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Final Fantasy XI brings the doll festival around once more

The doll festival is back in Final Fantasy XI from February 25th to March 11th. That's it! Post over. Wait, you need context? See, that's the nice thing about FFXI having run so long, to fans most of these things cease to require outside context. You know that the doll festival is about having lovely collections of dolls out for everyone...

RuneScape adjusts mining rates, teases Archaeology, and prepares for charity streams

RuneScape is once again back with another week of news bits for its players. This week, there's some new-look patch notes, reminders of upcoming events like the Double XP Weekend and charity streams, and a little hint about Archaeology. First, the patch notes, which aren't too beefy this week but feature a brand new layout to make them...

Hegemony promises its economy is ‘truly equal in playing field’

Worried that coming in late to the crafting and economic game of Hegemony will put you at a disadvantage to those who have been grinding things out for a long time? Fret not, friend, as the game's lead dev has posted a message assuring players that the game's economy is carefully balanced in a way that other...

Sea of Thieves’ Crews of Rage update brings new voyages, cursed chests, and enemies

The month of February has brought another bundle of new content for Sea of Thieves players in the form of the Crews of Rage update, which brings on the new Chest of Rage cursed chest, some new voyages, and a bunch of new foes to face off against. Duke has some new Raging Bounty voyages for players...

Black Desert’s latest PC patch adds Lahn Succession and begins the four year anniversary

Do you prefer to whip at enemies with a Pendulum weapon instead of a pair of chain swords as a Lahn in Black Desert? You're in luck, because the game's latest patch on the PC version has introduced the Lahn class' Succession skills, along with the start of the sandbox MMO's fourth anniversary celebration and a variety...

Grab a Eudemons Online lucky media pack in honor of the Elvencity server launch

Long-running free-to-play MMO Eudemons Online is adding a clean-start server to its roster today. It's called Elvencity, and it arrives alongside a sale, a contest, achievement races, and a rank-up event, all with special rewards. In conjunction with the launch, TQ Digital has granted us a ton of keys for a goodie bundle for use specifically on this...

Albion Online’s latest update tweaks Avalonians, streamlines UI, and polishes elite dungeons

Albion Online's Queen update has ushered in a new era for the game in terms of player concurrency - but also in terms of hotfixes and patches and plans. Since the expansion rolled out a month ago, we've seen the game count 350K monthly active players, add three hotfixes, plan to cap...
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PWE didn’t forget Champions Online! Now you can link that account to Steam too

Yesterday, we covered the news that Perfect World Entertainment is finally enabling account linking between Steam and Arc, its proprietary platform for distributing all of its MMOs here in the west. But we were forced to note that the Arc announcement included Neverwinter and Star Trek Online, but not Champions Online (it's not mentioned on...

The Stream Team: A smidgen of SWTOR story

It's SWTORy time! Well, a smidgen of story at least. Not that long ago, Massively OP's Larry and MJ completed the latest arc, ending with the promise that they'll meet with a liaison to the Emperor's Hand organization. Today, the duo get to experience this new arrangement. How will that meeting go? Tune in to this next installment of...

Enter to win a TERA action figure and grab a Fists of Justice pack from En Masse and MOP

We've got another awesome TERA giveaway lined up today. In fact, it's two giveaways: One is a key giveaway for console players to grab up right away, and the other is a sweepstakes for a physical TERA statue, all in collaboration with En Masse, which most recently dropped the Crescent Sea and Fists of Justice patches...

PlanetSide 2 boss hedges on existence of PlanetSide 3 in new interview

It's a bit out of date, since it refers to the launch of Escalation as if it were happening today (MMO players have known about the delay for quite a while now), but there's a new PlanetSide 2 interview up on Polygon this week. PlanetSide 2, of course, is operated by the newly designated Rogue Planet Games,...

Fortnite uses a globe-spanning ARG to tease Chapter 2 – Season 2

We already know that Epic Games likes to pull off big stunts when the seasons in Fortnite premiere, but this one is pretty big even with that in mind. As in, an ARG that has spanned pretty much the entire globe big. Starting this past Sunday, Fortnite fans around the globe started seeing advertisements with a golden hand...
We got it back, after all.

Perfect Ten: Dead MMOs resurrected via rogue servers

Last December, the Massively OP 2019 Awards gave its "Best Trend" nod to the rise of rogue servers in the MMO genre. Preservation of long-since deceased MMORPGs is a topic that is near and dear to our heart here, and it is uplifting to see hard-working volunteers do the heavy lifting of keeping these sunsetted games alive --...
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Blizzard appears to have quietly launched a WoW Classic PTR

We're all very accustomed to the test realm for World of Warcraft usually showing off every facet of a patch well in advance, sometimes taking long enough that the patch at the end feels almost perfunctory. WoW Classic has not sported this particular feature because it hasn't really needed to; all of its patches are tested and finished due...

No Man’s Sky’s Living Ship update adds organic, growable, psychedelic starships

It's patch day for No Man's Sky, the game that launched as a not-MMO mess and has pumped out so much epic content in the ensuing years that it's winning awards and its playerbase put up a billboard out of adoration. Gotta love a comeback story! The latest update is called Living Ship. Only it's not...
More like Dia-BLOWs, right?

A LinkedIn profile adds more fuel to the Diablo animated series fire

The rumor about a Diablo animated series has been running for ages now, and the latest bit of evidence that this is a real thing comes in the form of co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios Nick van Dyk's LinkedIn page. Specifically, on that page he notes that an animated show is in production for distribution on Netflix (you guys...
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Google Stadia is coming to more phones as its head of gamer experiences literally says, ‘This is fine’

Here's the good news for Google Stadia fans: The game-streaming service is coming to more mobile devices. Those of you not wielding an obsidian monument to the clutching and all-consuming power of Google (translation: you don't have a Pixel) can still use the service if you instead bear the befouled artifacts of the dreaded Samsung (translation: you have...

Dungeons and Dragons Online’s next Hardcore League and new permadeath server are here

Dungeons and Dragons Online is having a good 2020, first with its 64-bit client and Alchemist class - and now with the return of the Hardcore League. Last year, Standing Stone Games introduced the Hardcore League, with its permadeath server, which ran from August to November and was tremendously popular in the MMO. Now, Hardcore...
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Guild Wars 2 rehires a former programmer, drops PvP patch and season next week

You know what I don't love? Chronicling how more Guild Wars 2 devs have left the building. So I'm not going to do that. Instead, let's talk about a new hire - in fact, it's Ben Arnold, who left during the mass-layoffs a year ago and has now been rehired. Welcome back! "In one hour, I start my...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the best voice acting?

Because I love a good story in an MMO -- I know, I'm rebelling against the cool crowd here -- I particularly enjoy it when a game throws in a bevy of solid voice acting to propel things along. The other day I stepped back and thought about just how many of these games do a whole lot of...

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