This week has been a doozy of MMO news. Camelot Unchained is getting closer to launch, with new dev diaries, and a live stream today. Crowfall recently entered its Beta phase and started with a big bang. Elyria began its Alpha. Ragnarok Online is going open beta. And it’s this last one that has me the most interested, since I tried the original Ragnarok in college and loved it. I know many people have been skeptical about the game, but I really want to see how it plays out.

Elyria, Camelot, and Crowfall shenanigans! This week I’ve been playing Elyria, Camelot Unchained, and Crowfall. Elyria is a free-to-play, survival-action MMO from the folks at Ludeon Studios that’s currently in beta. Camelot Unchained is a subscription-based, free-to-play fantasy game from City State Entertainment. Crowfall is a Kickstarter-backed, fantasy MMO from ArtCraft Entertainment.

There’s been a battle between crowdfunding MMOs this week, and not a good one, because it all comes down to transparency, one way or another. Chronicles of Elyria, for example, locked its Reddit, passively-aggressively changed its NDA and promised to trade cryptocurrencies for its country, while Camelot Unchained contradicted speculation that its studio was in financial trouble but continued to dodge questions about refunds and the status of its games. And Crowfall? After stating that marketing was growing, the company secretly removed the API so that players could no longer estimate the number of active players. It was… disgusting.

Today, as every Sunday (since 2010!), read Massively Overpowered’s weekly review for the best MMO news and opinions of the week!

NEWS ITEMS OF THE WEEK

Camelot Unchained boss refutes theory that his studio’s finances are in shambles – Loyal MassivelyOP readers will already know that Camelot Unchained has become a controversial MMO in recent years. The game originally launched on Kickstarter in 2013 and has since received numerous…
Chronicles of Elyria institutes NDA, shuts down Reddit over death threats and offers land swap NFT – A week ago, Chronicles of Elyria backers sounded the alarm over a new NDA that Soulbound Studios made them sign as part of the Kingdoms of Elyria test……
Crowfall quietly changes its API to prevent bots from reporting the number of players – Yesterday Crowfall released a small patch that didn’t do much except change respawns of resources and prevent some graphics settings from being changed…..
Crowfall discusses launch issues, Australian campaigns, marketing and first post-launch update – Gordon Walton, Executive Producer of Crowfall, wrote a new developer blog this afternoon, a week after launch, discussing the state of the MMO and plans for ArtCraft….
The WoW factor: Blizzard’s leak is probably fake, but it’s still valuable – Needless to say, things aren’t going well for World of Warcraft right now. Shadowlands may have been better received than Battle for Azeroth….
TennoCon 2021: Waframe unveils cross-platform game, presents Mobile – For five TennoCons, Warframe players have been asking for a cross-platform game. This is what they want. You’ll need it. It turns out that the sixth time is the charm! The first major discovery during…
Fight or kite: Crowfall’s launch is tough, but I’m ready to play – It’s been just under a week since Crowfall’s official launch, and the game is as lively as ever. It’s been years since Crowfall existed…..
David Braben, head of Elite Dangerous, has postponed Odyssey on consoles to reprioritize the core experience on PC. The Odyssey expansion for Elite Dangerous has become a complete flop. While players initially embraced the new content with enthusiasm, even we found it to feel rushed and unfinished, and players…
No, Cryptic doesn’t give Magic Legends 7K Zen Refugees – but that’s what you *get* – Cryptic gives and Cryptic takes away: Tonight, PWE and Cryptic sent an email to some Magic Legends players to thank the fans who stayed after the game’s cancellation.
A casual classic: The Burning Crusade introduction error in WoW Classic – With the introduction of Burning Crusade Classic this year, the alignment dynamics in WoW Classic have changed as they originally were. Before Burning Crusade – Now or Then
PvP sandbox Fractured is overwhelmed by rampant player kills in alpha tests – With a growing studio and another major alpha test on the horizon, Fractured is taking the game to the next level in 2021. Level 2, to be precise. Do you have a…
Valve announces portable PC gaming device called Steam Deck – If you’ve ever wanted a device that combines your PC gaming with something cute and portable like the Switch, welcome, Valve has your toy. It just launched the controversial Steam…
Elyon opens pre-orders and registrations for CBT2 on the 26th. MMO players already knew that Kakao was planning to host a second beta round of Elyon in August. We knew this because the studio had told us for a month…..
Unclear references to patches: Hating MMOs is not the same as having a personality. I had a friend who had a particularly nasty habit. Every time I think of something untoward done in World of Warcraft (which, by the way…
LOTRO legend: What a return to LOTRO looks like – I don’t think I’ve ever given up on Lord of the Rings online, but I’ve certainly put the game off often enough. This is pretty typical of any player who ….
PAX East 2021: Video game streamers are frontline soldiers, not mental health experts – With PAX East 2021 going virtual again because of a virus that’s been circulating for more than a year, it’s no surprise that the…
Conan Chop Chop Studios has finally admitted and apologized for the recent delay – A few weeks ago we pointed out that Conan Chop Chop, the Funcom game published by Mighty Kingdom, was long overdue. Roguelike OARPG announced for 2019, but…
Massive movement: How Jackbox Games helped players stay in the community with COVID – For some people, Jackbox Games’ party packages at COVID were a lifeline. While many of us have many virtual connections through our MMO communities, others don’t have many…
I think too much: The curious cycle of MMO returns, tutorials and reviews – MOP reader Steve recently asked us a fascinating question about the state of tutorials in MMOs and other games – and how the increasing length of these tutorials affects all…
Guild Wars 2 releases full technical report on server rollback last year – Guild Wars 2’s ArenaNet studio has been the subject of numerous external reviews in recent years, and has earned a reputation as a studio with a dirty and opaque technical side….
Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen offers more details and video footage of the new monk class – Developer Visionary Realms is pleased to introduce the monk class that will be added to Pantheon : Rise of the Fallen. After the video detailing the gameplay,…
Ashes of Creation launches long-awaited Alpha One test – In the midst of a hectic summer season where all MMOs are fighting for attention and engagement, Ashes of Creation’s Alpha One test hopes to make an impact on the…
LOTRO looks for better business model as players bring in Weatherstock XIII – After several years of careful communication, the Lord of the Rings Online fan community has a new champion in producer Oleg Raninia Brodsky, who joined SSG a few months ago. In another…
Black Desert has announced the launch of Atoraxxion for 21. July is expected when the console has 3M players – Cursed, the Netflix TV series that Black Desert partnered with for a full patch last year, has unfortunately been cancelled. It’s not quite on the same level as Defiance…..
New World announces closed beta tests for next week – and no, no NDA – We asked our readers this morning what their expectations were for Amazon’s New World, and I hope someone somewhere in this thread asked for closed beta tests. This is, of course, what…
A perfect 10: MMOs with the loudest fanbase – There are a lot of big Boston Red Sox fans in my area. There’s also a certain joke in all this. How can you be so…
Bless Unleashed spices up its release on Steam on August 6 with a new trailer – Round8 Studios is happy to remind gamers that Bless Unleashed will be released this Friday, August 6. August, will be released on Steam. So much so that a new…
Guild Wars 2 Adds Legendary Arsenal and Twisted Puppet Boss Today, Collects House Actress for the End of Dragons – Guild Wars 2 is having quite a day, with the introduction of the Legendary Arsenal and the return of the Twisted Puppet this afternoon…..
Perfect ten: The 10 most sympathetic boss monsters in online multiplayer role-playing games – Have you ever fought a boss monster that didn’t seem worthy of your death knocks? Of course, it’s just a video game, and sometimes it can be a mistake….
The wisdom of the Nim: A look at lost actions as key to more quest customization in Final Fantasy XIV – Let’s talk about Saving the Queen content in Final Fantasy XIV, but maybe not in the way you’d expect. I didn’t come here to…
Practical work with Monster Hunter Stories 2 : Multiplayer Content Demo – Monster Hunter Stories 2 is out, and frankly, the demo doesn’t do the game justice for MH fans, and worse, it hides pretty much everything from…
Richard Garriott of Shroud of the Avatar joins an expedition to find a shipwreck. – He’s been to the North Pole. He’s been in space. He has been to the depths of the ocean. He’s been everywhere but the development studio in the role of…

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