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Pirates of the Burning Sea’s new owners aim to revitalize the game after rescuing it from certain doom

City of Heroes' resurrection and preservation efforts are big news this month, but we've covered similar stories about playerbases rescuing video games from...

Age of Conan adds semi-permadeath mode, badges, and new race/class combos

It's time to pull Age of Conan out of "maintenance mode" status and back into active development, because Funcom just dropped an...
Surprises are relative at times.

Final Fantasy XI development is focusing on something ‘that can surprise everyone later on’

The amount of support that Final Fantasy XI gets in a declared maintenance mode is in and of itself surprising, but that is apparently...
Returns of at least moderate happiness.

The Daily Grind: Do you try out MMOs in well-maintained maintenance modes?

It's not hard to play Final Fantasy XI or Guild Wars at this point. Both titles are in maintenance mode, yes; they've gotten their...
Less than heroic.

Heroes of Newerth gets its final major patch on February 26

The last patch for Heroes of Newerth arrives next week, at which point the game's live support will be scaled back to nothing...

Korean MMO ROSE Online is shutting down permanently after lengthy maintenance mode

After about thirteen years of operation, one Korean MMORPG is calling it quits. Gravity Corp's ROSE Online closed its doors earlier this week...

Online shooter Blacklight Retribution is sunsetting its PC servers in March

If you can squint back about seven years, you'll remember when Blacklight Retribution was a going concern on the pages of Massively-that-was as...

Vague Patch Notes: How to recognize MMO lies from quite a long way away

One of the most consistently weird elements of covering MMOs is that there's a very simple and yet incredibly odd metric of knowing if...
Here we are again, and still, and always.

Massively OP Podcast Episode 206: This is our Anthem

Justin and Bree discuss MMO character creation systems, the Anthem demo mess, Ragnarok 2's abrupt development end, WoW's new raid, Daybreak's EverQuest franchise plans, Last Oasis, and Fallout 76, with mailbag questions on needlessly complicated MMOs and subs for maintenance mode games.

Massively Overthinking: Why aren’t you playing the MMO most like your favorite sunsetted game?

This week's Massively Overthinking question comes to us from reader Smuggler-in-a-YT. "Star Wars Galaxies had its problems, but the sense of community, purpose, and...

Ragnarok Online 2 stumbles into maintenance mode as Gravity officially ends development

It looks like it's lights out for Ragnarok Online 2, Gravity Interactive's core sequel to the long-running Ragnarok Online (yes, there are several...
mmm whatchu saaaaay

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...

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...
Kerstab.

Perfect Ten: The best MMO updates and expansions of 2018

A not-inconsequential part of me misses the days when every MMO would pump out boxed expansions. I like buying boxes of stuff I like...
happy birthday to me

Massively OP’s Weirdest MMORPG Stories of 2018: Maintenance mode, shmaintenance mode

Today we're finishing off our countdown of Massively OP's weirdest MMORPG stories of 2018! Coming in at #1 on our list is the one where ArenaNet yanked Classic Guild Wars out of maintenance mode and gave it some love.

Interview: New World’s Rich Lawrence on solving PvP problems and defining the sandbox

I think it's fair to say that New World is the biggest MMO currently under production in the west, at least among those...
HELLO FROM THE OTHER SIIIIIIIIIIDE

Blizzard scales back Heroes of the Storm development cadence, esports, and dev team

If you wondered how Blizzard MOBA Heroes of the Storm was performing, today's announcement should serve as a pretty good clue it's...
I don't like this, but hey, someone did.

Vague Patch Notes: MMO emulation as a paean for the dead vs. a mockery of the living

If you ever need to know why we'll happily cover Star Wars Galaxies emulators and not Ultima Online emulators here on Massively Overpowered, the...
I HAVE TO RENEW MY HOUSE COME ON

The Daily Grind: Do you ever put MMOs into personal maintenance mode?

There is no point when I stop playing Final Fantasy XIV, but there are times when I'm not playing much. My interest wanes, I...

Hi-Rez Expo 2018: Stewart Chisam makes sense of the studio split, hints at new game

You've heard of Simon Says? At Hi-Rez Expo I played Stew Says, but in this game I try to get Stew Chisam, President...

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