DC Universe™ Online - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Daybreak Game Company, the H1Z1 and PlanetSide 2 mob formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment, have laid off an unconfirmed number of staff. It’s the second wave of layoffs at Daybreak this year, and a real tough time to be laid off. It’s the usual “optimising our structure” sort of reason. Daybreak say they’ll continue to run their current and are working on new games too.

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The Lord of the Rings Online™ - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Things were better in the old days, you’ll have heard if you were born within the past four millennia. Children were more respectful, rulers were more divine, gods were more merciful, and expansions hadn’t changed your favourite MMORPG. Reader, you can go back. You don’t even need to hop in a DeLorean and drive to a Hot Tub Time Machine, as more MMOs are now resurrecting vintages versions (psst read our new impressions of WoW Classic). The latest is The Lord Of The Rings Online, which today launched a ‘Legendary’ server calling back to 2007. You’ll need to pay for access, just like the old days.

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The Lord of the Rings Online™ - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

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The Lord of the Rings Online was due to finally add Mordor in its new expansion today, over a decade after the MMORPG first launched, but memesters will know full well that walking into Mordor is a difficult feat. The doorknob is at troll height, for starters. So it’s no surprise that developers Standing Stone Games announced at short notice that, contrary to plans, the Mordor expansion will not launch today. They’re busy squishing a bug and hope to offer an updated release date soon. (more…)

Dungeons & Dragons Online® - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Oh! One newsbit we missed over Horacemas is the changes afoot at Turbine. The MMORPG specialists announced that they’re closing down Asheron’s Call, after seventeen years, and its sequel. Meanwhile, the teams behind Dungeons & Dragons Online and The Lord of the Rings Online have started their own new studio, Standing Stone Games, and taken the games with them. That leaves the remains of Turbine making… a Batman mobile game? Standing Stone plan to continue working on DDO and LotRO as before, though they’ve now teamed up with Daybreak Games Company (the former Sony Online Entertainment lot) to publish ’em. … [visit site to read more]

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