E3 2018: Pearl Abyss’ CEO on Black Desert’s Xbox port, Switch considerations, and PvP

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E3 2018: Pearl Abyss’ CEO on Black Desert’s Xbox port, Switch considerations, and PvP

Pearl Abyss’ Kyungin “Robin” Jung isn’t just a CEO. He’s also got a background in engineering. He may not have developed any game-saving tech for Black Desert, but at least he’s the kind of boss that understands when his developers’ plans don’t quite work as intended. Maybe that’s why he was also unaware of the Hysteria Hackers problem we’ve previously discussed....

E3 2018: Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be a first-person-shooter and RPG both

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E3 2018: Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be a first-person-shooter and RPG both

The bad news, Cyberpunk 2077 hopefuls, is that there’s still no word on the alleged multiplayer elements for the game. The good news, or at least the news, is that there’s some indication of how that will be integrated. See, it turns out that the game is an FPS. Yes, it’s still an RPG, but it’s an FPS in the...

The Daily Grind: How do you handle content lulls in MMORPGs?

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The Daily Grind: How do you handle content lulls in MMORPGs?

MOP reader Joel recently wrote into us with a link to a Dark Legacy Comic (#634) that succinctly captures the problem of content lulls in MMOs. It features a bored World of Warcraft hero character staring at his friends list full of buddies who haven’t logged on in weeks (“wake me for prepatch,” one friend’s tag reads); he then becomes...

Elite: Dangerous gives a glimpse at its future at Lavecon

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Elite: Dangerous gives a glimpse at its future at Lavecon

Even as E3 rages on, the recent Lavecon has closed its doors for another year. The player-led gaming and geek convention continues to feature Elite: Dangerous and the rest of the Elite franchise as its tentpole, which means that we got a lot of new information about the MMOPRG out of it. Panels on the game discussed features and upcoming changes...

The Stream Team: An otterly fun EverQuest II festival

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The Stream Team: An otterly fun EverQuest II festival

The minute Massively OP’s MJ heard about the new Othmir festival in EverQuest II, she knew she had to dive into the Oceansfull event. Who wouldn’t want to spend time frolicking with otter folk? Join us live at 8:00 p.m. to experience this brand-new summer celebration. What: EverQuest II Who: MJ Guthrie When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018...

Neverwinter celebrates five years with the Protector’s Jubilee

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Neverwinter celebrates five years with the Protector’s Jubilee

Imagine for a moment if you had plumbing problems so severe that you had an entire shanty town of plumbers at your home for five straight years. That would probably not be something you would wish to celebrate. Yet for the citizens of the eponymous city in Neverwinter, five years of hiring adventurers to clear away countless monsters, cults, and...

E3 2018: Mavericks is battle royale on a massively multiplayer scale

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E3 2018: Mavericks is battle royale on a massively multiplayer scale

Battle royale is all the rage these days, but as we’ve been covering over the last few months, the SpatialOS-based Mavericks is aiming to bring a new approach to the wildly popular new genre: by making it truly massive, which by studio Automaton’s count means 1000 players in the same persistent world. We got hands-on with the game at GDC,...

Albion Online has big balance changes planned for the next season of GvG

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Albion Online has big balance changes planned for the next season of GvG

Sandbox Interactive has a new dev talk video out on Albion Online’s upcoming balance overhaul, specifically for the 5v5 GvG meta, group fights, and the crowd control builds that pretty much, as SI puts it, “reign supreme” in that game mode. Nature builds are definitely due for a nerf, while a number of weapons (bows and staves in particular) are...