MMO News


H1Z1: seen at E3

By Ozzie Mejia, Jun 12, 2014 1:00pm PDT

Sony's open-world zombie MMO, H1Z1, is coming along, but is not close to ready for public consumption, given SOE's decision to push back the anticipated Early Access build. In the meantime, Shacknews got to check out some of what's been added since our last preview.


"yet another douchebag simulator.... BUT I gotta hand it to them, they got stuff done way ..."

- Vogerl see all 5 comments

How H1Z1 takes an internet hoax and makes it real

By Ozzie Mejia, May 17, 2014 3:00pm PDT

Sony Online Entertainment is adding a grand lore to H1Z1, centered around ancient and recent historical events. Shacknews dives deep into the story of the upcoming MMO survival game.


"I should say, dayz the mod had this better covered. there was more of an end game when tents ..."

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The Elder Scrolls Online PS4 & Xbox One delayed [Update]

By Andrew Yoon, May 08, 2014 7:00am PDT

The upcoming console release of The Elder Scrolls Online may have been delayed. Bethesda's official FAQ mentioned a six month delay.


EVE Online 'Kronos' to kick off more frequent updates

By Steve Watts, May 05, 2014 9:30am PDT

CCP announced at EVE Fanfest over the weekend that the upcoming summer update, Kronos, will kick off much more frequent updates.


SOE All Access membership launches today for $15/month

By Andrew Yoon, Apr 29, 2014 11:15am PDT

While Sony Online Entertainment's MMOs are free-to-play, the company offers subscriptions, entitling players to a number of benefits. Starting today, the company plans on doing away with game subscriptions, giving all paid members access to premium content across all of thei...


"We will be upgrading all existing individual game memberships to the new All Access plan, which ..."

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H1Z1 stream goes over crafting, day and night cycles, and combat

By Andrew Yoon, Apr 21, 2014 12:00pm PDT

H1N1 is Sony Online Entertainment's ambitious zombie-themed MMO. Game designer Jimmy Whisenhunt and technical director Tom Schenck appeared on the game's Twitch channel to walk players through its crafting, day and night cycles, and combat.


"What is the unique selling point for H1Z1? It looks like Dayz with crafting, is it more to it?"

- BastardOfDoom see all 11 comments

CCP's World of Darkness MMO canceled

By Andrew Yoon, Apr 14, 2014 9:00am PDT

Today, CCP has announced that it has canceled World of Darkness, and will be cutting 56 jobs from its Atlanta studio. "The decision to end the World of Darkness MMO project is one of the hardest I've ever had to make," CEO Hilmar Veigar P├ętursson said in a statement.


"damn, I loved VTM, been watching for news on this mmo. makes me sad to hear this."

- Sbatr. see all 7 comments

H1Z1 is a zombie MMO from Sony Online Entertainment

By Andrew Yoon, Apr 09, 2014 12:45pm PDT

Sony Online Entertainment will reveal a new MMO tonight. Called H1Z1, the game will allow players "to take on the role of an apocalypse survivor who is in a world that is filled with zombies."


"yesssssssssssss how did I not hear about this... and its almost playable. Seems like it might be ..."

- jane911 see all 17 comments

The Elder Scrolls Online would be a 'lesser game' if free-to-play, Bethesda argues

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 12, 2014 7:30am PDT

"We're not trying to make a game that everybody who plays games will automatically buy," Bethesda said.


"This is pretty much it. My experience in the betas hasn't been bad, just not exciting. The ES ..."

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EVE Online monument unveiled, will immortalize all current players

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 05, 2014 3:30pm PST

Online games live and die. EVE Online has managed to survive ten years, but one day, it may succumb to the fate the befalls even the greatest...


"I hope this means my name will be on it. Not sure if it is all mains or all mains. I would ..."

- BeowolfSchaefer see all 12 comments

Sony Online's next game 'dedicated' to Star Wars Galaxies

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 27, 2014 1:30pm PST

"SWG PLAYERS - OUR NEXT GAME (not announced yet) IS DEDICATED TO YOU. Once we launch it... you can come home now."


"Pre-NGE SWG was alright, once you got past the idea that you were supposed to be playing a Star ..."

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SOE All Access membership to replace game subscriptions in April

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 24, 2014 3:30pm PST

While Sony Online Entertainment's MMOs are free-to-play, the company offers subscriptions, entitling players to a number of benefits. Starting April, the company plans on doing away with game subscriptions, giving all paid members access to premium content across all of thei...


"The $15 monthly plan not ONLY includes the premium bonuses for each game, it will also include ..."

- TheThirdRace see all 3 comments

Free Realms, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, and Wizardry Online to end

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 24, 2014 2:30pm PST

Online games eventually come to an end. For a number of Sony Online Entertainment's games, that time is sooner than later. Four games will be "sunset," so that the company can "refocus our resources on other areas in the best interest of our company and player community."


"My favorite Vanguard memory was doing the intro diplomacy questline for the evil cat race, and ..."

- mopic42 see all 17 comments

RuneScape announces 'Pay-through-Play' plan

By Steve Watts, Sep 26, 2013 9:00am PDT

RuneScape developer Jagex has announced a new "Pay-through-Play" model for the long-running MMO, letting players buy "Bonds" that can be traded and spent on premium content.


"There are a number of Runescape streams on Twitch. I had completely forgotten about the game and ..."

- hoov1185 see all 5 comments

Blizzard: 'makes sense' for World of Warcraft to go free-to-play

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 23, 2013 2:30pm PDT

"For Blizzard it makes sense [to go free-to-play] at some point," lead designer Tom Chilton said.


""One of the reasons for WoW's ongoing success is its push towards more casual fans." No it's ..."

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