropping two fun things today for watchers of the MMO survival sandbox: a dev blog all about combat, including a new video, and a key to get into the upcoming weekend beta. Let's peek at the blog first: The setting of Population Zero, Kepler, is a truly mesmerizing world that begs to be explored. However, colonists...
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WoW Factor: A quick first impression of Shadowlands class changes

Every so often, we wind up in a lull of information or exhaustion with World of Warcraft that leads readers to speculating in the comments about what in the world I'm going to write about for the next several weeks. To those commenters, I would like to say... well, several things, but first of all I appreciate the...

Pantheon’s unique monster races are absolutely horrifying – in the best way

February and March have been pretty busy months for Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen. Don't believe us? Then just take a peek at the producer's letter for April, which basically condenses livestreamed updates for mid-February and March as well as offers a word about what's happening at developer Visionary Realms this week. Just in case you happened to...

Last Oasis brings challenging new maps with new resources in its latest update

Today was a big day for woodpunk survival MMO Last Oasis. Not only was it able to stay stable since its launch day stumble, it's even got a brand-new update that introduces harder maps full of new potential. These new hard maps provide unique resources that are needed for higher tier crafting recipes like more walkers, better...

Fractured hosts its first ‘all-backers access’ test to stress the servers and de-stress you

Come one, come all (buyers) to Fractured! The indie MMO is secure and excited enough in its current alpha build that it feels comfortable in opening the test up to its entire pool of backers for a full week. This all-backers access test starts on Friday and runs through Sunday, April 19th. Anyone who has put in a...

WoW: Shadowlands datamining reveals gamepad support and easier allied race requirements

If you've been killing yourself grinding your reputations to get all of the World of Warcraft allied races, you may want to hold off a smidge. With the Shadowlands test build up on the PTR, dedicated data miners are finding out all sorts of interesting details -- including the fact that exalted rep will no longer...
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The Daily Grind: What’s the most coveted MMO alpha or beta you’ve ever gotten into?

At the time I write this, we do not yet know who will get into the first test phase for World of Warcraft's upcoming expansion, Shadowlands. I suspect a lot of people want to be invited. Yes, some people are quite loudly done with the game at this point after the current expansion felt like a clown car...

The Stream Team: Bunnies and Chimera in Warframe

The Sacrifice may be over, but Massively OP's MJ is not done with Warframe's story! She still has more missions to complete before she can properly experience the new Scarlet Spear event. It's time for the first three chapters of the New War, so now she's working on Chimera -- likely with bunny ears on and a leaving...

Darkfall: Rise of Agon introduces a land fortress for clans to capture

Darkfall: Rise of Agon has added a land fortress. Not a sky fortress or a sea fortress or even a space fortress, which might sound a bit hum-drum. If you're part of a clan, however, this new addition could very well be worth your notice. This new land fortress sits at the center of the map and can...

Spring and Easter events drop in Albion Online, Roblox, Runes of Magic, and ARK

Spring is in the air, and if you're largely stuck at home, you may as well enjoy it in your MMOs. Yep, it's getting to be Easter time again, and like humans everywhere, MMO developers have smooshed together a whole bunch of holidays and festivals to come up with something palatable for as many people as possible. Except for...

Corepunk’s quarterly update removes gender locks, talks business model and masteries

Corepunk, the isometric MMORPG from Dutch developer Artificial Core, has shared its quarterly progress report, which has confirmed the removal of gender-locked hero choices, provided a peek at the mastery system and the game's world, and offered details on the game's business model. Previously, gender locking was a temporary solution while the developers worked on the rest of...

Elder Tales is a developing MMORPG based on the anime Log Horizon

We'd like to introduce you to another in-development MMORPG. It's called Elder Tales, an MMORPG based on the anime Log Horizon, and by all accounts it has a fair number of features going for it that should perk up one's ears in spite of the anime labeling on its tin. Elder Tales takes place before the events of...

Indie MMO Starborne accidentally exposes alpha tester contact info in email blast

If you participated in the alpha for indie MMORTS Starborne, you might wanna check your email: Multiple alpha participants are now reporting that they received a thank-you email that exposed the email addresses of a large chunk of other players, without permission. In other words, it looks like somebody at Solid Cloud took the email list and CCed...
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World of Warcraft walks through the enhanced starting experience for Shadowlands

The upcoming World of Warcraft: Shadowlands doesn't just create new experiences at the top end for players. The revised leveling is bringing with it a revised starting experience, and the latest preview on the official site is all about that new starting experience and how it will play for both new and veteran players. From now on,...

MMO Business Roundup: Funcom’s corporate move, Japan’s ratings board, and Dean Hall’s next big thing

We're back with another roundup of MMO industry and business stories related to our corner of the online gaming world. Funcom: Funcom is moving to Norway! OK, maybe the press release's headline is a bit deceptive. In fact, what Funcom did today was announce that it is moving its registered office from the Netherlands to Norway, where it...

For Science: Steam just told on itself with its new games performance analysis

Steam has long been regarded as a pit of doom, loaded with asset flips and scams, where where indies go to die and MMO temports show up for one last hurrah before free-to-play and abandonment. But it's our pit of doom. And Valve would like you to believe it's getting less doomy all the time. But it's kinda not. In...

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