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MMO Week in Review: What happens in EVE Vegas… actually gets reported on right here

CCP Games had plenty to show at this year's EVE Vegas, hopefully enough to allay concerns over its recent acquisition by Black Desert's Pearl Abyss. MOP's Brendan has thus far reported on the 2019 launch of EVE Online mobile adaptation EVE Echoes, Project Nova's development news and pre-alpha, and big changes coming to EVE Online -...

Ultima Online kicks off Halloween but postpones vet rewards to next spring

Halloween comes to most MMOs, even to the 21-year-old ones. One. Yes, it's pumpkin spice season in Ultima Online. "With Publish 101 Britannia is in full Halloween spirit! The pumpkin patches are bustling with Grimms, the Butcher's are terrorizing graveyards, tricks and treats are finding their ways into beggar's pockets and immense wealth is pouring from the Treasures of...

The MOP Up: Mutant Year Zero breaks down the barriers

I think a lot of us unfamiliar with the IP might be giving Funcom's upcoming Mutant Year Zero a wary look and a wide berth. But the studio is attempting to break down those barriers to understanding with a dev diary that delivers an overview of the game proper. "Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is a game...

Elder Scrolls Online’s #OurElderScrolls sweepstakes includes a trip to E3 2019

Some of the best stories in MMOs aren't the ones that are written by the developers, but the ones that are created by the players who inhabit their virtual worlds, forge friendships, and band together to triumph over the challenges in their paths. The folks at ZeniMax Online Studios recognize this, and that's why they're hosting the #OurElderScrolls...
Thee of Sieves.

Sea of Thieves offers a prop for anyone who writes some piratical graffiti

The sets for every single Sea of Thieves video update are elaborate to the point of almost being unnecessarily so; you get the sense that the developers are telling themselves that if this video game thing doesn't work out, maybe they could make a new film because they've got all the props. So, would you like one of...
No one weekend should have all that power.

Global Chat: Is it time to get rid of MMO factions?

Factions in MMORPGs are a "love 'em, hate 'em, or largely ignore 'em until the studio remembers it has 'em and decides to shove 'em in your face all of the sudden" affair. Tyler over at MMO Bro certainly is not the first to deem them irrelevent, especially in PvE games, and call for their dissolution. "Factions really don’t...

EVE Vegas 2018: Project Nova pre-alpha is playable with alpha signups open now

Two years ago at EVE Fanfest 2016, CCP Games showed off a demo of a new first-person shooter codenamed Project Nova that rose from the ashes of the defunct MMOFPS DUST 514. A new updated demo of the game was playable this weekend at EVE Vegas 2018, and CCP gave a talk delving into its future plans for...

One Shots: Waifu dreams

Make no bones about it, MapleStory 2 is as anime as they come. Need proof beyond the huge eyes, overdone expressions, and ultra-saturated cuteness? How about the fact that you can grab a waifu body pillow and use it to zoom around the landscape. 'Tis true. "I got a new mount," said reader Line. "Yes, it’s a body pillow with...
No, you can't be quite this evil.

The Daily Grind: Do you use Steam for MMOs?

Steam took a hold of my PC lifestyle so gradually I barely knew it was happening. I installed it when a friend bought me The Orange Box as a birthday present, and then it started getting more of the games I wanted on it... and the next thing I knew I would frequently ignore console releases because hey, I...

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...
There's no relief.

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....
CAN BEAUTY COME OUT OF ASHES ♪

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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