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MMO Week in Review: New World approaches, Blizzard faces the feds

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This week in MMOs, the feds opened investigations into Activision-Blizzard, we tested out Guild Wars 2's second batch of End of Dragons elite specs, Funcom granted approval for a fan-led Secret World TTRPG, LOTRO gave away all the things, and Ultima Online turned 24 years old. Plus, Diablo II Resurrected launched, and... well, it did what most MMOs do...

Destiny 2 opens a public playtest of a new mode and continues turning the knobs for Trials of Osiris

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Are you tired of hearing about the Trials of Osiris in Destiny 2? Well, too bad there slappy, because this week's Bungie newsletter is once more about the Trials as the devs continue to fiddle about with the PvP format. This past weekend saw the activity open up its first Lab -- aka public playtest -- that features a game...

The MOP Up: Shattersong Online binds a universe of worlds together

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Here's an interesting 2-D MMO project that's being made by some former Starbound devs. It's called Shattersong Online, and it alleges that it can connect a sea of worlds together for a single shared universe. "The universe, which we call the aether, is split into many worlds, which we call shards. Each shard is exactly one persistent contiguous space or...

Global Chat: Going back to EverQuest Online Adventures

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While so many EverQuest fans are eagerly awaiting word of the next entry in the legendary franchise, at least one player is going back in time to a long-dead entry: EverQuest Online Adventures. Thanks to the Project: Return Home rogue server, Chasing Dings was able to re-experience a long-lost love. "It’s really astonishing what they’ve managed to accomplish, but even...

The Stream Team: Fixing to find a fight with the Phaelanx in Dauntless

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You'd think that the denizens of Dauntless would have enough problems with Behemoths that are actually alive, but nope, the Ostians apparently thought that making a Mecha-Behemoth would be a good idea. MOP's resident monster slayer Chris is once more on the job, hoping to find and face off against this new threat known as the Phaelanx. Join him...

Aion EU offers a sneak peek at new instances and features of update 8.0, Aion NA dates next content launches

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As per usual, the EU version of Aion is getting a forward look at the game's 8.0 update ahead of the NA version of the game. A date for the new patch still isn't set, but it does detail features like the level 81 Aphsaranta PvP battlefield, the Heart of Aphsaranta level 81 dungeon that rewards new Ultimate Fighting...

One Shots: Personal space

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Part of being a starship captain in Star Trek Online is making shrewd decisions that outwit enemies. Part is being a momma or papa to a squirrely crew. Part is looking amazing in a uniform. And part is getting smacked around by the local fauna when you visit a planet. Hikari is getting the literal smack-down from a Yeti: "I...
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The Daily Grind: How do you like to take on new content in your MMOs of choice?

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For some people, the entire goal of a new patch day in Final Fantasy XIV is dying until you figure out the mechanics in new dungeons. After all, the dungeon is going to be familiar for months, it's only new once, and getting introduced to everything by experiencing it and dying is part of how you actually get that feeling...

Star Citizen dates its next digital CitizenCon for October 9

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For fans of Star Citizen, it's the most wonderful time of the year. It's almost CitizenCon time, which has revealed a number of details for this year's event including a date: Saturday, October 9th, at 11:00 a.m. EDT. The event's website offers up information about the various panels and presentations that will be part of CitizenCon 2021, including a ship...

Lord of the Rings Online gets you up to speed on Fate of Gundabad’s story

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It wasn't that long ago that some columnist here at Massively OP was bemoaning the fact that Standing Stone Games had yet to actually say much about Lord of the Rings Online's fall expansion, Fate of Gundabad. Clearly, this was jinx bait designed to draw out the studio, and sure enough, SSG posted the full backstory leading up to Gundabad...