18 MMOs Shut Down in 2018…So Far

For the first three months of 2018, it looked like we might have a crisis on our hands as more games than usual were shutting down. Thankfully, in the last three months, things have slowed down significantly. With that being said, there have still been 18 MMOs shut down in 2018 so far.

 

Battle of the Immortals and War of the Immortals – January 9th

Battle of the Immortals

Perfect World Entertainment started off 2018 by announcing they were shutting down two of their older games. There was no reason given for the shutdowns, but a declining player base as the games aged is a pretty safe bet. But this actually isn’t the beginning of the PWE story, back in November they shut down Runic Games, the makers of Torchlight, Torchlight II, and Hob. At the same time they downsized Gigantic’s studio Motiga, but more on them further down.

 

Perpetuum – January 25th

perpetuum like eve online

In September 2017 the developers of Perpetuum came out and said that while they always knew it would be a niche game, it never really took off. With that in mind they ended development on the game, though kept the servers online while they looked at their options. Sadly, by mid-January, the costs of keeping Perpetuum online became too much for the developers and they were forced to shut the game down.

 

Master X Master (MXM)- January 31st

master x master free-to-play

After spending much of 2017 trying to appeal to former City of Heroes players by bringing out beloved iconic characters from the game, MXM ultimately shut down at the end of January. From the start though it seemed like a questionable proposition. It was late to the MOBA scene and trying to take an idea that had already been used by Blizzard of using iconic characters from their various games. Unfortunately for NCSoft, most of the games they focused on are practically unknown in the West and the games that are well known are controversial or downright unpopular. The exception to that is Guild Wars 2, which MXM hardly touched at all. Ultimately, NCSoft admitted that they failed to connect with players.

 

Linkrealms – January 31st

The journey for LinkRealms was a long one, though it only spent a short bit of that time on Steam. The game went into Early Access in early 2016, then it was announced the game would be free to play from October of that year. Sadly, without any money coming in, the developers couldn’t keep the game running and it had to shut down.

 

Scrolls – February 13th

Scrolls closing down

Anyone who was a fan of Scrolls knew the game was going to be shut down eventually. Perhaps what is most shocking in fact is how long it stuck around. It was announced all the way back in 2015 that Mojang wasn’t developing the game anymore and that the servers would stay online “for some time”. Well that time finally came this year, which honestly is a pretty good run for a card game that wasn’t getting any new content. Scrolls is perhaps best known as the cause of a lawsuit between Zenimax and Mojang over the use of the word ‘Scrolls’ in the name.

 

Demon’s Souls – February 28th

Demon’s Souls had a long run of almost 9 years when it was announced that the game was shutting down. The game is still playable as all the online components were completely optional, but it was an option people loved nonetheless.

 

Devilian – March 5th

Devilian Shutting Down

Devilian was a victim of its brother game’s success; that game is PUBG. Both were created by the same studio but when PUBG started to get big, Devilian started getting neglected. Trion, who were publishing Devilian in the West tried their best to work with Bluehole with no success. In the end, they decided to call it quits for the game.

 

Battleline: Steel Warfare – April 7th

Battleline

Bandai Namco’s tank shooting game went under the radar for a lot of people. In fact, the sunset wasn’t covered by any of the MMO focused gaming sites, MMOGames included. We only found out about it thanks to one of our readers who pointed it out to us, thanks Alberto Honorato! Fans didn’t take the news well on Steam and left some pretty harsh comments about the game on the sunset announcement.

 

Cabal 2 – April 18th

Cabal 2

Despite being live for around 3 years, the developers used the kind of language you usually see in sunset announcements for newer games. They said the game didn’t resonate with as many players as they’d hoped. If this were the case though, why did Cabal 2 last as long as it did, with updates, and new content even? The second reason they gave fits the narrative far better: continued operation is no longer sustainable.

 

Paragon – April 26th

Epic has been having…please forgive this…they’ve been having an epic year thanks to Fortnite. But in the middle of all their epic winning (sorry, I had to), they shut down their MOBA Paragon. Fans were, of course, disappointed and hopeful that Paragon would get bought by someone, but that wasn’t to be. Epic released Paragon Assets for free to use in Unreal Engine 4 development, these were worth $12 million.

 

Special Mention: LawBreakers/Radical Heights – May 14th

LawBreakers

Boss Key shut down in mid-May and as a result are getting an honorable mention on this list. Neither of the studios two games have actually shut down yet, however. Radical Heights, the 80s themed battle royale game with an incomplete map is still getting a peak concurrent player base of around 250-300 people every day. LawBreakers, on the other hand, is averaging 0-2 concurrent players during the week which goes up sometimes as high as 15 on the weekends. Why neither game has actually been shut off yet is anyone’s guess.

 

Echo of Soul – May 23rd

Life was never easy for Echo of Soul in the West, but they kept trying anyway. In fact, though the Echo of Soul classic servers are shutting down, the Phoenix servers are alive and well. So it isn’t really the end of Echo of Soul just yet.

 

Swordsman Online and Jade Dynasty – June 5th

Swordsman Online

Swordsman Online

Here we are once again at Perfect World Entertainment shutting down two games at once. The teams working on Swordsman Online and Jade Dynasty are being moved on to bigger and better things. Though what they are is anyone’s guess. They also said that they felt there was nowhere else for Swordsman Online to go.

 

More to Come…

We know already that Perfect World Entertainment has at least one more game to sunset this year, Gigantic. The MOBA with fantastic art just never really took off and with the studio having been closed… well, we knew it was coming.

In addition to Gigantic, we already have shutdown dates for Runescape Classic, Runescape Legends, and Ace of Spades.

What will the rest of 2018 bring us? Only time will tell.

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7 Things You Could Buy Instead of the Star Citizen Legatus Pack

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few days, you’ve most likely heard the news about the Star Citizen Legatus Pack which sells for $27,000. To even find out what is in that pack you have to have spent $1,000 already. The pack comes with 117 ships and 163 extras like beacons, modules, and additional models.

Every corner of the gaming community has been discussing the pack since it was announced. Threads on Reddit are getting tens of thousands of comments, Facebook groups can’t stop talking about it…and maybe that was the plan all along. Star Citizen hasn’t been in the news very much recently but now everyone is talking about it, including me.

$27,000 is a lot of money to spend on a game. You would have to make $12.98 an hour to make that much in one year, and that assumes that all the money you get from your job goes straight to the Legatus Pack and nothing else. That’s just slightly less than the highest minimum wage in the United States.

So all of that got me thinking about how much money that is and what else I could buy with it. I’ve put together a list that includes a house, a fancy hotel stay, a whole lot of caffeine, and more. Here are 7 things you could buy instead of the Star Citizen Legatus Pack.

 

A 3 Bedroom House

7 things you could buy instead of the Star Citizen Legatus Pack

In Akron, Ohio you can buy yourself a 3 bedroom, 1,518 square foot house for $27,000. Ohio is home to some of the cheapest houses in the United States. On the other hand, 7% of all American astronauts have been from Ohio so you have to ask yourself what is so bad about that state that people go to space to try to escape it.

 

117 Day Cruise Around the World

For less than $27,000 you can take a round-the-world cruise with MSC. The trip is 117 days long, with 113 nights spent on the ship. This isn’t even for the cheapest room, this is the one with a window. Anyone who has been on a cruise before can tell you how much of a difference having a window makes. Getting a room with a balcony on the 2020 cruise, which MSC is currently selling would cost you another ten thousand dollars. On this cruise, you stop in 26 different countries from Italy to the Pitcairn islands.

 

5,094 Big Macs

No list talking about money is complete without a Big Mac. The iconic burger from McDonald’s is sold around the world and has become a trusted way to measure the purchasing power parity between two currencies. In the United States, the average Big Mac costs $5.30. This means with 27 thousand dollars you could buy 5,094 Big Macs. That’s enough for one person to have one Big Mac a day, every day for almost 14 years. Nobody likes Big Macs that much.

 

181 of the Most Expensive Starbucks Order

Starbucks can get a little bit ridiculous with how expensive it is….okay, really ridiculous. In fact, it has become a bit of a thing online to order the most expensive drink at Starbucks that you can. Drinks get increasingly more expensive by adding more and more things to it. The current record stands at $148.99 for a flat white with 173 shots.

The drink has 11 grams of caffeine in it, the Mayo Clinic recommends no more than 400 mg a day. So, if you divided that drink up by your daily caffeine allowance you could share it with 28 people. You could order this drink 181 times, providing sweet, sweet caffeine goodness to almost 5,100 people.

 

27 Nights at the Plaza Hotel in New York City

With $27,000 you could spend nearly an entire month at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. That’s the hotel Donald Trump used to own that was featured in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. You’ll be staying in one of their cheaper rooms while you’re doing it, but even the cheapest room has a whole lot of style. Plus you’re in an excellent location right next to Central Park.

 

Buy a Camero or Mustang New

You could buy either a Chevvy Camero or a Ford Mustang for just a little bit more than the Star Citizen pack will cost you. In fact, if you add in the $1000 you have to spend just to get a look at the pack, you’ve got yourself one of these two cars. It’ll cost you extra if you want the convertible, but if you’ve gone that far why not go the extra distance?

 

10 Best Seats on the Titanic

Finally, just because it’s fun to talk about the Titanic I thought I’d take a look at how many of the best first class tickets we could get with $27,000. The answer to that is 10. In 1912 it cost $2,560 for the most expensive tickets, that’s the equivalent of over $61,000 today. Of course, we all know what happened to the Titanic so maybe that money is better spent elsewhere…

 

 

Ah, if I were a rich man…

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7 Multiplayer Mobile Games You Should Play in 2018

With all the talk recently about how mobile games are dominating the scene and the fact that summer vacation is right around the corner, we thought it was time to take a look at 7 multiplayer mobile games you should play in 2018.

 

Hearthstone


Release Date: March 11, 2014
Developer: Blizzard
Platform: iOS, Android
Genre: Card Game

Hearthstone is a great game for anyone who only has 10-15 minutes to spare in between things, as well as a great game to play for long periods of time. Its one of the oldest games on this list but don’t let its age fool you. The game is still going strong with more than 70 million registered players as of May 2017. In August 2017 it was making as much as $70 million per month so it is safe to say that Hearthstone isn’t going anywhere any time soon. The most recent expansion to the game, The Witchwood was released in mid-April 2018 and included a single player mode called Monster Hunt.

 

Shadowgun Legends


Release Date: March 22, 2018
Developer: Madfinger Games
Platform: iOS, Android
Genre: FPS

If you’re looking to get your Destiny fix while you’re on the road then Shadowgun Legends is the game for you. The game is gorgeous and constantly being compared to Destiny, with good reason! The game has only been live for a few months now but it spent quite a while in development and it’s also the third game in the Shadowgun series. It is incredibly well polished and a total blast to play. Thanks to it being the third game in the series it has a large, dedicated fanbase. This is another great game for when you’re short on time you can spend playing in one sitting.

 

Ingress

Ingress
Release Date: December 14, 2013
Developer: Niantic
Platform: iOS, Android
Genre: Location-based AR

If you thought Pokemon Go was fun for a little while but found yourself craving more then you might want to try its older brother, Ingress. Ingress will take you to interesting locations all over the world as you fight on one side of a war that spans the globe. There aren’t any Pokemon to catch, instead, you’ll be catching memories. It makes a fantastic tool for sightseeing and you can even play it at the airport. It has a built-in chat system so you’ll be able to coordinate with locals wherever you go. The Ingress community is incredibly involved, with most large cities hosting weekly faction meetups. That makes it a great way to meet new people while you travel.

 

Minecraft


Release Date: December 19, 2016
Developer: Mojang
Platform: iOS, Android
Genre: Sandbox

Its Minecraft, do I really need to say more?

Oh….my editor says I do.

Well, unlike other games on this list Minecraft isn’t free to play, you can pick it up in your device’s store for $6. It isn’t quite as good as the PC version, but if you’re hoping to lure your Minecraft addicted child away from the computer this is a good way to do it. It can be played alone or you can go multiplayer with your friends. Because of its sandbox nature, you can easily pick it up and put it down as much as you need to. Though if we’re being honest you’re more likely to end up getting sucked in for the whole day, so if your plan is to lay on a beach and play a bit of Minecraft you might want to put some sunblock on first. We wouldn’t want you to turn into a lobster. This is the sort of game that makes you wish you had packed your power bank.

 

PUBG Mobile


Release Date: March 19, 2018
Developer: PUBG Corp
Platform: iOS, Android
Genre: Battle Royale

Ooooh, here we go being controversial by putting PUBG at number 3! This is a decision based purely on the numbers. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds doesn’t seem to be doing amazingly on mobile. That’s not to say that it isn’t popular, it really, really is. It just isn’t making as much money as their biggest competitor. The Battle Royale genre is the current fad for this summer and you can fully expect to see people playing one of the two biggest titles in the genre on their phone everywhere you go. As this game is a literal life or death kind of game, we can’t recommend you play it if you’re going to be distracted a lot or you only have a short time to play. But if you’re stuck in the backseat of the car or on an airplane then this game will do just fine to help you pass the time.

 

Vainglory


Release Date: July 2, 2015
Developer: Super Evil Megacorp
Platform: iOS, Android
Genre: MOBA

Remember a couple years ago when MOBAs were the big craze that every studio was chasing? Believe it or not, the MOBA scene is actually still going strong, and not just in esports. No one is making new MOBAs anymore, but we do have some older gems that are still worth playing. The best MOBA to be released on mobile was Vainglory and you can still play it right now.

 

Fortnite Mobile


Release Date: April 2018
Developer: Epic
Platform: iOS, Android (coming soon)
Genre: Battle Royale

If you’ve been following gaming at all this year, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Fortnite is number one on our list. The game has been dominating gaming since it released and it doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon. At the moment it’s only available on iOS but it is set to release on Android sometime this summer. It’s free to play and has in-game monetization that fans don’t find annoying at all. In fact, on average Fortnite mobile players are spending more money than those playing PUBG, so Epic must be doing something right.

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Listed: Battle Royale Games You Need to Check Out

Everything these days seems to be getting a Battle Royale mode as game companies chase the current big thing. From the classic execution of it all to new and unique spins, it won’t be long before everything is a Battle Royale. This will have interesting effects on commutes leaving those of us playing at home the sole survivors in the world. So warm up your chicken dinner and let’s look at some of the options out there.

 

PUBG

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, most commonly known as PUBG and I refuse to ever refer to it as PlUnkBat. Plunkbats are something you might pick up in Fortnite to cave someone’s head in so let’s avoid that, shall we? There’s enough going on between them as it is.

PUBG is the granddaddy battle royale game of this article and is published by the PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of publisher Bluehole. You have seen it or played it. If you haven’t someone you know has. PUBG has been the driver between the sudden explosion of interest in the Battle Royale genre and the Chinese “chicken eating game” clones. So if you need to blame anyone, this is where you would start.

 

Fortnite Battle Royale

Fortnite started out as a co-op sandbox survival game, really trying to capitalize on the last big “thing” in video games despite being…well… very late to that particular party. It only could have been later if it had been a MOBA. However, with the introduction of the Battle Royale aspect, Fortnite has had a meteoric rise in every possible venue. It’s on mobile, it’s on PC and consoles. It’s even on PornHub.

Cartoonish graphics, no upfront cost and an omnipresence that most other games can only dream about. What more needs to be said?

 

Battlerite Royale

Given that I just mentioned MOBAs, it’s probably fitting that we talk about Battlerite: Royale. Battlerite Royale is an upcoming mode for the team-based arena brawler. They’re aiming to leverage their MOBA roots and the heroes from the standalone game into a unique aspect for the battle royale genre. The new mode isn’t available yet, keep your eyes peeled this summer for its release or maybe try picking up the MOBA version to get to grips with your favorite hero ahead of time.

 

Paladins: Battle Royale

Of course, Battlerite isn’t the only game wandering out of its genre. Paladins Battle Royale is a 100-player battle royale standalone expansion of Paladins: Champions of the Realm. Alternatively, it might be called Paladins: Battlegrounds or Realm Royale. Someone needs to pay Hi-Rez a visit and pin them down on a definitive name. How the mechanics of hero shooters like Overwatch and Paladins will work in a battle royale arena remain to be properly seen. Again, this is one that is on the horizon so be sure to check back for more details.

 

Radical Heights Trove

Replacing Radical Heights on this list we have Trove. If you haven’t heard Boss Key Productions, the makers of Radical Heights very suddenly shut down. Around the same time, Trove announced that they were introducing a Battle Royale mode. Trove is calling it Bomber Royale and it will feature 3 different maps. Each match has 20 players and the big twist for this game is that bombs are the only weapons available. The mode will be arriving in game this summer as part of the MMO’s big update.

 

H1Z1

H1Z1: King of the Kill

H1Z1 has had a hell of a path. It started out as one of the many Zombie survival games, you know two or three “this is what games are now” trends ago. Credit where credit is due though, they split early on into H1Z1: Just Survive and H1Z1: King of the Kill respectively allowing each mode to really focus. Since then Just Survive has dropped the H1Z1 name and the Battle Royale version is now the sole holder of the H1Z1 name. You can expect to see more talk about H1Z1 in the news over the coming weeks. Hopefully, the talk will be more focused on the Playstation 4 release this month instead of the issues around Daybreak Games.

 

SOS

SOS

SOS is smaller than other battle royale games. The others mostly clock in around the 100 player mark with H1Z1 going for 150 a match. SOS settles for 16 players but naturally with a twist. SOS is “simple” in as much as you are trying to find a relic then signal for extraction. However, with sixteen Contestants and only three seats on the helicopter things start to get hairy. To add to the experience, each game is broadcast live online via the social gaming platform Hero, with spectators voting on possible in-game events like supply drops or bombing runs. If you plan to play, make sure your microphone is working and that you’re ready with some slick talk or a devious plan. SOS is available now in Early Access.

 

Mavericks: Proving Grounds

Mavericks: Proving Grounds

From one extreme to another. SOS brought the battle down to an intimate number with 16 people wrestling to survive. Mavericks: Proving Grounds has a beta coming this summer and is a first-person battle royale game where up to 400 players are all going for one another’s throats. The spin here isn’t just the much larger number of vict…players but rather dynamic environmental effects such as footprints, realistic wildfires, and destroyable, siegeable buildings which hope to deepen the battle royale experience. After all, there’s no chicken dinner at the end for the idiots who let themselves get caught behind in a forest fire while you go for the win. Only time will tell if it can deliver on all that it promises but it will definitely be worth a look.

 

The Darwin Project

The Darwin Project is a multiplayer survivalist manhunt from Scavengers Studio. As preparation for an impending Ice Age, a new project, half science experiment half live-entertainment, is launched which is how you really get your post-apocalypse on. Where PUBG was inspired by the movie Battle Royale, this one feels like it decided to take The Hunger Games and ramp up the grimdark.

Both The Darwin Project and SOS look to be leaning more on those key moments in a battle royale, the heart-pounding ones that you don’t always get to have because someone sniped you from a distance. Clearly, the bad guys in The Hunger Games came from a world without Twitch Streaming.

 

So there you have it, Battle Royale games worth a look: some coming up, some well known to everyone around you and some whose twist on the genre that may well start the next big gaming trend. Hopefully, it will be as exciting as earning that chicken dinner.

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Gaming and MMO Facebook Groups You Should Join

Facebook can be a fantastic place to find fellow gamers who are interested in the same things you are, but finding the right groups can be a little bit daunting. That’s why we’ve put together a list of gaming and MMO Facebook groups we think you should join. We don’t recommend joining all of them though because these groups are huge and very active. Soon all you’ll see on Facebook is gaming. Wait…why is this a bad idea?

 

MMOs

Despite MMOs being massively popular all over the world there don’t seem to be many groups that specifically focus on MMOs. In fact, for the English language, there are only two!

MMO Games – Free Online MMO & MMORPG Games

MMO Games – Free Online MMO & MMORPG games is the Facebook group run by the MMOGames editorial team. Here you can find discussions on a variety of titles as well as recent news from the MMO industry. It has 18,000 members from around the world talking about anything and everything related to MMOs.

MMO Talk

MMO Talk takes a look at the world of online gaming by posing daily questions and discussing current topics in the online gaming industry. This intimate group of under 100 people only opened in January and already they’re taking to great heights. They have industry developers talking right alongside gamers making for an inclusive conversation for all.

 

Individual MMORPGs

The vast majority of MMO Facebook groups focus on just one game. You can find groups for just about every game out there, including ones that have been shut down. There are Facebook groups for specific servers, PvP, and even memes. Many of the more popular MMOs will also have groups broken down by region and in some cases individual countries too. But for each MMO there also tends to be one or two large groups that a lot of people belong to. Below are some of the largest groups for the largest games out there right now.

World of Warcraft – World of Warcraft

Who would have imagined, a World of Warcraft group called World of Warcraft! Shocking, I know. The group has nearly 100,000 members which can make for a lot of chaos. It also makes for great conversation though. In the last 30 days, more than 3,000 posts have been made. So if you’re a World of Warcraft fan this is clearly the right group for you to be in.

Final Fantasy XIV – Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood

ffxiv survey results

Starting to see a bit of a theme here with these names, Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is the top Facebook group focused on FFXIV. The group has 33,000 members with 1,716 posts in the last 30 days. The group is also on Discord where you’ll be able to find all the Let’s Plays and Twitch streams that people want to let you know about. The group also has a 2 post a day limit to cut back on overcrowding and make it impossible to find any conversations.

Guild Wars 2 – Guild Wars 2 and Expansions

With 18.5k members, Guild Wars 2 and Expansions is the largest of all the Guild Wars 2 Facebook groups. It’s a lighthearted group who will discuss everything from their favorite NPC to the latest news from ArenaNet. They have a Discord channel as well as an in-game guild to help the community connect in more ways.

Elder Scrolls Online – Elder Scrolls Online PC Gamers

Elder Scrolls Online PC Gamers is the ESO focused group with just 5,300 members. But don’t let their small size fool you, they’re still making over a thousand posts in the span of 30 days. This group is incredibly active. Obviously, it is intended specifically for PC players, but there are groups for console players as well.

City of Heroes – City of Heroes Remembered

City of Heroes may be gone but that doesn’t mean that the Facebook groups dedicated to it are! City of Heroes Remembered is one of the more mature, drama free groups that looks back on the good times that were had. They also discuss current and future games that they enjoy, along with anything that might remind them of the city that was. The group has over 700 members from all around the world.

 

Interest Specific

There are also a lot of Facebook groups that are gamers with a specific special interest. That might be LGBTQ+ or it might be deaf gamers. Below are just a few of the great gaming niche Facebook groups you can find.

Girl Gamers – Girl Gamers United

Let’s face it, the gaming community can be an incredibly stressful group to be part of when you’re a woman. You never know when or where you might find harassment. When it comes to gaming, women can also have very different tastes than men, for more on that see this article on the games industry in 2017. Girl Gamers United is offering women of all ages a safe place to talk about all things gaming. The group is inclusive and welcoming to all who identify as female and it has nearly 2,000 members. The group averages about 100 posts a month.

LGBTQ+ – LGBTQ Gaymers

LGBTQ Gaymers is part of a massive network of LGBTQ Facebook groups who cover gaming, travel, pets, dating and more. The gaming group has 8,000 members already and the group is only 2 months old! In the last 30 days, there have been just a little over 3,000 posts. Which makes it an incredibly active group for its size. In it, you can find like-minded gamers gathering in a safe place to discuss all manner of gaming topics that interest them.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing – Deaf Gamers Network

Deaf gamers face a unique set of challenges like no others, so it’s no wonder that Deaf Gamers Network came to be. Along with the main group which we’re discussing here, you can find groups for specific devices along with groups specifically for Destiny and Grand Theft Auto V. Deaf Gamers Network has just a little over 3,000 people in it. In the last 30 days, they’ve made almost 350 new posts.

 

General Gaming

Finally, there are 3 general gaming groups that are worth mentioning. All of them are massive groups and cover a variety of topics.

Gamers Group

Gamers Group is the smallest of the three general gaming groups you should be aware of. It has only 86,500 members…only. In the last 30 days, the group has had more than 10,000 new people join! Also in the last 30 days, the group has had 10,000 posts, wow. The group is very strict about harassment as they want to make it a space that is open to all gamers. They also have a rule about console war posts. I imagine they’re as sick of the topic as we are.

All Things Gaming

All Things Gaming really says all you need to know right in the title. It’s a group to discuss…all things gaming. In it, you’ll find a lot of gaming memes and images along with discussions on the current hot titles. There are 102,000 members in the group, but there have only been 5,500 posts made in the last 30 days.

Gamers Around the World

Gamers Around the World is easily the biggest group on this list as they are approaching the 200,000 member mark. The group has only been around for about a year but they’re already massive. The group has only had 4,600 posts in the last 30 days, however. All posts in this group are strictly gaming related, unlike some other groups that welcome other posts from time to time.

 

And that’s our list of gaming and MMO Facebook groups we think you should join. Is there one you like that didn’t make this list? Let us know in the comments with a link and we’ll make sure it gets on the next edition of this article.

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How Much Money MMO Developers Make

Talking about wages is an incredibly taboo subject, you’d never just ask someone how much they make (if you’re curious why this is a bad thing watch this). So with that in mind, let’s look at some wage information from the United States Department of Labor. Specifically, we’re looking at how much money MMO developers make every year.

Before we dive into the numbers we should talk about where this data comes from. If a company wants to hire foreign employees on an H1-B visa they must first submit a labor condition application, in which you must list the base salary for the job. This information is then public knowledge. The fine folks at loveforgames.com have taken the data and sorted it into a very easy to use tool and now we’re going to take a look at it. Keep in mind that this is just the base salary and it doesn’t include bonuses or equity programs. It’s also broken down by company by loveforgames or you can search by job title. Job title is a little bit more challenging because studios all have slightly different names for positions. Each listing also has the start date so we know roughly when the opening was available.

 

Gazillion

How Much Money MMO Developers Make

We start with one of the strangest studios to see on the list, Gazillion, who of course made the last few months of 2017 very interesting with everything that went down with Marvel Heroes and the studio suddenly closing. The last job they had listed before they closed was for VP, Engineering. What makes this job most interesting isn’t the $215,000 salary, it’s the fact that the start date would have been October 23rd, 2017. So the studio was looking to fill this position just as everything started going south. If they hired anyone for the position, they would have arrived to a studio that had already missed out on doing anything for the release of Thor: Ragnarok, which was really the first sign that things weren’t normal.

 

Riot Games

One of the studios with the most jobs on this list is Riot Games with 334 listings since 2010. For reference, League of Legends was released late in 2009. The very first job on the list is for a Systems Engineer and at that time the pay was $115,000. This was a position they were looking to fill again by October 2011 with the same salary. In September 2017 they were looking to hire a Senior Producer who would make between $180,000 and $190,000 a year. Starting just a month earlier was a Senior Software Engineer position which was given a range of $127,608 and $220,000. Not only is that a massive range, it also shows that being towards the top of the command chain isn’t always where the pay is at. For reference, all of these were for their Los Angeles office, which is currently hiring for 91 positions.

 

EA

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EA actually tops the list with 476 listings, which makes a lot of sense because EA has many fingers in many markets. Unfortunately, it also makes it a bit of a challenge to know exactly where in the company the job listing was for. Some of them do list Visceral or Origin and they all have a location listed. So if there’s an EA job listed for Austin, Texas, you know that’s Bioware. Which, as it so happens the most recent job on the list was for a Database Engineer and they would have started March 2nd, 2018 with a base salary of $114,354. In late 2016, Bioware Austin was looking to hire a Senior Database Engineer for $115,277. In 2012, at their Playa Vista office, they were looking to fill a position for “Software Engineer Ii” and the salary for that job was $191,360,000 which is, hopefully, a mistake on loveforgames’ part because this application was approved. In reality, their highest paying position listed is for Vice President, Mobile at the end of last year who would have started out making $255,000 to $270,000. If you’re curious about the artistic side of things, a Concept Artist in August of 2017 in Playa Vista, California was looking at $80,000.

 

ArenaNet

ArenaNet, currently just one studio working on one game…or are they? Guild Wars 2 isn’t known for being mobile friendly but in September, they were looking to hire a Head of Mobile Production Management and Analytics. A position that offers $220,000 to $230,000. A 3D Artist in April 2017 would have made between $47,965 and $67,000. Though the most recent position they have listed is for Senior Producer, which pays $130,000 to $140,000 a year. That’s the same they were offering for a Systems Analyst position just a few months earlier.

 

Trion

Many of the positions Trion has been looking to fill through the years have been related to localization, something that makes a lot of sense. Languages have included the two you would expect to see; German and French, but Korean and Russian also make an appearance. Also, very oddly, most of the applications were withdrawn. It may have been because they filled the position with someone in the US, or maybe they decided not to hire for the job overseas after all. We can also compare their Senior Producer job with ArenaNet for a moment. In late 2016, Trion was looking to hire one with a salary between $131,000 and $144,000. They’re pretty much the same, despite being a year and a half apart and two states away. It does seem to suggest that pay isn’t really a reflection of where the studios are located, so maybe if you were deciding between the two you might make the move to Washington to work for ArenaNet where your money would go a bit further than Redwood City, California where Trion is based.

 

Cloud Imperium

At this point, we kind of have to talk about Cloud Imperium since they’re on the list. Unlike many of the other studios, this one has only had 3 job listings. They were for Character Artist, 3D Artist, and Graphics Programmer. The jobs had starting dates in 2014 and 2016 and the salary ranged from $54,000 for Graphics Programmer to $80,000 for Character Artist.

 

Blizzard

We can’t talk about MMOs without talking about the king of them all, World of Warcraft, or at least the creative minds behind it, Blizzard. The most important thing I learned through my looking into Blizzard is that their Austin, Texas office holds Dodgeball tournaments. If that’s not the best perk, I don’t know what is. Most of the jobs though are, as you might expect, for their main office in Irvine, California. The most recent job was for Senior Concept Artist II which pays $112,504 a year. They also have one of the few community management listings, in 2016 an Associate Community Manager job had a salary of $53,601.

All of this has just barely scratched the surface of the information available, so, if you’re interested in knowing how much money MMO developers make head over to loveforgames where you can find information on even more studios like Hi-Rez, Turbine, ZeniMax, and Daybreak Games.

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6 Shutdown MMO Emulators You Can Play on Now

Right now private servers and the preservation of online games are a bit of a hot topic. Players feel that once a game has been abandoned by the creators it should be made available through other means. The ESA (Electronic Software Association) and many studios feel differently, however. Why? Well, that’s another article entirely. We’re here to discuss the shutdown MMO emulators you can already find on the internet. While these certainly aren’t the only private servers out there, this list is specifically for games that were sunsetted. I’ve put this list in alphabetical order, because…why not?

 

City of Heroes – Paragon Chat

Rumors have persisted about a City of Heroes private server since before the game ever shut down. In the early days, it was a supposed Issue 1 early release version of the game. But that never really came to be. It wasn’t until Paragon Chat was released in 2015 that City of Heroes refugees were truly able to return to the city of heroes. But there are some things you should know before you go off in search of the installation files. There is no combat in the game, and there likely never will be. The lack of combat means that Paragon Chat is great for nostalgia trips through the various zones and a fantastic place for people to roleplay, but that’s all. With that being said there is a team of event planners hosting regular costume contests, and it’s a great place to reconnect with your old friends. Paragon Chat also gets new patches every couple of months introducing new twists on seasonal events, badges, and a few powers. Most of the powers are travel related including Recall Friend, Energy Flight, and yes, regular flight too.

 

Earth & Beyond – Net-7

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Once, long ago there was a beloved game owned by EA called Earth & Beyond. Anyone familiar with EA knows the next part of the story, Earth & Beyond got shut down. This shutdown happened at just the right time for the players to move on to a new MMO…City of Heroes. Yeah, it must be tough having had two amazing MMOs shut down on you. The good news is that just like you can jump into City of Heroes today you can also play Earth & Beyond. Net-7 is an Earth & Beyond emulator that has been running for many years now. The server population isn’t amazing, in fact we suggest if you want to really experience the game you bring some friends with you. But, if you enjoyed Earth & Beyond in the old days Net-7 is a fantastic trip down memory lane.

 

Lego Universe – Darkflame Universe, LUNI Server, LU Reborn

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Not to throw any shade around but Lego Universe was by far the best of all online Lego games that have ever been released. It had THE Patrick Stewart narrating, which automatically makes it insanely cool. Lego Universe is so cool in fact that there are three prominent emulation servers in the works, each with their own pros and cons. LU Reborn openly states that their game has major issues. These issues are being worked on of course, but such things are slow going and there’s no guarantee they will be able to fix them all. The most professional looking and seemingly best server is Darkflame Universe. They’re currently in limited alpha testing though the most recent alpha test was delayed for personal reasons. Hopefully, that will be up and running again very soon as it seems like the most viable of the three.

 

Star Wars Galaxies – SWG Awakening, SWG: Legends, and many more

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When you’re talking about beloved games that died too soon there are two games mentioned more often than any others, City of Heroes and Star Wars Galaxies. We’ve already gone over the private server situation for one, so it’s time to look at the other. If you go to the SWG subreddit you’ll find a list of 17 different Star Wars Galaxies servers which all vary slightly. SWG Legends is perhaps the biggest and best of them all. It has the majority of the game as well as a high population. There are others with custom planets, some that have Jedi enabled and are pre-CU, and even a specifically European server. But when it comes to a thriving private server you need a population to keep things running well, that’s why more than any others SWG Legends may be the best.

 

Warhammer Online – Return of Reckoning

We’re not saying that EA has a problem with keeping online games running buuuut…here’s the second one on our list, Warhammer Online. In the last couple of years, Return of Reckoning has appeared on the scene. They say that they’re still in alpha and there are regular updates to improve the game. It also has quite a decent population for a private server, with hundreds of people logged in, even in the middle of the night in North America. The server holds events and the devs are incredibly active. They have a priority list of things to work on and they even post dev diaries to keep players informed about the state of the game and what they’re working on. Stability does seem to be a bit of an issue but the team are making it their number one priority this year so hopefully, that will be sorted out soon. PvP and RvR are active on the server so if that was what attracted you to the game the first time around, enjoy.

 

Vanguard Saga of Heroes – VGOEmulator

In January of 2014 SOE, who were still SOE back then and not Daybreak, announced that they would be shutting down 4 of their MMOs, one of them was Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. At the time, SOE faced a lot of backlash. Little did we know at the time that this was only the beginning. Thankfully VGOEmulator is there to save the day. The server isn’t the most stable and it’s far from feature complete. It also doesn’t really have much of a population. The website and forums seem almost abandoned. That’s because most of the discussion about the server has moved to the IRC. Yes, people do still use IRC. So while it may not be the best private server on this list it is Vanguard fan’s best chance to log in and play the game again.

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10 MMORPGs You Should Play in 2018

It’s a question we see asked time and time again on social media, everyone wants to know what MMO they should try. So, in no particular order here are 10 MMORPGs you should play in 2018.

 

Everquest

This year Everquest is turning 19 years old! If you haven’t already played it at least once…well…why haven’t you? It is considered by many the MMO that really got the MMORPG genre going. Still going strong today, and still being made by the same people. The most recent expansion of the game just came out in mid-December, bringing the game up to 24 expansions. The level cap over the years has gone from 60 to 110 so there is a whole lot to do and when you buy the most recent expansion you get access to all the expansions that came before.

 

EVE Online

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All of the best stories about epic battles come from EVE Online. This year EVE is also hitting a massive milestone as it reaches the 15-year mark. It is a gorgeous game that is loved by thousands of players. It’s one of the most iconic MMORPGs in history and if you haven’t given it a try yet, you’re missing out. The game is still going strong today with one of the most rigorous update schedules in the industry.

 

Wizard101

If you’re looking for a game that is family friendly, you can’t go wrong with Wizard101. Of all the kid-friendly MMOs there have been through the years, Wizard101 is the longest-lived, having launched in 2008 and still as popular as ever today. The chat system they’ve put in place protects children so they can’t give away information about themselves and they aren’t exposed to any bad language.

 

Guild Wars 2

Five years since it launched it is still one of the most colorful and breathtaking MMOs on the market. It’s a great casual game that prides itself on being accessible to everyone, no matter what their skill level is. It’s a great MMO to get your girlfriend into gaming with, as it goes to great lengths to be newbie friendly. It’s a great game if you love dressing your characters up in flashy outfits that make them really stand out. It does offer some difficulty as well for more seasoned gamers in the form of raids. It’s also one of the most successful online games currently on the market.

 

The Elder Scrolls Online

It may have had a rocky start but once Elder Scrolls Online found its footing it quickly rose to the top, becoming one of the best MMORPGs you can currently play. They put out fantastic DLC content regularly, expanding their world every time. If you’re a fan of any of the Elder Scrolls games this is your chance to play in that world, but with real people this time. It has incredible storytelling, fantastic voice acting, and crafting is a joy instead of a chore like in so many games.

 

World of Warcraft

It’s the most famous MMORPG in the world and once upon a time, it was the King of them all. These days the popularity may have declined but it is estimated to still have millions of players. With another expansion always on the horizon, there is always something to look forward to and something new to play. If you’ve not played World of Warcraft, you’re missing out on a piece of gaming history. Anyone interested in online gaming should give WoW a chance.

 

Secret World Legends

If you’re looking for a game with a modern setting you might want to turn your eye towards Secret World Legends. You’ll find that most of the maps are empty, only allowing 5 people in most instances, but that fits just perfectly with the story and the setting. The cities and main hub allow for players to congregate in much larger numbers. It’s a fantastic story-driven game to play with a small group of friends. If you’ve ever found yourself wishing you were in the X-Files, this is the game for you.

 

The Lord of the Rings Online

For a while there it seemed like Lord of the Rings Online might have been finished. They went 3 years without an expansion. Thankfully, 2017 turned all that around. A newly formed independent studio is now in charge and they released Mordor at long last. But the biggest attraction for LotRO isn’t the development cycle or the graphics, it’s the players. They have one of the most friendly and inviting communities you could ask for.

 

Final Fantasy XIV

Considered by many to be the best MMORPG you can currently play, FFXIV is a no-brainer on this list. They have been killing it with update after update. It has a massive community and supports a wide variety of gameplay styles. If you’re new to gaming or you have a problem with taking part in raids, then maybe this isn’t the best MMO for you, but for many long-time gamers, FFXIV is the place to be.

 

Star Trek Online

Looking for a game you might not usually consider? Give Star Trek Online a try. The creators of this game have been bringing in beloved Star Trek actors to do voice acting for years now so you can meet your favorite Star Trek heroes. One of the great things about Star Trek Online is that it’s also available on console, so you don’t have to own a PC to play. It’s also one of the few games that allow you to play both in space as a ship and as a single person on away missions. It’s a unique MMORPG with a lot to offer. Being a fan of Star Trek isn’t a requirement to play, but having some knowledge is handy. Or at least make sure you have Memory Alpha (the best Star Trek wiki) open.

 

Bonus

If none of these titles strike your fancy, you might consider trying an older game that isn’t being actively developed anymore. They’re pieces of history that won’t be around forever so play them while you still can. You never know when or if you might regret it in the future. At the top of that recommended list are Final Fantasy XI, the original Guild Wars, and Anarchy Online.

 

There you have it! 10 MMORPGs you should play in 2018 with a couple of bonus ones thrown in. Keep in mind of course that this list only has games that were already live at the start of 2018 and there may be some other awesome ones released throughout this year. If there are, you can be sure we’ll add them to this list. If you’re still looking for more recommendations be sure to check out our 2018 MMO Recommendations poll where players are voting for the games they recommend you play.

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Biggest MMO News Stories of 2017

It has been a busy year for the online gaming industry! We had some good things happen and some not so good things right beside them. The good news was great and the bad news was amazingly bad. So as we come to the end of the year, it’s time to reflect on the year that has been. It’s time to take a look at the biggest MMO news stories of 2017.

 

Ashes of Creation has Largest Kickstarter for an MMORPG Ever

It may feel like forever ago but in June, Ashes of Creation saw massive Kickstarter success, becoming the largest Kickstarter for an MMORPG ever. They raised $3.2 million from more than 19,000 backers. But it wasn’t without controversy. Ashes of Creation offered a referral program to backers, something which violated Kickstarter’s rules. After a bit of back and forth between Intrepid Studios and Kickstarter, it was declared just a misunderstanding and Ashes of Creation has gone on to have an incredibly vocal and successful year.

 

Mobile Game Boom

We’ve been seeing mobile gaming becoming more and more popular every year, but 2017 saw an absolute boom for the industry. In a report from Superdata in August, revenue from mobile gaming was expected to increase by $6.7 billion this year. In comparison, PC and console combined were expected to increase by only $1 billion. If you look back at the news over the last year, you can see the growth in action. You’ve got titles like TERA M and BDO M, mobile ports of popular MMORPGs and not the only ones either. In September it became apparent that Blizzard is getting in on the mobile scene as well with the discovery of a job posting for a mobile MMORTS. Next year looks like it will be even bigger for mobile gaming with just about every major studio at G-Star having at least one mobile game to show off. Superdata estimates a growth in the mobile gaming industry of $8.1 billion next year.

 

Secret World Legends Rebrand Success

In March the online gaming community was stunned to learn that Funcom would be rebranding and relaunching The Secret World. Those who follow the financial reports for Funcom would have known it was coming as the relaunch was outlined in the Q4 report at the end of February. It wasn’t until the end of March, however, that we knew exactly how big it was going to be. Complete with changes to combat and much more, The Secret World became Secret World Legends and officially launched in June. In August, it was revealed that there will be a Secret World television show, being worked on by Johnny Depp’s publishing company. Funcom’s Q3 report showed the most profitable YTD 3Q in the company’s history. So, it’s safe to say that Secret World Legends has been a smashing success. We couldn’t be happier for them.

 

Final Fantasy XIV Trial Expands

There were some big changes to the Final Fantasy XIV trial period this year. Previously they had offered 14 days of game time for free, something that used to be quite common in the industry before F2P became the norm. But many games change up that model as time goes on, and that’s exactly what FFXIV did this year. Now players can trial the game until they reach level 35 without any restriction on how long it may take. Was it a success? Well, in August’s quarterly report it was clear that FFXIV saw an all-new high in player numbers with 10 million cumulative players. Did the new trial have a part to play in this growth, though? Or was it all down to the release of Stormblood? The world may never know.

 

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ Runaway Success

It isn’t often that we see a game have massive success before it has even launched, but that is certainly what happened with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds this year. 20 million copies of the game have been sold and it has set seven Guinness World Records! The game has also spent much of the year in the top 10 grossing PC titles, passing heavyweight World of Warcraft in the charts back in August. The most recent report from SuperData puts it at the second highest grossing PC title.

 

Ascent: Infinite Realm Brings Hope to the Future of MMORPGs

Ascent: Infinite Realm

Project W, or as it’s now known, Ascent: Infinite Realm managed to bring a dash of hope to those looking for the next AAA MMORPG experience. As so many studios move away from the genre, Bluehole and Kakao show they’re as dedicated as ever with an all-new title. Ascent: Infinite Realm was officially revealed during G-Star 2017 as a steampunk fantasy MMORPG. It is expected to begin beta testing sometime in the first half of 2018 for English players. In Korea, the testing is already underway.

 

EVE Online Players Destroy Ship worth $6,000

Back in May a group of EVE players successfully brought down a Vanquisher Titan worth over 400 billion ISK, that’s $6,000USD. The event is just one in a long tradition of EVE players tackling amazing feats and winning. This year CCP also celebrated their 20th anniversary as a company and EVE Online reached its 14th anniversary! It’s wonderful to see that even after all this time, EVE can still wow us.

 

Marvel Heroes’ Rocky Send-Off

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Sadly, not all news can be good news and some of this year’s biggest stories weren’t good news at all. Perhaps one of the biggest and strangest was the oddity behind the shutdown of Marvel Heroes and their creator Gazillion Entertainment. It all started in October when Gazillion missed launching their Halloween event and did nothing for the release of Thor: Ragnarok. They were also completely silent on social media for weeks. By mid-November, Disney announced that Marvel Heroes was being shut down and that their business partnership with Gazillion was dead. While it had originally been announced that Marvel Heroes would sunset after a period of time, which is traditionally the case, it became clear that it would be much sooner than expected. A credible tip from a former Gazillion employee revealed on Wednesday, November 22nd that the game would shut down on Friday, November 24th. The game actually stayed online over the weekend and was turned off on Monday, November 27th. Gazillion employees found out that they were out of a job just before Thanksgiving and the studio quickly shut down. It may be one of the messiest and ugliest game sunsets there has ever been.

 

Vanilla World of Warcraft Coming at Last

For years, a certain subsection of World of Warcraft players have been itching for an official vanilla WoW server and now they’re going to get it. The Warcraft Classic server was just one of the amazing announcements made during Blizzcon this year. The announcement itself was incredibly light on details which unlocked the floodgates on questions. Since the announcement, we’ve not heard anything else about it and we don’t expect to for some time.

 

Everyone’s Talking Lockboxes

2017 will be known as the year that the stand against lockboxes and a lot of the blame goes to America’s least favorite company, EA. If this is the first time you’re hearing about this, hello, and congratulations on coming out of your coma. It’s a story that has had government officials chiming in and resulted in the most downvoted Reddit comment ever. Because of the fiasco around Star Wars Battlefront II, EA lost $3 Billion in stock value. The saga doesn’t seem to be over yet either, EA seems determined to go ahead with their plan, City of Titans has vowed not to use lockboxes, and there are of course the various governments who are trying to get something done. In the meantime, every time a game does something that includes a lockbox there is a little bit of controversy. No one can know for sure what will happen next year, but we do know that this topic won’t go away quietly.

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7 MMO Developers to Watch at G-Star 2017

This weekend, the gaming world is gathering in Busan, South Korea, for G-Star 2017. With the decline in the MMO industry in the west, we are all looking to the east to carry us through. We’ve already had a few reveals at press events leading up to the convention, but what else might they have in store for us? Which game companies should you be keeping an eye out for? We’ll break it down in this week’s Listed.

 

NCSoft

We’re starting off the list with a studio that has already had quite an impressive pre-event. NCSoft revealed they’re working on Aion Tempest, Blade & Soul II, and Project TL. Two of these games are mobile and the third is a reworking of Lineage Eternal. There’s not any indication yet that Aion Tempest or Blade & Soul II will be released in the west. Mobile gaming doesn’t have the popularity in the west, so it could be very likely that they’re never released for us. Hopefully, there will be some indication during G-Star. Another possibility that we’re still holding out hope for is the release of Lineage M, a mobile port of the original Lineage. It’s already out in South Korea but there’s no sign of it being released globally yet. Editor’s Note: We now know that NCSoft will not be attending G-Star 2017.

 

Netmarble

Working along with NCSoft is Netmarble who has announced that it’s also working on a Blade & Soul mobile game. One title we would love to see is Aden, an open world mobile MMORPG that only released in South Korea earlier this year. But it seems pretty unlikely we’ll see Aden. Netmarble has announced that they’ll have Tera M, Icarus M, and the recently revealed Seven Knights II. All mobile games.

 

Bluehole/Kakao

Ascent: Infinite Realm

We’ve already seen an amazing trailer for the new upcoming steampunk MMORPG Ascent: Infinite Realm from Bluehole. We also know that it WILL be released in the west under the banner of Kakao. Bluehole is also the creator of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which of course has had global success this year. Will it be at G-Star? Of course, they will. In fact, there is going to be an eSports invitational taking place during the convention.  Will there be anything else? If there is it’ll be mobile and possibly not released globally. They’ve already got some pretty big MMOs on their plate.

 

Nexon

Nexon is the main sponsor of G-Star this year and they’re bringing quite a few games with them. First, they’ll have FIFA Online 4, which had a lot of people really excited as it was teased as an MMO collaboration with EA. There will also be two more EA collaborations on display: Need for Speed EDGE and Titanfall Online. Nexon had teased Project B a few weeks ago, which was revealed to be Battlerite, a MOBA currently in early access. They’ll only be bringing one mobile game with them, which makes them stand out from the others. That game is Overhit, and there’s no sign of it being released in the west yet. Finally, they’ll have a PC MMORPG with them called Moonlight Blade. It was revealed last year, but we’re hoping for more information on it, including release information. Nexon has many other titles in the works but it would seem that they’re all still being developed.

 

KOG

The developers behind Grand Chase and Elsword have revealed they have a new online PC game at G-Star this year. It’s called KurtzPel and it is colorful. What we know so far is that there is character customization and PvP. There will be a demo playable at G-Star, so hopefully, more information will come our way.

 

Gravity

The makers of Ragnarok Online will be attending G-Star 2017 with a few different titles available. According to gamebase.com.tw and through the power of Google Translate (so take these names with a grain of salt) they are Ro Ragnarok Legend: Legendary Eternal Love, Miriam Mirror, Miracle Pororo, RO Wonderland Legend Zero, Ragnarok Clicker. It seems very unlikely at the moment that they’ll be released in the west but we here at MMOGames are always optimistic.

 

ChangYou

Last week ChangYou announced Project Z Online and God Slayer Online. Project Z Online will use tab targeting and forgo gender-locks, which are all too common in games from that part of the world. God Slayer has been around for a long time in beta but apparently, ChangYou will have it at G-Star 2017 as well.

 

It looks like that’s everything that has been announced. There are of course a few titles we would like to see there, including Lost Ark which we have been waiting years to see. We would also love to see Dark and Light on display there but there hasn’t been any indication yet that it will be there.

Right now, making MMOs is considered risky busy. There aren’t really any AAA western MMORPGs in the pipelines so we have to look at the east to bring us these games. Unfortunately for PC gamers, it seems that mobile is taking over as the next big trend. For now, at least we have a few fantastic looking games coming in the future. It does leave us wondering if this trend will continue in the west, however. Will E3 2018 be dominated by mobile games? Only time will tell.

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