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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MMO Shut Down Concerns in 2018

As of writing this, we are 67 days into 2018 and we have already lost 10 MMOs, MOBAs, and other types of online games. This counts games that have shut down and those that have been announced will be shutting down in the near future. That’s one game lost for every week of this year, which is a startling amount. So let’s take a look at which games have shut down, the reasons for them getting shut down, as well as trends for previous years.

2018 got off to a rough start with Perfect World announcing that they were closing down not one, but two games; Battle of the Immortals and War of the Immortals, which were both shut down just a few days later on January 9th. It really came as no surprise to anyone that these games were shut down, they never really had a large population, but this isn’t the last time Perfect World will appear in this article.

MMO Shut Down Concerns in 2018

In mid-January, it was announced that Perpetuum’s official server would be going offline. This was somewhat inevitable as development on the game stopped back in September because of low population and income. Sadly, the cost of keeping the server running was just too high, which is why the official server is leaving so soon. It isn’t all bad news for the game however, there’s a semi-official private server keeping the game alive that is being run by one of the former devs.

The first MOBA that announced it would be shut down this year was Paragon. Epic stated that the game had trouble expanding beyond its core player base. The lack of growth slowed development and  it eventually became clear that it was time to shut the game down. Epic offered full refunds for everyone who had ever bought the game, a really nice gesture for those still disappointed about the end.

I didn’t say it, they did.

At the end of January, LinkRealms announced they would be shutting down. The game never gained much traction outside of its core audience and sadly funds to keep the game running were running out. It first came onto the scene back in 2010 when it entered beta and was only added to Steam in 2016. At this point, there’s starting to be a bit of a pattern behind the shutdowns.

When Perfect World announced they were closing Motiga it was only a matter of time before Gigantic, the MOBA they had created, would follow. So, again, at the end of January when the announcement was made that Gigantic was shutting down, it wasn’t much of a surprise. As of writing this, the servers are still online and they will remain so until the end of July. Once again, difficulty breaking into the market was to blame. The lack of audience and the difficulty of fixing some of the issues with the game sadly proved too great.

The third MOBA to close in just one month was NCSoft’s Master X Master. This was a game we learned would be shutting down all the way back in November. In the shutdown announcement, it was said that the game failed to connect with the players. The game wasn’t sustainable with the population it had, so the decision had to be made, purely for business.

Mojang’s card game Scrolls shut down in the middle of February. This was another that was only a matter of time. Development on the game stopped in June of 2015. At the time Mojang promised to keep the servers online until July 2016 at least. So, the fact that it lasted as long as it did is amazing itself. When development stopped in 2015 it was because of the population and the inability to sustainably continue development. Most games are not so lucky to get such a long lead time to the moment the servers are taken offline.

At the end of February, Cabal 2 announced they were shutting down in the west, though exactly when that’s going to happen is still up in the air. In the announcement, it was said that continued operation was unsustainable and Cabal 2 didn’t resonate with as many players as they had hoped.

Demon’s Souls, part of the Dark Souls series, was well known for having a robust online system. Or rather, it was. It was shut down at the end of February, though this was no surprise for anyone who was a fan of the 9-year-old game. To be clear, much of the game is still playable but the online components; seeing player messages, summoning others to your game, and other such features are now inaccessible.

And now that brings us to the beginning of March which has already seen the end of Trion’s Devilian. We found out in January that it would be closing. Unlike the other games, this one was closed because the developers, Bluehole, had stopped working on the game. Bluehole Ginno, the creators of Devilian, was renamed the PUBG Corp and from then on the game was pretty much forgotten.

 

A Look at the Past

If you take a look at the last three months of 2017 you’ll see that 7 titles shut down. The most notable of them all was Marvel Heroes. The difference between 7 and 10 doesn’t seem very big, however, we’re not yet three months into 2018. If we continue to have an average shutdown of one game every week, we’re looking at possibly reaching 14 online games closing this year. That would be double the amount from the previous 3 months.

But, maybe there’s more going on here. After all, the end of the year happened and that tends to bring about big changes. So, how many games were shut down from January to March in 2017? 7, just like the last three months of 2017. In 2016 there were 13 games shut down which is very close to what we may face this year as well. So is this year abnormal or were we just really lucky in 2017? What will the rest of the year hold for online gaming? Maybe right now it just feels like a lot because we’re still in the moment. If nothing else comes from this article, then hopefully it serves as a reminder to keep playing and supporting your favorite game financially. A game can’t run without some sort of income.

The clear theme across all these titles is a lack of population and a lack of funds. Is it a sign of market saturation? Quite possibly. It certainly seems like MOBAs are past the point of saturation. More of them are shutting down than launching and it would seem that audiences have found the game they prefer.

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Perpetuum Confirms its Shutdown Date

Often seen as “EVE Online with robots”, the devs of Project Perpetuum have announced a Perpetuum shutdown date for the game’s official server, with all of the relevant dates, details and other information posted in a recent blog.

perpetuum shutdown

The official game server will be taken offline on Thursday, January 25th. At that point the game’s API, IRC server, store and support sections of the game website, and most official email addresses will become unavailable.

While the official Perpetuum server is going dark, one of the devs is taking it upon themselves to offer a private server solution for those who wish to continue playing. Anyone wanting to play Perpetuum will have to do so via Steam, while connecting to the standalone server can be done by selecting “Perpetuum Dedicated Server” under the Library/Tools section of the game.

Additionally, the devs are working on giving everyone who already owns Perpetuum outside of Steam a copy of the game on the platform, while the game itself will permanently lower its price from $9.99 to $4.99.

It is noted in the announcement that the standalone server will not be the same in terms of speed and availability and that the server’s operation is “a no promises made gig”. That said, fans of the title can at least continue to play after the 25th.

Our Thoughts

While it sucks that Perpetuum’s official server is shutting off, it is pretty nice of the game’s dev to offer their own server option for those who want to keep living in the world of Perpetuum. We wish the developers involved with the game the best of luck in any future endeavours.

Source: official site

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MMO Black Friday Deals 2017

If you’re on the lookout for a good deal in your favorite game look no further than this list of MMO Black Friday Deals.

ArcheAge

80% off select in game items
Wukong Costume Lockbox Nov 24 – Dec 8
Black Friday Lockbox Nov 24 – Dec 1

 

Ark: Survival Evolved

Steam: Game 50% Off
Seam: Season Pass 25% Off
Xbox One Game 25% Off
Xbox One Scorched Earth 35% Off
Xbox One Explorers Edition 30% Off
Xbox One Season Pass 25% Off
Playstation 4 Game 30% Off
Playstation 4 Scorched Earth 35% Off
Playstation 4 Explorers Edition 30% Off
Playstation 4 Season Pass 25% Off
Walmart (US Stores) 50% Off
Gamestop (US Stores) $34.99 (Discount of $25)
EB Games (Canada Stores) $39.99 CAD

 

Atlas Reactor

All Packs 75% Off Nov 22 – 28
Golden Age Skins on Sale

 

Black Desert Online

Black Desert Online

Game 50% Off Nov 22 – 28
In Game Store Function 20% Off Nov 22 – Dec 4
In Game Store: Outfit & Costume 20% Off Nov 22 – Dec 4
In Game Store: Mount 20% Off Nov 22 – Dec 4
In Game Store: Pet 20% Off Nov 22 – Dec 4
In Game Store: Dyes 30% Off Nov 22 – Dec 4
In Game Store: Furniture 30% Off Nov 22 – Dec 4
In Game Store: Customizing 40% Off Nov 22 – Dec 4
In Game Store: Underwear & Accessories 30% Off Nov 22 – Dec 4
Elion’s Tear for 10 Pearls Nov 22 – 24
Bleach for 10 Pearls Nov 24 – 26
Mount Skill Change Coupon for 10 Pearls Nov 26 – 28
Unknown Dye Box for 10 Pearls Nov 28 – 30
Artisan’s Memory for 10 Pearls Nov 30 – Dec 2
Pet Appearance Change Coupon for 10 Pearls Dec 2 – 4

 

Brawlhalla

All Legends Pack 25% Off
DLC 10% Off

 

Champions Online

Arc Players Unlock 15-25% bonus Zen (PC Only) Ends Nov 28
Save 25% on All Items Nov 24 – 28

 

Citadel: Forged With Fire

Game on Steam 40% Off
Blue Isle Catalog 63% Off

 

Conan Exiles

All Game Editions on Steam 33% Off
DLC on Steam 33% Off

 

Dark and Light

Game on Steam 33% Off

 

Defiance

Limited Edition Ex Inanis Black Friday Boxes
Cerberus Pack
3rd Limited Edition Black Friday Bargain Box
Titan Bundles and Gold Editions up to 65% Off

 

Destiny 2

Standard Edition 35% Off
Game and Expansion Pass 25% Off
Digital Deluxe Edition 25% Off

 

Divinity: Original Sin II

Game on Steam 10% Off
Divine Edition on Steam 10% Off
Eternal Edition on Steam 30% Off
Game Plus Steam Controller 21% Off
Divine Ascension DLC on Steam 10% Off

 

Elite Dangerous

Game 55% Off
Commander Deluxe Edition 47% Off
Horizons Season Pass 40% Off
Pilot Starter Pass 40% Off
Commander Pack 40% Off
DVD Edition 50% Off

 

EVE Online

Standard Edition on Steam 50% Off
Premium Edition on Steam 50% Off
Subscription Plan on Steam up to 27% Off
PLEX on Steam 15% Off
Omega Time on Steam 15% Off

 

Fable Fortune

Early Access Founder’s Pack on Steam 35% Off

 

Faeria

Steam Pack 40% Off

 

Forsaken World

Arc Players Can Unlock Bonus Leaves 15-25% Ends Nov 28
Chance Pack 33% Off Ends Nov 28
Select Fashion & Handhelds 25% Off Ends Nov 28
Gold and Other Items 20-40% Off Ends Nov 28
Charge Promo Will Have New Expansion Orb Ends Dec 4

 

Gamer Sensei

Gaming Lessons 50% Off with Code B50SPECIAL Ends Nov 27

 

Gigantic

Arc & Steam Unlock 15-25% bonus Rubies Ends Nov 28
Arc & Steam Starter Pack 25% Off Ends Nov 28
Arch & Steam Ultimate Pack 33% Off Ends Nov 28
Xbox Live Gold Save 15-25% on Ruby Packs Ends Nov 27
Xbox Live Gold Starter Pack 25% Off Ends Nov 27
Xbox Live Gold Ultimate Pack 33% Off Ends Nov 27

 

Gloria Victis

Game on Steam 40% Off
Game Plus Soundtrack on Steam 49% Off
Soundtrack 40% Off

 

Guild Wars 2

GW2 Merch from For Fans By Fans. Get Free mini pet egg if over $50 spent
Gem Store: Braham’s Armor, Magitech Armor, Phoenix Armor 20% Off Nov 21 – 27
Gem Store: Heroes Dye Pack 40% Off Nov 22 – 23
Gem Store: Free Heroic Booster Nov 23
Gem Store: Phoenix Glider 20% Off Nov 23 – 24
Gem Store: 5 Free Transmutation Charges Nov 24
Gem Store: Storage Expander 20% Off Nov 24 – 25
Gem Store: Free Black Lion Mini Claim Ticket Nov 25
Gem Store: Crystalline Dragon Wings Backpack Glider Combo 20% Off Nov 25 – 26

 

H1Z1

Game on Steam 75% Off

 

Heroes of the Storm

Red and Black Friday Bundle 33% Off Ends Nov 27
Back in Black Friday Bundle 29% Off Ends Nov 27
Select Heroes, Skins, and Mounts at 50% Off Ends Nov 27
360 Day Stimpack on Sale Ends Nov 27
Merch Sales 15-75% Off

 

Hob

Game on Arc 25% Off Ends Nov 28

 

Hyper Universe

Game on Steam 50% Off

 

Kritika Online

Elite Starter Pack on Steam 15% Off
Elite Costume Pack on Steam 15% Off
Bonus Gifts for EMP Purchases Nov 24 – 28
In Game Store: Pets and Weapon Skins 50% Off Nov 24
In Game Store: Costumes 50% Off Nov 25
In Game Store: Potions, Hammers, Resurrection Stones, Whetstones up to 50% Off Nov 26
In Game Store: Kred for 10-30% Off Nov 27

 

Lego Worlds

Lego Worlds Screenshot

Game on Steam 50% Off

 

Life is Feudal

Game on Steam 50% Off

 

Livelock

Arc & Steam: Game 75% Off Ends Nov 28
Xbox Live Silver: Game 65% Off Ends Nov 27
Xbox Live Gold: Game 75% Off Ends Nov 27
PS4 Players: Game 65% Off Ends Nov 27
Playstation Plus: Game 75% Off Ends Nov 27

 

Mirage: Arcane Warfare

Game on Steam 50% Off
Special Edition on Steam 50% Off
Magic & Melee Pack 74% Off

 

Neverwinter

Arc: Bonus Zen 15-25% Off Ends Nov 28
Xbox Live Gold: 15-25% on Zen Ends Nov 27
Xbox Live Gold: Starter, Adventurer, Epic Packs 40% Off Ends Nov 27
PS4 Plus: 15-25% on Zen Ends Nov 27
PS4 Plus: Astral Deva, Champion of the North, Dragonborn Legend, Heirloom Weapon, Reanimated Destrier Packs 40% Off Ends Nov 27
PS4: 5-15% on Zen Ends Nov 27
PS4: Astral Deva, Champion of the North, Dragonborn Legend, Heirloom Weapon, Reanimated Destrier Packs 30% Off Ends Nov 27

 

Overwatch

Game 50% Off Ends Nov 27
Game of the Year Edition 50% Off Ends Nov 27
Merch Sales 15-75% Off

 

PWI

Arc: Unlock 15-25% Bonus Gold Ends Nov 28
Newest Chance Pack 57% Off Ends Nov 28
Medals of Glory and General Summer’s Tokens 50% Off Ends Nov 28
Chienkun Stones 78% Off Ends Nov 28
War Avatar Chest Returns Nov 24 – 29
Illusionary Crystal 40% Off Nov 24 – 29
Crown of Sochi, Hidden Orchard Treasure Trove 72% Off Nov 27 – 30
Lucky Flash Spends: Spend Gold in Random 1 Hour Windows Get Mystery Item Nov 23 – 24

 

Perpetuum

Game on Steam 75% Off

 

Rift

Premium Mounts 25% Off Nov 22 – 29
Previous Lockbox Mounts Available for Direct Purchase. Changes Daily.
November 22: Moonstone Ki Rin
November 23: Molten Thresher
November 24: Tropical Budgie
November 25: Ember Nebula
November 26: Black Empyreal Walker
November 27: Obsidian Ki Rin
November 28: Nightmare Thresher

RoboCraft

DLC on Steam 25% Off

 

Royal Quest

Royal Guard Pack and Champion of Aura Pack on Steam 75% Off
Welcome Pack 70% Off

 

Secret World Legends

Fusions, Emotes, Mounts, Pets, and Cosmetics up to 80% Off Ends Nov 27

 

Skyforge

Bonus Packs on Steam 50% Off

 

Star Conflict

Mercenary Packs on Steam 50% Off

 

Star Trek Bridge Crew

Game on Steam 40% Off

 

Star Trek Online

Arc: Unlock 15-25% Bonus Zen Ends Nov 28
Arc, Steam, Xbox One, PS4: All Items and Packs in C-Store 25% Off Ends Nov 27
Xbox Live Gold: Save 15-25% on Zen Ends Nov 27
Playstation Plus: Save 15-25% on Zen Ends Nov 27
Playstation Plus: Starfleet Pack, Legacy Pack, Empire Pack 25% Off Ends Nov 27
PS4: Save 5-15% on Zen Ends Nov 27
PS4: Starfleet Pack, Legacy Pack, Empire Pack 15% Off Ends Nov 27

 

Swordsman

Arc: 15-25% Bonus Sycee Ends Nov 28
Chance Packs, Gems, and General Items 20% Off Ends Nov 29

 

TERA

Direct Sales Pets and Mounts 75% Off Nov 24
Loot boxes 33% Off Nov 24 – 27
Account Services & Consumables 50% Off Nov 24 – 27
Elite Status Vouchers 25% Off Nov 24 – 27
Weapon Skins 75% Off Nov 25
Direct Sales Costumes and Accessories 85% Off Nov 26
Select Items Return for One Day Nov 27

 

The Elder Scrolls Online

Game and Collectors Editions on Steam 50% Off

 

Tree of Life

Game on Steam 33% Off

 

Trove

Class Packs, Creators Pack, Collectors Pack, Battle Pack 70% Off Ends Nov 27
Essentials Edition and Double Dragon 80% Off Ends Nov 27

 

Valnir Rok

Game on Steam 40% Off

 

Warface

Packs on Steam 30-50% Off

 

Warhammer 40k Eternal Crusade

Game on Steam 75% Off
Packs on Steam 50% Off

 

Wildstar

Zero to 50 Bundle Begins Nov 24
Boosts and Upgrade Items 25% Off Begins Nov 24
Toys for 1 Protobuck Begins Nov 24

 

Wild Terra

Game on Steam 67% Off

 

World of Warcraft

Game and Expansions up to Draenor 50% Off Ends Nov 27
Legion Standard Edition 44% Off Ends Nov 27
Legion Digital Deluxe Edition 55% Off Ends Nov 27
Merch Sales 15-75% Off

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10 Biggest MMO News Stories for September 2017

In this week’s Listed, we’re taking a look back at some of the biggest news stories of the month from the world of online gaming. This month saw a record-breaking theft, the launch of a major MMO expansion, and a brief glimpse at an MMO that was never made, along with a whole lot more. Here’s our list of the 10 biggest MMO news stories for September 2017.

 

Trion Recommits to Defiance

Defiance

Remember that Syfy channel show that crossed over with a Trion MMO? If you don’t that’s okay, the show was canceled back in 2015. Since then Trion hasn’t done a whole lot with the game, though it is still running. This month Trion declared they were recommitting to working on Defiance. And they did it by announcing a new raid boss during PAX East 2017. If post-apocalyptic shooters are your thing, you may want to consider checking Defiance out. Then you’ll get to see the cutest little ugly alien bugs you’ve ever seen.

 

Active Development on Perpetuum Ends

perpetuum

The developers of Perpetuum Online announced this month that development on their title has ended. This comes after an extended period of silence from the team. The good news is they aren’t ready to see the game die. For now, the official servers will continue to run while the dev team works on a free standalone server solution (their words) so players will be able to run games themselves in the future. For now, you can find Perpetuum on Steam.

 

Everquest Announces Their 24th Expansion

Everquest

It is the MMO that just keeps ticking. Everquest announced their 24th expansion, Ring of Scale. Developers are still working on the expansion, but you can expect to see some more details about it in October when pre-orders and beta testing will begin. It is currently expected to launch in December. With 18 years under its belt, Everquest doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

 

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Speaks Out About Fortnite’s Battle Royale

Who doesn’t love a little bit of juicy gossip when it has nothing to do with you? This time around it is PUBG publishers Bluehole who are speaking out about Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode which they feel is a little bit too similar to their game. This, of course, set the internet ablaze with talk of the game, and things aren’t looking too good for PUBG who many agree don’t have a leg to stand on. In a genre where things can only be done so many ways, is it really fair for the massively popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to go after Fortnite? Especially when they are themselves not the origin of the genre. PUBG has been enjoying record numbers and riding a massive high. This news seems to have only knocked them down a peg or two and they have since clarified their stance on the matter.

 

Closed Alpha Testing Begins for Wild West Online

Wild West Online

The wild west MMO that sounded almost too good to be true and raised a lot of suspicions proved they aren’t just a scam by launching closed alpha testing. Wild West Online is one of the most highly anticipated upcoming MMOs and it has had a lot of attention ever since it was announced. Unlike many MMOs, the testing is a true test of the game so far. It isn’t just a publicity preview to get people talking. While it certainly is exciting, you have to wonder if there is any room left in the genre for another sandbox MMO.

 

Chris Roberts Says He’s Fed Up With Release Estimates for Star Citizen

star citizen like eve online

We’re starting off the top half of the list with the news that actually made me stop and exclaim out loud. Star Citizen’s Chris Roberts said this month that he is fed up with giving release estimates for when 3.0 will be released during an interview with Eurogamer. Sure, we’re all a little bit tired of hearing about yet another move in the estimated arrival time, but that doesn’t mean you can just be fed up with doing it. If you had traditional investors you wouldn’t just be fed up with giving them updates, would you? I’ve got an easy solution for you, meet the deadline you give yourself.

 

Storybricks CEO Shares Early Everquest Next Documents

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Everquest Next was perhaps the biggest disappointment of the last couple of years, getting canceled before it was even made. It had exclusive rights to Jeremy Soule and bought up Storybricks, which it then abandoned. It was going to be THE next big thing in MMOs. Well, earlier this month Storybrick’s CEO shared some old Everquest Next proposal documents that shed some light on the game. It talks about using Storybricks to create the illusion of life, along with a few more interesting tidbits. An interesting read for anyone who wishes they knew more about the game that will never be.

 

Phantasy Star Online 2 Coming to Nintendo Switch…In Japan

At this point you have to start wondering if Sega hates money. This month they announced that the highly desired, lusted after even, title Phantasy Star Online 2 would be released on the Nintendo Switch. Might this finally be a chance for North America to play? Nope! It’s Japan only. Not only does Sega hate money, I’m starting to believe they like making North American gamers cry. There STILL doesn’t seem to be any push from them to release the game in NA, even after 5 years of players wishing it to be true.

 

Destiny 2 Launches

At the very start of the month, the highly anticipated Destiny 2 launched to much fanfare and celebration. It hasn’t launched yet for PC, but we can expect to see that coming very soon. Finally, PC players will get to know the joys of Destiny. There was a little bit of upset over microtransactions but that was overshadowed by the pure lust everyone was feeling for the game. Is it the biggest online gaming launch of the year? Looks like it might be!

 

A Record-Breaking Theft in EVE Online

Even if you don’t play EVE you have to at least acknowledge when something big takes place. Sometimes it’s a massive battle and sometimes, it’s a record-breaking theft that gamers won’t soon forget. How big are we talking? More than a trillion ISK taken as well as ownership of a 300 billion ISK keepstar citadel. It also resulted in one player being permanently banned from the game after he made threats to the thief and attempted to get his real-life address. All of this mixed in with some political intrigue made it one of the biggest news pieces of the month and there’s a good chance it will be one of the biggest stories of the year.

 

Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire Expansion Launches

The biggest news of the month, of course, has to go to Guild Wars 2 who launched their second expansion Path of Fire just a few days ago. The expansion takes players into the desert, to Elona where they hope to stop one of the human gods before he destroys the world. This expansion is heavily story based and introduces mounts to the game. It has also massively increased the size of the world with huge new maps. What more is there to say about it really?

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