MMO Year in Review: Leaky Blizzard and Lord Blockchain (April 2022)

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Following a massive leak, Blizzard officially announced World of Warcraft Dragonflight and WoW Classic Wrath of the Lich King in April of 2022, all set against the backdrop of bad financial reports and player frustration over the lack of LFD.

Meanwhile, Bluehole announced a sunset for TERA, Final Fantasy XIV bungled its housing lotteries, and Richard Garriott announced he was involved in the creation of a new blockchain MMO as accountability for Shroud of the Avatar is still nowhere to be found.

Read on for the whole recap from April of this past year.


April Fools’ Day around the MMO world, 2022 edition

EVE Online players raised over $500K to benefit Ukraine in latest PLEX for Good charity drive

Gamigo says RIFT’s ‘great first update’ is still happening, still won’t acknowledge layoffs

Activision-Blizzard reverses plan to lift in-office vaccine reqs after employee walkout threat

Guild Wars 2 makes End of Dragons’ infamous final fight easier to complete

Rumor: World of Warcraft’s next expansion is called Dragonflight according to website code leaks

Wargaming will suffer ‘substantial losses’ in corporate exit from Russia and Belarus

Legends of Aria sports a new site extolling its new blockchain nature

Black Desert’s Eternal Winter is live along with a free-play event through April 13

Jagex announces plans to raise prices of subs and cash items for RuneScape and Old School Runescape on May 4

Ubisoft maintenance-modes Ghost Recon Breakpoint following failed NFT scheme

Lineage II: Aden boasts the Garden of Genesis in today’s update

Activision-Blizzard promotes over a thousand QA testers and bumps their pay – but not the ones unionizing

EVE Online boss: NFT stands for ‘Not for Tranquility’

Final Fantasy XIV patch 6.1: Newfound Adventures is live today

Richard Garriott is building a blockchain MMO following the failure of Shroud of the Avatar

Former WildStar devs wax nostalgic about the late, lamented MMORPG

Gamigo actually pushed out that RIFT update – it’s called the Budgie Carnival Celebration

Become a pirate or smuggler in today’s No Man’s Sky Outlaws patch

EverQuest II’s GU 119 Coffers and Coffins is live with new dungeon content

DFEH attorney accuses California governor of interfering in the Activision-Blizzard lawsuit

Disney has quashed another Club Penguin emulator, this time with arrests in the UK

Niantic’s new MMOARG Peridot looks… kinda just like Pokemon Go

Massively Overthinking: The ideal MMO server setup

The FBI says it was a North Korean hacker gang that crimed Axie Infinity for $620M

Final Fantasy XIV’s new housing lottery is so broken Square has suspended the next cycle

SWG Legends just announced farming, ranching, new houses, and the return of smuggler spice crafting

Mike Ybarra says Blizzard isn’t ‘doing NFTs’ in spite of its play-to-earn and NFT surveys

Activision-Blizzard tells the SEC it hasn’t yet negotiated Kotick’s future with Microsoft

Daybreak’s EG7 intends to sell Innova subsidiary and relocate Toadman Interactive studio in a pull-out from Russia

World of Warcraft’s next expansion is called Dragonflight, WoW Classic Wrath launches this year

Guild Wars 2’s 2013 living world episode Flame and Frost returns in reimagined form today

TERA’s PC version will sunset in June as Bluehole ceases work on the game

World of Warcraft devs address Dragonflight’s dragon flying limitations, Classic Wrath’s missing LFD

Raph Koster’s Playable Worlds scored $25M in investment for his ‘modern sandbox MMO’

Lineage II is turning 18 years old this week with events in L2, Aden, and Classic

China’s National Radio and Television Administration bans access to livestreams of unapproved games

Lord of the Rings Online rolls the servers back after a day of downtime following anniversary patch

Greg Street clarifies Riot MMO progress: ‘It is going great. The team is so stacked.’

World of Warcraft’s Ion Hazzikostas discusses theoretical player housing in new interview

Lost Ark’s Battle for the Throne of Chaos goes live this afternoon as planned

Embracer Group is rebranding Perfect World Entertainment as Gearbox Publishing

Space-based econ MMO Prosperous Universe officially launches on Steam early access

EVE Online is hiking its sub price to almost $20 – and the price of PLEX is going up too

Lord of the Rings Online players experience queues for the first time in years as concurrency ramps up

World of Warcraft Classic interview confirms that there will be no servers for The Burning Crusade Classic at launch

New World prepares to sell you character transfers for $15 a pop

Activision-Blizzard’s Raven Software gets green light to vote for a union by National Labor Relations Board

Activision-Blizzard Q1 2022: Revenues plummet, Blizzard loses another 2M players

MMOARPG Diablo Immortal launches June 2 – the same day its PC open beta begins

Bless Unleashed PC is becoming a blockchain play-to-earn MMORPG

Blizzard explains why – and how – it’s porting Diablo Immortal to PC

Star Wars: The Old Republic adds cosmetic weapon customization in today’s update

Lineage’s Throne and Liberty aims for a PlayStation 5 release on top of PC

Former EVE Online CSM member recounts CCP mismanagement during his tenure

Overwatch 2’s first beta officially begins this afternoon – are you playing?

Dungeons and Dragons start taking Isle of Dread pre-orders, officially adds the Tabaxi race

Rumor: Leakers claim Elder Scrolls Online’s ZOS is working on a Star Wars Mandalorian MMO

Disney announces life sim Dreamlight Valley with multiplayer potential

ABK shareholders approve Microsoft buyout, World of Warcraft gets new executive producer

Gamigo’s parent company just bought another studio a month after MMO dev layoffs

Gearbox is sunsetting PWE’s Forsaken World on November 30

The original Guild Wars has officially turned 17 years old this week

Star Citizen releases alpha 3.17, updates minimum specs, and ends partnership with developer Firesprite


The Perfect Ten: 10 MMO NPCs as muffins

WoW Factor: Dissecting the Shadowlands story now that we’ve seen the end of it

Wisdom of Nym: Catching up on Final Fantasy XIV’s second patch 6.1 letter

The Game Archaeologist: When EverQuest players killed the unkillable Sleeper

Massively Uplifting: How gamers are bringing humanitarian relief to Ukraine

MassivelyOP’s guide to 13 MMORPGs that you can play on Macs

Choose My Adventure: The point of a community-guided MMO column

Interview: Scoping out Fractured Online’s closed beta content and update plans

Perfect Ten: Top 10 favorite World of Warcraft zones by feels

Fight or Kite: Classic Robocraft is a mashup of a Minecraftian block-builder and arena brawler

WoW Factor: So let’s talk about World of Warcraft’s Dragonflight leak

Massively Overthinking: Which MMO suffers from the most useless housing system?

Vague Patch Notes: When MMOs pit their playerbase against itself

LOTRO Legendarium: Six reasons why LOTRO’s Beorning is amazing

Interview: Lost Ark’s regional parity, genderlocking, and the Amazon-Smilegate collaboration

Wisdom of Nym: Breaking down the extensive changes to jobs in Final Fantasy XIV’s patch 6.1

Wisdom of Nym: Highlights from Final Fantasy XIV’s preliminary patch notes

Tales from the Holodeck: Virtual reality is best as a gaming machine, not as a portal to the metaverse

Choose My Adventure: The quest for big punchy gloves in Albion Online

Perfect Ten: Top 10 favorite Final Fantasy XIV zones

Vague Patch Notes: Stop giving rich people money to make failed MMOs

Desert Oasis: ‘Jumping’ into Black Desert’s new Drakania class

WoW Factor: World of Warcraft: Dragonflight isn’t going to fix everything that’s broken at Blizzard

Lawful Neutral: How is an NFT MMO even supposed to work?

Massively on the Go: Niantic’s Peridot may be cause for Pokemon GO alarm

LOTRO Legendarium: Why Lord of the Rings Online’s world feels different from all other MMOs

Wisdom of Nym: First impressions of Final Fantasy XIV Newfound Adventure’s content

Wisdom of Nym: Why can’t Final Fantasy XIV solve its housing problem?

Choose My Adventure: Delving the expeditions, cities, and dungeons of Albion Online

Flameseeker Chronicles: First impressions of Guild Wars 2’s restored Living World S1E1 Flame and Frost

WoW Factor: Initial thoughts on the World of Warcraft Dragonflight reveal

From the Depths: Everything we know about Wargaming’s exit from Russia

WoW Factor: Good job torching Wrath of the Lich King Classic, my dudes!

First impressions of Lost Ark’s new Battle for the Throne of Chaos update

Fight or Kite: World Wide Hack is a terminal simulation for hacking the planet

Massively on the Go: Pikmin Bloom hasn’t improved six months after release

The Daily Grind: How would you solve Final Fantasy XIV’s housing problem?

Stick and Rudder: Using No Man’s Sky Outlaws as a way to fill the space sandbox void

Tamriel Infinium: A look back at Elder Scrolls Online’s Blackwood

Perfect Ten: The 10 stages of the MMO launch journey, from announcement to release

Massively Overthinking: The WoW Dragonflight and Wrath Classic roundtable

Hands-on with the promising multiplayer Nintendo Switch Sports, launching this week

Wisdom of Nym: Thoughts on Final Fantasy XIV Newfound Adventure’s storyline

LOTRO Legendarium: Six reasons why now is a great time to return to LOTRO

Massively on the Go: Pokemon Go’s 2022 Community Day was as meh as anticipated

Not So Massively: Dune Spice Wars targets a very small niche

Choose My Adventure: A walk into the yellow zones and realm warfare in Albion Online

Perfect Ten: Things that turn me off from trying your MMO

Working As Intended: LFD, community accountability, and the balance of power in classic MMOs

WoW Factor: Blizzard’s excuse for not adding housing to World of Warcraft convinces no one

Desert Oasis: Black Desert Mobile has a little something for every playstyle

Massively Overthinking: Bots in MMOs – but not the bad bots

Vague Patch Notes: The positives of MMORPG rogue servers

Massively on the Go: The top 10 Pokemon Go Mega Pokemon worth investing in



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