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Make My MMO: Elite Dangerous’ exploration reveal, Star Citizen’s $1650 ship

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, Frontier has been showing off what's coming in Elite Dangerous' Beyond - Chapter Four, specifically the exploration bits as promised in the studio's schedule. Thanks, Colin! In that other Kickstarted MMO, meanwhile, CIG has released the Kraken, at least to those of you with way too much money: The highest-tier...

EVE Vegas 2018: Player-built stargates and co-op Abyssal Deadspace coming to EVE Online this winter

CCP Games delved into detail on this winter's upcoming EVE Online expansion this weekend at EVE Vegas 2018, and it sounds like it will contain everything we expected and more. Following on from the success of EVE's first ever solo instanced PvE combat gameplay, a new co-op form of abyssal deadspace site will be added that lets...

The Stream Team: Hanging out at RIFT’s Harvest Festival

RIFT's Autumn Harvest festival is back up and running, and that means Massively OP's MJ is heading in to partake! She's going to eke out as much celebrating of the season as she possibly can. How many of the festive events can she manage to do? Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. and party along with her. What:

MMO Business Roundup: Discord’s new TOS, Steam China, EA vs Actiblizz, Dota 2’s transparent lockboxes, WASD

Welcome back to another roundup of businessy things of interest to MMO players this week! Discord If you're one of the bajillions of MMO players who use Discord, heads-up for you: Discord made unilateral changes to its terms of service this week, effectively revoking your legal right to sue Discord as part of any future class action. Any issues you...

LOTRO Legendarium: Wait a minute, LOTRO, you lost me

If WildStar will go down in gaming history as the MMO with the consistently shortest quest text, then Lord of the Rings Online has to take home first place for the longest. And not just the longest text boxes, either, but the most dense as well. It can actually be a shock for the average MMO player who...

The Stream Team: Wyvern hatching in ARK Ragnarok

Have you hatched a wyvern lately? Massively OP's MJ hasn't, even though the gang collected some eggs a little while back. With Extinction coming soon, it's now or never, so she's going to help crack these things open and see what's inside. And who knows, maybe the team will need to go find some more. Easy peasy, right? Join...

EVE Vegas 2018: EVE Online is finally getting a fair wardec system

In my latest EVE Evolved column, I looked into the unfair nature of highsec war declaration in EVE Online. This feature bypasses police protections against PvP and is typically used by powerful corps to effectively grief small non-military organisations. CCP recent revealed that it had stats showing that corps hit by wardecs are likely to collapse in...
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WRUP: The third shade of Sycamore House edition

The third shade evaded us for weeks. It looked small and vulnerable, more like the suggestion of something small than an actual small person; Joanne and Henry both said it looked smaller, but when pressed Henry said it looked to be Joanne's size. Either way it was a slight wisp of a thing, running down hallways and clearly obeying...

The Daily Grind: Why don’t players use emotes more in MMOs?

The other day I was reading up on Fallout 76's emote wheel -- brought to you by Bethesda's console tunnel vision -- and was ruminating on just how rarely I see other players emote in MMOs these days. I seem to recall witnessing more emotes back in the day, especially in games like City of Heroes and LOTRO,...

The Stream Team: Seeking the Spectral Dragon in Dungeons and Dragons Online

Were you looking forward to doing DDO's Halloween dungeons this year? Well too bad! They are... well, challenge quests instead. But still there. You just get more rewards for accomplishing things in the dungeon. Also, the Spectral Dragon is back, and Massively OP's MJ is excited to face it. maybe faceplant near it? Join us live at 9:00 p.m....
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Betawatch: Ashes of Creation briefly removes its NDA

The NDA for Ashes of Creation is gone! Quickly, everyone, take the time to post as many screenshots as possible... aaaaand it's back again. Seriously, the game did very briefly drop its NDA this past week, but the permanent drop is scheduled for next week once the designers iron out a notorious recurring bug. You hear that, bug?...
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Aion is rebalancing its economy (and removing a lot of money) with Awakened Legacy

You there! How much money do you have in Aion? Because it might just be too darn much. One of the things being done for the Awakened Legacy update involves "rebalancing" the in-game economy, which means that a lot of your existing Kinah (the main currency) will be replaced with Gold Bars (a new type of currency)....

EVE Vegas 2018: EVE Echoes, EVE Online’s mobile adaptation, is launching in 2019

When CCP Games started shifting some of its focus to the mobile games market recently, we heard rumblings of a mobile version of EVE Online being developed in conjunction with NetEase codenamed Project Galaxy. Today at EVE Vegas 2018, CCP confirmed that the game is now in full production under the name EVE: Echoes and...

Chronicles of Elyria will let players choose their game worlds in upcoming map voting

It's virtually every MMO player's dream to be able to shape the worlds they inhabit, but Soulbound Studios is allowing backers of its in-development title Chronicles of Elyria do so in a very literal way by letting them vote on the maps that will be used to create the worlds on each of the game's servers. The...
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EVE Vegas 2018: Watch CCP Games’ keynote right here at 4:30 p.m. EDT

MOP's Brendan Drain is on the ground at EVE Vegas this year, and we're expecting all the best coverage from him because he's Brendan and that's just what he does every year. But those of you who can't make it to Vegas this year might want to at least stream the keynote, which CCP is putting on...

The Stream Team: Beckoned back to Villagers and Heroes’ Spooky Town

The Haunter Moors have opened up again, and MassivelyOP's MJ is riding straight into Spooky Town to partake in the festivities! There are nightmares to quell and zombies's brains to spill, and other spooky frivolity to pursue. Maybe she'll come closer to earning one of the new Halloween outfits or mounts! Tune in live at 4:00 p.m. for...

Warframe’s Fortuna expansion widens the open world this November

We've finally got a launch window for the Fortuna update that Warframe's Digital Extremes first revealed at TennoCon this past summer: It's coming next month, at least on PC. "Canadian developer and publisher Digital Extremes is headed to the stars with its newest update: The Warframe team announced today it will release the open-world expansion Fortuna, for free, this...

Nexon is sunsetting Hyper Universe’s western PC version now too, but the XBox One version will continue

A week ago, Nexon announced that it was shutting down its MOBA Hyper Universe in Korea, citing poor player turnout. At the time, we noted that the Western version wasn't in much better shape, with poor turnout on Steam, and we suspected a sunset here wouldn't be far behind. Unfortunately, that guess was partially correct, as Nexon...

Dauntless introduces a new behemoth, the Riftstalker

Something wicked Dauntless's way comes. This year's Dark Harvest has just gotten a whole lot darker with the arrival of a brand-new behemoth, the Riftstalker, to Phoenix Labs's monster-slaying MMO. Part bat, part cat, all menacing darkness, the Riftstalker seems to have been summoned forth by some eldritch ritual, and it falls to Dauntless's slayers to...

Star Citizen’s Around the Verse recaps Squadron 42 and CitizenCon 2948

Chris Roberts and Sandi Gardiner are back after CitizenCon last week with another Star Citizen Around the Verse video, and this time it's all about Squadron 42 and the big news from the event. The video opens by playing the Squadron 42 trailer, which premiered last week at the end of the show. They also reveal...

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