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Phantasy Star Online Director on working on the original: ‘The pressure was intense’

We wouldn't have Phantasy Star Online 2 without the original Phantasy Star Online - not just because numbers work like that, but because...

TERA announces ‘team-based battle mode’ called TERA Battle Arena, launching in 2020

So here's a press release I wasn't expecting to get in my inbox today: En Masse MMORPG TERA is apparently rolling out a...

Enter to win a Neverwinter Gift of the Noble Guard for PS4 from PWE and MOP!

To celebrate the arrival of Avernus for Neverwinter on console today - yes it's happening, folks! - PWE has granted Massively OP...
Yeah.

Final Fantasy XIV has cancelled its Japanese Fan Festival scheduled for December

This probably comes as no surprise to anyone, but Final Fantasy XIV will not be hosting any fan gatherings this year. The North...

Lost Ark kills the gender lock, adds the Scouter, and preps for global release

Momentum is picking up for the long-long-awaited Lost Ark, which just began its closed beta (in Japan). A Redditor reported that the...

Japanese survival sandbox Craftopia is hitting closed alpha in July and I want it

All MOP's Tyler had to do was say two words to me this weekend - crafting MMO - and Craftopia was instantly on...

Bless Unleashed plans a launch on Steam in early 2021

Will the second verse be different than the first? We'll all find out at some point in the beginning of 2021 as Round8...

Nexon’s mobile and PC MMORPG V4 opens up for global pre-registration

Ever notice how mobile MMOs seem to love pre-registration events? Well guess what? Nexon's upcoming PC/mobile MMORPG V4 has started doing the same...

Black Desert’s new Q&A covers everything from dancing and new classes to inflation and endgame

Apparently, Heidel Ball was a big success for Black Desert this year, such that Pearl Abyss couldn't even answer all the questions players...

Massively Uplifting: Charity tourneys, Asheron’s Call in Animal Crossing, and over a million Kind Words

May day! May day! We have warm fuzzies incoming! And just in time to start June off with happier thoughts. And who couldn't use...
NOT THE WARP TARU!

Final Fantasy XI wishes its players well for its anniversary and looks to events and story soon

Saturday marked the 18-year anniversary of Final Fantasy XI from its original release in Japan, and that's a pretty big milestone. Unfortunately, it...

Pearl Abyss Q1 2020 financials: Black Desert, EVE Online revenues hold steady

We've got Pearl Abyss' financial report for the first quarter of 2020, and in common with so many gaming companies right now it...

MMO Business Roundup: Guerilla Collective, PlayStation Studios, XLGAMES’ new MMO, ChinaJoy, and NCsoft’s baseball team

Welcome back to another roundup of business stories relating to MMOs - or adjacent to them. Adjacentness! Funcom: The Norwegian MMO company will be...

Blue Protocol dates its next closed beta test in Japan for April 23

When we last peeked in on Blue Protocol, the Japanese MMORPG was beginning to ramp up its next round of beta testing with...

ROSE Online’s Japanese operator filed for bankruptcy while promising new content

ROSE Online, a Korean MMO that first launched in 2005 and was shut down in its home country in February 2019 after...

COVID-19 roundup: Game spending shoots up, Stadia Pro goes free, and GDC tries again

Let's catch up on all of the craziness about how COVID-19 is impacting the world of gaming. It turns out that being locked inside...

MMO Business Roundup: Funcom’s corporate move, Japan’s ratings board, and Dean Hall’s next big thing

We're back with another roundup of MMO industry and business stories related to our corner of the online gaming world. Funcom: Funcom is moving...

Massively Uplifting: Cake, coloring, and EVE Online’s PLEX4Good COVID-19 relief

The news this past month has been infected with the novel coronavirus. It's everywhere we turn, and we can't escape it even if we...
Got to know free.

Blue Protocol starts its Japanese closed beta testing on April 23

The beta test for Blue Protocol had to be delayed a little bit before based on COVID-19, but it was always just...

First impressions of the elusive Phantasy Star Online 2

We certainly live in interesting times. Last year, the idea of playing Phantasy Star Online 2 while I'm explicitly told to not leave the...

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