Guild Wars 2 carried this week in MMOs, with its announcement of A Star To Guide Us, previews of the new legendary and raid, and controversial new cash shop teleport. Meanwhile, we continued our coverage of WildStar’s impending sunset, including news of the player petition to try to save it. And hey, Massively OP 2.0 has arrived! Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday in Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review! THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES Guild Wars 2’s next living world episode, A Star To Guide Us, launches September 18 – here’s the trailer - [AL:GW2]It's a bit weird for this to be coming out on a not-Tuesday, but who cares, we'll take it: ArenaNet just dropped the trailer for Guild Wars 2's next living… WildStar fans start a petition to urge NCsoft to save the game - Ninety-two days, folks. That's how long some City of Heroes fans stood with their signs … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: Guild Wars 2’s guiding star
Fifa new rules
It has been a bruising month for Chinese gaming hegemon Tencent. First, their US based subsidiary Riot Games was accused of sexism which required major readjustments at the studio. These culture problems also brought to light Riot's declining profitability, with the company on course to run a deficit unless something changes soon. Closer to home, Tencent found itself on the wrong side of the ruling Communist Party's favor and had its license for Monster Hunter Worlds abruptly revoked. This forced Tencent to issue millions in refunds and left many gamers angered and confused. Worse still, the Chinese government followed up with a freeze on all new game licenses. That caught the entire industry off guard, but hit Tencent especially hard as the Chinese version of Fortnite was just getting ready to leave closed beta and officially launch. Reeling from these blows, Tencent responded by trying to be proactive in the face of new regulations that are undoubtedly on their way. The company … [Read more...] about The Weekly Raid: Will The Gaming Industry Finally Face Regulation?
In all our many roundups at the turn of the year, we’ve never done one on the legal dramas that have affected the MMO genre. That changes today! Of note, there’s… the lockbox scuffle as various countries turn their watchful gaze on the industry and self-regulation collapses in a puddle of shrugs; the Crytek lawsuit against Star Citizen studio Cloud Imperium; the potential for dead online games to skirt DMCA laws; multiple Pokemon Go-inspired lawsuits and criminal trials; the end of the Warner Bros. and Tolkien estate lawsuit; the continuation of the Oculus/ZeniMax Media lawsuit; the cease-and-desist filed against Asheron’s Call emulators; and a whole ton of Blizzard lawsuits, including the capsizing of the Bossland cheaters following multiple Blizz victories. My favorite, however, is Andrew’s research into whether lockboxes legally constitute gambling – from last January. Enjoy! Call of Duty swatting incident leads to man’s death in Kansas … [Read more...] about A look back at the MMO industry’s law dramas of 2017