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Black Desert Online will launch its Drieghan expansion in the West on November 14th

This November, a new expansion is coming to Pearl Abyss's sandbox MMO Black Desert Online. The expansion, titled Drieghan, will release on November 14th and will add "a large mountainous area" with "over 300 challenging quests" for players to complete. In addition, players will be able to unravel the story of the cursed Sherekhan tribe, fight...
You can apparently touch this.

Defiance 2050 launches new Crusader class with its next update on October 15th

The next major update for Defiance 2050 is dubbed Trouble in Paradise, and among its additions is a new class for whom it is always hammer time. The new Crusader features other abilities too, but it's the summonable hammer for melee conflicts that really sets this particular bruiser apart. Solve all of your problems with a hammer...

Wisdom of Nym: Examining Final Fantasy XIV’s patch 4.4, Prelude in Violet

I mentioned a few days ago that I follow the same somewhat ridiculous process every time there's a new Final Fantasy XIV patch. Every morning I clear as much as possible while stressing over whether or not I can possibly get everything done, and by the evening I've done nearly all of it. There's still stuff from patch...

Star Citizen Evocati leaks show just what’s coming in next month’s 3.3 alpha

Star Citizen's 3.3 alpha just released to the Evocati testers, but it's under NDA, so there's nothing to talk about... Haha just kidding. Reddit is positively overflowing with spoilers on the game's next big thing thanks to the leakers and patch-note compilers. Redditor 244958 - totally his real name - uploaded a bunch of videos; there's a look...

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

See, I said that wouldn't take too long! Here we are back at the Secret World Legends scenario discussion. This time, however, we'll be addressing the bad and frustrating side of the newest scenario, Occult Defense, as well as scenarios in general. Now, before you go thinking I am nothing but a negative Nelly, go ahead and read...

World of Warcraft is buffing tank and healer Azerite traits, making PvP balance changes

This week's regularly scheduled World of Warcraft maintenance is bringing with it a number of tuning adjustments focused on tank and healer Azerite traits. The Azerite armor trait adjustments seem to be buffs pretty much across the board. The changes aren't 100% final yet, but if the tentative changes are any indication, this update should be warmly welcomed...

Guild Wars 2: Belgian players report gem-buying block, plus more on the bubble tea bans

If you're a Belgian gamer, you should probably take a peek at your Guild Wars 2 account. Multiple Redditors and forumgoers from the country have been reporting that they are no longer able to buy gems, the game's cash shop currency; in fact, several are suggesting they aren't able to buy the game at all right...
Doot doot?

Neverwinter issues a ban wave in response to a well-known exploit

Sometimes bugs and exploits can take a while to get yanked. Neverwinter had one on consoles that was known about back on September 12th, with all players informed at that time that the staff knew about this exploit (as did most of the community), and that it was going to be fixed while those using it would...

Bethesda grants terminally ill 12-year-old’s wish to play Fallout 76

Go ahead and get some tissues handy, 'cause we've got a heartwarming tale of gaming goodness for you. According to a recent article published by Inside Edition, after 12-year-old Wes Pak, a fan of the Fallout game series, received the devastating news that his cancer had metastasized and that his doctors recommended stopping his treatment, he was especially distraught...
It looks like a rather familiar world.

New World has indeed started its alpha testing with a small group of players

Last week it was clear that New World had started sending its alpha invites, but there was not yet an actual alpha to test. Just invitations. But the official Twitter has confirmed that the title has indeed begun testing by inviting a very small group of testers at random. The "random" part is important, obviously; it's all...

Torchlight Frontiers posts Milestone 13 post-mortem, discusses development progress and new features

The team at Echtra Games has been hard at work and recently completed Milestone 13 for its upcoming Torchlight Frontiers. In the milestone post-mortem posted on the official Torchlight subreddit, Product Lead Jordan Womack runs through the ups and downs of Milestone 13's development and highlights some of the features that have been added to the latest...
Sort of?

The Daily Grind: What’s the nicest thing you can say about an MMORPG you dislike?

I blame my colleagues in the writers room for this topic: We happened to be discussing the tragic comedy of Warhammer Online's awful crafting system (sorry, Mythic crew, but I bet you'll agree). And somehow, I ended up rattling off all the things I did like about that game. The PvP was really fun! Nobody else had leveling...

MMO Week in Review: World of Warcraft’s bribes are just too good

World of Warcraft pulled out all the stops this week, announcing stuff you might have thought would be saved for BlizzCon, including the Tides of Vengeance patch, complete with raids, new story content, and quality-of-life fixes. Of course, it also slipped in a massive bribe for those who agree to stay subbed, so there was that...

War Thunder’s Update 1.81 introduces helicopters and adds new tanks, aircraft, and maps

Cue Flight of the Valkyries (or Fortunate Son, as you prefer) because helicopters have arrived in Gaijin Entertainment's free-to-play vehicular combat game War Thunder. Update 1.81, aptly titled The Valkyries, introduces "a dozen variants for the United States and Soviet Union" as well as new tanks, aircrafts, and locations. On the American side, players are...

The MOP Up: Diablo III kicks off its 15th season, Telltale Games is slammed with layoffs

You're already late to the party, what with Diablo III kicking off its 15th season this past Friday! No worries, you can still catch up on all of the fun and start earning yourself some bonus goodies. The special twist this time around involves bounties spitting out twice as many Horadric Caches as normal. Blizzard is rotating seasonal...

Make My MMO: Camelot Unchained works on Mages, the WoW Diary is about to Kickstart

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, Camelot Unchained has been working on everything from earrings to pathfinding, though the effort on Mages is probably going to be most interesting to gamers. "The work going on now involves making a plan from both a technical and an artistic perspective. Mike is going through the VFX list, coming up with a...

Global Chat: Why level in MMOs if you don’t grow?

Using World of Warcraft's latest expansion as an example, many bloggers recently pontificated on the uselessness of adding new levels to MMORPGs if your character didn't grow in any useful or noticeable way. "Leveling, as in playing a roleplaying game where you expect your character to advance and evolve, has never been worse," said Murf Versus. "When you...

Sea of Thieves weekly dev update addresses Forsaken Shores delay

Sea of Thieves Executive Producer Joe Neate is back for another weekly developer update, and this time it's all about -- you guessed it -- the upcoming and recently delayed content update Forsaken Shores (again). Neate begins by explaining the reasons behind Rare's decision to delay the update by over a week: "In the round...

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...

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