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FFXIV Fan Festival 2018: Details from the press conference with Naoki Yoshida

In contrast to the high-octane trailer that had opened the day, the final event for the first day of the Final Fantasy XIV fan...

MMO Business Roundup: Japanese lockboxes, POGO and Square Enix financials, and Prima’s end

"The Good Times Are Over for Japan’s Loot-Box-Style Gaming Bonanza" - that's the brutal headline plonked onto this week's Bloomberg report on Japanese...

Funcom is now working on at least six new games, including a new open-world multiplayer title

Man, just a couple of years ago, there was serious concern that Funcom wouldn't make it another quarter, and now here we are in...
Launch or do not, folks.

Skyforge launches into open beta in Japan on October 11

If there's one thing Japanese people like, it's science fantasy action RPGs. (If there are two things, the other one is not having...

Enter to win a Neverwinter fawn mount on Xbox One and PS4 from PWE and MOP!

To celebrate the arrival of Ravenloft for Neverwinter on console last month, PWE has granted Massively OP 20 of the most adorascary mounts ever: 10 Suratuk’s...

Interview: Bless Online on early access, pay-to-win, and its western refuge on Steam

Last night's bombshell that Bless Online is closing down its final Korean servers, leaving the game's Steam version in the west as the...

Massively Overthinking: What’s your favorite MMORPG swag of all time?

In a conversation about the recent Starflight 3 Fig campaign - which you won't see covered here since it's not multiplayer, but let...

Western qualifiers for Blade & Soul’s $135K esports tourney are this weekend

Not many MMORPGs take a stab at true esports these days. There's World of Warcraft, of course, but other titles, like Guild Wars...

PUBG’s new scooters are freakin’ adorable and I want one

The FIX PUBG campaign, or the start of it, is materializing today, as the latest update to hit the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds test servers...

Massively on the Go: Our basic guide to Pokemon Go gameplay and questing

Pokemon Go has come a long way since its early days of just catching and gym battling. Those are still core gameplay elements, but...
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Monster Hunter World breaks its Steam record but now faces a regulation nightmare in China

The record for highest concurrent users on Steam for a game launched in 2018 goes to Monster Hunter World, smashing the record...

Pearl Abyss sees hefty revenue bump thanks to Black Desert

Pearl Abyss, the Korean developer of Black Desert, posted its Q2 2018 earnings report this past week, showing both significantly increased revenue...

Nexon’s financials hint at an upcoming western release for Moonlight Blade

We have been waiting for a long, long time to see if and when Nexon would be bringing the mega-hit Moonlight Blade over...

Massively on the Go’s guide to returning to Pokemon Go: Focus on community

I've noticed a bit of a renewal for Pokemon Go thanks to large improvements by Niantic starting with Generation 3. With raids, quests, real-world weather...

Chinese MMO company NetEase invests $50M into SpatialOS MMO platform

Improbable's SpatialOS is moving on up in the world: The company announced this week that China's NetEase has invested $50 million to acquire...
Well, bye.

God Eater Online is shutting down in September

Sadly, it does not seem that God Eater Online really talks much about the experience of turning deific entities into snacks. If you...

Perfect Ten: The best expansions for specific MMOs

Looking over the past two decades or so, MMORPGs have grown by leaps and bounds with regular releases, events, and (of course) expansion...

Fantasy Life Online launches in Japan this month, no word on Western release date

Game historians might recall that way back in 2002, game development studio Level 5 and Microsoft were collaborating on bringing the cel-shaded True...

ArcheAge’s July content update adds sport fishing, expands fresh start server content

Despite the slightly awkward name -- "Phase 4: Reign, Part 1," really, Trion? -- this week's ArcheAge content update is chock-full...

Exploring Pokemon Go’s real-life communities: MOP staffers revisit the game from opposite corners of the world

It's year two of Pokemon Go. While there's always room for improvement, enough has changed that I feel comfortable recommending the game...

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