Microsoft Entered Chat (January 2022)

It’s that time again – the time when we take a look back at all the big stories of the year and gather them in one convenient place. To be honest, I do these recaps as much for myself as for everyone else because it’s so easy to forget everything that happened. So it’s now tradition: as we did in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, let’s take a look back at our MMO coverage, one month a day for the next 12 days, to discover the highlights and set our next trip in 2023.

January 2022 wasn’t bad for big MMOs and industry news; we had just a few days of peace before the genre broke the news that Microsoft was trying to buy Activision-Blizzard for $68.7 billion in a transparent move to help the latter company escape the legal and cultural dramas of 2021, all on the back of a union organizing effort by several factions of Acti-Blizz workers that continued its narrative thread throughout the year. The news all but snuffed out Sony’s plans to take over Bungie, as 2022 has become the year game companies eat each other alive.

MMO players also had no shortage of choices for new games this month; we saw no less than Deadly online 2, Broken rowsand the Kickstarters Zenith take their launch run.

Here’s the full roundup of January from the past year, from the month’s top stories to our best editorials.


Square Enix President Praises Blockchain for Game-to-Win Potential and ‘Autonomous Game Growth’

China’s continued freeze on new gaming approvals shuts down 14,000 gaming businesses in the country

Interview: ArcheAge Studios moves to Kakao, bans, landrushes and the future of the game

The Elder Scrolls Online has begun teasing what looks like a Breton-centric chapter in the High Isles

Raven Software strike stretches into third week as Activision-Blizzard claims management is listening

Mortal Online 2 developer gets Epic Games MegaGrant, confirms move to Unreal Engine 5

Chronicles of Elyria now estimates a late 2024 release

The tibia receives sound for the first time at the age of 25

Amazon Prime’s Fallout TV series begins production this year

Red Dead Online’s first ugly update of 2022 sparks a community movement to save the game

Jagex 2020 financial results show increase in revenue, subscriptions and microtransaction sales

Ember’s Adrift is aiming for a 2022 launch while combat and character creation are beefed up

Cross-platform creature taming MMO Chimeraland officially launches on mobile and PC

Star Citizen and Squadron 42 are still years away from launch, CIG confirms

Neverwinter’s 22nd module, Dragonbone Vale, is available today on PC

Black Desert claims 230% increase in new daily western players on PC thanks to class reboot

DC Universe Online turns 11 and gave you a huge gift

Elder Scrolls Online PvPer’s Grumpy Over Out-of-Context Stream clip

A former Activision-Blizzard employee compares the company to the Titanic

Elyon adds Archer, balances all classes and revamps RvR in today’s update

Riot Games presents a five-year plan, partial ownership for employees

PUBG is now a free-to-play title on PC and console with today’s update

Lord of the Rings Online defends – and now stops – controversial Pay-to-Win currency changes

Elite Dangerous Odyssey had a “difficult calendar year,” but Frontier claims a “recovery in player sentiment”

EVE Online’s surprise Doctor Who crossover event is live

Avatar: Reckoning feels like a mobile MMO shooter backed by Disney and Tencent

The Game Archaeologist: Talking About 25-Year Old Tibia with CipSoft

The original Second Life founder joins the project to create the ultimate metaverse

Activision-Blizzard Addresses Call of Duty Mess, Striking Developers Report “Radio Silence”

Microsoft buys Activision-Blizzard, Bobby Kotick remains CEO

Riot Confirms Runeterra MMO’s Party-Centric Design Philosophy

Webzen closes five-year-old Mu Origin in the west

Acti-Blizz takeover, day two: labor, inventory, Kotick and the reasons for the sale

Activision-Blizzard sends useless questions about Microsoft acquisition to employees

Nightingale was originally an MMO, but scaled down to be more intimate

Reddit co-founder believes crypto games and players ‘getting properly rated’ for playtime will be the norm in five years

Blade and Soul adds new Soul Fighter specs and celebrates six years of Soul Resurgence update

State of the GDC Gaming Industry: NFTs, Metaverse, and More Than Half of Game Developers Want to Get Connected

Gamigo launches new division and plans new acquisitions to increase publishing efforts

Blizzard turns to regaining player trust as Kotick AGM leaves workers in limbo

New World Interview: Mutators, Midgame, Level 30 Wall and more

Activision-Blizzard’s Raven Software is officially syndicating

New World Mutator Dungeons goes live in today’s January patch

Mortal Online 2 Full Loot PvP MMORPG Sandbox officially launches today

Star Trek Online is bringing Kate Mulgrew to the game as part of its latest anniversary celebration

Blizzard is hiring for an untitled new survival game set in a ‘brand new universe’

Chinese martial arts MMORPG Justice Online announces western release, but it’s now playable via cloud gaming

Raven Software files union election lawsuit after ActiBlizz ignores request for recognition

Broken Ranks has officially launched, servers are melting down almost instantly due to demand

The Global Agenda is back from the dead at least temporarily, Hi-Rez confirms

PlanetSide 2’s long-delayed continent of Oshur is officially live today for PC players

VR MMO Zenith hits the ‘big red start button’ today

Atlas expands and bosses multiply in Path of Exile’s Siege of the Atlas expansion, launching February 4

The Elder Scrolls Online has just announced the High Isle chapter and the Legacy of the Bretons arc

MMO superhero City of Titans is looking for more money: ‘We operate on a limited budget’

Ubisoft’s Singapore studio cleared of wrongdoing, Ubisoft exec claims users ‘don’t get’ his Quartz NFTs

Newly launched Mortal Online 2 postpones subscriptions for a month

The union is calling on the SEC to investigate Activision-Blizzard’s ‘inaccurate and misleading’ acquisition disclosures

World of Warcraft finally bans boosting rings – but doesn’t boost itself

Sony buys Destiny developer Bungie for $3.6 billion

Kritika:REBOOT closes February 16

Swords of Legends Online announces free game changer and Firestone Legacy expansion for February



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