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Microsoft executives talk about expanding game services, game accessibility, inclusivity, and first-party releases

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The head execs at Microsoft have some lofty plans for the wider gaming world if several statements are anything to go by. The company...

The Elder Scrolls Online brings back a free trial of its ESO Plus subscription this week

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Did the reveals from E3 pique your interest in The Elder Scrolls Online? Did you happen to miss out on the last time the...

Fallout 76 ends Nuclear Winter battle royale mode, offers a free trial

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While you'd think that the end of a nuclear winter would, y'know, be a good thing, it's bound to disappoint some of Fallout 76's...

Crowfall lowers its buy-to-play price and details its optional VIP sub

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Ahead of Crowfall's launch this July, ArtCraft is announcing a reduction in its box price and reveals its full subscription plan. "Crowfall is unveiling...

Lost Ark launches this fall as an Amazon-published free-to-play title; founder packs are now live

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The news won't shock anyone who's been watching Lost Ark inch its way across the world the last few many years and who noticed...

PAX Online East is selling a digital badge that grants merch discounts and early Discord access for 15 bucks

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With PAX East going to an all-digital format this year, there are a few experiences that are missing from the event that probably can't...

World War II Online turns 20, tweaks sub, plans Steam launch and UE4 conversion

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Cornered Rat Software's MMO World War II Online is 20 years old, believe it or not, and still under development "so as the create...
Tiptoe through the something-or-other.

Make My MMO: Crowfall cometh

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This week in crowdfunded MMOs, the big news was Crowfall - yes, the MMORPG everyone Kickstarted way back in 2015 is has a real...

CS:GO reboots F2P business model, tucking far more behind the paywall

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Valve set off a dramabomb last night with its announcement that CounterStrike: Global Offensive would be dramatically changing its business model. The company essentially...

The Soapbox: MMO monetization that complements poor game design makes us all losers

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I have a problem: As much as I enjoy games, I can see that many online and multiplayer games are becoming designed more poorly...
The hills have eyes. And mouths, and hands, and punchy personalities.

PSA: Skyforge is giving away free sub time to all PC players for MY.GAMES’ birthday

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Skyforge players, or would-be Skyforge players, MY.GAMES is celebrating its birthday, and like any good games studio, it's giving you presents for the occasion....

Project Gorgon’s offline leveling system and new sub are live

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On Monday, we covered the news that Elder Game's Project Gorgon, still nestled in early access, was finally reaching the "new stage of the...

Epic v Apple: Apple’s CEO ‘has a feel’ about App Store profits but no data, closing arguments are made

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The Epic vs. Apple antitrust trial has entered its final stretch, closing out with a big moment for Apple's side of the case as...
GOrging.

Project Gorgon is adding an optional subscription and perks with today’s update

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Project Gorgon is much-loved around here, winning best indie MMO several years running thanks to its dogged devotion to being, well, the weirdest and...

Global Chat: Feasting on Guild Wars 2’s Icebrood Saga

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Nerdy Bookahs is pretty dang delighted to come back to a "feast" in Guild Wars 2, thanks to all of the new content in...

Massively Overthinking: How much should MMO subs be in 2021?

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MMORPG blogger Wilhelm at The Ancient Gaming Noob has a fantastic piece up this month on the traditional $15 MMO subscription. He dips back...

Darkfall Rise of Agon’s Chinese VIP-only server officially opens to all players tomorrow

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We've waded through the waist-deep mire of Google Translate to bring you this Darkfall: Rise of Agon news. Readers will recall that the sandbox...
Imagine.

Magic Legends’ May update adds streamlining, newbie QOL, and monetization changes

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Magic Legends is gearing up for a big beta update tomorrow, but before it drops, Perfect World and Cryptic have posted a dev blog...

MMO Business Roundup: Discord, Ubisoft, Twitch, WB Games, Starfield, and more

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMO- and MMO-adjacent games industry news! First, let's talk about Clyde. He's got a bit of a makeover. Discord:...

Ashes of Creation boss criticizes New World’s business model, argues for subs and cosmetic shops

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New World's cash-shop snafu last week still has a wide swath of the MMO community up in arms, apparently. Readers will recall that a...

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