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Destiny 2 is prepared to open Lightfall’s raid and begin the world first race today

For those who ran pell-mell through the story content of Destiny 2: Lightfall in order to get ready for the shooter's new raid, you're...
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Interview: The Wayfinder team on group size, customization, monetization, and more

Perhaps you're interested in Wayfinder because you like the idea of a small-group dungeon-running game published by Digital Extremes. (The studio made another game...

NCsoft is launching Battle Crush, a new MOBA, to PC, Switch, and mobile this year

Last night, NCsoft announced a new game: Battle Crush. I actually had to read the press release twice when it hit my inbox because...

Lord of the Rings Online players are putting on a 30-person adaptation of Sondheim’s Into the Woods this weekend

One of my favorite memories in MMOs is participating in plays and musicals, something I first saw people doing in Ultima Online in 1997...

Tamriel Infinium: How ZeniMax should fix Elder Scrolls Online’s combat

As much as there can be a consensus on anything in MMORPGs, it's generally -- but not universally -- agreed that something is rotten...

The Stream Team: Guild Wars 2’s Tower of Nightmares

Having confronted Scarlet in her playhouse, Massively OP's MJ is ready to wrap up the third chapter of Guild Wars 2's Living Season 1,...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 412: It’s a mad, mad, Mad World

Justin and Bree discuss Guild Wars 2, Embers Adrift, Mad World, Pax Dei, and Blue Protocol, with adventures in LOTRO, AdventureQuest 3D, and No Man's Sky, plus a mailbag topic on Tabula Rasa.

Sea of Thieves teases fifth anniversary doc and Season 9 additions

Believe it or not, it was all the way back in 2018 that Rare launched its PvP pirate sim into rough waters. Since then,...

Elder Scrolls Online devs reminisce on the compelling peculiarities of classic Morrowind

"Why is everyone so mean in this place?" It's a fair question from Elder Scrolls Online art director CJ Grebb, but of course he's...

Guild Wars 2 player provides a candid cautionary tale about in-game gambling addiction

There is an unfortunate number of methods (read: more than zero) that MMO gaming monetization nears real-life casino gambling, from lootboxes to gacha mechanics...

The MOP Up: SWTOR gets swoopy and plaguey in March

Star Wars: The Old Republic may not have a big patch coming out this month, but the MMO does have a couple of events...

One Shots: Welcome to your adorable nightmare

So where do you come down on the subject of Final Fantasy XIV's Lalafells? There's no middle ground here; either you're in love with...

The Stream Team: Taking our first steps into Destiny 2’s Lightfall expansion

With the Lightfall expansion's arrival this week, and MOP's Chris having found himself diving into the game more after his CMA stint, today seems...

Global Chat: How has Russia’s invasion of Ukraine impacted EVE Online?

While the effects of real-world events on video games certainly isn't as important as the lives, livelihoods, and freedoms of actual people, it is...

The Daily Grind: What cosmetic wearable options are missing in your favorite MMO?

Back in January, NCsoft opened a request thread for Blade and Soul players asking them what kinds of cosmetic items they'd like to see...

Elder Scrolls Online announces plans for an in-person fan event in April

It seems as if lots of MMORPGs are getting fan events, and we don't necessarily hate it (though COVID is still very much a...

The Stream Team: Getting the drops on Guild Wars 2 freebies

It may not be Guild Wars 2-sday anymore, but Massively OP's MJ is too excited to wait another week! Now that she found a...

Elder Scrolls Online offers players a peek at Scribes of Fate’s upcoming Bal Sunnar dungeon

The Shadow Over Morrowind content releases for Elder Scrolls Online are coming in just a couple of weeks beginning with the Scribes of Fate...

Perfect Ten: 10 small Guild Wars 2 details that make it special

I find that there's this special window of time that happens when you return to an old favorite MMO that shouldn't be missed. It's...

The Stream Team: What Lies Beneath Guild Wars 2

With the launch of new content in Guild Wars 2 today, Massively OP's MJ is taking a short break from her Living World Season...