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Saturday, 10 October 2020

Star Wars Squadrons shares an infographic of stats from the first week of online play

It would appear that the online multiplayer of Star Wars Squadrons has been pretty active overall, or at least the very first week of it. EA's Star Wars Twitter account offered up an infographic that collected data from the game's first week and provided several trivia bites for players to gnaw on. The game has […]

DCUO encounters ghoulies and makes reservations to travel to the 31st century

About every October, Batman is more gloomy than normal due to the fact that everyone is honing in on his motif with the Halloween season. So if you're heading over to DC Universe Online for this month's Witching Hour event, you might want to steer clear of the Caped Crusader. Trust us, you won't want […]

Dungeons and Dragons Online starts Fables of the Feywild pre-orders, gives a free dungeon to all

Monday will be a big day for Dungeons and Dragons Online, as a sizable patch is dropping for the game at the same time as Standing Stone Games will begin taking pre-orders for its Fables of the Feywild expansion. Update 47 includes a brand-new free dungeon (Promise of Flame) for all players and a makeover […]

The Stream Team: An Astroneer escape alleviates Earthly woes

It has been far too long since Massively OP's MJ enjoyed the atmosphere in Astroneer, a game that offers light-hearted frivolity and fun. Even gravity can't hold you down there! She's ready to throw off the shackles of Earth and immerse herself in the more whimsical worlds of this space sandbox for a time. She […]

The Game Archaeologist: Deadlands Legends, the western MMO that never saw the light of day

The saying goes that there is nothing new under the sun. So while you probably can't write an original setting that's never been seen before, the next best thing is to take two established settings and slam them together to create a tantalizing mash-up. This is what game developer Shane Hensley thought in 1996, when […]

Star Citizen's AMA confirms Squadron 42 has 'a ways to go' before beta, will be 'done when it is done'

The question that's been on the lips of the Star Citizen community for the past several months has been in relation to Squadron 42's development progress. So naturally, that would be one of the highlights of an AMA with several of CIG's devs, including Chris Roberts himself, who answered the burning question. The player question […]

WRUP: Some new wrestlers, some better wrestlers

John Cee-Clamp-A: He's exactly like John Cena, but he has lobster arms instead of people arms. Signature hold is the "Clamp You With The Claws, Bucky Boy." Signature drink is a Coke with a splash of hot sauce. Koshiko: She is a normal Japanese salarywoman carrying a handgun. Signature hold is the "Don't Move, I […]

The Daily Grind: Which MMO class makes you feel overpowered?

Obviously, we here at MOP love anything overpowered — including frappes, meme wars, and MMORPG classes. Sometimes it doesn't even take numerically superior stats to take a class from wimpy to whompy. Sometimes it's all about animations, sound effects, and cool abilities that can make you feel overpowered. Right now in World of Warcraft, I […]

Amazon just killed off another online game – this time it's Crucible

Like Breakaway before it, Amazon's Crucible is over before it began. Before it began again. It really depends where you start counting. Yes, Amazon announced tonight that it's "discontinuing development" on its beleaguered online shooter. The move may seem a bit sudden, as the game just got a patch four days ago, but fans will […]

Betawatch: Star Citizen pushes a patch public and promises progress on PSquadron 42

Did you know you can put the letter "P" in front of almost any word if you want to? It's clever. Modern spelling. Anyhow, PStar Citizen pushed out its PTU patch to public players (who have paid to participate) with a plethora of playtime polish, as well as outlining progress being made on Squadron 42. Perfect! Other […]

EVE Echoes provides an overview of how the in-game economy operates

Money makes the world go round, or at least in the case of EVE Echoes, it's ISK. The grinding gears of the ISK economy were the subject of a video from one of game's designers, who elaborated on the various ways players can earn that sweet digital dosh. The primary source for making and spending […]

SEED offers a brief peek at gameplay and discusses QA as it prepares for wider testing

The colonization sandbox MMO SEED is inching closer to inviting players to start testing the game out, and getting to that point takes some QA. That process was the subject of developer Klang Games' most recent dev blog video, which discussed some of the QA team's job as well as showed off a bit of […]

Dungeons and Dragons Online gets even spookier for Halloween

While Lord of the Rings Online players will be waiting until much later this month to partake of their Halloween offerings, its sibling Dungeons and Dragons Online is already deep into the Night Revels. The Halloween event starts in a special version of Delera's Graveyard, where players farm special keys. They then use these keys […]

Standing Stone, Daybreak, KingsIsle, and more MMO companies will fundraise for Extra Life 2020

The season of Extra Life is almost upon us, meaning all your favorite MMO studios are going to be dispatching their developers to play all the things for the long-running gaming charity. "Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised over $70 million USD for sick and injured kids. Right now, children's hospitals need […]

Yes, CCP London is still working on an unannounced new online title (or titles)

The HR department over at CCP London is looking pretty busy in recent days. The satellite branch of CCP Games has kicked out another two tweets in search of an audio engineer and a contracted balancing designer, the latter of which will be working on an "unannounced online shooter." The distinction of online shooter is […]

Bless Unleashed has begun head start access on PS4 ahead of its October 22 release

We already knew that Bless Unleashed was making its way to PS4 players on October 22nd, but those who bought in to the Ultimate Founder's Pack are getting a head start, allowing those players in as of yesterday a full two weeks ahead of everyone else, while those who purchased the Exalted pack get in […]

The Stream Team: A raveyard undead dance party for AdventureQuest 3D's Mogloween

What makes Massively OP's MJ happy? Mogloween! And the spooky holiday has begun in AQ3D. Along with previous year's festivities of mad scientists and haunted towns, there's a crazy undead dance party in Zorbak's Raveyard. Join us live at 2:00 p.m. as Massively OP's Stream Team kicks of this year's Halloween season in… What: AdventureQuest […]

Temtem introduces two new player-created monsters and their unique locations

Let's cast our minds back to June 2018, when Temtem was first entering the crowdfunding scene and was already lighting Kickstarter on fire. Among the tiers of pledges was the Breeder pledge, a $6K level limited to only four backers that let those backers create their own critters for the game. As of update 0.6.9, […]

Star Wars Galaxies Legends keeps teasing Bespin and we want it

Star Wars Galaxies Legends, the Star Wars Galaxies rogue server that's dominated the game's headlines for the last few years, has been teasing Bespin for a while now. It's one of multiple planets that the player team has been working on adding to its version of the classic MMORPG sandbox since at least last year. […]

Final Fantasy XIV has cancelled its European fan festival for February 2021

This is probably not a surprise given what happened before, but Final Fantasy XIV fans will not be gathering in Europe for a convention. The European fan festival has officially been cancelled as of today due to the global pandemic, which follows on the heels of both the North American and Japanese fan festivals being cancelled for […]

Star Citizen marks its eighth birthday with alpha 3.11's release, free goodies, and Halloween events

This coming Saturday, October 10th, will mark the eighth anniversary of Star Citizen's reveal to the public, which in CIG terms is the game's official birthday, and that means it's time to celebrate. One of the biggest party pieces of the celebration is the launch of alpha 3.11 after a brief stint in open PTU […]

World of Warcraft director Ion Hazzikostas promises to reverse the Shadowlands ability limitation

It was just yesterday that people found out World of Warcraft: Shadowlands had made a change to Covenant abilities by limiting them to the eponymous Shadowlands. This made a lot of people angry and was generally regarded as a bad news. So good news: A new post from director Ion Hazzikostas confirms that the change will […]

WoW Factor: The problem with World of Warcraft's storytelling

Back a long while ago, when I reviewed the prequel novel for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, I noted that my general policy has been to ignore the novels and supplementary storytelling around WoW's expansions. The policy I outlined in the introduction there was fairly simple and straightforward: If it didn't happen within the game, something had […]

Pathfinder Online is still alive, and the devs are embracing the cloud

Pathfinder Online is transitioning to the cloud, and no, that's not a euphemism for ascending to heaven because Pathfinder Online is still alive against all odds. Yesterday, the Paizo/Goblinworks team still attached to the game announced that it's taking its first steps into porting the game into cloud. "It's hard to predict what other complications […]

Final Fantasy XIV previews its next major patch, Futures Rewritten, in its newest live letter

The next patch for Final Fantasy XIV isn't coming out until December, but the latest live letter from producer and director Naoki Yoshida has already revealed some details for the upcoming patch 5.4. And there's plenty for players to dig into, including the new Explorer Mode for cleared dungeons allowing you to roam dungeon maps you've […]

Titan Reach offers a second patch for its demo version as its Kickstart enters the final week

The Titan Reach Kickstarter continues to move forward, with the game's team releasing the second major patch to its demo client. This new version adds everyone's two favorite forms of content, a jumping puzzle and arena PvP. It also adds new character customization, new configuration settings for the test client, and a new legendary sword for […]

World of Warcraft's free-to-level-20 edition is about to get a ton more content

With next week's World of Warcraft: Shadowlands pre-patch, the overall value of the game is about to take a jump up. As we noted yesterday, Blizzard running a sale on certain character services right now and rolling Battle for Azeroth into the base subscription (meaning that you don't have to buy it if you have […]

The Daily Grind: Is there a location you wish your fave MMO could explore – but never will?

I have two examples in mind for today's Daily Grind. The first, of course, is Cantha: I've been a broken record on wanting the Guild Wars franchise to go back to Cantha and its varied regions, for years and years, so I'm pretty thrilled that it's finally happening next year in Guild Wars 2. But […]

The Stream Team: Frozen fun in Neverwinter's Icespire Peaks

It's a good thing Massively OP's MJ loves fire, because she's going to need some! It's equally good that she loves the cold, because she's going to have plenty of it! The next Neverwinter adventures take her to Icespire Peak, a frozen land full of icy monsters to snuff out. Tune in live at 9:00 […]

Massively Overthinking: How do you know you've fallen hard for an MMO?

For this week's Massively Overthinking, I want to bounce off something MOP's Chris tweeted a few weeks back. "I can tell a game's hooks are sinking in when I start bookmarking resource guides and specific websites," he said. I feel so seen by this! This is absolutely one of the ways I know I'm falling […]

MMO Business Roundup: Steam Game Festival, My.Games, Taipei Gameshow, Niantic, and RazerCon

Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and gaming industry news relevant to the MMO-playing audience. Steam Game Festival: Yes, another online event! The "autumn edition" of Steam's Game Festival kicked off this week, with streams and free games and sales. Most notably for MMO players, Wild Terra 2 is offering a free-play event ahead […]

Frostpunk's board game Kickstarter nears $1M with nearly three weeks left

One of the big PC gaming success stories from 2018 was the launch of Frostpunk, a city-builder with a post-apocalyptic survival theme. It's sold 1.4 million copies in its first year and churned out an expansion, but the snowplow isn't content to stop there. An official board game adaptation of the four-player co-op game is […]

Genshin Impact plans on more characters, more areas, and a PS5 release in the future

The popular single-player/multiplayer RPG Genshin Impact will be expanding outside of what's currently available according to a miHoYo spokesperson who talked with IGN Japan. The developers plan on adding more characters, character-specific missions, side quests, and a third city, all of which are currently in development. The mechanics of the game, however, don't appear due […]

Legends of Aria casts a spotlight on a player-run PvE server and its new Warlock class

I was today years-old when I learned that a Legends of Aria player has created a custom PvE server that has its own unique classes. Of course, the fact that this game has PvE servers is certainly nothing new, and the game has several PvE-minded shards. In any event, I suspect that this TIL moment […]

World of Warcraft drops Shadowlands pre-patch notes, merges Battle for Azeroth into sub

We've got a bundle of World of Warcraft news here to cap off your Thursday. First, if all the jeering for Battle for Azeroth kept you from buying the expansion, congrats: Now you're getting it for free, kinda, as Blizzard announced today that the expansion will be bundled into the base subscription fee when the […]

Valorant bumps Icebox map up to next week, delays and reveals new toon Skye

Riot Games' Valorant is smooshing around its fall lineup. The good news it's that it's pushed the new arctic wilderness map, Icebox, up in the schedule, meaning it'll launch on October 13th alongside the act III battlepass (27th for competitive mode). "An abandoned Kingdom research facility in the arctic wilderness is the next location to […]

Sea of Thieves posts a musical tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen

I realize the news cycle has been wild this week, so you may have missed the sad news that Van Halen co-founder Eddie Van Halen passed away after a battle with throat cancer. The death of a popular musician would normally not be something we cover on a gaming blog, but as it happens, Sea […]

Epic Games versus Apple case will go to judge-led bench trial in May 2021

A trial date has been confirmed by the northern California district court hearing the case between Epic Games and Apple. The litigation will move to a bench trial on Monday, May 3rd, 2021, officially confirming that both parties' desire for the case to be heard by a judge and not a jury has been granted. […]

Wurm Online's Steam success means a bigger team, tutorial improvements, and new content

With Wurm Online safely enshrined on Steam and pulling in "unprecedented" numbers of players thanks to the platform, Code Club is moving on to prepping its next move – and it involves more devs, more marketing, and more content. "The surge in popularity has definitely exceeded our expectations and it seems like it can give […]

'Boob streamers' and 'boys clubs': Twitch staffers blast sexist, racist corporate culture

GI.biz has a detailed expose of Twitch's corporate culture out today, painting a picture of ongoing and systemic racism, sexism, and abuse, both in the office and in the community. The article includes input and allegations from 16 employees, only a few of whom said they had never seen misconduct at the company. One of […]

Squadron 42 outlines continuing work on fleshing out the Vanduul in the latest update newsletter

The latest update newsletter from Squadron 42 is very much about its alien lifeforms. A number of team segments are working on the Vanduul, whether it's the AI team working out the race's melee and ranged combat tactics, the animation team working on melee attack animations and locomotion, or the art teams working on Vanduul's […]

Elder Scrolls Online teases the setting and atmosphere of its upcoming Markarth DLC

Elder Scrolls Online's Markarth DLC is less than a month away now for PC players, so you know what that means: time to crank up the ol' hype machine! Yes, ZeniMax has pushed out a fluffy preview of the DLC today, this one focusing on its setting and the zones it'll affect. The studio says […]

First Impressions: Genshin Impact is half decent ARPG and half gacha

I forget when I first heard about Genshin Impact, but it was a while back, and it was something that I earmarked for the future as worth keeping an eye on. It turns out that I didn't keep a very good eye on it, though; my awareness of the game's actual launch was when it was mentioned […]

Final Fantasy XIV previews the Bozjan Southern Front and further Dragonsung Tool upgrades

Players in Final Fantasy XIV will get an upgrade next week for whatever they're wielding in their main hands. No, really; when patch 5.35 arrives, both the next step of upgrades for the Blades of Gunnhildr and the next upgrade to Dragonsung Tools will be added in. The official site has just added a preview of […]

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands disables covenant abilities outside of the Shadowlands in the latest build

One element of recent World of Warcraft expansions that has come under popular discussion is the concept of "borrowed power," referring to mechanical systems and character upgrades that are used for the expansion but then removed unceremoniously after it ends. Shadowlands is no different in this regard, with Covenant abilities and Soulbinds. However, the most recent […]

Star Wars Squadrons creative director: 'We're not trying to treat the game as a live service'

If EA wanted a fast way to chill all the fervor for Star Wars Squadrons, then what it told UploadVR this week in regard to future content is basically the ice bucket challenge. "Never say never, so to speak, but as far as our philosophy goes we're not trying to treat the game as a […]

'One of the largest PvP battles ever to occur in video game history' just happened in EVE Online

The biggest clash this week might not have been on the debate stage but rather in a video game. Over 8,806 EVE Online pilots swarmed together for "one of the largest PvP battles ever" this week, with one side seeking to take down a Death Star — er, Keepstar in FWST-8. In this one battle […]

The Daily Grind: What older MMO feels like it holds up remarkably well graphically?

I recognize that I may be biased here, but it always surprises me how good Final Fantasy XI actually looks. Sure, there are a lot of games out that look a lot better than it does, but the game came out in 2002 and it's still visually pleasing. There are parts of it that look significantly better […]

City of Heroes' SEGS rebuild project releases a pre-alpha version of its engine

The Super Entity Game Server (SEGS) project, which readers will recall is an attempt to rewrite the code for City of Heroes to connect with game assets players already own (and thus skirt any legal trouble with NCSoft's EULA), has made a fresh step closer to its projected late winter alpha release with the launch […]

SMITE reworks Loki and adds Gummy Worm Medusa for Halloween

Halloween is a season of tricks and/or treats, so perhaps it's that connection to trickery that prompts SMITE to kick out a rework of Loki in the latest update. He's a god of trickery, you see. It fits. "We focused on preserving the stealth Assassin feel his kit evoked, but removed many of the frustrations […]

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