state of the game

Embers Adrift is disappointed that players couldn’t break its servers

Well, this may be a first: an MMO studio that's actually a bit bummed out that players couldn't bust its servers upon command. In...

Black Desert’s new silver and extraction rebalance raises fresh whaling complaints

We've got a bit of an eyebrow-raiser for you from Black Desert this morning: Pearl Abyss is making a precision strike on the economy...
All the same mistakes.

Overwatch 2 designers talk about the game’s first beta test including support buffs and the lack of a ranked queue

The Blizzard team behind Overwatch 2 is doing its best to communicate with players about the state of the game's testing and what changes...

Dauntless adjusts hunt passes, adds new weapon rumors, and starts a new season in Return to Light update

Players of Dauntless should be intimately familiar with the hunt pass feature of the game, which works like any other battle pass you've seen...
This will probably be fine.

AdventureQuest 3D takes a victory lap for past releases, promises new saga and early level updates in the future

What's the state of the game in AdventureQuest 3D? Allow the game's project manager Blaze to tell you all about it as he recounts...

Book of Travels’ April fixer-upper patch tackles bugs, missing trait effects, and vehicles

Back in February, Might and Delight boldly announced that it was halting content updates for in-development early access "tiny MMO" Book of Travels, at...

Guild Wars 2’s Super Adventure Box is back in today’s patch

So who's up for some retro jumping puzzle fun? Guild Wars 2 is, and if you're angling for a break from the apparently hugely...

Embers Adrift on beta shift: ‘We are excited to shift our focus from systems to content’

With Embers Adrift now officially in its no-NDA backer beta phase, there is plenty for the devs at Stormhaven Studio to talk about this...

Blade and Soul’s next update adds new Gunslinger spec, Demonsbane dungeon, and class swapping March 16

Next week will bring some Unchained Chaos to Blade and Soul, which is the name of the update arriving on Wednesday, March 16th, not...

Embers Adrift touts crafting, character, and quest improvements as beta barrels its way

With a closed beta on the way for March 1st and a hopeful launch date later this year, Embers Adrift will need to prove...

GDC’s State of the Game Industry: NFTs, the metaverse, and more than half of game devs want to unionize

Ahead of the annual Game Developers Conference, GDC organizers poll industry workers and release it all in a state-of-the-industry wrapper, which has landed in...

The Game Archaeologist: Talking 25-year-old Tibia with CipSoft

It's not every MMORPG that can boast that it started back in the late '90s and is still going strong even today. However, Tibia...

Embers Adrift aims for a 2022 launch while it beefs up combat and character creation

Is it just me or is Embers Adrift (fka Saga of Lucimia) working hard to become a scrappy MMO underdog these days? After years...
Through the fire and the flames

WoW Factor: Is World of Warcraft a good value for the money?

There are a lot of reasons to not be subscribed to World of Warcraft at the moment, although "the current state of the game...

KingsIsle confirms new Pirate101 content for 2022 is in the works, looks back at 2021 design goals for Wizard101

Before launching into this story, let's put out a quick review. At the beginning of this year, players of Pirate101 started up a "flood...

Elder Scrolls Online looks ahead to quarterly content cadence in 2022, laments extended datacenter hardware refreshes

ZeniMax Online Studios' Matt Firor penned a letter to The Elder Scrolls Online community last night, checking in on the state of the game,...
The audience is not amused.

The Daily Grind: Do you have hope for World of Warcraft in 2022?

Phew. It's been a rough, rough year for World of Warcraft players. With sparse content releases for Shadowlands, an unknown future direction for the...

Embers Adrift, formerly Saga of Lucimia, preps a Thanksgiving weekend alpha test

Citing a "tradition" to hold a test during the Thanksgiving holiday, Saga of Lucimia-turned-Embers Adrift is revving up its alpha server for a run...
I circle the waterfront, I'm watching the sea.

WoW Factor: WoW Classic’s Season of Mastery is starting to gall me

So here's a column that might be a bit more woolly than recent installments of this particular column. One of the thing that I've...
Do you really want to hurt me?

WoW Factor: Blizzard’s investment call was all bad news for World of Warcraft

Tuesday's investor call for Activision-Blizzard was not what I would generally call good news for the company across the board, but the reality is...