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SGF 2024: Aloft is a cozy Ghibli-inspired PvE-centric survival sandbox in the sky

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When I first heard about Aloft while planning for Summer Games Fest 2024, I figured it would just be a cute multiplayer survival game;...

Pride Month celebrations begin in DC Universe Online, EverQuest, City of Heroes, and more MMOs

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The month of June is Pride Month around the world, and that means that multiple MMORPGs and multiplayer games are going to be celebrating...

Massively Overthinking: Does challenging solo content belong in MMORPGs?

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Star Wars The Old Republic's plan to implement new solo challenge content called Ventures in its Desperate Defiance patch raised more than one eyebrow...

33 Immortals preps weekend closed beta for the ‘distillation of the MMO raid experience’

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Thunder Lotus' MMO-inspired multiplayer raiding roguelike 33 Immortals is barreling onward toward its May 24th closed beta, with more info now being dispatched to...

Tower of Fantasy enters a virtual world on May 28

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May 28th brings the next big addition to online RPG Tower of Fantasy with the arrival of Version 4.0. This introduces players to a...

Second Life begins beta testing terrain updates, 2K textures, and mirrors for creators

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The toolset for creative players of Second Life is seeing a number of interesting updates, as the sandbox is running some beta tests that...

LOTRO Legendarium: My 11 favorite zones in LOTRO

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This week I put my chin on my fists and thought super-hard about the following question: What column could I write that would be...

Massively Overthinking: Are survival games the new MMO?

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A few Overthinkings ago, a MOP commenter said something that seemed very simple but still hit me really hard, to the point that I'm...
treasure hunting is one step from lockboxes

The Soapbox: The ‘problem’ with MMO hoarding

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I remember a number of years ago, in an article for a game I can't recall, an MMO developer discussed how an early build...

Former SWTOR lead Damion Schubert urges devs to prioritize accessibility in MMOs

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When you think of the strengths of Star Wars: The Old Republic as a game, does "accessibility" every come to mind? According to one...

Perfect Ten: The interesting features EverQuest Next promised before it was canceled

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After way, way too long, it looks like an EverQuest 3 may be in the works after all. It's been rumored for years, of...

Perfect Ten: Times when MMOs brought about world-shattering cataclysms

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The notion of an in-game cataclysm is hardly the sole domain of Activision-Blizzard; on the contrary, large-scale apocalypses pop up all the time in...

Sky: Children of the Light sets Guinness World Record for largest virtual concert

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Sky: Children of the Light might not be an MMO you're even aware exists, partially because it has yet to come to the PC....

Massively Overthinking: What’s Blizzard’s next move?

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Gamers and pundits talked a big talk about Blizzard's prospects over the last few years. Don't worry about the weak revenues and plunging MAUs,...

Massively Uplifting: Spring and summer philanthropy and farewells in MMOs

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'Tis the season! What season? Why, spring and summer! Spring is a time of growth, and our gaming-verse certainly saw growth of the generous...

The Realm Online’s corporate buyer surfaces with a bizarre website and studio partner

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Over the course of June, we learned the sad news that player-led developer Realm Worlds would be shutting down the current version of The...
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Massively OP Podcast Episode 427: The promise of Palia

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Justin and Bree discuss Palia, SWTOR, Fractured, The Realm Online, Star Wars Galaxies, and Second Life, with adventures in LOTRO, Diablo IV, and SWTOR, plus mailbag topics on the future of WoW post-Dragonflight and over-the-top characters in MMOs.

Second Life celebrates 20 years with in-game events, real-life prize giveaways, and a documentary

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Linden Lab is marking a very special occasion this week, as its massive online sandbox Second Life is celebrating 20 years of operation, with...

The MOP Up: WalkScape opens up a community portal

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To bring all of the game's news and access together in one place, the in-development ARG WalkScape created a new Portal. If you'll recall,...

Lawful Neutral: How might the so-called AI revolution affect the MMO genre?

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This article has been rolling around in my head since ChatGPT rocketed into the public awareness a few months ago, and just in the...

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