MMORTS-turned-MOBA placed on hold indefinitely by Trion Worlds in 2014.
A year ago, MMO fans were thrilled to find out that Funcom had had its best quarter in ages thanks to the early access launch of Conan Exiles. The first quarter of 2018 wasn’t quite as huge, but you can be sure next quarter will be, as Funcom says it’s already sold 1.4M copies of the game, a million of those before May 8th – which Funcom notes is as many as Age of Conan sold in its first three years of life, making it Funcom’s “bestselling game of all time.” It’s expected to launch on PS4 in Japan this summer, alongside the game’s first DLC in June.
Age of Conan, by the way, gets a note for its Saga of Zath progression server that ran throughout winter and spring; the studio says it was “successful in engaging players and increasing revenue.” Little ink is spilled over Secret World Legends beyond a note about Dawn of the Morninglight and a promise for “more content and events […] going forward.” Anarchy Online is not mentioned.
League of Legends launched a new system to hand out immediate automatic bans for chat infractions this week, leading to many claims of unfair bans and false positives. The LoL player who stalked and harassed female gamers pled guilty to a string of serious offenses this week in court. Dota 2 finalised the teams for the qualifiers of its upcoming world championship tournament, and the community mourned the passing of beloved player ProfessorFiercE. Diablo III players Patrick Nepomuceno and Michael Stinger were convicted of computer misuse offences this week for their theft of virtual items back in 2012.
Petroglyph launched its new tank-based MOBA Victory Command on Steam Early Access. Swedish developer Ghost Games announced plans to reboot the Need for Speed franchise with a focus on storyline and an online open world. Path of Exile deployed the first test of its Deterministic Lockstep mode in a new expansion beta patch, and so far players are reporting desync-free gameplay. Heroes of the Storm has now entered open beta ahead of its June 2nd release date, and Blizzard defended its decision to remove Tychus’ signature cigar in order to maintain the game’s Teen rating.
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