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A major global studio based in South Korea, known in the west for games like WildStar, Guild Wars 2, and Aion, among many others.

Massively OP Podcast Episode 205: Dragons and other MMO rarities

Justin and Bree discuss Elder Scrolls Online's Elsweyr, Breach, Nexon, ArcheAge, Pantheon, FFXIV, SWG Legends, CrossCode, and the harms of early access.
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Guild Wars 2 developers discuss the big dramatic ending of the latest Living World episode

Who likes big surprises in video game stories? All right, now who likes having those big dramatic moments spoiled ahead of time? If the...

The Stream Team: Going on Guild Wars 2 adventures

Now that Massively OP's MJ finally has her bunny mount, she can hop into more adventure in Guild Wars 2. And it's adventure time!...

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 Daily Grind: What’s your core problem with mobile MMOs, and is it fixable?

Droid Gamers put out an interesting piece this weekend that to me illuminates how the ongoing conversation about mobile MMOs go south. Author...

The MOP Up: WildStar suffers another indignity

Miss WildStar? Well at least there's the soundtrack to listen to on various sites, right? Nope! Apparently NCsoft pulled the acclaimed score...

One Shots: Dream home

Housing wish fulfillment (or lack thereof) was the main theme running through last week's community postings here at One Shots. Where would we like...

The Daily Grind: What was the most innovative MMO of 2018?

To balance out our traditional Daily Grind on MMOs that contribute to the death of the genre, it seems only fitting to do...
enchantment!

Aion outlines the changes to make the Enchanting system a bit easier

Do you like melting lots of good but unnecessary items to get your best item to have slightly better stats? If so, you are...
Just relax.

Blade & Soul’s third anniversary event is live now

Yes, it's time for Blade & Soul players to enjoy the game's anniversary event, as it is live right now. That means players...

Project Horseshoe’s design papers confirm decades of MMORPG lessons

Not everyone involved in game design is trying to squeeze every last penny out of you. Yes, a lot of them are, but many...

The Daily Grind: Which old MMO studio do you miss the most?

We have spent a lot of time -- perhaps more than is prudent -- pining over MMOs that have closed their doors. But I...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 204: SpatialOS spasms

Justin and Bree discuss the Unity vs. SpatialOS showdown, the Destiny 2 Activision split and investigation, Elite's massive event, big updates for Guild Wars 2, FFXIV, and LOTRO, plus our adventures in ESO, LOTRO, SWG, and DDO, and reader mail on games that don't click with you, the MMOs we'd like to see built, and video game eyeballs.

Interview: Astellia’s western team on pay-to-win, themeparks, and dodging early access and battle royale

Yesterday we covered the news that South Korean born MMORPG Astellia is heading westward in 2019, with its holy trinity classes, solid PvE...

The Daily Grind: When was the last time an MMO actually lived up to its trailer hype?

The Guild Wars 2 subreddit was marveling this past weekend over the fact that the original Guild Wars 2 teaser trailer is...

The Daily Grind: What dead MMO needs more coverage?

One of the humorous awards we've given out in the past - but didn't in 2018 - was our award for the dead game...

The MOP Up: Star Trek Online’s Battle at the Binary Stars heats up

Star Trek Online has a serious crush on Discovery right now -- and why not, since the show has propeled the franchise back...
I'm alive! I promise.

Guild Wars 2 Game Director Crystin Cox has departed ArenaNet

During research on an entirely unrelated article, we noticed that ArenaNet Game Director Crystin Cox has apparently moved on from her role on...
More edgy.

Blade & Soul outlines how to earn its Cutting Edge cosmetics for the three-year anniversary

To celebrate the third year of Blade & Soul in the west, players are getting the chance to getting some far futuristic-looking costumes...
It's never quite gone.

Paragon Chat is already planning an event for the City of Heroes anniversary on April 23

This year would have been a big one for City of Heroes as the game's 15th anniversary. Of course, the fans aren't about to...

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