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Black Desert’s companion app, Black Desert+, is available now

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If you play a lot of Black Desert, you might wish there were a way to get a little bit more of the game even...
Mean elf.

World of Warcraft opens up pre-orders for the Sylvanas novel

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Are you a World of Warcraft fan eager to get some more Sylvanas content? Really? Well, you're an odd one, but you're going to get what...
Not a great sign.

The Daily Grind: Are you worried about Blizzard in the wake of all of its high-profile departures?

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In some ways, Jeff Kaplan leaving Blizzard after 19 years is not a stunning event, what with the ongoing process of people leaving the...

Four Winds: Why are Asian MMOs monetized the way they are?

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Welcome to Four Winds, Massively OP's newest column, dedicated to Asian MMOs and the culture around it. As the resident Black Desert columnist, I'm...
Oof.

Discord ends talks with Microsoft, remains independent – for now

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Considering how popular and heavily used Discord is to MMO players, there were plenty of concerned and interested eyes turning to a proposed deal...
Yeah, bye.

Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard Entertainment and his position as director of Overwatch

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Everything is going super great at Blizzard Entertainment, and the proof of this can be found in the newest announcement of employment shakeups. Jeff Kaplan,...
No screenshots yet, obviously.

Playable Worlds’ MMO will leverage cloud gaming to simulate a world and be playable on multiple devices

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Over the past few weeks, Playable Worlds' Raph Koster has been kicking out lots of blog posts about what his studio's game is aiming...
We won this one.

Sony changes course and announces the PlayStation 3 and PSP Vita stores will remain operational

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Remember at the end of March when Sony announced that the PlayStation 3, PSP, and PSP Vita stores would shut down this year? Fans...
This is reasonable.

Former designer for WoW, StarCraft II, and Diablo IV announces his departure from Blizzard

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If you're a fan of live or developing Blizzard titles like Diablo IV, World of Warcraft, or StarCraft II, you were also perhaps a...

TERA and PUBG publisher Krafton files for preliminary approval of its IPO in South Korea

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At the beginning of the year, we pointed out that Krafton, the games publisher that handles titles like TERA and PUBG, was getting ready...

Amazon and Leyou have canceled that unfinished Lord of the Rings MMO

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For the last few years, we've been covering a new Lord of the Rings MMO that was a collaboration between Tencent's Leyou Technologies and...
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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...

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