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
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
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
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
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
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
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?