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Major gaming studio, responsible for World of Warcraft and the Warcraft franchise, Diablo III and the Diablo franchise, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch.

The Daily Grind: What MMO will change its business model dramatically in 2020?

It used to be our tradition around the end of the year to speculate on which MMORPG that hadn't yet gone free-to-play would be...

Massively Overthinking: The best and worst MMO developer quotes of 2019

It's long-since become a multi-year and fun tradition on Massively OP to do an end-of-year recap of the best and worst...
Here we come again.

WoW Factor: A history of itemization in World of Warcraft

Huh. You know, I really thought I'd written about the whole Corruption system in World of Warcraft's upcoming 8.3 before now in a format...

WoW’s alpaca adoption promo, Hearthstone’s Winter Veil, and Heroes of the Storm’s Deathwing update

Diablo IV isn't the only thing getting big news from Blizzard this week - the studio's busy in most of its other big...

Blizzard promises ‘deep and rewarding’ itemization in Diablo IV

When you dive through the gates of Hell once more for Diablo IV, you are not going to find the same-old itemization system...
Eye.

Editing tags may reveal the identity of a character in the Diablo IV cinematic trailer

It's going to be a long while before we have any sort of release date for Diablo IV or anything more than scraps...

Overwatch 2 promises to deliver a ‘complete story with beginning, middle, and end’

The sequel-cum-expansion Overwatch 2 has a number of things for players to look forward to, especially those who are more eager to try...

The MOP Up: Settlers of Catan goes alternate reality

If you are anything like my family and friends, then you probably have a copy or three of Settlers of Catan in play on...

Hearthstone Battlegrounds takes a deep dive into how the game determines your rating

Many game devs are extremely mum about how they come to determine a player's competitive rating. Not Hearthstone, which seems to be all...
I want a milky way.

WoW Factor: A brief history of allied races (and when a grind is not a grind)

All right, calm down, this is not actually going to be done in the same format as a brief history of flight, if...

MassivelyOP’s 2019 MMO swag gift guide

The Black Friday is upon us! (Angels and ministers of grace defend us!) Outside there are winter storms, flu viruses, and holiday traffic. But...

Massively Overthinking: Gratitude for the MMO genre

Thanksgiving conveniently falls on a Thursday every year, which means it's the perfect topic for our regular Thursday Massively Overthinking roundtable. I've asked our writers what they're grateful for in and around the MMO genre the last couple of years - and now we're gonna do it again.
Full of sound and fury. Sadly.

Global Chat: Remembering the MMO fallen

A discussion chain has been rippling across the MMO blogosphere as of late, with writers reminiscing about online games that have lived and died...
Big lizert

Heroes of the Storm rolls out Deathwing to its test server

We're so sorry, Heroes of the Storm players; the arrival of Deathwing means doom and destruction. Fortunately, it seems likely that his approach will...

Not So Massively: A Year of Rain is a promising RTS with a co-op focus

A Year of Rain sounds like the title of an introspective indie movie about overcoming depression. It also sounds like an accurate description...

Massively OP’s guide to MMO Thanksgiving 2019

Pass the cranberry sauce, we're having mashed potatoes! Oh the turkey looks great! Thank you for loving me, thank you for being there, thank you...
Those who fear darkness have never seen what the light can do.

The MOP Up: Destiny 2 worships the sun

That glowing ball of thermonuclear radiation in the sky might just mean warmth and crispy tans for you, but for Destiny 2, it is...

One Shots: If it doesn’t have a tail, it’s not a monkey

No lie, when I had pulled up this screenshot from reader Vincent, I happened to be listening to "Big Ape City" from Donkey...

Blizzard’s Joe Magdalena recounts a World of Warcraft bear that could kill players with a look

In most MMOs, bears are low-level foes that are part of some early stage kill 10 quest or perhaps used to harvest lower level...

Diablo III goes on a killstreak with Season 19, now live

With quite a ways to go until Diablo IV hits the scene, Diablo III will need to feed the insatiable hunger for...

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