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Open-source MMORPG sandbox Ryzom has lowered its subscription price – again

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This spring, at least two major MMORPGs, RuneScape and EVE Online, made the bold move to increase their subscription rates as their playerbases grumbled....

Massively Overthinking: Is free-to-play as bad as we thought it’d be a decade ago?

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It's 2022 and we're about to talk about free-to-play like it's 2012! Back then, the conversation was all about which MMORPG would fall to free-to-play...

The Game Archaeologist: Talking 25-year-old Tibia with CipSoft

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It's not every MMORPG that can boast that it started back in the late '90s and is still going strong even today. However, Tibia...

Crowfall’s CM: ‘If the game [were] going to shut down, we’d let you know’

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It's no secret that Crowfall didn't exactly have the launch year that it wanted, with a subdued launch, subsequent layoffs, and low player counts...

Guild Wars 2’s final End of Dragons beta begins today ahead of WvW test this weekend

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Today's a big day for Guild Wars 2 players: We're getting the fourth and final End of Dragons beta event, with all nine elite...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 346: Endwalker, ArcheAge, Lost Ark, and New World

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Justin and Bree discuss FFXIV's Endwalker delay, WoW's financials and player council, ArcheAge's new publisher, Gamigo's new MMORPG, Lost Ark's beta, New World's state, DDO update 51, Elder Scrolls Online's Deadlands, Harry Potter Wizard Unite's sunset, and Crowfall's freemium update, with adventures in LOTRO, Fallen Earth, City of Heroes, and Star Wars Galaxies, plus a mailbag topic on worry about the future of the genre.

Interview: Crowfall’s freemium update, small-scale PvP, new players, and the future of the game

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Another month has passed, and another meaty patch is coming to Crowfall. That's right, today we'll see the latest update (7.300) arrive on the...
Which hand is my hand?!

Interview: Cryptic untangles Neverwinter’s new battle pass experiment

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Earlier this month, we learned that Cryptic is planning a multi-tiered battle pass for Neverwinter. Echoes of Prophecy will serve as the content campaign...
I'm purely decorative!

Guild Wars 2 End of Dragons testers can play with the Vindicator, Bladesworn, Catalyst, and DX11 update now

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Hear that hum? It's the distant rumbling of the hype train to Cantha, and it's getting a little bit closer with this week's Guild...

DC Universe Online’s House of Legends launches new hub, episode, and allies system

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As promised, Daybreak pushed House of Legends to the DC Universe Online live servers this week. It's a freebie episode for everyone. The episode...

Perfect Ten: 10 ways that MMOs kind of used to be worse

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Believe you me, I know quite well the arguments that have been rehashed over the years about how the MMORPG genre and these online...

Vendetta Online pretty much just went free-to-play last night

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One of the first cross-platform MMORPGs ever just got even more friendly to the free-to-play PC crowd. Sci-fi MMO Vendetta Online announced last night...

Massively Overthinking: Do you keep MMOs installed for the login freebies?

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MOP reader Styopa proposed this fun topic for Massively Overthinking this week, prompted, he said, by Standing Stone Games' recent promotions for Lord of...

The MOP Up: League of Legends’ future looks bright

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Don't let games like Fortnite and Overwatch make you forget that League of Legends is still a thing. In fact, Riot Games' MOBA saw...

Prosperous Universe explains new free-to-play model, vows to avoid microtransactions

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So Prosperous Universe has officially gone free-to-play. But why? What makes a commerce-centric MMO open its doors to possible exploitation from free accounts? What...

Portal Knights is transforming into a full-fledged MMORPG as the original patches on PC and the Switch

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Like a blocky caterpillar spinning a chrysalis around it, Portal Knights is preparing to transform itself from a mere co-op sandbox to something far...

Ryzom’s summer promo rewards sub players with ammo in an epic water balloon fight

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Open source sandbox MMORPG Ryzom is still alive and kicking, following the last couple of years of interesting moves - including a Steam launch...

Darkfall Rise of Agon has officially soft-launched its hybrid free-to-play ‘freemium’ model

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Remember back when free-to-play was still a pretty rare thing, and we used to run polls on which MMOs would go free-to-play next? And...

GDC 2018: Yokozuna, big game data, and the future of MMO monetization

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GDC isn't E3. It isn't PAX. It's not even what I think stereotypical gamers can appreciate. But I think the Massively OP crowd is...

Darkfall: Rise of Agon pushes for crowdsourcing and a freemium model

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Do you have talent? Then Darkfall: Rise of Agon wants you to chip in and help out -- for pay, of course. The team...

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