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‘WELP’: New World leaderboard test event ends with a bellyflop thanks to war mercenary mechanics

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Testing is meant to break things and not go to plan, but the devs of New World had a pretty big stumble as the...

Massively Overthinking: What will be your three most-played MMOs in 2023?

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Last week in Massively Overthinking, we discussed our three most-played MMOs of 2022 - and whether we'd guessed right at the top of that...

Lost Ark drops new live-action trailer ahead of its first anniversary

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We're still a few weeks away from Lost Ark's first birthday here in the west, but Amazon and Smilegate are clearly already cranking up...

The Stream Team: Enjoying a spot of New World just for the fun of it

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MOP's Chris is once again firing up a game for the simple reason of just enjoying it! This time around, he'll be making a...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 406: Ulduar and Umbar

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Justin and Bree discuss Blizzard vs. NetEase and the demise of WoW China, Wrath Classic, FFXIV 6.3, and LOTRO's 2023 roadmap, with adventures in LOTRO and ESO, plus a mailbag topic on the future of Blizzard.
That looks complicated.

New World offers up a new video explaining how deceptively hard an MMO actually is to make

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Video games are hard. You know that, but it isn't ever really clear how hard from the other side of the screen, and that's...
Fight this dude.

New World prepares for yet another round of server merges today as population declines

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Happy merge day, New World fans! OK, so maybe the thrill has worn off a bit, given how many merge days New World has...
Gosh, what a toolbox.

Riot Games lays off 46 workers, adding to this month’s tech toll

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Riot Games is the latest games industry megacorp to issue layoffs this week, though they're smaller in number than the thousands of workers shed...
Jaded.

Massively Overthinking: What were your three most-played MMOs in 2022?

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Last year, we did a piece on what we expected our top three MMOs of 2022 to be. We'll do that again next week,...

New World promises ‘more programmatic content’ as leaderboards hit the PTS

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As the broader Amazon layoff of 18,000 people across the company's global workforce begins to reverberate across the tech industry, Amazon Games Studio's MMOs...

Halo Infinite and Elder Scrolls Online teams were hit by Microsoft’s 10,000-person layoff

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Yesterday's Microsoft layoffs were just as bad as anticipated - 10,000 jobs slashed in one day - and it gets worse for gamers, as...
throne and liberty

Massively OP Podcast Episode 405: Give me throne or give me liberty

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Justin and Bree discuss Throne & Liberty, Skull & Bones' delay, roadmaps for the EverQuest MMOs, and John Smedley's departure from Amazon, with adventures in LOTRO, Elder Scrolls Online, and Guild Wars 2, plus mailbag topics on the Wizards of the Coast D&D mess and reimagining alts in MMOs.
How charmingly old world.

New World dev Q&A tackles botting issues, armor changes, and hippos

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For its first developer video of the year, New World's team came out in force to answer a number of pressing community questions in...

Lost Ark says it’s reversed false bans even as players report Steam accounts still flagged

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Last week, Amazon took one hell of a banhammer to Lost Ark, smashing so many bots that players noticed the drop in concurrency and...

Vitae Aeternum: New World should do more with its housing

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I find the history of player housing in New World a strange one. Prior to launch, I had the impression housing was being treated...

Lapsed yet legitimate Lost Ark players were hit in the game’s latest ban wave

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When Lost Ark decided to clean house and sweep away a huge number of bots from the game this past week, it might have...
Crucial.

Vague Patch Notes: Stop taking your released MMOs back to the drawing board

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This is not a column about Kingshunt, but it is. It's not a column about Crowfall or Deathverse: Let it Die or even Crucible....

Lost Ark deploys a giant bot banhammer with a huge impact on concurrency

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If you noticed a rather dramatic dip in Lost Ark's active playerbase numbers this week and wondered what happened, first of all, nice catch....

John Smedley is leaving his position as head of Amazon Games’ San Diego studio

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John Smedley is moving on from his role heading the San Diego branch of Amazon Game Studios, according to a memo sent to staff...
This is fine.

End-of-Year Eleven: The MMOs with the most uncertain futures in 2023

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Years ago, I did the first version of this yearly column in a one-off format in the middle of the year just because I...

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