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The Stream Team: Desert days will never end in Secret World Legends

At this point, Massively OP's MJ doesn't think she will ever escape Secret World Legends' Egypt. She'll be spitting sand until the bees come home! Still, she's going to try to make a bigger dent in the side missions she needs to do and dream of those dark Transylvanian nights as she trudges through the endless Egypt days. Tune...

Massively Overthinking: Contending with the MMO genre’s ‘wowfugee’ crisis

Last week on the MOP Podcast, we read a letter from a listener named Megan who pointed us to a blog post on the The Eorzean Frontier called What do you mean this isn't World of Warcraft?. There's so much to unpack in this blog post, but the word that leaped out to all of us was the word...

MMO industry veteran Bill Roper has departed SpatialOS company Improbable

If you've been around in MMOs a while, you surely know Bill Roper and his pedigree. He's a former Blizzard developer who went on to helm Flagship’s Hellgate: London and Cryptic’s Champions Online before heading off to Disney Interactive. In 2017, he joined up with SpatialOS company Improbable, about which he gave us two really detailed interviews at E3 and...
If you come to San Francisco...

Final Fantasy XIV prepares for Little Ladies’ Day while Naoki Yoshida talks about the design of Blue Mage

The latest edition of Final Fantasy XIV's annual Little Ladies' Day event will get you properly equipped for a trip to San Francisco, as you'll be able to wear some flowers in your hair. You'll also be able to summon flowers for fireworks and have some rather non-flower-based dining room dishes. The event preview is up now, with...

Now confirmed: Guild Wars 2 studio ArenaNet is suffering heavy layoffs, but the game will continue

Update: The layoffs have now been confirmed, and ArenaNet has now issued a statement. We're continuing to update this article at the end. Kotaku is reporting that ArenaNet, the studio behind Guild Wars 2 and classic Guild Wars, is planning "big layoffs." The publication says it's acquired a memo sent by NCsoft CEO Songyee Yoon in which Yoon says...
Oh, yeah, this is fine. It's fine. It's fine! This is fine.

Tencent introduces strict rules for streamers playing its games

Good news for Chinese streamers, as gaming giant Tencent has introduced a new set of rules about what streamers can and cannot do while streaming their titles! Wait, that's not good news. It's arguably bad news, as the dozen rules include a few rules that make a certain amount of sense (no promoting cheating software or violating...
Time is on my side, after a fashion.

The Elder Scrolls Online previews the upcoming Eld Angvar battleground

Eld Angvar is a locale in the Ayleid world between worlds, a space where boundaries of space break down and you can easily teleport from place to place. So why not take that as an opportunity to fight people with the next update to The Elder Scrolls Online? It's one of those rare times when, contrary to...
The price isn't nice, though.

China puts a freeze on new game approval (again)

You might recall that 2018 proved to be a mess for studios trying to get their new games approved for the always-lucrative Chinese market. Due to a shift in the government's structure, the process for game evaluation and license approval got frozen for what started out as months and ended up the better part of the entire...
I'm on a mount!

Dark and Light drops its price as it promises it’s moving toward a full release

Gosh, we really hope you didn't buy Dark and Light last week because the title's price has just been dropped to $17.99. The announcement of the price cut makes it explicit that this is not a sale or a temporary cut but the new permanent price of the title going forward, which Snail Games claims will "better reflect"...

Bless Unleashed previews the archer class, re-confirms 2019 Xbox One launch

Hey, so Bless Unleashed is still happening. Bandai Namco sent 'round a brand-new trailer for the game today, introducing the Ranger class, which it says is "built to deal death from afar as they unleash lethal bow-and-arrow attacks to defeat multiple enemies at once or take down the mightiest of beasts." MMO players will recall that the Bandai Namco...

Hyperspace Beacon: The Star Wars MMOs and communities beyond SWTOR

Time flies: I am now coming up on nine years of covering Star Wars: The Old Republic professionally. Of course, I was a Star Wars and Star Wars Galaxies fan way before that. Not only have things changed in the game over that many years, but the sites that covered the game have all changed, and...

Leaderboard: How worried are you for PlanetSide Arena and Daybreak right now?

Daybreak's Friday-night revelation that it is delaying PlanetSide Arena to summer made me worried. Actually, the revelation that the company would be refunding everyone who'd preordered made me the most worried. Daybreak refunding folks? Landmark fans would have a hard time believing it, right? My first thought was that the delay was so long, without money,...

Mobile MMO AxE: Alliance vs Empire launches today

There's a new trend in reveal-to-launch-time ratio, and we can't say that's a bad thin: Having less wait between learning of a game and getting to play it is a welcome shift. Nexon joined that bandwagon with its new mobile MMO AxE: Alliance vs Empire, which was just introduced to the western market last week and launches today. AxE...

Black Desert’s PC version rolls out the new Central Market as Xbox One edition mops up beta bugs

Economy fiends, it's your week to shine in Black Desert. That's because the game's trading system has received a major new implementation in the form of the Central Market. "Central Market is the first step to create a free market economy where you as the adventurer create your own market without much restriction," Kakao says. "We wanted...
A very short marathon.

Vague Patch Notes: Online games are a marathon, but they still need to start running

One of those phrases we like to use a fair amount here is the fact that running an MMO is a marathon, not a sprint. You don't need to look far to find examples of games that started small but managed to claw up in esteem over time. The Elder Scrolls Online, Final Fantasy XIV, EVE Online, and even 

Darkfall Rise of Agon has officially soft-launched its hybrid free-to-play ‘freemium’ model

Remember back when free-to-play was still a pretty rare thing, and we used to run polls on which MMOs would go free-to-play next? And then pretty much every major game was free-to-play or buy-to-play in some way except the ones that said they were never switching, so those kinds of polls became moot? Well, maybe not so moot. This week...
Yarr, cut out all carbs, got much lighter.

Atlas takes aim at offline raiding and land ownership while delaying its next major patch

The bad news for Atlas fans is that the game's next major patch will be delayed until mid-March or late March. The good news is that it's targeting some of the major issues preventing people playing solo or in smaller groups from enjoying the game, with a specific aim at the game's offline raiding mechanics. As it stands,...

Pirate TV: Ubisoft is making a Skull and Bones series

While it may be late to the pirate party, Skull and Bones is going to haul more than treasure and fire more than cannons when it appears on the scene this year. Ubisoft apparently has so much faith in the multiplayer pirate game that it is developing a television show based on the fledgling franchise. "We're excited to...

Epic Games yanks Fortnite ads from YouTube over super gross child exploitation expose

Welp, if there's anything that might finally convince Google to overhaul its horrible, awful, no-good YouTube video algorithms that somehow start you with puppy vids and get you to creepy conspiracy vids in five clicks, it's the loss of that sweet, sweet Fortnite ad revenue. As The Verge reports, former YouTuber Matt Watson this week exposed how innocuous...

Red Dead Online’s next update includes multiple new PvP events and… fishing challenges

Don't you forget about me, Red Dead Redemption 2 belts out into the void where Anthem, Division 2, Apex Legends, and Fortnite are currently vying for every last scrap of attention. My MMO is still in beta! And we're doing things! Yep, Red Dead Online is anticipating a chunky update next week. Here's what to expect: ...

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