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Betawatch: Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis plans a global beta for May

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For ages, Phantasy Star Online 2 was in the province of games that simply didn't exist on these shores, but now last year those...
Time for a few small repairs.

No, Square-Enix is not looking to be bought out

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Time to relax a little, people. A report last night had the internet in a tizzy after it suggested that Square-Enix had multiple other...
No screenshots yet, obviously.

Raph Koster expounds on MMO fun, retention, and cynicism in the genre

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MMORPG developer Raph Koster has been having words about the MMO industry ahead of the reveal of the MMO that his new studio Playable...

Activision launches lawsuit against indie game dev over Warzone trademark

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RPS has a juicy piece up this week on a lawsuit Activision is waging against an indie game developer that should probably prompt Activision...
Bad men.

Ubisoft announces shutdown dates for several of its older online titles

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Today's bad news for legacy online support is that some of Ubisoft's older titles now have a firm date of online shutdown. If you've...

MMO Business Roundup: Roblox prank, Hi-Rez, Wargaming, Epic’s funding round, CCP’s metaverse

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO (and MMO-adjacent) industry news! A Roblox player from a goofy political meme group apparently pulled quite a stunt...

Whatever happened to Otherland, Guns of Icarus, and Pixel Starships?

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Whatever happened to those MMOs you - and we - have forgotten all about? We're going to dig into three of them today. First up,...

MMO dev sitcom Mythic Quest will premiere a bonus episode April 16 ahead of season two debut

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Fans eager for the upcoming second season of the MMO development studio sitcom Mythic Quest won't have to wait until they get a taste...
why does this continue

Apple claims it competes with Nintendo and Microsoft, Epic outlines Apple iMessage’s cross-platform blocking

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We're still about a month away before the Epic vs. Apple legal fight moves to its May 3rd bench trial, which means we've still...

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster shares the secret of good social design in MMOs

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Raph Koster, the game designer behind Ultima Online, Star Wars Galaxies, and Playable Worlds' upcoming project, has posted yet another essay about MMORPG design,...
And a real universe.

Betawatch: Who in the heck is running Dual Universe’s Novaquark?

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Who is running Novaquark? Well, we know one person who is not, as the Dual Universe developer has finally admitted JC Baillie is not in charge....
Stuff.

Outriders offers players a care package to compensate for server outages and bugs

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The launch for Outriders was messy because at this point it's just apparently de rigeur that every online launch is filled with connectivity issues and...

Working As Intended: There is no good reason for MMO gamers to fund Dreamworld

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Not quite a month ago, we covered the Kickstarter for a wildly ambitious MMORPG, Dreamworld. We were, uh, pretty skeptical about the game's chances....

The Soapbox: Lies I was told about World of Warcraft

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A few months back, I was feeling restless in my MMO routine. Guild Wars 2 is my MMO "home," so I'm always in that...

Star Citizen plans more persistence, outlines dev on alpha 3.13 as CIG buys new office space

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Yesterday, we reported that Star Citizen was going to have a lot to say this past Wednesday, and sure enough the devs at CIG...
I'll be gone soon.

Cliff Bleszinski drops another new hint that he’s headed back into game dev (maybe)

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Cliff Bleszinski, aka CliffyB, aka Dude Huge, has often made headlines for his shimmying in and out of game dev. Readers will recall back...

No, Twitch’s move to investigate off-platform toxicity is not ‘novel’ for the industry

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Twitch is changing its hateful conduct and harassment policy once again, this time to allow moderators to take into account problematic activity that occurs...
Management.

The Daily Grind: Which MMO company is the worst at managing its message?

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You've probably noticed that there are some studios and companies wherein the players seem to have a downright acerbic relationship with the people making...

Flyff and Rappelz, under new management, are running spring cryptocurrency events

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When Gala Lab sent us PR about Rappelz and Flyff earlier today, I did a doubletake. In my brain, both games are still happily...

Desert Oasis: Black Desert’s Sage release demonstrates Pearl Abyss’ focus on the west

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I'm not really a comics guy, but I still have my favorite superheroes. For me, it's Dr. Strange. Marvel's artifact wielding, spell-slinging, multiverse traversing...

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