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SpatialOS interview suggests tech can handle 20K MMO players in a ‘relatively low-fidelity but seamless world’

Even SpatialOS seems grim about the outlook for western MMOs. MMO players will recall that Improbable's SpatialOS is a "distributed computing platform for building...

AQ3D’s 8bit NES Kickstarter is not a joke – it’s ‘the hottest game from 1985… created in 2019!’

Gonna be honest, when MJ linked this Kickstarter to me, I actually went straight to the April Fools' Day roundup and added it....
Kapwing!

PAX East 2019: Bless Unleashed really isn’t Bless Online (to its credit)

The folks behind Bless Unleashed are not just porting over Bless Online to the Xbox One. This is a refrain that Bandai Namco and...

The Black Desert Shadow Arena banwave and backtrack is an absolute clusterfudge

For the last week we've been covering the hacking wave in Black Desert, as cheaters swarmed the Shadow Arena battle royale mode with...

The Elder Scrolls Online takes home inaugural GLAAD award for Outstanding Video Game

This is not a joke whatsoever: LGBTQ media-advocacy organization GLAAD has awarded The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset with its first-ever award for Outstanding...
Throw wide the gates.

Final Fantasy XIV’s Naoki Yoshida is overseeing a new project that may very well be another big online game

We don't know what it will include. We don't know when it will be released. We don't even have a title. What we do have...

Reddit’s gaming hub has shut down for April Fools’ Day, but it’s no laughing matter

While the gaming world is busy punking each other with goofy stunts and pranks, /r/games has shut its doors. Don't worry, internet trolls;...

The Daily Grind: Should AAA companies expect gamers to fund esports prize pools?

The esports industry is absolutely no stranger to watcher-funded prize pools. I know this. We've watched as companies like Riot Games and Hi-Rez have...

Make My MMO: You can finally roll a female character in Star Citizen’s latest alpha

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, Star Citizen stole the show with the release of its 3.5 alpha to all backers. Most famously,...

Valve pledges to fix Artifact’s ‘deep-rooted issues’ in attempt to salvage the game

Things haven't been going particularly great for Artifact. Valve's digital card game, which launched in November of last year, has been rapidly...

Call of Duty swatter receives 20 years in prison

The so-called Call of Duty swatter, Tyler Barriss, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his 2017 swatting call that resulted...
Betacular.

Betawatch: The Elder Scrolls Blades is accessible early on mobile and no you won’t like the business model

Here's the news that has had our staff chat in a tizzy this week: The Elder Scrolls Blades is now in early access...

Leaderboard: How important is character gender selection to your MMO play?

Our article about lady toons (finally) in Star Citizen last week got a bit heated. One subthread was locked, unlocked, and locked...
up in the club

The Daily Grind: How do you feel about ideas like the cottage rule and class fantasy in MMO design?

Who among our readers played City of Heroes and remembers the cottage rule? The idea was that developers were reluctant to change the...

Massively Overthinking: Thoughts on the holy trinity in MMOs

One of MOP's bright new columnists, Tyler Edwards, blogs over at Superior Realities, and he recently brought to my attention his pieces...

Dragon Nest’s European servers are sunsetting in May

Ah dang, it's been ages since we've talked about Dragon Nest, so I'm sorry this post is gonna be a downer: The game...

Desert Oasis: Reframing player perceptions of Pearl Abyss’ MMO Black Desert

Hello and welcome to our revival of the Black Desert column! The Desert Nomad decided it was time to reroll for the new...
And sometimes there are... different issues.

Perfect Ten: How to determine whether an IP would make a good MMO

A few weeks back, fellow writer Justin talked about cartoons from the '80s that would make for good MMOs. In some cases I...

Reddit is aflame over the ban of a popular bug-exposing YouTuber from ARK Survival Evolved

Since this article's publication, Wildcard has walked back the ban. We've updated with the whole story at the very end. Not quite a year ago,...

MMO Business Roundup: Philly’s Overwatch arena, the PUBG Netease settlement, and GDC’s record showing

Welcome back to the MMO Business Roundup! Remember about a year ago when the battle royale industry started trying to sue everyone into oblivion?...

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