Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV and the horror of the Live Letter

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Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV and the horror of the Live Letter

It’s easy to miss one of the worst bits of news about the next Final Fantasy XIV Live Letter because it’s tucked in the very bottom of the announcement. But there it is, plain as day. No more translations on the forums, just the important points on Twitter. That isn’t going to be annoying as hell from start to finish,...

Bless Online shakes up and builds out its combat system

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Bless Online shakes up and builds out its combat system

With its early access debut coming next month, Bless Online has a lot riding on how well it can present itself to a western market. Renovations and adjustments continue apace on the fantasy MMORPG, with the combat system receiving a top-to-bottom revamp in order to please future consumers. The dev team said that it looked through the classes’ combat skills...

Trion declares RIFT Prime a ‘massive success’ with ‘thousands’ of subbing players

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Trion declares RIFT Prime a ‘massive success’ with ‘thousands’ of subbing players

You’d hardly expect an MMO company to send along a press release declaring its game a failure, right? Indeed, Trion’s PR this morning argues that RIFT’s Prime progression server was a “rousing success,” nothing that in its first month, “thousands” of gamers have given it a try (and therefore, subbed or resubbed to the 2011 MMORPG). “Thousands of players have...

PAX East 2018: Hands-on with The Elder Scrolls Online’s Summerset

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PAX East 2018: Hands-on with The Elder Scrolls Online’s Summerset

One of the fun parts of this job – or one of the odd parts, depending on how you prioritize things – is how you can agree with absolutely every point someone else is making while having an exactly opposite reaction. You may recall that Andrew tried out the build of The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset and walked away with...

PAX East 2018: Talking superhero MMOs with Ship of Heroes’ Casey McGeever

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PAX East 2018: Talking superhero MMOs with Ship of Heroes’ Casey McGeever

At this year’s PAX East, I discovered that my mental picture of Casey McGeever did not match the actual man in person, but that was a positive thing; meeting the man himself, he projects an aura of warmth and earnestness that’s almost impossibly infectious. Not that it should be all that surprising, as he’s spent so much time talking about...

PAX East 2018: Final Fantasy XIV’s main scenario writing and localization

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PAX East 2018: Final Fantasy XIV’s main scenario writing and localization

It’s easy to have little to no idea about how Final Fantasy XIV is localized. Obviously the localization team has advanced beyond the days of Final Fantasy Tactics (which apparently was translated by someone with Babelfish and a rampaging hangover), but it’s still pretty easy to picture the localization as a matter of the Japanese staff dropping a stack of...