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05
2014
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Neverwinter exploit results in emergency maintenance, no rollback

Filed under: Fantasy , Bugs , Business Models , Economy , Events (Real-World) , News Items , Free-to-Play , Neverwinter Neverwinter’s emergency maintenance this afternoon fueled speculation among players that another currency exploit was to blame and a rollback was imminent, but Perfect World Community Manager Akromatik says no rollback is planned. On the official forums, he wrote, Due to an exploit we had to bring down the servers for an emergency maintenance. The exploit was brought to our attention by our fantastic community.

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03
2014
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Make My MMO: July 27 – August 2, 2014

Filed under: Betas , Business Models , Game Mechanics , MMO Industry , News Items , Crowdfunding , Make My MMO This week in MMO crowdfunding news, we said hello to new Kickstarter projects for Avalon Lords and Games of Glory . The first is an attempt to redefine the MMORTS , while the second seeks to add persistent world features to the MOBA genre. We also heard from the creator of Project Gorgon , who describes his title as ” Asheron’s Call crossed with EverQuest with the emergent gameplay of NetHack .” Finally, don’t forget about Elite: Dangerous and its newly minted Beta 1 ! Click past the cut for our complete MMO crowdfunding roundup.

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02
2014
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Darkfall introduces PLEX-like ‘D.U.E.L.’ subscription currency

Filed under: Fantasy , Darkfall , Business Models , Economy , MMO Industry , News Items , Sandbox Yesterday, Aventurine added what it called a “minor” new feature to PvP sandbox Darkfall : a payment system remarkably similar to those found in EVE Online , WildStar , ArcheAge , and most recently Anarchy Online . Says the official site , Several minor changes were included in the same update, also the addition of a shop item named D.U.E.L which, when purchased with selentine gold, will add 30 days of subscription time to your account if activated.

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27
2014
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Make My MMO: July 20 – July 26, 2014

Filed under: Business Models , MMO Industry , New Titles , News Items , Crowdfunding , Make My MMO MMO crowdfunding news was fairly sparse this week, but a couple of genre heavyweights did capture a headline or two. Frontier reminded us that Elite: Dangerous will feature planetary landings and station/ship interiors post-launch , while Portalarium kicked off its latest backer-only weekend alpha test for Shroud of the Avatar . Release 8 is up and running through 11:00 a.m

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26
2014
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Romero: ‘PC is decimating console, F2P has killed a hundred AAA studios’

Filed under: Business Models , Interviews , MMO Industry , News Items Doom co-creator John Romero gave an interesting interview to GamesIndustry.biz recently in which he compares the modern free-to-play model with the early 1990s shareware revolution driven by id’s hellish sci-fi shooter. “Our entire first episode was free — give us no money, play the whole thing. If you like it and want to play more, then you finally pay us

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24
2014
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Anarchy Online introduces tradable subscription item

Filed under: Sci-Fi , Anarchy Online , Business Models , Free-to-Play Anarchy Online has added a new subscription option into this 13-year-old game, allowing players to buy and sell game time in addition to its free-to-play and standard subscription packages. Patch 18.6.14 added GRACE (Grid Access Credit Extension), which is a $14.95 item that can be purchased and sold on the in-game market. When used, GRACE adds 30 days of subscription game time to a player’s account.

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21
2014
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Elite’s expansions to include planetary landing, ship interiors

Filed under: Betas , Sci-Fi , Business Models , Game Mechanics , MMO Industry , New Titles , News Items , Sandbox , Crowdfunding , Elite: Dangerous , Buy-to-Play Frontier’s latest newsletter for Elite: Dangerous talks post-launch plans for the sci-fi space sim sandbox. Launch is currently scheduled for sometime in Q4 of 2014, after which Frontier will continue to expand the game. “Major new features will include planetary landings and even walking around inside ships, stations, and planet surfaces,” the firm says

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20
2014
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Make My MMO: July 13 – July 19, 2014

Filed under: Business Models , MMO Industry , New Titles , News Items , Crowdfunding , Make My MMO This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Camelot Unchained dominated the headlines.

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18
2014
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Nerd Kingdom on Yogventures!’s implosion and the future of TUG

Filed under: Fantasy , Business Models , Interviews , MMO Industry , News Items , Legal , Miscellaneous , Sandbox , Crowdfunding Yesterday, Massively reported on the impending bankruptcy filing and cancellation of Kickstarted Winterkewl / Yogscast game Yogventures! and the alleged transfer of its assets over to TUG , a sandbox game by Nerd Kingdom that we’ve written about since its reveal last year. Journalists and gamers have suggested that in spite its claims to the contrary, Yogcast itself might be liable for refunds , as would any beneficiary of assets entangled in a future bankruptcy filing

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18
2014
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The Think Tank: Star Citizen and armchair speculation

Filed under: Betas , Sci-Fi , Business Models , MMO Industry , Opinion , Massively Meta , Humor , The Think Tank , Crowdfunding , Star Citizen This week, Star Citizen announced it’s now raised a total of $48 million in crowdfunding and revealed its $50 million stretch goal, which is an absurd amount of money (but still not as absurd as how much some other AAA MMOs reportedly spent). “As a professional gamer and armchair developer with several failed armchair projects under my belt,” wrote Massively commenter computerhelfer with his tongue firmly in cheek, “I can safely say this project has acquired too much money

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