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Black Desert plans three-week Season of the Hunt event starting September 25

It's been a bit of a bye week in Black Desert's PC version thanks to an extra-long maintenance mode - gamers will recall...

Leaderboard: Does Guild Wars 2 need another expansion?

If you've followed NCsoft's quarterly investor reports for the last many years, you've probably seen dozens graphs of Guild Wars 2's revenues and...

Pirates of the Burning Sea’s new operators promise new content and more with new hires

Last year, Pirates of the Burning Sea made headlines when it lost its publisher support and primary coder. It was on the brink...
Guess who's back. Back again.

Perfect Ten: How Final Fantasy XI shaped my MMO preferences forever

Your first experience with something has an outsized importance. This feels like one of those statements people really want to argue with sometimes but...

Perfect Ten: The MMORPGs boasting the most expansions

In 2018 alone, the MMORPG industry saw no less than 14 major expansions release for various titles, and in 2019 we've had at...

E3 2019: Terraria: Journey’s End will be the game’s final update before entering maintenance mode

It's been a long trip for the 2-D multiplayer side-scrolling exploration title Terraria, and while we don't cover this one particularly closely, the...
I'm not him! I don't even look like him!

Into the Super-verse: Why didn’t Champions Online do better?

A while back I was flipping through the backlog of my personal gaming blog, looking at the history of my gaming trends, particularly in...
It's so clear now that you are all that I have.

The Daily Grind: How long should a studio keep an MMO in maintenance mode?

It seems pretty clear to me now that Final Fantasy XI is going to keep running for a long time. I can't say for...
Time is a closed circle.

Final Fantasy XI developers share plans for the future of the game and ongoing development

If you've ever thought to yourself that Final Fantasy XI updates so reliably that it really shouldn't be called a maintenance mode, you're not...

Tree of Life heads into maintenance mode today as studio Oddone moves to new projects

Tree of Life players, there's bad news and news for you today. Let's get the bad news out of the way first: It...

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...
We're going to be here for a very long while, princess.

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...

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