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The MOP Up: KurtzPel’s early access rolls out globally

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While it was already accessible to North American players, the anime-styled KurtzPel is now open to a much wider audience thanks to this past...

The MOP Up: Population Zero throws a fashion show

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You know how people advise you to "dress in layers" during inclement weather? And you think, "If I'm wearing pants, I'm doing well here,...

The MOP Up: Grab your Harry Potter nickname now!

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When Harry Potter: Wizards Unite arrives later this year, by which name will you be known and feared? Lord Scooby? Mr. Cheddar? Fluffybutticus? The...

Otherland is working on finishing its current storyline after its latest patch

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It's been a few months since we checked in on Otherland - in fact, the last detailed post we did was last November, when...

Battle Bards Episode 136: Overlooked MMO soundtracks

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Ever feel like the Battle Bards have covered every MMO soundtrack in existence? It’s actually far from true, and today’s episode is Exhibit A...
mmm whatchu saaaaay

Perfect Ten: The MMOs with the most uncertain futures in 2019

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Working in this field has given me something of a sense of how a lot of the industry is going to play out. Take...
This one hurts.

Otherland discusses the process of improving visuals and performance at the same time

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Graphical quality is an ongoing struggle. On the one hand, developers want to make the prettiest game possible; on the other hand, no one...

Otherland deep-dives its brand-new Fire Isle expansion

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Yesterday, Drago Entertainment announced that Otherland's - or rather, Otherland Next's, as the Tad Williams MMO appears to have gotten a rebrand - next...

Tad Williams’ Otherland MMO rebrands as Otherland Next with Fire Isle expansion, social sandbox mode

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Way back in March, Otherland announced a big expansion called Fire Isle, themed around Chinese mythology and launching summer 2018. It didn't quite make...
What is the world.

Otherland plans a new character type to experience an upcoming short story by Tad Williams

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Tad Williams, the author of the original Otherland quadrology, has written a new novella in that world. What does this mean for players of...

Otherland author Tad Williams gets inspired from MMO to write a new story

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Since its botched launch and subsequent attempt to rebuild and revise itself, Otherland has struggled to establish legitimacy and gain interest among players. It...
Is this the ugly one or the pretty one, it's hard to tell.

The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG has the best user interface?

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In the comments of my last Daily Grind about Star Wars Galaxies, there erupted a lively debate about the game's user interface in the...
Computer Box

Otherland’s developers are in the middle of switching transmission protocols

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The worst part of MMO development is when you have to put a great deal of work into something important but fiddly that most...

Otherland strives to regain players with hard work, more communication, and robust content additions

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It's no secret that Otherland, the MMO based on Tad Williams' popular sci-fi series, has had an extremely rough go of it through development...

Otherland formally announces new expansion, Fire Isle, coming this summer

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Otherland's promised summer expansion is definitely happening, according to a press release from Drago this morning. It's called Fire Isle, it's themed around Chinese...

Otherland will add 15 new quest hubs and 130 quests in May

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Drago Entertainment continues to pepper players with plans for Otherland. Today, it's told Facebook followers that more than 130 new quests are inbound in...
This one hurts.

Otherland marks franchise’s birthday with a patch announcement

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In the annals of MMOs, Otherland is a virtual baby, only a couple of (rocky) years old. Yet the overall franchise is much older...

Otherland overhauls the Lambda Mall and more

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One of Otherland's most iconic locations just got a massive overhaul in this week's Patch 5.6.63, kicking off the first update for the game...
Is this the ugly one or the pretty one, it's hard to tell.

Otherland previews a big upcoming UI redesign

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Here's the short rundown on Otherland's UI: It's terrible and the developers know it. Unfortunately, for a long stretch of the game's current management,...

Working As Intended: The MMOs we lost in 2017

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It's true that we lost a lot of MMOs in 2016 -- bigger and more important ones than in 2014 and 2015. 2017, however, has...

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