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Make My MMO: Albion Online is free-to-play, so of course the review bombing has begun

Never let it be said that no crowdfunded MMOs ever succeed: This week week in MMO crowdfunding, Albion Online launched for what one...
Here we go.

Champions Online kicks off a leveling challenge and ushers in some gigantic monsters

How quickly do you think you can get a character to level 40 in Champions Online? The developers are challenging you to hit...

Enter to win a Skyforge New Horizons PC Mechanoid War Pack from My.com and MOP! [NA only]

Skyforge made headlines this week for its latest expansion, New Horizons, with its new planet, new enemies, and overhauled scaling system intended...
There! A thing!

Albion Online’s free-to-play relaunch is going well in spite of lag, queues, and duping

We don't get a lot of buy-to-play or subscription-based MMOs going free-to-play anymore, chiefly because most of the ones likely to make the jump...

MMO Business Roundup: Funcom financials, NetEase, Improbable’s BioWare roots, and a real-world battle royale

Welcome back to another MMO business roundup! Business business business! If you've been watching Funcom's financial reports since 2017 or so, you know that...

Adventure Academy is an ‘educational massively multiplayer online game’ launching May 1

Adventure Academy is going to mystify the typical gamer: There are no dragons to fight and no lockboxes to fight over. But if...

Make My MMO: Oath is the latest MMORPG to launch on Kickstarter

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, a new Kickstarter contender has entered the ring! The game is called Oath, and Ready-Up Studios is...

Lawful Neutral: The future of MMO game design in a streaming gaming world

It’s been an interesting few weeks for gaming. We saw the announcement of Google’s game streaming service, Stadia, and then Apple’s subscribe-to-access game...

Massively Overthinking: If an MMO item is buyable with gold, does that excuse its presence in the cash shop?

This week's Overthinking topic comes from longtime MOP reader and commenter Sally Bowls. It's about monetization, but it's a nuanced argument we don't...

Guild Wars 2 staff are reorganizing into ‘fully staffed content teams’ as ArenaNet outlines future content

Guild Wars 2 has been in a bit of limbo this winter. Following mass layoffs at ArenaNet, the cancellation of two additional...

Make My MMO: You can finally roll a female character in Star Citizen’s latest alpha

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, Star Citizen stole the show with the release of its 3.5 alpha to all backers. Most famously,...

The Game Archaeologist: The Chronicles of Spellborn

Hey! Hey you! Yeah, you the I'm-so-bored-with-all-of-these-MMOs gamer! You've been grousing about for years how MMOs never take risks, never innovate, and are merely...
Remember.

Vague Patch Notes: The occupant’s dilemma in MMORPGs

This is the story of Stanley. Stanley had a hobby, and that hobby was playing MMOs. Every day, he logged in to Final Fantasy XI,...

Desert Oasis: Reframing player perceptions of Pearl Abyss’ MMO Black Desert

Hello and welcome to our revival of the Black Desert column! The Desert Nomad decided it was time to reroll for the new...

Apple reveals Apple Arcade, yet another subscription service for games

File this one under things you probably didn't ask for: At its conference today, Apple announced Apple Arcade, a multi-platform sub service "that...
Definitely a nadir, then.

Heroes of the Storm yanks the cash option for lockboxes in its latest test patch

You can buy lockboxes right now in Heroes of the Storm, but with the current patch in testing on the game's test server, you...

Make My MMO: Project Gorgon’s cash shop isn’t horsing around, Star Citizen’s playable female characters are finally here

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, beloved indie MMO Project Gorgon raised a few eyebrows this week by announcing a microtransaction cash shop...
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Path of Exile teams up with Kakao to publish in Korea

Opening service in a new region is always an exciting sign of success for a game, so it's good news to hear that Path...

The Daily Grind: So, do you think Google’s Stadia will revolutionize gaming?

Yesterday's Google presentation and announcement of Stadia - and all its attendant accoutrements - set the internet as well as our staff chattering...
That doesn't mean you shouldn't have started working on your dye system years ago, but the problem already existed.

World of Warcraft reactivates all lapsed accounts this weekend

With a surprisingly solid patch out the door this month, World of Warcraft no doubt wants to get as many eyeballs on...

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