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The Game Archaeologist: Lifestorm, Japan’s first MMORPG

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In comparison to how widely that China and Korea's game development studios embraced MMORPGs right from the beginning, Japan's been curiously low-key in creating...

Massively on the Go: Mother Nintendo should make Niantic Earthbound

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So, Nintendo and Niantic will work together for more AR games based on Nintendo IPs. No great surprise from me, as I'd mentioned years...

Massively on the Go: Why Nintendo and Pikmin make sense in Niantic’s hands

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With the recent news that Nintendo and Niantic will work together for more AR games based on Nintendo IPs, I thought it might be...

MMO Business Roundup: Comic Con 2021, Apple v. Epic, and Twitch transparency

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. Comic-Con 2021: Organizers have now canceled the core Comic-Con event for the second year...

Monster Hunter Rise producer confirms a PC version is set to arrive next year

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While Nintendo Switch owners will only have to wait a few weeks for Monster Hunter Rise to release on March 26th, those who are...
We must ride like the wind.

Blue Protocol shows off the quick-access shortcut bar in another Twitter tease

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When will Blue Protocol be released over here? We have no idea, it's not even released yet in its native Japan. But the team continues...

Phantasy Star Online 2 releases a collab with a mobile RPG and localizes a webcomic

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Yep, it's another AC Scratch Ticket collab event for Phantasy Star Online 2. This time, the game is holding hands with Idola Phantasy...

Massively on the Go: Monster Hunter Rise’s demo is merely a less pretty taste of Monster Hunter World

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I have to admit, from the demo, Monster Hunter Rise isn't what I was expecting. Having played Monster Hunter World on both PS4 and on...

Massively Uplifting: Niantic, ArenaNet, and more MMO studios end 2020 on charitable high notes

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Do you know what one of the best things about Massively Uplifting is? Although the world focuses on giving good deeds and Joy to...

Massively Overthinking: Our MMO resolutions for 2021

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Really, there's only one valid resolution for 2021: make it suck less than 2020. That aside, it's customary to ask the Massively OP writers to...
Plue Brotocol.

Blue Protocol continues to tease fans with a couple of brief combat clips

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Hey there, Blue Protocol friends! Would you like some slightly compressed action combat videos? No? Well too bad because that's what the game's Japanese...
Ominous.

End-of-Year Eleven: The biggest MMO surprises of 2020

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Whew. We're finally getting close to the end of 2020, and I think I speak for all of us when I say that it...
Work on a team.

Square-Enix announces a permanent program allowing employees to work from home

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Like many companies, Square-Enix had to embrace work-from-home options earlier this year to deal with lockdowns across Japan. It appears those programs were considered...

Blue Protocol shares a couple of sneak peeks at a new region as players share CBT gameplay footage

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While we're still an indeterminate length of time before the in-development MMORPG Blue Protocol makes it to our shores, that doesn't mean we can't...

Pokemon Go announces better distance trading event after all, and it’s live today

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In our article on the reveal of Pokemon Go's upcoming Go Beyond update and its promised level cap increase, we noted how Niantic refused...

CCP Games’ EVE Online community raised $135,500 for COVID-19 response through PLEX for GOOD

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EVE Online is having a good run right about now. Not only is it busy enjoying topping its own Guinness World Records and contributing...

Massively Uplifting: Supporting small businesses, grieving through games, and lending helping hands

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Did you go trick-or-treating? There's still time! Here, have a handful of warm fuzzies! Take some full-sized good deeds! October has been full of...

Netmarble’s mobile TERA Origin to close down in Japan

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Oh you can give me all the big wet lavender anime eyes you want, banner girl, but your game is doomed. DOOMED, I say! The...
Time is a flat circle.

Vague Patch Notes: The wax and wane of MMOs and genres

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I started writing for Massively-that-was in October of 2009. That was 11 years ago. Oh... oh my word, no, that was so long ago....

Blue Protocol confirms NPC costumes for player characters in a preview

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It is the season for costumes, and since the pandemic is likely going to put the kibosh on a lot of costume-centered gatherings, it's...

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