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Mortal Online 2 has shifted its launch to 2022, scraps early access plans

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It's the story of 2021 so far, that so many MMOs have seen delays, but hey, here's one more: Mortal Online 2 has bumped...

Massively Overthinking: How much would you pay for an MMO sub in 2021?

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A few weeks back, MMO YouTuber Napyet tweeted that he liked Fallout 76's private servers but that compared to MMORPGs, the subscription for the...
Feelings felt

Vague Patch Notes: Returning MMO players need tutorials too

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One of the nice things about Final Fantasy XIV is that it is explicitly designed by someone who thinks that it's not just reasonable but expected...
Choppy choppy.

The Daily Grind: What does reception to Crowfall and Elyon say about the MMO genre right now?

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Real talk here for a sec: I'm a smidge nervous about Crowfall and Elyon and what they portend for the next stage of the...

Make My MMO: Crowfall’s layoffs, Star Citizen’s concept ship shenanigans, and more MMO crowdfunding news

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Crowfall's layoffs dominated the crowdfunding headlines this week, as the Kickstarted MMORPG admitted that it had downsized, attributing the move to a transition to...

Elyon delays launch to October 20th to swap to a free-to-play model

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Remember back when Elyon locked in a launch date of September 29th? It turns out that this was more of a soft-lock, really, giving...
I'll be gone soon.

Massively Overthinking: MMO ideas that were ahead of their time

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I'm gonna say something wild right now: In some ways, CliffyB was ahead of his time. My husband and I came to this realization...

World of Warships finally issues apology for August debacles, addresses communication and monetization

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World of Warships has really not had the best run over the last couple of weeks. As our own WoWS expert Ben has been...

Embers Adrift, formerly Saga of Lucimia, says it’s raised enough money to launch

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Stormhaven Studios has been relatively quiet this summer since announcing that it was rebranding Saga of Lucimia as Embers Adrift following the bizarre departure...

Blizzard offers piles of Hearthstone and World of Warcraft loot to boost subs

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If you were among the gamers who thought it was a little thirsty of Blizzard to finally be dishing out long-wanted changes in World...

Indie MMO TitanReach has apparently suspended development as ‘funds have dried up’

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I have some bad news for fans of indie MMORPG TitanReach: The game has apparently suspended development thanks to a lack of funding. Australian studio...
Just barely avoided this fate.

Perfect Ten: 10 MMOs that waved goodbye without ever making it to launch

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If you've somehow missed this fact, then I hate to be the one to inform you of it, but it's time you learned: MMOs...

10-year-old Allods Online is (briefly) selling another batch of ‘collector’s editions’

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It is always a little weird to see an MMORPG release a collector's edition well after the launch of a game, but hey, marketers...
Sing a song of madness.

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s cash shop and the existential horror of monetization

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The fact that there's a cash shop in Final Fantasy XIV is something that is absolutely impossible to discuss in a value-neutral fashion. Simply...

Make My MMO: Star Citizen 3.14, Ship of Heroes’ mission beta

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This last few weeks in crowdfunded MMOs, were actually surprisingly light, which is a good or bad thing, depending on how you look at...

PSA: Aion Classic is handing out a three day-long subscription bonus to all players this weekend

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Are you enjoying your time in Aion Classic but not enough to buy the buff-granting subscription? Then you'll probably want to know more about...

Project X is a mobile ‘social sandbox MMO’ full of resource gathering and house building in closed beta

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This one will need a little bit of context because the name Project X carries a tiny bit of history here. Back in 2018...

LOTRO producer interview talks more about legendary item and monetization revamps

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You'd barely even know that there's an expansion on the way for Lord of the Rings Online if you only took in the current...

The Soapbox: World of Warships’ aggressive monetization incited a mass-exodus of content creators

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Gaming monetization has been a topic of intense conversation ever since box copies of software diminished in favor of persistent online experiences. Subscription services...

Mortal Online 2 will launch early access October 26 – apparently with a sub

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Yesterday, Mortal Online 2 developer Starvault announced in its Discord that it's planning a final stress test for the beginning of September with an...

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