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MXM, An Action MOBA With A Sad Hench Ghost

MXM [official site] is NCSoft’s action MOBA involving characters from games like Guild Wars 2 as well as new folks. It’s been in beta for a while in Korea but it’ll be coming to Europe and North America later this year. In case you’re about to head straight to the comments, hear me out…

The “action” part refers to the fact you control the characters with WASD rather than a click-n-move arrangement, but its main point of difference lies in the hero-swap mechanic. They’ve called it a “tag” system and what happens is you can swap between your two chosen heroes as you play. The heroes are actually called Masters, though, which explains the MXM of the title – it’s short for Master X Master.

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WildStar Devs Reportedly Lay Off 70 People

On Friday, WildStar [official site] publisher NCSoft announced that a “reorganisation” of Carbine Studio’s “operating structure” had resulted in staff layoffs at the developer. While there’s been no official mention of exactly how many folk have been made redundant, reports suggest more than 70 employees were shown the door – as much as 40 percent of the studio’s total staff.

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NCsoft’s MOBA Master X Master Coming Our Way

Blizzard’s MOBA Heroes of the Storm is a big crossover between all their games, and NCsoft think that’s a grand idea. The Korean publishers have announced a western release for Master X Master [official site], a MOBA whose lineup includes characters from their other games. As with gin & tonics, no MOBA is complete without a twist. MXM’s is that players pick two characters and can ‘tag’ between them mid-combat.

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Guild Wars 2 Free As A Bird Soon, AND THIS BIR- Ok, Ok

If I could skateboard (I gave up trying to learn after clumsily busting a board) I’d skate everywhere. When rolling is an option, walking is surely pedestrian. Beyond the bounds of the skatepark, I’d insist upon skating down to the shops, over hills, through bogs, and up the stairs in my building. Walking be damned! And yet MMOs keep adding fancy new modes of locomotion which are restricted to certain zones.

Good news on that front for Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns [official site], as the expansion’s gliding is coming to the rest of Tyria.

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Martial Arts MMORPG Blade & Soul Due In January

Blade & Soul [official site] is a pretty-looking free-to-play MMORPG with fantasy martial arts flair. What’s mostly caught my eye, though, is that this week’s announcement of a full and proper European and North American launch – January 19th, calendar-keepers – comes more than seven years after we first posted about it. It’s important to close your stories; if you post an announcement, gotta post about the release. People in comments get real worked up about unclosed things, I’ve found (

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Guild Wars 2: Heart Of Thorns Expansion Released

Guild Wars 2 was always subscription-free, but since August you don’t even need to buy it to play. That’s kinda free-to-play, but sorta not, since the base game hasn’t been filled with loads of extra microtransaction bits to squeeze players. What won’t be free is its expansions, and today the first of those arrived. Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns [official site] launched this morning. Doing all the usual expansion things – new areas, a new class, new enemies, new items, and so on – Heart of Thorns costs £35.

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Wot I Think: WildStar Reloaded

Released in June last year, WildStar’s player count didn’t so much dwindle as vanish into the nether. Despite comic book stylings and zany humour, logging on was a lot like touring a nursing home, the party atmosphere muted by the aspect of Death trailing behind and checking his watch. Or if not death, then the spectre of the game’s inevitable free-to-play conversion.

For the past few days I’ve been relearning the ropes in WildStar Reloaded [official site], which isn’t a shot in the arm so much as a new bionic hip. Quaint trappings like the subscription fee have been removed, but developers Carbine have gone much further, also overhauling and streamlining the game in umpteen different ways. Here’s wot I think after a hectic opening week.

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