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MMO Week in Review: Bless, Daybreak, Conan Exiles, and Wild West Online (Mar 13, 2018)

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Gotta love those weeks when there are so many huge stories I can’t decide what to feature here and just feature them all! Conan Exiles launched this week, with lots of praise – except for Funcom’s disastrous handling of PvE-conflict servers. Bless Online shocked its community by springing optional subscriptions just a few weeks ahead of launch and not exactly dazzling press previewers. Wild West Online blundered onward into its ill-advised formal launch from early access, in spite of criticism over its incomplete state (and lack of female toons). And just to cap it all off, the Daybreak/Columbus Nova/Renova mess took a bizarre turn into the tawdriest corners of political intrigue. What a week! I need a drink.

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MMO Week in Review: Star Trek Online is going free-to-play, again (May 6, 2018)

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There are hardly any proper MMORPGs that haven’t already seen at least one major business model shift over the years, and this week Star Trek Online announced its second: It’s going even more free-to-play, or maybe more buy-to-play, depending on how you look at it, as it’s trading its optional subscription away for an optional flat-fee buy-in.

Meanwhile, we’re looking ahead to Guild Wars 2’s underwater update, watching players quibble over Elder Scrolls Online’s and Star Citizen’s business models, debating the state of modern MMO raiding, genuinely enjoying SWTOR’s latest update, being surprised that WoW’s doing so well, and mourning the impending loss of two PWE MMORPGs.

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MMO Week in Review: Just Daybreak things (April 29, 2018)

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Arg, this week you guys. Daybreak is currently wading in the aftermath of one of the biggest unforced errors I’ve seen in the MMO genre in a decade, from inexplicably deciding to answer Russian sanction rumors by abruptly claiming it’s not owned by the company it’s said it’s been owned by for three years to laying off over 70 people in what was allegedly an unrelated H1Z1 crisis.

It’s such a mess that you probably missed our farewell to EVE Online’s Andie Nordren and our impressions pieces on Project Gorgon, Sea of Thieves, and Elder Scrolls Online’s Summerset. Oh yeah, and Belgium declared lockboxes illegal and threatened a bunch of international corporations with criminal penalties. No big thing.

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MMO Week in Review: Politics and MMOs mix just fine (April 22, 2018)

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If you thought it was possible to keep politics out of MMOs, you’re sadly mistaken. This week saw multiple news stories : the end to the court cases that saw the Bossland bot makers escape financial ruin, the CSGO swatting case in which police who killed a man will apparently go uncharged, the Russian Telegram crackdown that’s blocking multiple MMOs (and other services) in the former Soviet state, and the war on lockboxes (and the online games that abuse them) as waged by the Dutch Gaming Authority.

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MMO Week in Review: When you gaze too long into EVE’s Abyss, the Abyss also… actually it just PKs you (April 15, 2018)

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After wrapping up PAX East – and chronicling our experiences with Pantheon, Ship of Heroes, ESO Summerset, and Ashes of Creation – we dived straight into EVE Online’s annual Fanfest, where this year CCP Games announced the Into the Abyss expansion as well as progress on Project Nova. Stay tuned for more! In the meantime, read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: WoW picks its Battle for Azeroth launch date, Ultima Online goes free-to-play (April 8, 2018)

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Classic-but-still-updated MMORPGs were on fire this week! World of Warcraft kicked off PAX East with a bang by announcing Battle for Azeroth’s launch date of August 14th, and then Ultima Online released its Endless Journey patch, taking the 20-year-old game free-to-play for the first time ever.

Stay tuned early this week as we roll out all our PAX coverage! In the meantime, read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: April Fools’ Day, SOTA, and Star Citizen (April 1, 2018)

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Shroud of the Avatar is hereby granted no more launches! Yes, this week Richard Garriott’s Ultima-inspired MMORPG officially shed its in-testing shroud, while, Star Citizen launched its 3.1 alpha, Guild Wars 2 rolled out SAB, and April Fools’ Day gripped the genre. And at GDC, we took a look at big game data, SpatialOS, Defiance, and Ultima Online through the eyes of its original creators.

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MMO Week in Review: Expansions for Elder Scrolls Online, Star Trek Online, and Skyforge (March 25, 2018)

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Sea of Thieves launched this week, it’s true, captivating many MMORPG player hearts with a round of yo-ho-hos and ahoy theres, but it was a huge week for the MMORPG industry all by itself too. We got expansion announcements for Elder Scrolls Online, Star Trek Online, and Skyforge and a launch announcement for Bless, plus deep-dives with Shroud of the Avatar, Secret World Legends‘ South Africa content, the newly launched ARK Park, and SWTOR’s 5.8 update. All that against the backdrop of our meanderings through GDC – including an exclusive with Ship of Heroes!

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MMO Week in Review: Practicing Pig in Project Gorgon (March 18, 2018)

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If you’ve ever fancied a sandboxish MMORPG where you can exercise your pig form, flower arrangement, iocaine resistance, interpretive dance, phrenology, and dying skills, then Project Gorgon was made for you – and as luck would have it, it rolled into early access on Steam this week.

Meanwhile, Secret World Legends announced its South Africa-themed content patch, we dug into new research on aggression and games, multiple sci-fi games honored Stephen Hawking, we got the scoop on ArcheAge 4.5, and classic EverQuest turned 19 years old.

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MMO Week in Review: Trion triumphs with RIFT Prime (March 11, 2018)

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Queues for days! Well, maybe not literally for days, but queues have definitely befallen players who’ve been trying to play the popular RIFT Prime server this weekend, which honestly is a good thing, since every single one of those folks angling for a vanilla-ish experience is paying a sub.

“We apologize most profusely for our great success,” Trion joked, noting that it’s been busily raising server caps and expects login times to spread out as “the first heated rush to glory fades.”

Don’t forget to check out our guide to the new server, as well as our first impressions published this weekend, then read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: All the MMO birthdays (March 4, 2018)

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The MMO genre celebrated a ton of birthdays this week, including anniversaries for the launches of Black Desert, The Division, RIFT, Wakfu, and Dungeons and Dragons Online. Meanwhile, Funcom announced a new game (not an MMO, though), Elite Dangerous launched its next chapter, Path of Exile’s Bestiary update made it out the door, Soulworker hit open beta, Secret World Legends pushed out its agent network, and Trion stunned everyone with its Defiance 2050 reboot plans.

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MMO Week in Review: So what’s Funcom making next? (February 25, 2018)

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Funcom is up to something: This past week, the studio announced that it will announce (you gotta love announcement announcements) a new game on Wednesday. We don’t know much about what it is, save that it’s a post-apoc setting with possibly prefab characters. So MMORPG players will probably be watching curiously on Wednesday… but our bet is Funcom fans will go back to poring over Secret World’s agent system previews instead.

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MMO Week in Review: Elder Scrolls Online’s cash shop controversy (February 18, 2018)

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Elder Scrolls Online’s first DLC of the year, Dragon Bones, launched this week along with update 17. While the patch is loaded with content, including a new cosmetic system and new dungeons, the rollout suffered from an experience exploit that caused server downtime in addition to angst from the community, which objected to the pricing scheme attached to the new outfit system.

Meanwhile, Camelot Unchained picked July 4th for its beta, we got the scoop on Bless Online, SWTOR delivered its spring roadmap, Trove announced a new expansion, Star Citizen launched a new ship sale, and LOTRO began testing a new region.

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