NCsoft Q1 2024: Guild Wars 2 is on one hell of a revenue streak as Throne & Liberty stalls

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NCsoft's Q1 2024 financial report is a tale of two worlds as mobile games continue their decline in popularity. Corporate revenues fell 17% compared to Q1 2023, down to 293M USD. Readers will recall that in the Q4 report, NCsoft had for the first time in many years (eight, by our count) omitted per-game revenue figures from the slide, which...

Beloved Dungeons and Dragons Online dev Quentin Cantor leaves SSG

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The word is starting to get around that Dungeons and Dragons Online recently saw one of its beloved developers depart Standing Stone Games. Quentin "Tonquin/Lynnabel" Cantor announced the move on LinkedIn following eight years of work at the MMO studio. "It's been an amazing journey -- from that first summer internship to now -- but it's time for me to...

Star Citizen’s current development roadmap tentatively plots alpha 4.0 for the third quarter of this year

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Regular readers and followers of Star Citizen news know that CIG has been promising a "road to 4.0" in recent months -- recall that it was the throughline for 2022's CitizenCon and Chris Roberts alluded to both 4.0 and 1.0 as steps forward in development, though no timetables were provided. We now have at least the first inkling of...
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Final Fantasy XIV goes all-in with its Mountain Dew cross-promotion

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Is there a word when something goes so far into cringe territory that it loops back around and becomes glorious? We need that word to describe Final Fantasy XIV's Mountain Dew cross-promotion. Did you think it stopped at offering a greenish-yellow bird mount for players? Because it didn't. The Mountain Zu - yes, it's called the Mountain Zu -...

Full-loot PvP MMO Abyss finally rolls into early access after several delays

It's been a slightly bumpy road between initial announcement and early access release -- including a flirtation with NFTs and several delays -- but Abyss is finally here. The indie PvP MMO, which initially was designed to be a MOBA, if you can believe it, formally opened up into early access on May 16th after two and a half years...

The Daily Grind: What is the ‘gold standard’ example of MMORPGs?

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Earlier this year, a poster on the MMORPG subreddit posted a controversial take: While admitting that he hadn't actually played EVE Online in a decade, he argued that EVE Online is "the quintessential 'gold standard' of MMOs" and "the best example of what an MMO is and what an MMO should be." Indeed, he asserted that it's "one of...

The Stream Team: Looking for lute in DDO places

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What is Dungeons & Dragons Online about if not collecting loot? Or today: lute. If a lute is used in creating a sleeping curse, it stands to reason it might help to break it and wake Feywild's Lord Arden. So Massively OP's MJ is out to procure said lute from the tower of Viscount Xavier. Unfortunately, the Viscount has...

Massively Overthinking: Fixing boring MMORPG dungeons

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Earlier this month, MMO genre luminary Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street tweeted something from someone on his Ghost MMO team that's going to resonate with a lot of MMORPG fans, I suspect. "One of our engineers described running dungeons in MMOs and especially WoW as sitting in traffic - nobody wants to be there and they just want it to be over...

PlanetSide 2’s latest update revamps warzone rotation and the friends list

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PlanetSide 2 has been in a state of limbo for the past several months following revelations that Daybreak had sold the IP for cash and then offloaded development to its EG7 sister studio Toadman Interactive, with nary a clue about the fate of the Rogue Planet team that's maintained the game for years (and whose logo is still on...

Tower of Fantasy enters a virtual world on May 28

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May 28th brings the next big addition to online RPG Tower of Fantasy with the arrival of Version 4.0. This introduces players to a hi-tech cyberpunk realm called Gesthos Sector that delivers a glimpse of how the world used to look before the apocalypse arrived. "It's a virtual world constructed by Gesthos replicates Aida in the year 2664, an extraordinary...