|The Top 10 weird staples of every fantasy MMO
No matter how unique fantasy MMOs try to be, they all somehow manage to fall into the same tropes. Head over to Massively and read their Top 10 fantasy staples list. How many of them apply to your favorite games?
|Undead Labs: Current MMOs are "barely even games"
Undead Labs has a new game designer, and he's come out swinging against the established MMO format. Richard Foge, who previously worked on God of War, SOCOM and Guild Wars, says he "loves the idea of MMOs" but isn't satisfied with the current market.
|Bigpoint CEO says The Old Republic will never be profitable
As a high-profile MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic is proving itself to be a big target for attack. Bigpoint, the German game developer that's working on Battlestar Galactica Online, stepped up to take a swing at the as-of-yet-unreleased title.
|Square-Enix working hard to "regain trust" with players and investors
It's been a rocky couple months for Final Fantasy XIV. Due to extensive feedback from the playerbase and mixed reviews, Square-Enix extended the free trial period for new players to a full two months -- a rarity in the industry -- as the company worked to shore up FFXIV's weaker points. President Yoichi Wada recently stated during a money report that the company is doing all it can to improve the situation: "We're quickly working on reforms ... We'd like to put our full power into regaining trust."
|Warhammer Online reveals the classes of the Skaven
Players were excited when it was first announced that Warhammer Online would at last feature playable Skaven, even though it was stated that there would be certain limitations. A new document about the creatures has recently gone up, with both fiction to explain the presence of the creatures on each side and a breakdown of the abilities they will bring to the battlefield.
|Star Trek Online may go F2P yet -- if you play Champions, that is
Cryptic's Jack Emmert spoke recently about the potential future where Star Trek Online goes free-to-play. It isn't guaranteed to happen, but the company is keeping a watchful eye on how the recent free-to-play switch impacts Champions Online. Emmert also hints at a new, upcoming title from Cryptic.