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ArenaNet Announces Guild Wars 2's Next Expansion, Path of Fire

After a number of leaks and rumors, ArenaNet has officially announced the next expansion of their smash hit MMORPG, Guild Wars 2 today. Titled Path of Fire, the stand alone expansion picks up where Season 3 of the Living World series left off and will have players traversing through the deserts of Elona — the setting of the original Guild Wars Nightfall expansion. 176 more words

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Secret World Legends Hands-on with Game Director Romain Amiel

Note: the following article originally appeared on MMOGames.com.

As a long time fan of the original The Secret World, I jumped at the opportunity to get my hands on the beta for the game’s upcoming relaunch as Secret World Legends, even though it’s now distressingly liberated from its former article “the”. 1,676 more words

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Hobo Gamer: Ashes of Creation

I’ve been neglecting my Hobo Gamer series for awhile. Of all the content I create, these sprawling, exhaustive game overviews take by far the most time and effort to research and create. 6,379 more words

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Interview: Ashes of Creation on Building Their Virtual World

Note: the following article originally appeared on MMOGames.com.

Intrepid Studios’ upcoming sandbox MMORPG Ashes of Creation is rapidly ascending my personal list of most anticipated titles. 2,501 more words

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Dispatch from Slack Chat: Has the MMO Lost Its Unique Selling Point?

We had a great discussion in the MMORPG.com Slack chat last night – so great that we thought it was worth publishing. So we did! 39 more words

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The Shift from Leveling Skills to Leveling Characters in MMOs

Note: the following article originally appeared on MMOGames.com.

One of the biggest and most impactful changes to MMORPG design over the last decade is one that’s gotten remarkably little attention: the shift from skill based character progression to character level based progression. 1,694 more words

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Building Survival Gameplay as an MMO Social System

Note: the following article originally appeared on MMOGames.com.

One of the more surprising developments in my recent check-in with Crowfall was just how much the game’s starting experience  2,726 more words

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