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The Stream Team: A first look at Legends of Aria (and a giveaway!)

If you've had an interest in Shards Online but wanted something bigger and more MMO-y, we've got someone we'd like you to meet. Well,...

Enter to win a Legends of Aria alpha trial key from Citadel and MOP

Legends of Aria's alpha launched yesterday, setting loose the new and more MMORPG-like vision for the game formerly known as Shards Online. While normally...

Legends of Aria’s alpha has begun, infusing the Shards Online sandbox with MMORPG

Back at PAX East, MMO players were startled but pleased at the revelation that Shards Online was getting a massive revamp as well as...

Ultima Online fires employee over cheating scandal

You don't need to be a brand-new and modern MMORPG to suffer major cheating scandals, something the nearly 20-year-old Ultima Online has reminded us...

Legends of Aria delays next alpha test to May 12

The Game Formerly Known As Shards Online (which can also be represented by an abstract symbol or its new name, Legends of Aria) announced...

Ultima Online prepares massive animal taming overhaul patch

Broadsword has been putting the final touches on Ultima Online's 97th publish all month, and as of yesterday, the release is on the guinea...

EverQuest II fixes accidental nerf to auto-attack damage

A small patch that's going out to EverQuest II's servers today is correcting one slight issue that players have had on the time-locked expansion...

Legends of Aria rewrites Shards Online’s combat system

When Legends of Aria emerged from Shards Online, it changed more than just the name. In the first Aria-era dev diary, the team explains...
Shards Online

Massively OP Podcast Episode 110: Legends of Aria’s Derek Brinkmann

Justin interviews Legends of Aria's Derek Brinkmann on the game's switch from Shards Online, Ultima origins, open PvP, private servers, and the shift to full MMORPG status.
Do I look like a patient cow?

The Daily Grind: How do you channel your anger in MMOs?

I don't get super angry in MMORPGs anymore -- if something really upsets me, there are 20 other solid games waiting for my attention....

Legends of Aria begins focused testing, delays Steam launch

Legends of Aria is shaking things up from the old Shards Online paradigm. In addition to the name change and broader focus, the fantasy...

Massively OP’s PAX East 2017 awards and best-in-show reader vote

We've finished rolling out all of our PAX East content this year, and we've put our MMORPG-addled noggins together to try to choose our...
She's being added, but most of her clothing isn't.

Massively OP Podcast Episode 108: PAX East power-up

Justin and Eliot discuss PAX East, Shards Online aka Legends of Aria, TERA and Trove on console, Final Fantasy XIV, Dauntless, Kritika Online, and Conan Exiles, plus mailbag questions on Eastern MMOs and permadeath.

PAX East 2017: Citadel Studios on Shards Online’s switch to Legends of Aria

Big changes for MMOs frequently involve giving up almost as much as you gain. Not so with Legends of Aria, the not-actually-new title from...
As intended.

World of Warcraft makes regaining flight a bit easier

There's a spot of good news for World of Warcraft players looking to regain their pilot's license in Legion. Blizzard clarified a couple of...

PAX East 2017: Shards Online changes its name to Legends of Aria and goes full MMORPG

Shards Online is no more: The game is now officially called Legends of Aria. Better still? It's now being marketed by Citadel Studios as...

Lineage 2 preps a brand-new EU server, asks players to vote on its name

For the first time in five years, Lineage 2 is opening up a brand-new server for its European community. The server, which is currently...

LOTRO Legendarium: A guide to starting fresh in Lord of the Rings Online

This past week, I received this letter from reader Thurro: "Your recent LOTRO resurgence has my interest, and from the sounds of you on...

HEX and Gameforge are parting ways

HEX Entertainment released a newsletter today announcing that its TCG HEX: Shards of Fate will return to self-publishing. As publisher, Gameforge has been responsible...

Shards Online pumps up early access hype with a community roundtable

Last week we reported that Shards Online is winding down its alpha program and gearing up for Steam early access launch sometime in the...