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Global Chat: How is WildStar’s rogue server doing?

Plenty of people both here on Massively OP and out in the MMORPG community continue to hold a torch for the late, great WildStar. The good news is that you can play it in 2022 — provided that you’re willing to put up with the “under construction” signs of the Nexus Forever rogue server.

Tales of the Aggronaut spent some time visiting this emulator, saying, “The emulator team has made some massive strides in getting this game playable. It was fun to run around and experience this game again, but if you are hoping to be able to legitimately play it… like you might play a World of Warcraft emulator… we likely have a number of years before that could be a reality.”

Read on for more MMO essays that touch upon FFXIV, LOTRO, Dragon Ball Online, and more!

Kaylriene goes into heavy spoiler territory dissecting the latest story of FFXIV: “But for me, what I appreciate about this story is that it manages to be both fanservice for FFIV fans while also feeling like a proper and integrated part of the FFXIV story.”

The Ancient Gaming Noob commented on older MMOs coming to Steam: “But is it worth the effort? Superficially, yes. Getting some more customers, even if you have to cut in Steam for 30% of the revenue, is no doubt a worthwhile venture. As the argument for Steam sales goes, once you have sold all the copies you can at list price, you can only benefit from a sale if it will bring more people in.”

Contains Moderate Peril took a glimpse at a controversial LOTRO legacy server as a reminder of how the game used to be: “There is a major difference in the game’s pacing and play style. Although mobs are not quite so plentiful, they are far harder to deal with, even at lower levels. Hence even in the starter zones on Echoes of Angmar server, players will readily assist each other if they encounter a signature mob at level 5 because it is not a foregone conclusion that they’ll faceroll the fight.”

Gamer Lady struggled with a lack of motivation to play World of Warcraft: “I mean, I haven’t entirely ruled out picking up Dragonflight, but I’m not very hopeful that it will resolve what has made WoW unappealing to me. If the cycle of prepping for raids is the same as it has been for the last several expansions, I’m pretty sure I’d walk away again.”

Gnomecore has a few initial impressions of FFXIV’s island sanctuaries: “Conclusion: It’s another option for housing and customizing, and FFXIV is already two steps ahead from WoW, for example, which has none. The feature seems to be designed pretty well, with a mild, non-demanding grind and palpable goals and in general is an option of what to do for casuals if they want some peace in-between or after battles. Expansion in future game updates is very possible, but the foundation is well set.”

MMO Folklorist looked at the failure of Dragon Ball Online: “From the outset, the game was evidently not going to be a major global success. Developed by a new studio, NTL, in collaboration with Bandai Namco Games (Netmarble would come on board down the line to get the game over the finish line), early screenshots showed a game with adequate, cel-shaded character models, but muddy, spartan environments and a clunky UI.”

Every day there are tons of terrific, insightful, and unusual articles posted across the MMO gaming blogosphere — and every day, Justin reads as many as he can.Global Chatis a sampling of noteworthy essays, rants, and guides from the past few weeks of MMO discourse.

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Friday ‘Nite: Fortnite Chapter 4 Rumors Seem Legit

We’re just a few short weeks into the start of Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 4, but already much of the Fortnite community has its eyes set on something potentially much bigger. Fortnite Chapter 4, once believed to arrive around December 2023, may actually be on the way this December. Why do people think that? Well, there’s a multitude of reasons, so in this week’s Friday ‘Nite Fortnite column, we’re looking at all the evidence. Is Fortnite really gearing up to begin a new chapter after just a year? Yes, it really does seem that way. Fortnite Asteria leak The rumors first began swirling around a new Fortnite chapter when something called Asteria was spotted by the game’s hyperactive datamining community. According to those with firsthand knowledge we’ve spoken

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Kaser Focus: Requiescat in pace, Stadia

Interested in learning what’s next for the gaming industry? Join gaming executives to discuss emerging parts of the industry this October at GamesBeat Summit Next. Register today. Google’s prolonged dabble in the world of gaming has been put out of its misery this week. Stadia will linger in diminished form for a few months, allowing everyone to recoup their spent money, if not their time, from its body. After all the money Google spent on getting big-name games onto its platform, it still couldn’t drum up the necessary support. Not to speak ill of the recently deceased, but I view its downfall with a mix of bemusement and slight melancholy. I feel sorry for the developers and gamers blindsided by the news, but not so much for the

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FIFA 23 Video Review

FIFA 23 marks the end of an era for the long-running series. After an almost 30-year partnership that began with players like David Platt gracing the cover, EA Sports has parted ways with football’s governing body over a licensing disagreement. Future games in the series will now drop the FIFA name in favor of a new EA Sports FC moniker. Not that you’d be able to tell from playing FIFA 23, mind you. Despite being the last game adorned with the household name, it’s business as usual both on and off the pitch for EA’s latest footballing sim. There are a few new additions spread across its various game modes–and Ultimate Team sees its most significant change in years–but for the most part, FIFA’s swansong is a game

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The Stream Team: Entering AQ3D’s Chamber of Suffering

As Massively OP’s MJ continues to collect the pieces of the ancient sword in AQ3D, she has to venture into each chamber of the Red Monastery. Next up, she’s delving into the Chamber of Suffering. If she can help the Paladins of the Golden Onslaught face that trial, then perhaps she can even wrap up the fourth and final chamber in the catacombs. Join us live at 8:00 p.m. as MJ continues — and maybe concludes — the Nulgath Saga Part II.

What: AdventureQuest 3DWho: MJ GuthrieWhen: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 30th, 2022

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September 30, 2022

2:00pm EDT: Lost Ark – Chris

8:00pm EDT: AdventureQuest 3D- MJ

October 1, 2022

2:00pm EDT: SWTOR – Larry & MJ

October 2, 2022

2:00pm EDT: Gundam Evolution – Chris

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Cyberpunk 2077 Players Want Stadia Cloud Saves GameSpot News

Cyberpunk 2077 fans are asking for cloud saves on Stadia and other developers are reacting to the news of the service coming to an end. By on September 30, 2022 at 3:41PM PDT If you missed it, Google announced that its cloud streaming service Stadia will officially be shut down on January 18, 2023. All Stadia hardware purchases made through the Google Store will be refunded, including games and add-on content purchased from that specific storefront. Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the games that has been available to Stadia gamers since launch, but with the service’s looming doom, that means lots of fans may have to start their journey in Night City all over again. Over on the Stadia subreddit, one user asked CD Projekt Red to add

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Betawatch: World of Warcraft: Dragonflight sets its sights on November 28

If it’s very flappy but it isn’t a bird and it’s very scaly but it isn’t a lizard, what is it? Why, it’s a dragon, and World of Warcraft: Dragonflight now has a launch date of November 28th. That’s when it’s coming out of very public testing and hoping to pump your world so full of dragons that you never ask for a dragon-themed expansion ever again. Depending on your love of dragons, anyhow.

Other beta news with slightly less of a draconic coating:

SEED wants testing for its colony-building MMO mechanics, and it has plans for testing for the rest of 2022! Which is actually only a few months, come to think of it.
Wild Terra 2 also has a release date now, and as of November 10th it will be launching out of its test state. Now whose terra is really wildest, hmm?
Pre-alpha sessions are returning to Pantheon once again starting… October 1st! Why, that’s tomorrow! You, boy, what day is it? “Why, it’s Pantheon testing day!” Then I’m not too late!
Last but not least, let’s take a look at Antilia, because it’s a multiplayer sandbox builder that has promised no NFTs right up front. Yeah, that earns a nod from me.

Did you realize that there are only 288 days remaining until St. Swithin’s Day? It’s true! You’d better make the most of the time you have until then by reading up on our full list of games in testing just below. Also, let us know in the comments if something changed test phases without us noticing! It’s what St. Swithin would have wanted.

(Note: St. Swithin is someone to be prayed to in the event of drought and none of his history has anything to do with beta tests for online video games. Please do not use Betawatch as a consultation source for any sort of religious operation.)

As always, we consider an MMO to be in open testing if it features free, public signups and will server wipe prior to launch. An MMO is marked in closed testing if it’s running a private test phase that cannot freely be accessed by the general public; it’s usually under NDA as well. Early access and crowdfunded MMOs whose tests we deem legitimate will be included. So-called “open beta” soft-launch MMOs with cash shops, no sign of launch in the west, or limited interest for our readers will not be listed, nor will games that are NFT/blockchain scams; we also do not list expansions, with occasional exceptions.

Aero Tales Online: Early accessArcfall: Pre-alphaAge of Water: BetaAshes of Creation: Alpha oneBook of Travels: Early accessCamelot Unchained: Closed beta oneChildren of Ur: Open alpha, further development merged with ElevenChronicles of Elyria: Pre-alpha, againCinderstone Online: Closed betaCity of Titans: AlphaCorepunk: Closed alphaCraftopia: Early accessThe Cycle: Closed betaDark and Light: Early accessDarkbind: Closed betaDreamworld: Pre-alphaDual Universe: Paid beta, launching September 27thECO: Early accessEleven: Closed alphaEmbers Adrift: Backer betaEnlisted: BetaFractured: Early accessFrozen Flame: Closed betaGalahad 3093: Open betaGenfanad: AlphaGloria Victis: Beta (early access) on SteamIlysia: Alpha twoInferna: Early accessKurtzpel: Closed betaLast Oasis: Early accessLine of Defense: Early access, removed from SteamNoah’s Heart: BetaMad World: BetaMarvel Snap: BetaOsiris: New Dawn: Open betaOutlaws of the Old West: Early accessOverwatch 2: Closed PvP betaPalia: Closed alphaPantheon: Backer pre-alphaPast Fate: Open alphaProject Genom: Closed alpha, servers offline for restructuring with SpatialOSProject Gorgon: Early access betaProsperous Universe: Early accessRavendawn: Alpha, closed beta on September 28thRise Online: Open alphaSamuTale: Closed alphaSeed: AlphaShip of Heroes: Beta testingSkull and Bones: Closed alphaSkydome: Closed betaStar Citizen: Backer alphaStarbase: Early access open alphaThe Black Death: Early access alphaThe Cycle: Closed betaThe Repopulation: Early access alphaV Rising: Early accessValiance Online: Closed betaThe Wagadu Chronicles: Alpha twoWild Terra 2: Early access

Yes, MMO gamers, you too can perform the unpaid quality-control work otherwise known as game testing! Check out Massively Overpowered’sBetawatchevery week for a run-down of MMOs that are still on the road to launch, even if they appear to have set up a permanent residence in a shed called early access.

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