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Torchlight III’s early access woes are explained with… zombies and rubber duckies

By now, you're probably aware that Torchlight III's early access was a smidge of a disaster. If it was a rocket launch, it...

Torchlight III’s new mainline patch adds Act 3, contracts, new Lifebound mechanics, and Relic updates

How do you know when a game's patch is a hefty one? When it takes two different pages to cover everything that's...

Torchlight III schedules Act 3 and numerous fixes for June 30

Torchlight III may have had a bumpy early access launch this month, but Echtra Games is hoping to turn its fortunes around...
Whoops.

WoW Factor: How World of Warcraft’s elite progression obsession hurts progression players too

Here's a statement that I think few people will disagree with: World of Warcraft has increasingly focused on raiding and high-end progression as the...

Star Citizen fans debate monetization, journalism, and the state of the game

This past Sunday, I was invited to join the Sol Citizens community podcast to talk about what it's like to cover Star...

Fallout 76 interview: Bethsoft on One Wasteland, text chat, and other radioactive topics

After a year and a half of regrettable design and business decisions (not to mention unending castigation in the media and among the community),...
Not politic

The Division 2’s update 9.1 makes NPCs just worse all around

Gosh, if the NPCs in The Division 2 were players... well, they wouldn't be NPCs at that point by definition, but they'd also be...
This could be darker.

The Division 2 is balancing enemies and reanimating the dead in Update 9.1 on May 12

The Division 2 has put out another State of the Game livestream, and this one is all about the features of Update...

Star Citizen alpha 3.9 Locked Up & Loaded is live with survival effects, new mission, and prison (!)

It'll probably never stop sounding silly when alpha MMOs make a bit to-do about their patches, but it's gonna keep on happening, and today...
Leaf it up.

Nexon is sunsetting MapleStory 2 after less than two years online

Ah damn, we really didn't need more bad news right about now. But it's here all the same: Nexon officially announced this afternoon...
Oh boy oh boy.

Chronicles of Elyria just dropped a new mood and gameplay video

Chronicles of Elyria has a new preview up for watchers of the Kickstarted, in-development MMO. Last last night, Soulbound Studios posted up its...
Accomplish.

Guild Wars 2’s Visions of the Past: Steel and Fire content lands March 17 – here’s the trailer

During PAX East this year, Guild Wars 2 may not have been granting interviews or talking to media about the state of the...

The Division 2 outlines its new Seasons endgame activities arriving with Warlords of New York

While a lot of the focus from The Division 2 has been about the content arriving with Warlords of New York, that's not...

The Division 2 takes a closer look at the factions in Warlords of New York

Now that players of The Division 2 are heading back to New York, it's time to take a moment to assess the...

Anthem abandons seasonal content as BioWare confirms major redesign and reinvention

So, apparently all the stories last week about how Anthem still hadn't taken down its Christmas decorations struck a nerve, and we've got...

Blizzard gives a half-hearted apology for Warcraft III: Reforged

Make no mistake: Warcraft III: Reforged is going down in history as one of the worst-received and most poorly handled Blizzard launches....
BURN BABY BURN

The Division 2 offers more details on Episode 3 in its latest weekly dispatch

For those of you who saw the Episode 3 trailer for The Division 2 yesterday and were eager to know more after...

Interview: Barunson on the state of Astellia Online as it launches on Steam today

Astellia Online was big news throughout 2019, as Barunson sought to bring the South Korean MMORPG westward but with careful attention paid to...

The Division 2 outlines overhauls of Recalibration and Skill Power systems

There's a bunch of change coming to the systems of The Division 2. Players were already briefed on gear changes, and now...
Multi-digit division.

Global Chat: Why player representation in games matters

The recent flap over Escape from Tarkov's public pronouncement of "no icky girls" (my paraphrase) as playable characters in its game elicited...

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