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The Daily Grind: Are you concerned about New World’s setting?

When New World was announced back in 2016, the MMO community went to work dissecting everything, from its PvP system to its...

Make My MMO: You can’t launch people from catapults in Ashes of Creation, but you can attend a play in Shroud of the Avatar

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, Ashes of Creation posted up a sizable Q&A on Reddit, telling its community that it's still working...
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Wild Terra is going free-to-play next week as its ‘next stage of active growth’

You might have wondered whether this was happening, given all the key giveaways, but yes, you were right: Juvty Worlds is taking its isometric...
And ANOTHER goddamn thing!

Final Fantasy XIV’s basic edition is free for Twitch Prime users until May

With a new expansion on the way in July and a continual schedule of content updates, you may very well be tempted to try...

MMO designer Raph Koster runs down the key mechanics that drive retention in online games

If last week's "games as a service" conversation piqued your interest, hop on over to Raph Koster's blog. The veteran MMORPG designer...

Make My MMO: Chronicles of Elyria’s armor, Shroud of the Avatar’s R62

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, Chronicles of Elyria dropped its latest community journal, which highlighted new armor sculpts and concept art and promises...

EverQuest II rejuvenates PvP with a new seasonal server

Can PvP spark the fires of excitement for EverQuest II's community? Daybreak is hoping so, as the studio is bringing back the...

The Game Archaeologist: Dungeon Runners

Where do you rest on the spectrum of humor? If you find yourself giggling and snorting at dumb jokes, groan-worthy puns, and satire so...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 206: This is our Anthem

Justin and Bree discuss MMO character creation systems, the Anthem demo mess, Ragnarok 2's abrupt development end, WoW's new raid, Daybreak's EverQuest franchise plans, Last Oasis, and Fallout 76, with mailbag questions on needlessly complicated MMOs and subs for maintenance mode games.

The Daily Grind: Do you trust companies selling ‘games as a service’?

MUD and MMO players are pretty much the original victims of "games as a service" mentality. News that Nintendo is shutting down the...

Leaderboard: Are you all-in for Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr?

Elder Scrolls Online's Elsweyr is not exactly what I wanted - I'm a Hammerfell and Morrowind girl - but we already got Morrowind,...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 205: Dragons and other MMO rarities

Justin and Bree discuss Elder Scrolls Online's Elsweyr, Breach, Nexon, ArcheAge, Pantheon, FFXIV, SWG Legends, CrossCode, and the harms of early access.

Leaderboard: Do you think Bethsoft is going to take Fallout 76 free-to-play?

One of the claims floating around Reddit and YouTube is the claim that stores across the globe, from the UK to Australia to...

Astellia confirms it’ll be buy-to-play in the west, won’t be a ‘smash-and-grab’

At PAX South this weekend, Astellia reps did indeed sit for a panel on the game as promised - a panel hosted,...

Make My MMO: WoW’s esports crowdfunding, Legends of Aria’s spring delay

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, Blizzard is making its debut in this column, as it officially announced that it will be partially crowdfunding...

The Game Archaeologist: Fury

Back in 1997, Australian game developer Auran arrived onto the scene with the real-time strategy title Dark Reign. While it wasn't exactly Command & Conquer...

Gamigo is expanding ArcheAge’s team, reducing lockboxes, and evaluating the Gazillion assets

MMOBomb has an interview up with Gamigo's top brass today that has some interesting nuggets for MMO players wondering about the current...

Interview: Astellia’s western team on pay-to-win, themeparks, and dodging early access and battle royale

Yesterday we covered the news that South Korean born MMORPG Astellia is heading westward in 2019, with its holy trinity classes, solid PvE...

Shroud of the Avatar plans a hefty cash shop overhaul, includes $6999 package to support episode 2

Shroud of the Avatar's business model is apparently getting a bit of an overhaul. As the game's latest newsletter explains, Portalarium is changing...

LOTRO Legendarium: A requiem for trait lines

Back in last October when Standing Stone Games announced that it would be launching the legendary server type, one of the most contentious points...

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