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NCsoft West mobile studio Iron Tiger hit with layoffs ahead of Aion Legions of War launch

Remember back at the end of 2015 when NCsoft was talking up its reinvestment in western franchises and studios? One of its plans included...

The Game Archaeologist: Fury

Back in 1997, Australian game developer Auran arrived onto the scene with the real-time strategy title Dark Reign. While it wasn't exactly Command & Conquer...

Gamigo is expanding ArcheAge’s team, reducing lockboxes, and evaluating the Gazillion assets

MMOBomb has an interview up with Gamigo's top brass today that has some interesting nuggets for MMO players wondering about the current...
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Perfect Ten: The MMOs with the most uncertain futures in 2019

Working in this field has given me something of a sense of how a lot of the industry is going to play out. Take...

Leaderboard: What’s the most vulnerable Daybreak MMO in 2019?

Way back in 2015, not long after the SOE game purge and Daybreak transition that laid off a huge number of...

Massively Overthinking: Hopes and fears for MMOs in 2019

With nearly all of our end-of-2018 content finally and blissfully behind us - seriously, I always breathe a huge sigh of relief when...

Make My MMO: The biggest MMO crowdfunding news of 2018

Welcome to a special edition of Make My MMO, Massively OP's regular recap of what's going on in crowdfunded MMOs, which we do...

The most popular MMORPG conversations of 2018

We can't do an accurate "most popular MMORPG articles of 2018 by pageviews" list as we usually do thanks to skewed data from MOP's extensive...

Massively OP’s 2018 Blooper Awards: Schlag meme of the year

Massively OP's not-so-serious end-of-the-year awards conclude today with our blooper award for Schlag meme of the year. This is one of my favorite awards of the year. As our our regulars surely know, Schlag Sweetleaf is our resident comment section Master of the Meme, who crafts everything from weird to gross to hilarious gifs for big stories. He's amazing. Giving him his own award every year is the least we can do!
Now I will tell you what I've done for you.

Blizzard’s corporate culture is becoming much more cost-focused with stronger Activision influence

Let's start with the good news here. According to the most recent article covering Blizzard's ongoing corporate culture shifts on Kotaku, the studio's...

Daybreak’s offering a $300 lifetime sub for its stable of MMOs, and it’ll probably sell out

You had to figure Daybreak was gearing up for some sort of big sub thing, what with SSG doing it for LOTRO and...

Daybreak is announcing a new game on Thursday

Some Daybreak fans, including our own MJ Guthrie, are receiving a cryptic note from Daybreak this week - best check your old email accounts! Apparently the MMORPG company, most recently in the news for a major round of layoffs and best known for the EverQuest and H1Z1 franchises, aims to announce a new game this week on Twitch starting at 1 p.m. EST.

Daybreak has suffered another round of layoffs, between 60 and 70 people

It's Friday afternoon, which often portends bad news. Tonight, we're looking at more Daybreak layoffs. Massively OP understands that between 60 and 70 people may have been affected. Former SOE/Daybreak President John Smedley acknowledged the news on Twitter with a little bit of shade thrown in for good measure. The H1Z1 team working through NantWorks also tweeted its condolences.

Massively Overthinking: The best and worst MMO developer quotes of 2018

It's become a tradition on Massively OP to include among our end-of-the-year roundups and editorials and retrospectives a run-down of our favorite - and least favorite - MMO dev quotes of the year, be they obscure, poignant, or just plain dumb. So once again, for this week's Massively Overthinking, I've asked our staff to offer up those quotes and then reflect on what we from the year and reflect on just what we've learned from them.
THIS IS NOT FINE! THERE WAS NO REASON TO LET IT GO THIS LONG OR GET THIS BAD!

Perfect Ten: The biggest MMO news stories of 2018

With the turn of every new year, I know we are entering unexplored territory in the field of MMO news. No matter what...

Global Chat: Investigating LOTRO’s progression servers

The new Lord of the Rings Online progression servers are proving to be of significant interest to MMO players and bloggers alike, with...

Jace Hall denies report about H1Z1’s esports league insolvency, view manipulation, and missing money

Over the weekend, eyebrows inched up again over ESPN's report on H1Z1's esports league, which was "suspended indefinitely" following what sounded like major...

EverQuesting: EverQuest II’s 14th anniversary retrospective, from Columbus Nova to Chaos Descending

During last year's anniversary retrospective for EverQuest II I dared to say things were too quiet. Big...

ArcheAge consumer lawsuit hits snag: Trion Worlds’ corporate dissolution

Remember that player lawsuit lodged against Trion Worlds back in 2015? The one where ArcheAge players Aaron Van Fleet, Paul Ovberg, and James...
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Gamigo formally announces the Trion Worlds buyout that manifested yesterday

Yesterday's surprise news that MMO company Trion Worlds had been sold to Gamigo was then all but confirmed by Trion's Linda "Brasse" Carlson, who...

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