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Aion Classic is really happening in the west, and it’s launching in ‘the Americas’ on June 23

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We've been covering NCsoft's release of Aion Classic overseas and the teases and hints that it's been leveling at the western playerbase for a...

Pearl Abyss opens new studios in US and Europe as part of western expansion efforts

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Pearl Abyss very clearly has eyes on expanding its reach further into the western market. The publisher/developer of Black Desert has opened up two...

NetEase launches new cross-platform sci-fi multiplayer online title Infinite Lagrange

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NetEase is launching a new online game today: It's called Infinite Lagrange, and it's a multiplayer sci-fi strategy simulation title with a noticeable EVE...
Huh!

NCsoft seemingly confirms that Aion Classic is coming to the west

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Last fall, NCsoft announced a new classic mode for the Korean Aion servers. It was a huge success that brought the game back from...

Kakao and XL Games’ mobile MMORPG Moonlight Sculptor launches globally May 25

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In mid-April we shone a light on Moonlight Sculptor, a new mobile MMORPG from publisher Kakao Games and developer XL Games (of ArcheAge infamy)...

LOTRO shutting down Ithil progression server, offers free transfers

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Back when Lord of the Rings Online rolled out its progression server Anor back in November 2018, the response was so overwhelming that SSG...

The Game Archaeologist: Dragon Empires, Codemasters’ abandoned MMO

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The name "Codemasters" is far more familiar to European players than North American ones, as the British developer and publisher was active on the...

MMO Business Roundup: Q1 2021 financials for Roblox, Nexon, and Star Stable

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. Star Stable: I'm frankly just as surprised as anyone to be starting this...

First impressions of Elyon’s western closed beta: Day one and a dungeon run

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I can't believe I'm actually playing Elyon on local servers. People have been excited for this game since it was called Ascent: Infinite Realm, and just...

Elyon offers pre-loading ahead of first western closed beta tomorrow

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We've been joking around MOP that May is "World Beta Month" due to how many MMO betas that are scheduled to run over the...

Four Winds: Why are Asian MMOs monetized the way they are?

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Welcome to Four Winds, Massively OP's newest column, dedicated to Asian MMOs and the culture around it. As the resident Black Desert columnist, I'm...
I blew things up!

The MOP Up: Apex Legends racks up 100 million players

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For some games, the key metric to brag by is the total number of players that have come in through one's doors. And if...

MMO Business Roundup: Roblox prank, Hi-Rez, Wargaming, Epic’s funding round, CCP’s metaverse

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO (and MMO-adjacent) industry news! A Roblox player from a goofy political meme group apparently pulled quite a stunt...

Elyon’s western closed beta will run May 6 through 10 – without the cash shop

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When Krafton and Krafton opened up Elyon's new English website and started tooting the beta horn, you had to know this announcement wasn't far...

Gamigo’s next big thing is a 4v4 MOBA hybrid called Skydome

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Gamigo's parent company's last investor report promised "an increased number of game launches on the roadmap for 2021," and now we know what...

Elyon preps western closed beta, opens registrations on English website overhaul

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Back in December, just as Elyon (fka Ascent Infinite Realm) was launching in Korea, we were left to get excited over the opening of...

Blizzard admits to more layoffs, starts up alumni network

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Last week, Blizzard Entertainment began laying off 190 employees, 50 of whom reportedly came from esports and live events. Now we know which other...

Astellia has officially launched its Astella Royal free-to-play version on Steam

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There's nothing more delightfully confusing than when there are completely different versions of the same MMORPG operating globally, as with TERA or Aion. But...

Gamigo says RIFT is ‘contributing a great deal’ to the studio, promises 10th anny events

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Earlier this week, we learned from one of our sources that multiple developers from Gamigo's RIFT team had been laid off from the company,...

Guild Wars 2 seeks the roller beetle champions of the world – qualifiers are this weekend and next

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There are two types of Guild Wars 2 players: Those who stop to smell (and loot) the roses, and those who experience the game...

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