Global Chat: How should studios sunset MMOs?

When it comes time for whatever reason to put an MMORPG to pasture, how should a studio do it? For Brian “Psychochild” Green, this question is not merely academic. Green has been through an MMO sunset twice with Meridian 59, and in an interesting essay he talks about the difficult choices involved in the process. “Let’s say you’ve decided to […]

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EVE Online’s next patch is all about mechanical and visual redesigns

The next EVE Online patch is all about redesigns that cross several levels. Mining barges, for example, are due for a visual patch to make them… well, not prettier, exactly, but more detailed and more appropriate for their existing role. They’re also due for a balance patch to tweak functionality out in the field, which is happening at the same […]

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ARK: Survival Evolved teases ‘gigantic’ reveal this Thursday

Don’t you just love announcements about upcoming announcements? Perhaps PR teams are being considerate by giving you information so that you can rearrange your week’s schedule. In the spirit of that, ARK fans should clear out a one-hour block at 1:00 p.m. EDT on September 1st for a major reveal. “This Thursday on September the 1st at 10AM PST/1PM EST […]

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Riders of Icarus – New PvE Content the Focus of Latest Developer Blog

The Riders of Icarus site has been updated with a new developer blog that lays out some of the forthcoming PvE content coming to the game in the coming days and weeks. Among other things, players at level 35 can access Lair of Ienos to complete a daily quest to grab hold of his Familiar Control Stone. One of two elite creatures will appear with players able to attempt taming them.

SMITE – Community Raises Money for Louisiana Flood Relief

The SMITE community is reaching out in tangible ways to the victims of recent and catastrophic floods in Louisiana. SMITE players raised over $36,000 for flood relief efforts, bringing the total revenue generated for charity to $700,000 over the years.

Ingress teams battle to a tie in Via Lux

The first day of a major Ingress player event resulted in a tie for both sides, with each claiming partial victory over the worldwide battlefield. The 7-7 tie in the initial round of Via Lux demonstrated the fierce rivalry between the teams: “The Resistance fought fiercely and emerged victorious at the first three Anomalies in Europe, successfully countering the highly […]

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Elder Scrolls Legends eSports Event at PAX

Bethesda has announced that it will be hosting an eSports event for Elder Scrolls Legends during PAX West. The event will be ongoing throughout the weekend and everyone is invited to play. The competition will be broadcast via the Elder Scrolls Legends Twitch.tv channel.

Livelock is live on PC and console today

Perfect World’s co-op shooter Livelock has formally launched today on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 after a brief delay from its original planned August 2nd launch. If you’re buying the game as a group, do note that you can score a big discount on a three-pack through Arc and the Humble Store. Take a look at our hands-on time […]

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Check out the picture of Lost Ark’s beta endgame

What are you going to do once you hit the level cap in Lost Ark? Sure, get gear and do stuff, but what gear are you going to get? Where are you going to get it? Are you sure that gear is a good idea? What’s the easiest way to get all of that gear? Fortunately, Steparu has run through […]

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SMITE embraces death with Izanami

Some players like to play it safe, dwelling within the secure walls of high hit point pools, defensive buffs, and exit strategies. And then there are those who don’t start coming alive until they’re dwelling on the edge of death. For the latter crowd, SMITE is bringing in Izanami to satisfy their dangerous playstyle. The so-called Matron of Death, Izanami […]

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H1Z1: King of the Kill launches for PC on September 20, ‘pauses’ console development

You might have thought zombie survival sandbox H1Z1 had already launched, considering you probably paid for it back in January of 2015 when it hit early access, or maybe again when it split in two this past February. But you’d be wrong! In fact, Daybreak announced today that one half of the game, King of the Kill, will formally emerge from early […]

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Final Fantasy XIV updates players on tomestone changes

There’s a new patch on the way for Final Fantasy XIV, and if you’ve been around for previous patches you know that means you’re going to need to fuss around with your Allagan tomestones. The newest addition to the tomestone family are the tomestones of scripture, taking the spot of the new limited-per-week currency that you get for doing the […]

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Shadowgun Legends – It's All About Ambition & Technology – Gamescom Reveal Preview

Technology marches on, our computers get faster, our devices get smaller, our dreams get closer to realization. I stand by what I said in the awards for best of Gamescom, sometime recently games on mobile got gorgeous and I never knew. I sat down to play with Shadowgun Legends and I still can’t quite believe it was a mobile game.

Livelock – Multi-Platform Release Day Arrives

Perfect World Entertainment has announced that Livelock has arrived for XBox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Livelock features three player cooperative play and is available through PWE’s game platform, Arc.

Firefall – Site Shut Down, Fate of the Game Unknown

The Firefall site has suddenly gone dark, perhaps indicating that the game itself has shut down. Players on Reddit are claiming that they game is still functioning with a few players in it. While perhaps not yet completely gone, the site’s demise does not bode well for the longevity of the game.

Hyperspace Beacon: The Shroud of Star Wars The Old Republic

I’m going to hit you again with some lore this week from Star Wars: The Old Republic. However, I promise that there will be a lot less speculation and a little more factual information because we are going to talk about a character who is reemerging for the bonus Knights of the Fallen Empire chapter Shroud of Memory. Some of […]

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Lord of the Rings Online has a two-and-a-half-year plan

Lord of the Rings Online isn’t prepared to close up shop in Middle-earth just yet. In a new interview with fansite Dadi’s LOTRO Guides, Turbine said that the team has plans mapped out to the end of 2018 — plans that might include a new expansion. “Right now we have a two-and-a-half-year plan,” Executive Producer Severlin said, “and the only reason […]

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