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Magic to Master goes crypto, ties down a publisher, and eyes a nebulous February early access release window

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With all of the loud goose honking that came out of the gaming industry in 2023, it would be understandably easy to have forgotten...

Massively Overthinking: The 2023 MMO trainwrecks (almost) nobody noticed

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This might be one of the most important Massively Overthinkings we do all year, and it's a pretty salty one. We always come away...

Make My MMO: The biggest MMO crowdfunding stories of 2023

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Welcome to a special end-of-the-year edition of Make My MMO, the MassivelyOP column where we - well, I - keep tabs on all of...

Gameforge’s DMCA filing took the Magic to Master Kickstarter down, alleging stolen Metin2 assets

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We return to the bizarre and spiraling story of Magic to Master, an old Korean MMORPG brought to Kickstarter by Hungarian studio Laniatus. We're...

The Magic to Master mess devolved into DMCA abuse as Laniatus promises launch ‘regardless of Kickstarter’

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We've been trying real hard not to have to write about this game again, but here we are back touching base on the Magic...

The Magic to Master Kickstarter fiasco has become a scandal over Idea Fabrik, Hero Engine, and The Repopulation

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Last week, we reported on the dubious Kickstarter of studio Laniatus' MMO Magic to Master, an old MMO being brought back from the dead...
So many intelligent decisions!

No, we didn’t write a ‘testimonial review’ supporting Kickstarter MMO Magic to Master

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A couple of years back, we reported on the resurrection of Magic to Master, aka M2M, which along with Laniatus had apparently changed hands...
Details, details.

Idea Fabrik, the company behind Hero Engine and The Repopulation, disappears from the internet

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The beginning of this year saw a sad but perhaps unsurprising development for the Kickstarted sci-fi sandbox MMO The Repopulation when the workers contracted...

Kickstarted sandbox MMO The Repopulation is apparently dead as Idea Fabrik’s contracted dev team quits

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When last we checked in on The Repopulation, it was in August, when I realized that the team behind the game had put out...

Whatever happened to The Repopulation? (2022 Edition)

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A few weeks back, I was working on a column that includes a reference to The Repopulation, and I realized I hadn't heard anything...

Working As Intended: MMOs that wish they were Star Wars Galaxies

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"My friends and I would skin someone alive for an SWG 2," an old Star Wars Galaxies player recently wrote on Reddit, and that...

The Repopulation team recreated over 1100 pieces of furniture from earlier builds

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Let's be honest, it's never a good sign that I forget about an MMO until I see a developer tweet about it, but in...

The Repopulation patches, plans, and prepares for partial wipes

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The Repopulation's long and difficult road in reclaiming excitement and an actual population will be paved with meaningful patches and continued development - or...

The Repopulation’s latest alpha patch touches on inventory and optimization

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It seems strange now, but five or six years ago, The Repopulation was a much-wanted Kickstarted MMORPG, with visual and design roots in sandboxes...

The Repopulation’s latest update once again focuses on optimization and error fixing

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I've often written here about how not every patch or update needs to bring some big ticket feature and that, sometimes, it's just better...

The Repopulation will open its new tutorial island location on January 1

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Back in the very beginning of December, The Repopulation had detailed a new island starting area set to release with a patch later in...

The Repopulation’s new tutorial area is expected to arrive with December’s patch

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Getting started in a sandbox like The Repopulation always seems to be the hardest landing to stick. I should know; I've played more than...
Well, good by the standards of this title.

The Repopulation’s latest update is all about database improvements and server merges (in a good way)

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It can be really hard to swallow the idea that you can discuss server merges in any MMO in a good way. Sure, it means...

The Repopulation’s latest dev update covers work on the game server and art optimization

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You gotta admire any MMO studio that puts out real news on April 1st, knowing the jokes and questions it will provoke, but that's...

The Repopulation previews new tutorial island, lore timeline, and upgraded development servers

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The Repopulation's latest dev update is giving me some serious Star Wars Galaxies player city vibes, but then I guess that was always part...

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