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Interview: Saga of Lucimia on funding, development, launch, and business models

Upcoming MMORPG Saga of Lucimia has been somewhat dark over the last year as its developers hunkered down to develop rather than hype....
Fair fights.

Vague Patch Notes: Why PvP is a cheap way to fill out a game’s content compared to PvE

It feels like about four years ago when I laid down the first in a semi-regular series of columns I see as "useful notes"...

The MOP Up: Red Dead Redemption’s puke rope saves the day

Puke may have ended Elvis Presley's life, but it could save yours -- if you're playing Red Dead Redemption 2, that is. Polygon posted...

Hands-on with Dragon Raja: First impressions of Tecent’s new mobile MMORPG

I enjoy mobile MMOs. It's a hit-or-miss kind of genre: Some are great, others are terrible. I personally love the adventure of finding those good...

Not So Massively: Imagining a true MMORTS

MMOs and RTS are two of the genres of game I play the most. Given that, you'd think I'd be a big fan of...
Marketing!

Vague Patch Notes: How to read games industry investor reports as a player

The old adage goes that diplomacy is the art of saying "nice doggy" until you can find a rock. By extension, marketing is the...

EVE Evolved: Fight or Flight is a season for change in EVE Online

January marks not just the beginning of a new year for EVE Online but also the start of a new seasonal development strategy...

The MOP Up: Funcom delays Moons of Madness’ console release

For those starving in the Secret Worlds Legends content wasteland of 2019, there was at least the single-player spin-off Moons of Madness to enjoy....
No elf.

Blizzard shows off the remodeled Night Elves for Warcraft III: Reforged

Warcraft III: Reforged might have missed its initial launch date of "by the end of 2019," but not by much; the game is...

Fight or Kite: Griefing! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.

Here we are at the very first Fight or Kite of the New Year and of the decade. With it, let’s discuss something...

EVE Evolved: First impressions of the EVE Echoes mobile beta

EVE Online has been a PC MMO staple now for over 16 years, carving out a niche for itself as a long-term hobby...

Black Desert Mobile has officially launched now around the globe

Pearl Abyss has officially done it: It's launched Black Desert on four total platforms now, three of them this year, now that

You can start downloading Black Desert Mobile right now ahead of this week’s launch

Don't get too excited yet as it's not officially playable in the US just yet, but Black Desert Mobile is now available for...

Pantheon’s Visionary Realms and Brad McQuaid’s family are sponsoring a design scholarship in his memory

Given that Visionary Realms has already made clear its commitment to continuing development of Pantheon in the wake of studio head
Full of sound and fury. Sadly.

Global Chat: Remembering the MMO fallen

A discussion chain has been rippling across the MMO blogosphere as of late, with writers reminiscing about online games that have lived and died...

EVE Online developers will soon be allowed to… play EVE Online

EVE Online's developers have historically had to keep the community at arms length to avoid inadvertently influencing the player-run sandbox. After the 2007...

Roblox’s latest event taps some Star Wars Rise of Skywalker transmedia synergy

All the Star Wars things, please! That's what Roblox is dishing up right now. The kid-centered building MMO partnered with no less than...

Here’s how WoW Classic influenced the design of Shadowlands for Retail WoW

While World of Warcraft's upcoming expansion has been in the works long before the launch of this past August's WoW Classic, the...

Choose My Adventure: An intriguing and frustrating start in Citadel Forged with Fire

This one’s going to be a doozy, I can already tell. My first arrival to Citadel: Forged with Fire was a bumpy, rough, unpleasant...

Massively Overthinking: The problem with MMO ‘dailies’

Longtime MOP Patron and friend of the site Avaera recently posed us an intriguing questions about daily login rewards in MMORPGs. "Recently my game of choice,...

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