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Dual Universe is finally entering beta in August – with a subscription model

Long-running MMORPG fansite Gamespot (/s) has just posted the not-so-exclusive-now news that sci-fi MMO Dual Universe is expected to hit beta on...

RuneScape improves its chat filtering, OSRS adds more Poll 71 features and tweaks death mechanics

Surprise, surprise, some players of RuneScape and Old School RuneScape have been presumably trying to circumvent the hard-locked chat terms meant...
Uh-oh.

The Daily Grind: Has the Crucible pull-back affected your thoughts on New World?

Here's the thing: I have definitely not been on the hype train for Amazon's New World for a variety for reasons. But with...
Mr. Anderson, welcome back.

Betawatch: Crucible has re-entered beta

Ah, Crucible, welcome back to the warm embrace of being in beta. Yes, after launching with something like a bellyflop, the game...
Binding, binding.

WoW Factor: The missing soulbinds of Shadowlands’ testing

Everyone remembers about soulbinding, yes? It's one of the major new features in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands? Like, it's literally the whole thing...

Crowfall recaps Awakening alpha update, teases closed beta timeline

On the heels of its Awakening update, Crowfall is talking more and more about the MMO's impending beta. "Many of you are asking about...

Secret World Legends preps weekend balancing pass test server event

Our recent Chaos Theory column on Secret World Legends' rather dismal last year didn't paint the best picture of the health of...
I half-see.

Vague Patch Notes: Trying to salvage MMOs from bad launches

So I'm glad that Crucible got a "pull back to beta" instead of a complete shutdown. I'm surprised but still happy because that's...
REWIND!

Crucible explains its playtest and tournament plans moving through beta

It wasn't so long ago that Crucible opted to take itself out of launch and move back into beta. (It was a couple...

Camelot Unchained’s new 90-day plan includes weekend servers

Camelot Unchained has a new 90-day plan, and it could transform the way you experience your weekends. The next three-month goal for...

Amazon is pulling another game back for a do-over – this time it’s Crucible

So here's the good news: Amazon isn't throwing Crucible in the trash the way it did with Breakaway. But the bad news is...
Masterful.

NCsoft MOBA Master x Master should’ve turned three years old in the west this month

Way back in 2014 on Old Massively, our team began covering Master x Master, a new MOBA by NCsoft, then in beta...

Crowfall will let its backers /flex on ’em with August’s backer reward

Ah, the flex emote. A classic staple of MMORPG gaming. How else could players ironically (or maybe unironically) laud their greatness without it? Besides...
TECHNICALLY?!

Betawatch: Crowfall’s alpha is actually kind of a beta but also mostly an alpha

Apparently, Crowfall's current test state is "technically" a beta. Technically. As the person who maintains this list, splitting hairs like this technically...
Planted.

Path of Exile speeds up its content development after Harvest delay

Path of Exile has a little problem. It took longer than expected to get the Harvest league out, and while that's not...
Make them fight.

Vague Patch Notes: MOBAs, battle royales, and shallow genre pools in the online gaming space

This past week, Nintendo announced Pokemon Unite, and then I had to go to see a doctor because I rolled my eyes so...

Starborne previews a faster game mode during an open tournament this weekend

The multiplayer RTS Starborne seems to be about playing the long game, what with regular campaigns lasting a total of 10 weeks each....

Crowfall’s current build is ‘technically’ the game’s beta version according to J. Todd Coleman

What makes a beta a beta? It's been a source of scowling-faced commenter "discussion" ever since marketing betas and early access muddied the water....
Well, you know.

Dawngate Revival project hits its Kickstarter target, but funding continues for nearly two more months

Hey, folks, remember Dawngate? The answer is probably "no, not in the slightest," which would make a certain amount of sense as the...

APB Reloaded is changing gun rentals, getting rid of lootboxes, and hosting an open beta of its new engine

The lootbox is soon to be officially dead in APB Reloaded. According to a recent dev blog, Joker Mystery Boxes are being...

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