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MMO Week in Review: Camelot Unhindered (January 21, 2018)

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This week, crowdfunded MMORPG Camelot Unchained announced it had raised $7.5 million dollars from investors, intended to speed up production of the game, which is already quite delayed. Studio head Mark Jacobs spoke to us at length about the influx of money, the state of the game, and the impending beta launch; he reassured players that nothing about the game’s design or planned business model.

Meanwhile, Trion Worlds delivered two huge announcements this week: It’s sunsetting Devilian in March, and it’s opening up a sub-only, lockbox-free, specialty fresh-start server for RIFT this spring.

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MMO Week in Review: Sci-fi MMOs blast into the new year (January 14, 2018)

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Sci-fi MMOs dominated the first full week of the year, as Elite Dangerous announced dates for Beyond testing, Cyberpunk 2077’s implied it’s not dead yet, EVE Online players grumbled over botting, and Star Citizen promised predictability for alpha 3 patches and filed a motion to dismiss the Crytek copyright lawsuit.

Meanwhile, we reported back from Hi-Rez Expo 2018 with plenty of hands-on and interviews, which we’ve rounded up below in case you missed them! Then read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: The latest studio to enter the battle royale (January 7, 2018)

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While the MMO genre gets itself back in gear and puts the holiday haze behind it, we’ve been reporting back from Hi-Rez Expo 2018, where the studio has already announced a new game (sadly not an MMO, however) and a battle royale mode for one of its two MOBAs. Oh yeah, the H1Z1/PUBG battle royale bandwagon has only just begun!

Don’t miss our complete recap of all of our annual awards and other end-of-the-year articles and roundups! Then read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: Melting down over tanks and the Eververse (December 24, 2017)

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There’s never a dull moment in the MMORPG world, not even in the middle of a holiday! This week, Star Citizen defied and/or exceeded expectations by releasing its 3.0 alpha to all backers, selling a new concept tank, and revealing the state of Squadron 42 (albeit after a small delay). Meanwhile, Destiny 2’s playerbase continues to melt down over the Eververse cash shop fiasco.

Please have a safe and happy holiday from all of us here at Massively OP. Enjoy some festive music we’ve picked out for the occasion, or maybe just play some MMO winter events!

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MMO Week in Review: Crytek’s Star Citizen lawsuit (December 17, 2017)

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Never let it be said that December is a dead month! This week, CryEngine company Crytek filed the paperwork to sue Cloud Imperium and Roberts Space Industries, the studios behind crowdfunding behemoth and eternally delayed MMO Star Citizen. Why? Crytek alleges that the Star Citizen studios are violating the engine’s copyright by using it for a second game, Squadron 42. CIG and RSI, mind you, have vehemently denied the accusation, arguing that they’re no longer using CryEngine at all and will fight the suit in court. And now I gotta rewrite our “biggest MMO legal battles of the year” post because I didn’t see this one coming!

We’ve also been rolling out the first full week of our end-of-the-year content! Don’t miss our first seven formal awards, our list of MMOs we’re watching in 2018, and our favorite articles of the year. Then read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: Wild West Online’s delay and PvP switcharoo (December 10, 2017)

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We weren’t surprised at all to find out this week that Wild West Online wasn’t actually going to make its planned Steam early access launch this year and will instead delay into 2018. But most of us were surprised to hear that one of the reasons is that the game is basically giving up on its free-for-all PvP system, which is probably for the best as the bounty system as it stood was ineffective. Instead, the developers will be implementing a faction-based PvP system, sans corpse looting, in an attempt to reduce griefing and teamkilling. It might rope in more MMORPG players, but we’re doubting the early adopters are too happy.

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MMO Week in Review: Mourning Marvel Heroes (December 3, 2017)

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Where do we start with a week like last week? Was it the way Marvel Heroes disappeared without a sound from its owners? Guild Wars 2’s pricey new mount and new living story season? Raph Koster and Mark Jacobs weighing on on the business of the genre? Or Star Citizen’s new way of making money by selling off space plots?

I say all of those and more. It’s not gonna be a quiet December, folks. Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: The war on lockboxes is just beginning (November 26, 2017)

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If you’re sick of lockboxes… well, I’m sorry because the gripes MMO players have had for half a decade have finally reached the mainstream thanks to EA’s overreach, leading multiple countries’ gambling commissions and politicians to take up the cause and analysts to lament that they would’ve gotten away with it if it hadn’t been for the press.

Meanwhile, in spite of a letter from Gazillion’s CEO to laid-off employees stating that the plug would be pulled on Marvel Heroes Friday, the game appears to still be up. Wouldn’t count on that lasting long, though…

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MMO Week in Review: Disney reins in wayward Star Wars, Marvel video games (November 19, 2017)

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Disney’s image-preservation machine was in high gear this week over two of its most high-profile IPs and the clownshoes video game companies picked to print money with them. First, the Mouse House shredded its Marvel-based partnership with Gazillion, leading to the sunset of the once-popular MMOARPG Marvel Heroes (planned for early next year). And then there’s the whole Star Wars Battlefront 2 fiasco, where EA has temporarily been stymied in its attempt to suck every last dollar from our wallets, at least until The Last Jedi has broken records.

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MMO Week in Review: Guild Wars 2 dev admits to mount lockbox ‘missteps’ (November 12, 2017)

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This week, Guild Wars 2 players, primed by the last few months of anti-lockbox sentiment in the gaming community, rioted over the addition of pseudo-lockboxes containing random mount skins in the cash shop. ArenaNet President Mike O’Brien has since provided a statement acknowledging that the timing and context were poorly chosen and that the multitude of new random skins unduly exacerbated the perception that ArenaNet was headed down an ugly path. That said, he also points out the upsides: that the mounts are cheap, progressive, and diverse. So will Anet change them? Yes and no.

“Microtransactions can be polarizing, and we’ve received both positive and negative feedback on the license. We won’t change the existing license in a way that would invalidate the investment players have made, but I want to confirm to you that our next planned mount skin releases will focus on individual sales like the Reforged Warhound and bundles like the Spooky Mounts Pack. We will not add any skins to the currently available Adoption License, thus not pushing down the odds of acquiring any one skin in that set.”

Thanks to our tipster Miol and the artist of the image header too, qears2gnomes/knight-mj! Now read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: Wrapping up BlizzCon and reeling from genre upheaval

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Even had this week not contained BlizzCon — which itself was meaty, and yes we’re getting both a World of Warcraft expansion and WoW vanilla/legacy/classic servers — it would have been a big one for the MMORPG genre, as EVE Online company CCP laid off dozens of employees and shutter substudios, PWE closed down both Gigantic studio Motiga and Torchlight developer Runic Games, and Marvel Heroes studio Gazillion fell silent in the midst of “inappropriate conduct” allegations and missed patches.

We’ll have more on all these stories in the coming week, but for now, read on for the very best of this past week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MMO Week in Review: Destiny 2 has already won the year (October 29, 2017)

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Destiny 2 has finally arrived for PC, and the fact that a crapton of our MMORPG readership is playing won’t surprise you, given that the game is already the best-selling video game of the year. Just try not to get banned, k?

Meanwhile, if you’re still wanting to throw money at Actiblizz, welp, BlizzCon – and that promised new WoW expansion – is fast approaching!

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MMO Week in Review: I’m putting lockboxes in your Halloween candy bucket (October 22, 2017)

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Lockboxes dominated the headlines again this week as the ESRB, PEGI, the UK government, and a handful of developers weighed in on the issue. Meanwhile, in a case of exceptionally bad timing, Activision secured a patent for match manipulation intended to drive engagement and cash-shop purchases. Just in case that whole lockbox thing doesn’t work out, see.

Meanwhile, we’re gearing up for Halloween across the MMORPG world, from Guild Wars 2 and LOTRO to Secret World and WoW. We’ve got nine more days of this until it’s time to begin prepping for the next big holiday. I’m talking about Black Friday, of course.

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