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Blade & Soul loses Producer Jonathan Lien

Rabbit Man is sad today because Rabbit Man heard the news that Jonathan Lien is leaving his post as producer for Blade and Soul. "I wanted to let you know that this is my last week as producer of Blade and Soul as I am departing to pursue other opportunities," Lien posted on the forums. "I can hardly...

MMOs You’ve Never Heard of: Tales of Wind, Era of Legends, and Darksburg

Welcome back to another run-down of MMOs and other online games you've probably never heard of. We love doing these! Here's some stuff to keep an eye on... Tales of Wind is one of the many games up and coming in NCsoft's mobile MMO stable, and this one's definitely going for the "loves adorable things" demographic. Studio...

Here’s how players will do science in sandbox Population Zero

Still keeping an eye on survival MMO Population Zero? There's yet another dev blog out this week, this one on science and technology in the game. Hey if you like systems deep-dives, this game is providing. I'm a fan! "Science in Population Zero is a set of character’s knowledge of all areas," Enplex Games writes. "There are four...

The Stream Team: The Love ARK

Love, exciting and new Come to ARK, Dinos are expecting too! And love, with babies galore Raise them up, and then breed some more The Love ARK, soon will be mating another one The Love ARK, raising new dinos just for fun Set a course with MOP's MJ Your mind on the perfect match And imprints won't hurt anymore Just ball them up, in the cryo they store It's...

The Game Archaeologist: Terra, SubSpace, and Sovereign

In the MMO industry, science fiction has always taken the role of the overlooked little brother to big sister fantasy's popularity. Sure, there have been several online games that eschewed dungeons and dragons for spaceships and solar radiation poisoning, but even today the fantasy genre continues to be the dominant one in the genre. So not only have we had...

The Elder Scrolls Online’s Wrathstone DLC goes live on PC on February 25, console March 12

Have you been waiting anxiously to find out when you'll be able to delve into the mysteries and adventurers of The Elder Scrolls Online's Wrathstone DLC? Well, the wait is over, as ZeniMax has announced that Wrathstone will be hitting PC on February 25th, with the PS4 and Xbox One versions following shortly thereafter on March 12th. The...
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WRUP: The song of Demon Joe who thought an axe was a sword edition

Sit down my friends, and hear a tale of a demon they named Joe, It's a lame name for a demon, I think, but that's the way it goes. But Demon Joe, he had a sword, and it helped him to relax, Except that what he called his sword was clearly just an axe. Oh Joe had pride in his flaming sword (an...

The Daily Grind: When have you bumped into MMOs in real life?

The other day I was driving through my neighborhood and I happened to look at a cross-street that read WESTFALL. And, being the former World of Warcraft player that I am, I immediately thought of the famous early level zone and how weird it was to see something in the real world that reminded me of it. But that...
Nice and apolitical, huh?

Betawatch: The Division 2 barrels toward open beta

It's almost time for everyone to do the hip new dance that's sweeping the nation with the arrival of The Division 2. Assuming, of course, "dance" in this context means something very different from the usual meaning of "dance." Regardless, the game is kicking off its open beta starting on March 1st, so you can start... learning your...

Daybreak is delaying PlanetSide Arena again, this time to summer 2019, and it’s refunding preorders too

It's late Friday afternoon, Daybreak's favorite time for dropping bad news, and here it is: PlanetSide Arena's PC launch is being delayed until summer 2019. "After much consideration, we’ve decided to postpone the current PC-only release date and launch simultaneously across PC and PlayStation 4 this summer," the studio wrote this evening. "We’ve always envisioned PlanetSide Arena as a...

The Stream Team: Surging toward a Syndicate safehouse in Path of Exile

OK, maybe surge isn't quite the right word when describing the journey toward an Immortal Syndicate safehouse in Path of Exile. Plod probably works better. Even so, Massively OP's MJ is working toward storming one. The big question is if she can glean enough intel to raid one before the league ends! Join us live at 8:00 p.m. as...

Battle Bards Episode 138: Wild wild westerns

Boy howdy, is it time for another highfalutin Battle Bards episode? Shucks, looks like! In this week’s show, the trio saddle up for a ride through the tumbleweeds and mesas of western MMO tunes. It may be slim pickins, but the pickins are actually pretty good! Battle Bards is a biweekly podcast that alternates...
So, after this, should we get some coffee or...

PlanetSide 2 updates carbines and spawns on the test server while celebrating love in the live game

The latest patch to PlanetSide 2's test servers has some pretty far-reaching changes to the game's spawn system. Previously, the system didn't really direct you anywhere and led to people hopping points while encouraging straight-line marches into fights; the new system on the test server is meant to be more dynamic and should help shuffle players around more...
Let's fight the fighty mans.

Lineage II Classic releases its Saviors update on February 27

The first major update to Lineage II Classic is arriving on February 27th, and it's got some steep new challenges for players. Four new hunting grounds are available for players to challenge, ranging from levels 70-75 in the Devil's Isle to 79-82 on the Forgotten Island. (Someone seems to have remembered about that last one.) There are also...

Tencent and Netmarble might team up to buy South Korean MMO giant Nexon

It's time for another round of our favorite gameshow, WHO'S BUYING NEXON THIS WEEK? I'm your host, Bree Royce, and with me today playing for the big win are Netmarble, Tencent, and private equity fund MBK Partners! No, but really. We've been reporting on Nexon's founding family's offer to sell its nearly 99% interest in the company for the last...

Bless Online previews its upcoming Urdaata War Fortress raid dungeon

The next update coming to Neowiz's free-to-play fantasy title Bless Online will take players into the heart of a new raid dungeon, the Urdaata War Fortress, which is the subject of the game's latest content preview. The 10-player, level-50 dungeon will have players storming the aforementioned fortress to tackle a gauntlet of challenging bosses including Corrupted Aelia, Ikichi,...

City of Titans demos the current state of its elaborate character creation

Yesterday's City of Titans update was... pretty horrifying. Fortunately, today's update is probably more like what backers had in mind, as Missing Worlds Media has posted several minutes of footage of the upcoming superhero MMO's elaborate character creator. Fans of City of Heroes - and let's be real, that's pretty much everyone watching this game - are...

The Stream Team: More adventuring in Astroneer

During her first look, Massively OP's MJ just barely scratched the surface of Astroneer. And there is so much more planetary destruction she can do! Her last adventure ended during the initial exploration of a cave, and this time she means to dive -- and dig -- deeper! Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to see what lies...
The hour is nearly here.

Final Fantasy XIV reveals its schedule for the final Fan Festival in Tokyo

A destination! A new job! Possibly another job! More about new races that has been significantly complicated recently! New areas! Awesome outfits! Yes, the Final Fantasy XIV fan festival series will go out with a bang when it comes to a close near the end of March, and now you can plan ahead to be free for the...
See, this is why no one likes you. It's because of this.

For Science: Yet another study finds no link between violent video games and aggression

Yet another academic study appears to indicate no correlation between aggressive behavior and violent video games, this one specifically in kids. In the newly published Violent video game engagement is not associated with adolescents' aggressive behaviour: evidence from a registered report, authors Andrew K. Przybylski and Netta Weinstein interviewed over a thousand young British teenagers and their guardians to...

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