MMO Year in Review: Press F for another Marvel MMO (May 2022)

Daybreak canceled yet another MMO in the month of May; in fact, this one marked the second time it’s canceled a Marvel MMO, and we had to find out about it through a financial report after the project lead announced his new studio. Then again, not everyone was sorry to see it canned.

Meanwhile, EVE’s Fanfest resulted in a large COVID outbreak among attendees, Activision-Blizzard creeped out the internet with its scuttled “Diversity Space Tool,” and we got our first look at Warcraft Arclight Rumble.

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


CWA says Activision-Blizzard management threatened workers for discussing labor rights

SWG Legends’ new ranching, farming, taming, spicing, and smuggling patch is now live

PAX East 2022’s COVID outbreak has already resulted in one death

Activision-Blizzard wants shareholders to vote against making the company release public abuse reports

Blizzard announces Warcraft Arclight Rumble, a new strategy game for mobile devices

EVE Online turns 19 years old with new skins and smuggler-hunting

Elite Dangerous lays out 2022 roadmap, new plan for console-to-PC migration

New York City just lodged a new lawsuit against Activision-Blizzard

Legends of Aria talks up its next testing phases and attempts to rationalize why it ‘needs’ the blockchain

AQ3D community manager quits after lodging sexual harassment allegations against Artix Entertainment dev

Jack Emmert is apparently leading a new NetEase studio – and not Daybreak’s Marvel MMO

CIG’s reports for Star Citizen and Squadron 42 recount work on AI, area design, and bedsheet deformation

Wandering Wraeclast: Pets pounce into Path of Exile’s new Sentinel league

Wandering Wraeclast: Path of Exile’s Sentinel update enhances endgame with new passives and mob modifiers

EVE Fanfest 2022: EVE Online puts spreadsheets in your spreadsheets

MMO Business Roundup: ArenaNet’s pro-choice stance, Blizzard’s new VP, and Nexon’s new CEO

EVE Fanfest 2022: The EVE Online universe FPS is still in development

EVE Fanfest 2022: Fanfest attendees have already begun testing positive for COVID

Lord of the Rings Online’s fan Discord gets yanked away from the community

EVE Fanfest 2022: All the major EVE Online announcements from Fanfest

Star Trek Online’s Stormfall brings two new featured episodes to PC players today

Open-source MMORPG sandbox Ryzom has lowered its subscription price – again

Elite Dangerous will grant console players a free PC copy of the game as it tries to allay content drought concerns

Final Fantasy XIV finally issues bans to some streamers over addons

Lord of the Rings actor Billy Boyd joins The Elder Scrolls Online cast for High Isle

Blade and Soul’s New Empires update gets patch notes as it releases today

PSO2 New Genesis celebrates its first anniversary with quests, trials, and cosmetic goodies starting today

Ubisoft 2022 financials: Skull & Bones will finally set sail by early next year

Legends of Aria’s new owner begins testing NFT system even as crypto crashes globally

WAPO calls out gaming industry for lack of support for reproductive health as workers strike

Bethsoft has delayed its co-op shooter Redfall to next year – along with Starfield

World of Warcraft is testing a ‘social contract’ for its players in 9.2.5

Lost Ark KR’s director is reportedly stepping down because of health concerns

Activision-Blizzard creeps out the internet with its ‘Diversity Space Tool’ as union-busting continues

Lost Ark admits it’s been ‘fighting a war against bots’ since launch, banning millions of accounts

EverQuest guild woke the Sleeper on P99 Green – and all hell broke loose

EVE Fanfest 2022: CCP delivered free food to EVE Online players waylaid by the Fanfest COVID outbreak

BioWare is seeking new hires to ‘create the next Star Wars The Old Republic game’

WoW Classic interview doubles down on Wrath Classic’s lack of a dungeon finder

Dauntless developer Phoenix Labs says it has ‘close to’ 10 games currently in the works

Final Fantasy XI welcomes its 20-year anniversary today

Fall Guys is going free-to-play – but breaks its Steam promise

Hex crawl MMO World Seed officially releases on Steam with new features, new monetization, and no server wipe

Destiny 2’s Bungie says it won’t be ‘muzzled’ by Sony when it comes to ‘standing up for what’s right’

Star Citizen boss rests feature delay blame on COVID, touts rise in new players, and marks a path to beta

Lost Ark’s Destined for Destruction drops the Destroyer and Deskaluda

Age of Conan turns 14 as celebrations quietly begin today

Neverwinter makes lockboxes ‘transparent’ starting with June’s Dragon Cult box

Improbable CEO shows off M² tech test, claims the platform has ‘peak capacity’ of 1B users

Raven Software QA votes to form union in spite of months of Activision-Blizzard unionbusting

Whatever happened to the oft-delayed Corepunk? It’s suspended Russian region support

EG7 Q1 2022 financials: EG7 has canceled Daybreak’s Marvel MMORPG

Riders of Icarus, which topped a million players six years ago, is going play-to-earn with NFTs

Pearl Abyss reclaims South American Black Desert publishing rights, touts 45M registered players

Guild Wars 2 trolls are blocking others’ access to new legendary weapon skins… by causing events to succeed

World of Warcraft hopes modern reporting tools, social contract will improve community behavior

Artist shares character creation screens from Daybreak’s nixed Marvel superhero MMO

Belgium and Netherlands reject Diablo Immortal over lockbox gambling concerns

MGI & Gamigo Q1 2022: Atlas Rogues is dead

18 European countries back a Norwegian government body’s assertion that lootboxes are ‘manipulative’




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