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NetEase opens LA studio Bulletfarm, working on a new game emphasizing ‘co-operative gameplay’

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"NetEase opens new studio" might elicit a lot of different reactions depending on whom you ask, but around here it's news that perks up...

Fight or Kite: Harry Potter Magic Awakened’s February update nerfed dailies and degraded the UI

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Over the holiday and new year’s break, I spent the vast majority of my free time in mobile MMO Harry Potter: Magic Awakened. Because...

Diablo Immortal’s Tong-Shi’s Renewal celebrates Lunar New Year early starting tomorrow

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Tomorrow's Diablo Immortal update ushers in the Diablo equivalent of Lunar New Year celebrations with Tong-Shi's Renewal limited-time event. "Tong-Shi—a god of the Xian pantheon—invites...

Order and Chaos franchise returns with Guardians, a team-based RPG with ‘MMO-style advancement’

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To channel the spirit of one Obi-Wan Kenobi, "Now that's a name I haven't heard for a long time. A long time." The name in...

Massively Overthinking: The 2023 MMO trainwrecks (almost) nobody noticed

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This might be one of the most important Massively Overthinkings we do all year, and it's a pretty salty one. We always come away...
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Rumor: With Kotick gone, Blizzard and NetEase might repair year-long rift over China publishing

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Readers likely remember that 2023 started off with a tire fire as Blizzard and NetEase had a particularly nasty dissolution of a licensing deal...

Chinese regulators go into damage control mode after proposed gaming restrictions burn $80B in market value

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Last week we reported on some newly drafted restrictions by Chinese regulators that were aimed at curbing game time, limiting rewards for spending and...
We never like these things.

China’s government drafts new restrictions on gaming time, spending and login rewards, and lockboxes

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The Chinese government has decided to once more consider a tightening of the thumbscrews on gaming, as regulators in the country have issued a...

Revelation Online will sunset on March 13, 2024

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The year 2023 has a few more things to take from the MMO industry, apparently: Revelation Online is heading to sunset. MY.GAMES and NetEase...

The MOP Up: Alganon shows its first signs of life in ages

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Could we be hearing a heartbeat in the long-dormant Alganon? This past week, the official account announced that the website is back online and...

Diablo Immortal’s Splintered Souls update promises new maps, quests, and familiars

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Oh hey, remember Diablo Immortal? Blizzard definitely hasn't forgotten all about its last extant project with NetEase, and in fact, its next big patch...

The MOP Up: Dragon and Home goes to the Blazing Desert

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Dragon and Home warmed up a chilly winter with the debut of its third continent, the Blazing Desert. "This vast world presents the splendor of...

The MOP Up: Into the Echo’s crafting ties into exploration and socialization

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Upcoming time travel MMO Into the Echo posted a high-level overview of its crafting system, saying that it'll be necessary to make spells and...

MMO Business Roundup: NetEase’s Worlds Untold, Embracer, Ubisoft, unionization, and Epic v. Google

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry and business news. Numbers numbers numbers! NetEase - The Chinese megacorp NetEase just can't...

NetEase secures new trademark for Sword of Justice, aka the wuxia MMORPG Justice Online

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Perhaps there's some market in our corner of the globe that's hungry for a wuxia-styled MMORPG, or perhaps NetEase is hungry for that western...

The MOP Up: Fallout 76 turns five years old

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Fallout 76 is celebrating its fifth anniversary loud and proud this week with a birthday party on Tuesday, a special challenge event, and a...

Greg Street’s Fantastic Pixel Castle hints at the possibilities of its ‘Ghost’ MMO in hour-long Q&A

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Will Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street's new Fantastic Pixel Castle be able to bring the goods when it comes to developing an MMORPG? Ever since the...

Here’s how to watch BlizzCon 2023 for free – plus everything to expect from WoW, Diablo IV, Overwatch 2, and more

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After several years away - and one goofy BlizzConline in 2021 - BlizzCon is finally back and in person as of today, though of...

Greg Street announces his new MMORPG, dubbed Ghost and funded by NetEase

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Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street has been talking big on Twitter about his new game studio and new MMORPG following his exit from Riot Games and...

Fight or Kite: Love anime, mechs, and battle royale? Super Mecha Champions is probably for you

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If you’re anything like me, you love a good, dumb battle against other players. You also love all kinds of action anime. Maybe even...

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