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It's more possible to play The Repopulation now than it has ever been, and that means the design team is shaking up how it handles updates. Instead of the monthly recaps of the past, the team is putting forth notes for each individual patch, such as the first major one to hit the current testing b...

February 3rd 2015 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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Sandbox Saturday continues! Massively's MJ loves the freedom of this genre, and The Repopulation definitely has plenty of sand in its box. The hardest part is choosing what to do each time she logs in. Will MJ actually settle on a specific weapon type, or will she just dance the hour away? Maybe sh...

January 31st 2015 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Guild Wars 2's economy remains a hot-button issue even two-and-a-half years after its release. In this week's exploration of the blogosphere, one writer pulls out all the stops to let you know what's broken about this MMO's economy -- and how it can be fixed. In addition to this thoughtful read, G...

January 20th 2015 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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We've all heard the gameplay-is-more-important-than-graphics cliche, and I'm putting it to the test this week in The Repopulation. I'm quite enjoying the sandbox title for what it allows my character to do, but boy does he look janky doing it. I know, I know, it's alphabetaearlyaccesswhatever. In...

January 19th 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Last time, Massively's MJ showed the very beginnings of life in The Repopulation, including character creation and the newbie trainers. This time she's diving head-first into the fray, practicing some combat on the training grounds before heading out into the open world. Since the game's a sandbox...

January 17th 2015 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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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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Writing about early access games is the suck. I guess it's something I'll have to get over, though, given how early access is now launch, how alpha is the new beta, and how gamers are lining up to pay big money for ideas. With that out of the way, let's talk a bit about my first steps in The Repop...

January 16th 2015 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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You've been hearing about The Repopulation for a while -- now see it! Now that early access doors have opened, Massively's MJ is diving into the in-progress sandbox to check things out. Much has changed since she got her first peek at the title at GDC 2012. MJ will show off the customization option...

January 10th 2015 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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For the first time in testing, The Repopulation didn't quite keep pace with its normal biweekly update schedule for the test client. Why, you ask, were the developers being such lazy bums? Because of the holidays? Or was it because the game was busy launching on Steam as an early access title, thus...

January 5th 2015 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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This week in MMO crowdfunding news, The Repopulation dropped its NDA and thrust itself firmly into the middle of Steam's Early Access conga line. This was a pretty big deal, given how the game is channeling a certain late great sci-fi sandbox and given how many people responded with their alpha tes...

December 27th 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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As I've done for 2013 and 2014, I'm going to use the turn of the year as an excuse to look ahead at what MMO releases we may have to look forward to enjoying in the next 12 months. As always, it's a mixture of research, guesswork, and weeks of anguished ranking to come up with 10 titles that I thin...

December 27th 2014 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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The Repopulation is spreading a bit of early Christmas cheer according to the latest news blurb on the sci-fi sandbox's website. In short, the final alpha phase begins this weekend, and you can also pick up the game via Steam's Early Access program. The Steam launch has done away with the NDA, too,...

December 22nd 2014 at 2:30pm 0 Comments