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Days late and many dollars short.

The Sims 5 developers are looking to Animal Crossing and Among Us for multiplayer inspiration

If the promise of multiplayer in The Sims 5 (technically still Project Rene but let's not front) brings you memories of The Sims Online,...
zoop badoop

The Daily Grind: What’s your least favorite death penalty in an MMO?

Just going to throw out a controversial statement here: Nobody really wants to die in a video game. When your health reaches zero and...
Ashorty got aslow.

Tencent dives into the backstory of Tarisland’s Aslow the Shadow Witch

If you've fallen in love with the unique cadence of Tarisland's not-quite-correct English translations from its various video narrations, you will probably enjoy the...
Tipshat Milady

DC Universe Online adds new difficulties, a new tutorial, and new character creation in GU 139

Despite what other MMOs may have led you to believe, the Gentleman Ghost in DC Universe Online is not at all averse to violence...
Cool story, bro.

New World previews Eternal Frost’s Glacial Tarn expedition, celebrates big win for its musical score

Whether you're ready to say that it's ice to meet this boss or just want to drop a clever bon mot about how clearly...

World of Warcraft previews its next patch update, Seeds of Renewal

It's been like half an hour since the last World of Warcraft update and we still haven't heard about the plans for the next...

Guild Wars 2 shows off the support options of Mesmers with rifles

You probably do not think of rifles as a supportive option most of the time, and if someone claims that she will heal you...

The Daily Grind: Do your MMO builds gravitate toward aesthetics or mechanics?

Every single class and build in every MMO is governed by two separate but interlocking things, the look and the feel. These things do...

Lost Ark shows off the Souleater arriving on November 15

The latest player option for Lost Ark arrives in the game on November 15th, the Souleater. And she's a very original class the likes...

World of Warcraft’s Guardians of the Dream launches today (albeit with delays)

If you aren't looking forward to World of Warcraft: The War Within, the good news is that there's a fair chunk of Dragonflight left...

Tarisland previews Dark Invasions and World Bosses for its next playtest

Are you tired of thinking about multiverses yet? Tarisland sure hopes not, because its next playtest will feature the zones flagged by the Dark...
Marching off to nowhere.

The Daily Grind: What was the last major victory you had in an MMO?

The reality is that we all know MMO victories are not the same as real-world victories. It's just not possible; these are video games...
Well this is not a great thing for draco-elezen relations.

The Daily Grind: How often do you change builds for your characters in MMOs?

I know people in Final Fantasy XIV who always, always wind up changing their main job to one of the new jobs from the...
Isn't it all nice?

Fractured Online’s latest patch adds quick rests and more ultimate legends

Ever have a tough fight in Fractured Online that makes you just step back and feel like you need a breather? The latest patch...
Leafy bits.

World of Warcraft previews the mechanics and rewards of upcoming Emerald Dream events

If you're excited to head to the Emerald Dream in World of Warcraft but aren't excited to have a whole lot of growing stuff...
Less drifty!

Embers Adrift opens up subscription perks to all for its anniversary event

It's already been just about a year since Embers Adrift first reached launch, and that's something to celebrate for any MMO. Even more so...
Tonguin' done.

New World discusses the changes made to Influence in its second iteration

There's just a few hours left to go until New World's Rise of the Angry Earth expansion, so why not spend a chunk of...

Survivalbox Chimeraland is stealth-launching a surprise new update today

Earlier this week, we checked in on Chimeraland, finding the delightfully weird title had abandoned its website, social media presence, and Discord, leading us...
It's fine, everything is fine, this is fine.

The Daily Grind: What MMO combat has felt unfair to you?

Fairness in combat is in the eye of the beholder, to a certain extent. There are people who will insist a fight is unfair...
There are problems with this art, but we're going to overlook that.

Final Fantasy XIV launches its special site for patch 6.5, Growing Light

Later this month will see the announcement of when patch 6.5, Growing Light, will arrive for Final Fantasy XIV (although we know it's early...