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H1Z1: free-to-play MMO zombie-style gameplay by SOE

H1Z1: free-to-play MMO zombie-style gameplay by SOE

The team at Sony Online Entertainment has let it be known that they’re going in to the zombie business, massively multiplayer online gaming style. This game will be coming out in the vein of DayZ and Rust, appearing at first to have more of a "Wild West" nature than the overly-structured bits of Dead Rising 3. This MMO was originally called "H1Z1 Apocalypse", shortened to H1Z1 for the final release, ready to dump you into an open world full to the hilt with zombies galore.

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Pokemon NXT gameplay hands-on: 3D MMO in the making

Pokemon NXT gameplay hands-on: 3D MMO in the making

It’s Alpha time for the game known as Pokemon NXT. Made by the fan community and aiming for an eventual (who knows when) full release, this game is a labor of love by members of the Pokemon-loving public, the public that has decided to stop waiting for Nintendo to create an online, 3rd-person, multiplayer experience with the Pokemon universe, instead making it themselves. We’re playing the game today not because we want to level our Pokemon up, but because we want the world to know about the game so that development can be encouraged.

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Alpha Builders: 10 incredible creations in EverQuest Next Landmark

Alpha Builders: 10 incredible creations in EverQuest Next Landmark

We've had our first long look at the upcoming massive multiplayer game EverQuest Next: Landmark this month, now it's time to get up close and personal with some of the finest creations conjured up by those trailblazing first users already in the Alpha. While it's still relatively tedious to find these buildings in the game - there's one massive amount of land to traverse in this universe already - players have been more than willing to share their work with the Twitter universe and through the likes of Twitch. What you're seeing here are some of the best of the best that we've seen so far.

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EverQuest Next: Landmark alpha imminent, stage set for DIY MMORPG

EverQuest Next: Landmark alpha imminent, stage set for DIY MMORPG

The game EverQuest Next is one part of a new game that'll be released by Sony Online Entertainment inside 2014 in Alpha mode. The other half of this equation is called EverQuest Next: Landmark. While the base of the game includes gameplay that allows you to live and fight from a 3rd-person perspective in an environment called Norrath, "Landmark" allows the user to transform Norrath with a unique set of in-game creation tools.

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Firefly Online preview brings us closer to QMX-made greatness

Firefly Online preview brings us closer to QMX-made greatness

There's a real call for a return to glory for the Joss Whedon* original television series Firefly, tragically cut short well before the end of its potential lifespan. Set to appear sometime inside the summer of 2014, the folks at Quantum Mechanix have taken on the task of producing Firefly as an online game, one that massive amounts of players will be able to roll with at once. Before then, they have shown off a series of preview images that'll land as a final product in the next few months.

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Square Enix extends Final Fantasy XIV free trial due to server congestion

Square Enix extends Final Fantasy XIV free trial due to server congestion

One of the most popular game franchises that Square Enix ever produced is Final Fantasy. The video game franchises in its 14th iteration and recently gamers trying to take advantage of the new game have ran into some serious problems with server uptime. That means that some of the people who purchased the game and were trying it out under their free trial were unable to get online and play.

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Civilization Online detailed as a “unique” take on MMOs

Civilization Online detailed as a “unique” take on MMOs

Civilization Online is an MMO based on the turn-based strategy game Civilization. This release has some big names behind it and it looks like some details have recently been made public. What we are seeing comes by way of Massively, who recently had a sit-down with Jake Song, Jung Hwan Kim and Garret Bittner. For those that don't recognize those names, think XL Games CEO, XL Games Senior VP and 2K Games respectively.

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Blizzard testing WoW in-game purchases despite ongoing D3 debacle

Blizzard testing WoW in-game purchases despite ongoing D3 debacle

Though the two are slightly different elements of in-game play, Blizzard has suggested a real-money transaction addition in World of Warcraft despite their less-than-stellar performance with real-money-trading in their other large-scale online game Diablo 3. This new system is said by one single developer on Blizzard's team - alone in a forum, believe or not - to be part of an exploration of possibilities at the moment, and not quite solid as such.

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Blizzard reboots Titan next-gen MMO: Reportedly reassigns 70% of team

Blizzard reboots Titan next-gen MMO: Reportedly reassigns 70% of team

Bizzard Entertainment has been teasing us about its next-gen MMO, codenamed Titan, since 2007, but a decision to reset the game's development means we'll have to wait even longer to play it: potentially 2016 at the very earliest. Around 70-percent of the Titan dev team has been reassigned, VentureBeat reports, with the remaining 30 or so staff working on what a Blizzard spokesperson said were "some large design and technology changes to the game."

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ESports and online gaming gain significant popularity in China

ESports and online gaming gain significant popularity in China

Online gaming and ESports is starting to gain some significant popularity in China, which is said to be potentially one of the biggest markets for pro gaming, online gaming, and mobile gaming. According to the research firm Niko Partners, the online games market in China will reach $11.9 billion this year in revenue, and it will continue to tack on $2 billion more each following year for the next 5 years.

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