When PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) launched in 2017 it catapulted the niche Battle Royale genre into the mainstream. Its success was quickly followed by Fortnite which grew so fast that it transcended the video gaming industry and became a cultural phenomena, not unlike Pokemon in the early 1990s. With so much hype around Fortnite and PUBG, it was easy to assume the 2-year old genre had already peaked. A few smaller titles tried to enter the fray, games like Realm Royale launched with strong numbers but quickly fizzled. So it was a complete surprise to most industry watchers, including us, when EA-owned studio Respawn Entertainment dropped the free to play Battle Royale Apex Legends on February 4, 2019. Within 7 days, the game boasted 2 million concurrent players and 25 million total registered players. While that still falls short PUBG's concurrent peak (3.2m) and Fortnite's (8.5m), it does set a record on how quickly a Battle Royale has grown. If Apex Legends continues its … [Read more...] about The Weekly Raid: Are You Playing Apex Legends?
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There is certainly no shortage of things for Massively OP’s MJ to do in Warframe. In fact, she has many missions to go before she even gets to the infamous dreaming story… and that is a must! So she is back in and barreling through the planets trying to knock out a few more missions. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for some more Tenno storytime. What: Warframe Who: MJ Guthrie When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 18th, 2019 Enjoy the show! Having trouble with our live feed or chat? Visit the OPTV channel on Twitch in your browser or on your mobile device. Missed a part of the show? Don’t worry; we’ll post the complete stream here when it’s over, and you can always check out our past streams and videos collection – or just stay tuned for our next show! February 18, 20198:00pm EST: Warframe - MJ February 19, 20198:00pm EST: AdventureQuest 3D - MJ February 20, 20198:00pm EST: Apex Legends - MJ … [Read more...] about The Stream Team: So much Warframe story still to go
Activision-Blizzard had a rough week of its own making, as it announced record-high revenue for the year and in the same moment began laying off around 800 employees. Outrage across the gaming industry was fierce enough to provoke the anger of not just the video game unionization group but the AFL-CIO too, the former of which demanded Bobby Kotick’s resignation and the latter of which urged game developers to unionize. Piggybacking on the bad news, or maybe hiding in its shadow, was Daybreak, which delayed the launch of PlanetSide Arena again, this time into summer 2019, and it topped that off by refunding everyone who’d preordered the game. At least somebody’s having a good week. That somebody is EA, thanks almost entirely to Apex Legends, though Anthem’s been no slouch either. In more meta news, we introduced another new column in time for our birthday. Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: The week when EA looked like the good guy
So the bad news is that the gaming industry is having some issues. The good news is that it’s still apparently capable of pumping out brand-new online blockbusters. Unfortunately, it will never, ever be good at naming them, and Apex Legends literally sounds like a guild put some random words together. Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday in Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review! THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES Hands-on with Amazon’s New World sandbox – and its distinctively MMO mechanics - Can a survival sandbox game be an MMORPG? Until recently, the answer has been pretty much a big nope. Mostly that's because the game worlds haven't been massive by any… The Soapbox: A pre-mortem for Star Wars The Old Republic, a game that never knew what it had - Would you believe that Star Wars: The Old Republic is shutting down? I'm going to bet that you could believe it, and I'm even … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: So Apex Legends happened
Electronic Arts closed on February 6, 2019 at the price of $80.21 USD following news that the publisher’s third quarter fiscal results did not perform to its expectations. The continued price drop threatens to wipe out the progress that EA had made in the first month of the year to begin recovery after its stock dropped to a low of $74.72 on December 24, 2018 following ten years of sustained growth that saw its stock peak at nearly $150 in July 2017 before steadily shedding much of that value over the following six months. Since last December the stock price has been slowly inching its way back up, breaking $90 by January 10 and holding steadily for the past month. With the announcement that EA would miss its estimated revenue by approximately $140 million, at $1.61 billion for the quarter versus $1.75 billion, shares immediately dropped from $92.52 on February 5 to $79.26 on February 6. EA CEO Andrew Wilson stated acknowledged that EA did not perform as he hoped, owing partially … [Read more...] about EA Stock Capsizes After Early Year Recovery