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MMO Business Roundup: Activision’s Netflix lawsuit, Tolkien’s house, Roblox in China, and more

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Welcome back to another quick spin through MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news! Fortnite - It doesn't look as if gaming companies are feeling too hopeful...
Everybody gothic dance!

Bethsoft’s Todd Howard on Microsoft, subscriptions, and the future of its IPs

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When Microsoft walked over to ZeniMax Media with a big fat wallet and acquired all of the things, there was plenty of speculation on...

Massively Overthinking: MMO voids that haven’t been filled

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I swear, so many of the posts I bookmark on Reddit to muse on later wind up deleted, and today I've got another one,...

Massively Overthinking: Contemplating in-game advertising

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Last week, EA announced that it would finally be removing all the in-game ads from UFC4 after a few days of intense complaining from...

Black Desert’s Shadow Arena unlocks all heroes this month and adds a new one

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"A new warrior eyes the battlefield, wielding her battle axe and shield of revenge." While we here at Massively OP only have battle axes of...
Chop.

This week’s Black Desert update is Cursed, literally, as the Netflix collab begins

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Cursed by Netflix transmedia synergy, that is! Yes, as promised, the Netflix fantasy series Cursed has a big crossover with the Black Desert franchise...

Black Desert offers free play event ahead of transmedia synergy collab with Netflix’s Cursed

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So here's one I did not expect to see in my inbox this morning: Pearl Abyss has apparently teamed up with Netflix for a...

Sea of Thieves is poised to start testing ‘bare-bones’ custom servers

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Ahoy there! Custom servers for Sea of Thieves have been spotted -- but right now, they're so far out on the horizon that you...

Cyberpunk 2077 shows off gameplay features, announces next-gen console compatibility and an anime

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The last time we got any new gameplay peeks at CD Projekt Red's RPG Cyberpunk 2077 was at E3 2018, where we learned...
I half-see.

The Daily Grind: Which MMO tropes do you still like?

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MMORPG devs know that we -- the uncoolest of all peoples -- desperately want to feel cool in our video game. And so we...

COVID-19 Roundup: EVE Online’s huge influx of newbies, live Gamescom is probably toast

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Welcome back to another roundup of how MMOs and the gaming industry are faring and fronting during the COVID-19 pandemic. First up: CCP's Hilmar Pétursson...

Interview: Saga of Lucimia on funding, development, launch, and business models

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Upcoming MMORPG Saga of Lucimia has been somewhat dark over the last year as its developers hunkered down to develop rather than hype. But...
More like Dia-BLOWs, right?

A LinkedIn profile adds more fuel to the Diablo animated series fire

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The rumor about a Diablo animated series has been running for ages now, and the latest bit of evidence that this is a real thing comes...
It's just silly.

The MOP Up: SWTOR’s subscription tauntauns smell great on the outside

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For all who subscribe to Star Wars: The Old Republic, there's a new gift waiting for you under your seat. You get a tauntaun!...

Massively Overthinking: MMOs, challenge, and flow

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A couple of weeks ago, MMO developer Mark Kern tweeted a controversial claim about how challenge and interactivity is the point of games (and...

Massively Overthinking: Is the age of the $15 subscription coming to an end?

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Massively OP's own Justin Olivetti penned a blog post this week in which he muses on the lifespan of the $15 MMO sub fee,...

The Daily Grind: Do you multitask while playing MMOs?

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The other night I may have broken a personal record of multitasking while playing an MMO. I was in the game doing quests while...
Exploitation.

Netflix is making The Division movie with a new director

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The Division's cinematic adaptation is picking up steam, especially now that it has a home on the popular Netflix streaming platform. Ubisoft announced recently...
Forget it, back to the last place.

E3 2019: The Division 2 heads back to New York for third DLC, plus Uplay and movie updates

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It seems a little odd that The Division 2 sends us down to Washington, DC when our actual main antagonist heads right back to...
So, bye.

Vague Patch Notes: MMOs are not the same as your single-player games with servers

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Recently, I've been trying to get into Bloodborne. This isn't a result of my disliking the Souls franchise as a whole, just that it's never...

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