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One Shots: The Sunset Club

WildStar is about to be inducted into the worst club there is in the gaming world -- the club whose only requirements is that you are a former live MMORPG that was shut down and is no more. While some claim that its closure is justified, Reader Utakata is still carrying WildStar's standard with pride and feels that...
The core here is so hard.

The Daily Grind: What’s a hardcore MMO to you?

Sometimes we have ads that get me thinking. Case in point, the most recent ad on our site for the upcoming Lineage 2 classic server, which promised "hardcore leveling." I freely admit that my time in the game was brief, but I honestly don't recall it being all that "hardcore" by my definition. Sure, someone could jump out...

Former BioWare GM joins SpatialOS creator Improbable

According to a recent article published by Gamasutra, British tech company Improbable has hired former BioWare General Manager Aaryn Flynn to help expand its new Edmonton, Alberta office. Improbable is primarily known for its SpatialOS game-development platform, which is notably being used by developer Bossa Studios to create its upcoming craft-and-build sandbox MMO Worlds...

Ankama’s WAVEN brings Wakfu-style combat to mobile and PC

Last week, we looked at Ankama's year-end update video and what the studio has in store for its major titles, Wakfu and Dofus. What we didn't look at, however, is one of its in-development titles, WAVEN: Heroes of Krosmoz, which seems to have been formerly known by a slew of other titles. Right now,...

The Stream Team: Aion celebrates 9 years of PvPvE

Has another year gone by? It has! Daevas have been flying (or gliding) around Aion for nine years now! To celebrate such a milestone, Massively OP's MJ is heading back to Atreia to wander its beautiful lands -- and dodge its deadly terrors. (That includes players!) Will the latest changes surprise her pleasantly, or shock her system? Join us...

SoulWorker update introduces the new and challenging Primal Raid

A brand-new challenge awaits players of Gameforge's anime-action MMO SoulWorker, as its latest update introduced the new Primal Raid. Billed in the official press release as "the game's toughest task so far," the Primal Raid invites players to "embrace their inner anime-teenage heroes," which seems somewhat questionable, but hey. The raid requires a group of at least...

LOTRO Legendarium: Future classes, business models, and direction

For any MMORPG fan, the future often weighs heavily upon the mind. We get excited about what secrets might be in development. We wonder about how the game will grow. We worry about the long-term viability. In short (sorry, Hobbits), we have one foot planted in the present and one tentatively stepping out to tomorrow. The future of Lord...

Star Wars Galaxies emulator Empire in Flames is launching its post-Endor PvP system

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about my return to Star Wars Galaxies on the Legends server, an NGE emulator for the long-gone but still beloved sandbox. And some of our commenters flipped out. The NGE was an abomination, they said. Why would you want to play any version of that!? Classic forever! Welp, get your...
Here we go.

WRUP: Your children are safe with me, Entirely Avoidable Hazard Man! edition

Hello, parents! There's no need to be alarmed, it's just me, your friendly neighborhood superhero! And you've no need to fret; your children are completely safe with me, Entirely Avoidable Hazard Man! With me around, your children won't hurt themselves by tripping and falling, they'll hurt themselves due to the variety of hazardous materials and environments that could be...

The Daily Grind: Are MMO monster character races doomed to forever minority status?

I almost fell for it again. The other night I was logging back into Elder Scrolls Online after a very long absence and decided to start all over with a new character. Without thinking about it much, I clicked on a Breton and started to make a generic good-looking human. Then I paused, stopped, and started over. I'm so...

The Stream Team: A first look at MUD Lusternia

Have you ever watched a MUD? Have you ever played one? Massively OP's MJ can say no to both! How can that be? Today she's fixing that by delving into her very first MUD experience at the request of a patron! A fan of roleplay and tabletop games, she thinks this will be quite interesting, and we have our...
Drift-slidin' away.

Betawatch: Worlds Adrift gets a new experience for PvE and tutorials

Are you a fan of Worlds Adrift but hate having any PvP in your mixture? Good news, then, you can go check out the game's PvE experience on the test server! You will fight the environment, but never other players. Except with words. And for resources. And maybe through exploiting loopholes in the system... the point is,...

Tencent launches new battle royale title Ring of Elysium on Steam Early Access

A new challenger is approaching the quickly-growing (or, depending on who you ask, already too-crowded) arena of battle royale games: Tencent Games's first foray into the genre, Ring of Elysium, has just hit Steam as part of its Early Access program. The free-to-play title takes place on a snow-covered mountain being "assaulted by a disastrous snowstorm," where...

Dual Universe details upcoming improvements to Lua scripting system

One of the key selling points of Novaquark's upcoming self-billed "civilization building MMO" Dual Universe is the insane degree of customization it provides players in creating and configuring their starfaring vessels, which can be tweaked and fine-tuned by way of Lua scripts. A recent update from the dev team dives into some of the improvements coming to...
I'm important!

Blizzard targets third-party Overwatch apps, deep-dives Torbjörn rework

Blizzard is putting its foot down on the use of "unauthorized third-party applications" in its popular competitive shooter Overwatch, according to a recent post on GamesIndustry.biz. Announced in an official post by Overwatch Community Manager Tom Powers, the crackdown is targeting "any third-party application that impedes on the competitive integrity in Overwatch." "For example," Powers continues, "a third-party...

Elder Scrolls Legends’ huge ‘ground-up’ reboot is happening next week

Remember back in May when Bethsoft announced it was nixing its partnership with Dire Wolf Digital and bringing in a brand-new studio to work on Elder Scrolls Legends? Not only that, but the new studio, Sparkypants, was apparently on track to heavily reboot the game from the ground-up, with a graphics overhaul and console port...

Fortnite counts almost 80M players per month as the Fall Skirmish boots up

Still snubbing Fortnite as a kids game? You're not alone, but you're definitely in the minority. It turns out that Epic Games has roped in a tremendous number of players: 78.3 million in August alone, which Epic says was the game's "biggest month yet." As Polygon notes, that's now bigger than Minecraft's monthly headcount. It's not bigger than...

It’s already Halloween in Monster Hunter World

If it's still 90 degrees where you are, too bad: Tomorrow's the autumn solstice, which means it's time to start rolling out fall events in online games. Monster Hunter World is inexplicably leading the pack by putting live its Halloween patch live for the last day of summer. "The Gathering Hub will be fully decorated, themed after everyone’s...

Chaos Theory: The rosy side of the Secret World Legends’ less-than-ideal scenario situation

Do you know that feeling of anticipation? That's what I'd felt when I was given the heads-up at DragonCon that Secret World Legends was finally adding not just a new scenario but a new type! That may not be cartwheel-inducing news like more story would be, but it's good nonetheless. Long we'd waited on that promised blessing...
Is this food?

Crowfall’s latest Q&A is all about power and food

Powers are pretty important in Crowfall, since they're the tools you use to do damage, heal, mitigate damage, and basically do everything else in the game. The most recent live Q&A is thus not covering everything about powers, but it is covering a lot of stuff about powers, including showing off the game's sprawling power interface for...

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