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MMO Week in Review: Daybreak’s all-in on battle royale

Oh, you might have thought the news would slow down ahead of the holidays, but we are just getting started, clearly. This week, Daybreak announced PlanetSide Arena officially, Star Wars The Old Republic launched Jedi Under Siege, EverQuest launched The Burning Lands, Elite Dangerous launched Beyond Chapter Four, and Wildcard delayed Atlas a pinch. Meanwhile,...

Mad World shows off its improved skill system, but no Steam in sight

While the cross-platform hack-and-slash MMO Mad World was supposed to arrive on Steam this fall, it looks as though the project is going to head into 2018 with no early access in sight. A small consolation to this realization is that work is being done on the game, including an improved skill system that is being implemented. "We...

Ultima Online’s Raph Koster says Fortnite is more like an MMO than we might think

It's like people are discovering MMOs all over again. Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies creator Raph Koster recently expressed amusement at the culture and commentary swirling around the incredibly popular Fortnite. After reading an article published on Medium about the socialization and experimentation that goes on in the battle royale title, Koster made the assertion...
How do I start to say goodbye.

Global Chat: A WildStar goodbye

How do you say farewell to an MMO that meant a lot to you? With tears, sorrow, screenshots, and words. Lots and lots of words. MMO bloggers joined social media to bid goodbye to WildStar last month, and the consensus was that the industry was worse off for its loss. "This was not an important game to me personally,...

Chaos Theory: Secret World Legends has a Krampusnacht content gift – here’s your guide

Whoot! Secret World Legends delivered a nice surprise gift for Krampusnacht 2018: new content! As in, new new, not returning-from-TSW new. Not just "stuff" either, but missions. Missions -- not one, but two! And one's a new investigation mission at that! Can you tell I am a little excited? I will admit that when the tweeted announcement noted a...

Massively OP’s 2018 Awards: Best MMO Player Housing of 2018

Massively Overpowered's end-of-the-year 2018 awards continue today with our award for Best MMO Player Housing, which was awarded to WildStar last year. And the year before that. Sigh. MMORPGs eligible for this award may have launched in any year as long as they are still alive and still offer player housing; nominees should be judged based on the quality and...

One Shots: Adventures beyond worlds

"Hey," said Rafael. "Who said there isn’t any exploring on Blade and Soul, huh? Look at this secret place in Solak. Just found it with a little help from the internet. Now, how do I get out of here?" I... I said it, okay? I was young, I was foolish, I was drinking strange-colored potions with no regards as...
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The Daily Grind: What animals would you like to see more of in MMOs?

This probably will not surprise anyone reading this, but I really like animals. But I still get a bit depressed at the fact that most MMOs feature more or less the same subset of animals over and over. Bears, wolves, cats, some sort of rodent, a few ungulates, birds... it's all pulling from the same basic template, and you...

The MOP Up: Echo of Soul returns

Korean MMO Echo of Soul is now back on Steam early access after the title was shut down back around 2015 and 2016. It's 40% off and should be in testing for about a half-year. “Echo of Soul Online is the first stage of a global project starting from North and South America," said Blue Potion Producer Jo...

The Stream Team: Commemorating Star Wars Galaxies’ deathday in an emu

Massively OP's MJ celebrates Star Wars Galaxies with an Emu romp for its birthday, but this year she's also going to have a memorial moment on its deathday. Why shouldn't she try to lessen the sad memories of that terribad day seven years ago with some memories of it fighting back and living on in a new form? No,...

TERA lays out its plans for early 2019 in new roadmap

As 2018 draws to a close, En Masse Entertainment is looking forward to the future in its recently published roadmap for what awaits TERA in the first quarter of 2019. January will see the release of update V79 -- official title to be determined, obviously -- "which will include class and skill balancing and a wealth of...

LOTRO Legendarium: Lord of the Rings Online’s 2018 review

It was the best of years, it was the worst of years for Lord of the Rings Online -- but no matter what, it wasn't a boring year. As this Tolkien MMO entered into its 11th year of operation, we've arguably seen more buzz, interest, and participation than we did back in 2017. And that was with the...

Massively OP’s 2018 Awards: Biggest MMO Industry Disappointment of 2018

Massively Overpowered's end-of-the-year 2018 awards continue today with our award for Biggest MMO Industry Disappointment, which was awarded to the sad death of Marvel Heroes last year. Disappointments can be games, launches, patches, trends, stories, sunsets, all manner of topics in the MMORPG genre and orbiting sub-genres. Don't forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at...

Guild Wars and Elder Scrolls franchise composer Jeremy Soule starts Patreon for exclusive music

It's not really a holiday season around Massively OP if we're not asking that annual question, "What is composer Jeremy Soule up to these days? And did he ever make good on the classical music album that fans Kickstarted for $121,000 back in 2013?" Soule was dragging his feet even in 2016 and 2017, so surely...

The Stream Team: Dog pile on Ship of Heroes!

Ship of Heroes is conducting another test, this time focusing on logging in a large chunk of players at once. It sounds like a great opportunity for a mosh pit or a dog pile to Massively OP's MJ -- which obviously means she's totally in! Come check out the progress of this superhero title in development. Join us live...
Our Hero

WRUP: Excerpt from the diary of Sir Harris Bellweather, farting explorer edition

...It was at this late hour, with our nightly feast of beans fading into pungent memory, that the watchman sighted land off the larboard bow. After exacting discussion of why he needed to say larboard instead of port, it was decided that a small party would row out to greet any native cultures, and it was decided that we...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO ability makes you feel ultra-awesome?

"Ultra." I'm bringing it back, people. You'll thank me later. In any case, a skill or ability that makes you feel incredibly awesome is all in the combination of presentation and results. It's got to look terrific and then be highly impactful in some way. It's probably 45% of what made City of Heroes amazing, because even the most...

The Stream Team: Checking out Conan Exiles’ Seekers of the Dawn DLC

Conan Exiles just released its latest DLC this week, Seekers of the Dawn, and Massively OP's MJ can't wait to see what can be built with the new pieces. And she knows friends on the server have been busy building! Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to check out this new style with her. What: Conan Exiles Who: MJ...

Betawatch: Atlas delays alpha a week, Division 2 hits tech alpha

Studio Wildcard, you... er... wild cards. Yeah, that seems right. You announced the big surprise splash of Atlas, and then you delay the launch from when it was supposed to happen this week. Until next week. This may be the new way to handle launch dates, just keep delaying by a week until you hit the launch day....

Dual Universe opens winter alpha to all Kickstarter donors next week

If you put any money at all into sci-fi sandbox Dual Universe back during its 2016 Kickstarter, you're about to have a happy Christmas indeed, as Novaquark announced earlier this morning that it was opening up the game's newish alpha to everybody who contributed to the campaign. "Running from December 20, 2018 to January 7, 2019, the Dual Universe...

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