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Sea of Thieves is taking aim at combat adjustments in its next update

Combat on the high seas is about to get a bit more refined, according to Sea of Thieves Executive Producer Joe Neate in the latest developer update video. The next game update, coming on February 6th, will be a balancing and bug fixing update, with a particular emphasis on the game's combat systems. The double-gun bug that Neate...

The Stream Team: Libraries and lightsabers in SWTOR

Were you stumped by that Easter egg Massively OP's Larry showed at the end of the last episode of our SWTOR Choose My Alignment series? Now is your chance to hear the story behind it! That, and watch while he and MJ enter the library as the Jedi Under Siege story continues. And don't forget, you get to...

Closers updates its development roadmap as its Lunar New Year event begins

It's been the better part of a year since anime-action MMO Closers released its latest development roadmap, and the folks at En Masse Entertainment apparently decided it was time to give it a bit of an update for the new year. Between now and March, players can expect to see the addition of "multiple max level...
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Lineage II looks forward to updates for both live and Classic in early 2019

The next year will bring stuff for Lineage II. That's the takeaway from the new producer's letter for the game looking forward to everything on the docket as the team plans for the 15th anniversary of the game. Of course, it's less vague than just "some stuff," starting with the reveal that the first castle siege in the game's...

The Stream Team: No more naughty Necroknight in AdventureQuest 3D

It took a while, but Massively OP's MJ finally made it across Shadowskull Bridge and she's ready to clear the tower! There is a naughty Necroknight who needs to be relocated off this material plane. Join us live at 4:00 p.m. as MJ has fun storming the tower! What: AdventureQuest 3D Who: MJ Guthrie When: 4:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday,...

UK parliament committee seeks submissions about gaming addiction

Back in December, the UK House of Commons committee responsible for digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) announced it was poised to begin an inquiry on "immersive and addictive technologies," which at the time seemed to include everything from addictive mechanics and gaming addiction to lockboxes/lootboxes and harmful gamification in general. As we pointed out at the time,...
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China’s third round of game approvals still omits Tencent and NetEase

There are a lot of game companies in China, but Tencent and NetEase are the two titans with huge stables of titles, numerous online games in their rosters, and general cachet and significance to outside observers. So it's pretty surprising that even as the third round of game approvals moves through the new governmental agencies for the purpose that...

Post-apoc survival MMO Last Oasis plans spring early access, opens closed beta signups

You just never know with survival games that call themselves MMOs whether they really mean it, but we've caught another one today: It's called Last Oasis, and developer Donkey Crew says it's a "post-apocalyptic clan-based nomadic survival MMO" that "combines a global player driven economy, an innovative vehicle system as well as complex combat and war mechanics, all...

EverQuest producer teases 20th anniversary events and the resurrection of Fan Faire

Daybreak just had a tough year, but EverQuest is focusing ahead on 2019. This March, the game turns 20 years old, and Holly Longdale's first producer's letter of the year emphasizes this anniversary and the community that brought it to this point. She invites players to "Live the Legacy" of EverQuest, with everything from in-game celebrations to...

Trove’s Crystal Combat update is finally coming to console in February

One of Trove's best features since releasing on console years ago, in my estimation anyway, was that its PC and console updates were always pushed out in close proximity to each other, so nobody felt like the red-headed stepchild. And thought Gamigo promised "new content on a regular basis" for all of the MMOs it bought after...

Leaderboard: Are you all-in for Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr?

Elder Scrolls Online's Elsweyr is not exactly what I wanted - I'm a Hammerfell and Morrowind girl - but we already got Morrowind, so Elsweyr is basically close enough and I will definitely take it, even if it's saddled with dragons. That's just me as an Elder Scrolls fangirl, though; I was looking for a new entry point...
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SuperData December 2018: World of Warcraft returns to the rankings, Fortnite takes the year

Back in December, hearts skipped beats over the realization that not a single Blizzard game made it into SuperData's top global revenue rankings for gaming in the month of November. It came at a remarkably bad time for Activision-Blizzard, that's for sure, and much ink was spilled over what it portended for the future. Fortunately for Blizzard, it...

Star Trek Online update brings Mirror Universe Tilly, free tardigrade pets, and better skin

You can't keep a bad captain down -- or an available voice actress who is bearing the sole burden of representing her entire TV show in an MMO. Star Trek Online is releasing its Mirror of Discovery update today, further exploring the Discovery story arc that it began last fall. Mary Wiseman is once again reprising her role...

Perfect Ten: The worst MMORPG expansions of all time

A great MMO expansion brings so much to the table: fresh excitement for a game, new classes, innovative features, expanded vistas, additional races, and more. Pull it off right, and studios rake in big bucks while a spike in player interest sends the crowds in to see the current popular thing. That's a great MMO expansion, and we all have...

Black Desert is heavily adjusting its battle royale mode based on player feedback in today’s patch

Black Desert's had a wild winter already, with an expansion, new class, and battle royale mode rolling out in just the last few months. So maybe you'll forgive Kakao for taking a week to dish out a ton of quality-of-life tweaks (and a few nerfs too) across multiple classes, items, world bosses, drops, and the UI. Even...
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Crowfall takes inventory in its latest dev diary

Ahh, the humble inventory. It's a feature often taken for granted in MMOs; after all, you've gotta have somewhere to keep all of that loot. But any crafter or packrat - err, collector - knows just how important it is. So do the folks at ArtCraft Entertainment, which is why the latest Crowfall dev diary is all...
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Anthem is just under a month away from official launch, but weekend VIP demo downloading has begun

If you've been looking forward to Anthem, you have about a month to go until it has launched for everyone. The game's full launch is on February 22nd, which means that we're entering the final stages, and BioWare's general manager Casey Hudson took the time to pen a piece looking back on the game's six-year development cycle from...

Improbable and Crytek team up for SpatialOS CryEngine integration and new AAA game

Improbable made headlines over the last couple of weeks thanks to its tussle with Unity over SpatialOS's integration and licensing. That tussle's since ended, with Unity reinstating Improbable's license and all of the affected MMOs being assured there'd be no impact on them - but not before Epic Games had stepped in to partner with Improbable with a...
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Long before Diablo Immortal, the franchise nearly had… Diablo Junior

We hear that if you look into a mirror with the lights off and say "Diablo Immortal" three times, the Prime Evil himself will appear and ask if you do, in fact, have a phone. But don't be too hard on the team behind the game because it's hardly the first time the franchise has been aimed in an...
I don't know why Blizzard gave us the reaction image for this.

The Daily Grind: What do you want out of World of Warcraft’s next expansion?

It's no secret that player engagement with World of Warcraft is down across the board, with even some of its most vocal supporters acknowledging the serious missteps that Blizzard made with Battle for Azeroth. Perhaps this year's patch cycle will draw the faithful back in, but honestly? I'm not holding my breath. The game even lost me after...

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