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SOE's zombiebox H1Z1 vaulted into early access on Steam this week against a backdrop of controversy surrounding its PvE servers, launch issues, and potentially pay-to-win game mechanics. What else is new in the world of MMO testing? We took a hands-on look at The Repopulation's alpha. Neverwint...

January 16th 2015 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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When MapleStory 2's closed beta doors open up in Korea from January 21st through the 25th, testers will be able to experience three different PvP modes. MMOCulture brings word of Nexon's recent update, which described these three modes, including 1v1, free-for-all, and PvPvE. Players level 30 and...

January 13th 2015 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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MMO Culture reports that player housing is "one of the main features in MapleStory 2." Curiously, though, publisher Nexon is limiting available land and making ownership an expensive proposition. If you can't afford to own, you'll still be able to rent high-rise flats and decorate them as you would...

January 7th 2015 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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Elite: Dangerous formally launched this week, departing our Betawatch (Gammawatch?) list and flying free into the wilds of the MMO jungle. What else is new in the land of MMO testing? Landmark's closed beta launched PvE combat this week; SOE says it will shift full-time to working on EverQuest N...

December 19th 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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MapleStory 2 looks pretty different from its predecessor, but it still has its heart in the right place. You can see some of that on display in the game's latest trailer, released as part of the G-Star 2014 festivities going on right now in South Korea. The are ducklings to ride, walls to climb, an...

November 21st 2014 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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MapleStory 2 is not going to make your character live on the streets. Probably not, anyway; the new video on housing makes it appear that space is limited for buying and building a house or a room, but players will have the option of doing either. Yes, there's housing, and the video just past the b...

September 23rd 2014 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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This week, classic EverQuest began the beta test for Darkened Sea, its 21st expansion. You read that number correctly! What else is new in the land of MMO testing? World of Warcraft explained its expansion's CE preorder process. We streamed Albion Online's first summer alpha event. Pathfinder...

September 19th 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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We've got another video preview of the upcoming MapleStory 2 for you to check out today, albeit with the standard "it's not in English, so either get really good at Korean fast or just pretend that you know what's happening" disclaimer. So what do you think about the blocky landscape? Is it perfec...

September 17th 2014 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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This week, SOE injected a limited version of combat into its really-truly-still-a-beta Landmark sandbox. Massively's MJ Guthrie streamed and wrote about her initial experiences with the system. What else is new in the land of MMO testing? Camelot Unchained postponed its alpha from August 2014 to...

August 29th 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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Even if you don't understand Korean, chances are that you can grok some of what's going on in this new MapleStory 2 features trailer. The video shows various systems in the game, including player-created content, housing, customization, and (oh yes) minigames. Check out the video after the break a...

August 3rd 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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Bungie announced this week that its console MMOFPS Destiny is open for pre-order and pre-loading on the PS3 and PS4. Pre-order players will earn beta access come July. What else is new in the world of MMO beta testing? WildStar is keeping its open beta live intermittently until the headstart beg...

May 23rd 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments