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Saturday, 26 September 2020

Betawatch: Crucible keeps working on the Heart of the Hive

Ah, Crucible, you entered our lives so quickly and then exited equally quickly… but only back to beta. You might think this is unnecessary to restate, but the game did just drop a big patch with a whole lot of changes to its one remaining gameplay mode, Heart of the Hive. So that's pretty significant, […]

Occupy White Walls now allows artists to upload their own creations with the Open update — for a fee

The multiplayer art museum of Occupy White Walls just got a whole lot more personal with the release of the Open update, which now allows artists to upload their own creations to the game for distribution to the title's audience for a one-time fee of $9 per upload. The devs at Stikipixels propose that this […]

Wurm Online teases UI and mission changes ahead of next week's roadmap reveal

The most recent dispatch from the Wurm Online team does not actually contain a full roadmap for the game's development updates; that's expected to roll out next week. But it does contain a number of plans and areas that the team is focusing on, starting with fixing uneven creature spawns and empty coffers in a patch […]

Crossout's Six Frags is the car MMO amusement park I never knew I needed

So here's something I did not expect to be writing about: Massive auto MMOFPS Crossout has added an amusement park in today's patch. It's called Six Frags, you guys. Six. Frags. "Welcome to the Amusement Park update, everyone! Complete the tasks of the new season, level up and get unique objects with which can be […]

City of Heroes players have released a security-centric, server-inclusive launcher called Sunrise

Back in 2019, when the City of Heroes community was still squabbling over who got to be in charge of what once a copy of the game's code was leaked from a secret server to the world, there were a few groups that buckled down and started doing the hard work of securing the game […]

Craftopia will dial back its update frequency in the interest of adding more content and managing time

If you've been following the update cadence of Craftopia, you'll note that it's been kicking out patches practically every single day, adding things like new sound effects, enemies, and building items, fixing multiplayer bugs and adding features like split XP, improving translations, adjusting various skills and spells, and attacking a host of critical bugs. In […]

Grim Dawn adds new locations, monsters, rewards, and Monster Totems in its latest update

The map of Grim Dawn in a quite literal sense as ARPG's newest version update opens up new side areas that were previously blocked off for players to delve in to. Naturally, these new areas house a host of new foes to face like new minibosses and a new Celestial Monster Totem themed after the […]

The Stream Team: AdventureQuest 3D's new Crimson Corsair quest

Any quest that starts with a pirate named Gunpowder Mary has got to be interesting, right? That's what Massively OP's MJ thinks. AQ3D just added a new quest called Crimson Corsair, and just as any good pirate adventure should, it ends with loot. Once completed, the quest opens a new in-game gold shop full of […]

VR MMORPG Ilysia releases an updated trailer and a final list of Kickstarter stretch goals as it preps for alpha

Earlier in the month we cast our eyes to Ilysia, an in-development VR MMORPG that promised to bring back "the glory days of MMORPGs again." Much of its feature set looks like standard MMO fare with crafting, fighting, fishing, pet battling, and exploration on offer, just in the unique gameplay format of virtual reality. The […]

Krafton continues its massive corporate consolidation with PUBG Corp amalgamation

If you've been watching all the Bluehole and Krafton and TERA and En Masse tomfoolery this past month, you've surely wondered what the heck is going on over there. And every day, it seems we get another piece of figuring out the puzzle. Today's piece is Krafton's announcement that it's merging its substudio PUBG Corporation […]

Afrofantasy MMO The Wagadu Chronicles hits Kickstarter target, adds navigation stretch goal

Earlier this week, we covered the launch of the Kickstarter for a new MMO The Wagadu Chronicles. Built by diversity-minded developer Twin Drums and based in Berlin, Germany, the game is a PC/Mac MMORPG with an afrofantasy setting and a serious focus on the "roleplaying" part of our favorite acronym. While the game is backed […]

Netmarble opens global preregistration for hybrid mobile MMO A3: Still Alive

We've covered A3 Still Alive a couple of times in the last year, but today, Netmarble has officially confirmed that the game is definitely happening, definitely happening on mobile, and definitely coming to our neck of the woods. As we've previously noted, the game is based on the Korean MMO called A3, but this game […]

EVE Online's Unpopular 'resource distribution' plan, plus the messy 49u battle and Japanese localization

Earlier today, EVE Online studio CCP Games released a dev blog on the next leg of its resource distribution plan. The studio aims to "create room for a better geographical distribution of minerals," shifting ore spawn types and quantities in an effort to push people into more dangerous, low-security areas of the game for harvesting […]

WoW Factor: The stuff I'm genuinely excited for in World of Warcraft Shadowlands

For the first time in the past three expansions, I am not in the beta for World of Warcraft's next expansion. This is fine. It's fine. I'm fine. As a result, all I can do in terms of evaluating the next expansion is look at systems already discussed and what has been previewed, and as I […]

Inside Star Citizen closes its summer broadcasts with a close look at 3.11's cargo decks and feature set

It's the final broadcast for this quarter's series of videos from Star Citizen, and this one is closing out with a deeper look at the features coming in alpha 3.11, kicking off first with a closer look at the cargo decks that will be arriving with the patch. Readers will recall that this location has […]

Leaderboard: Are you tempted by Ultima Online's New Legacy server?

So here's a fun fact for you: While vanilla, legacy, and progression servers have been all the rage for the last five years or so, even taking our "trending" award in 2018, there are a few MMOs out there that have been running such alternate servers for a very long time. One of them is […]

Whatever happened to Population Zero?

A month ago, we checked in on Population Zero, a survival MMORPG that hit early access back in May. It was a rocky launch, and I think it's fair to say that literally everyone made the obvious jokes as the game's population did indeed eventually drop down to zero. In August, we noted that the […]

Guild Wars 2 fractal event seeks to bond the community together

Fractals: Either you get them or you don't. Either you do them or you don't. Either you flunk out of fourth grade math or you don't. Wait, that's fractions. Fractals are Guild Wars 2's challenging and ascended-rewarding dungeons that are getting a special event that starts next week. "From September 29th to October 6th, completing […]

The Daily Grind: What's the most useful crafting profession in your MMO?

While I'm never much one to craft in MMOs, that's usually because I don't see most crafting professions as beneficial in relation to how much time I would have to spend training them up. If I do happen upon a crafting prof that is actually useful in my game — useful during all of its […]

The Stream Team: Beating Bartholomew Blackdagger in Neverwinter

The pirate fort in Neverwinter's Pirate's Skyhold was underwhelming, so Massively OP's MJ wants to kick it up a notch or two. Cue the zone's end dungeon, Pirate King's Retreat! Surely a pirate king could pose a bit more of a challenge to MJ and her group? And bonus, they get to help put the […]

Massively Overthinking: MMO voids that haven't been filled

I swear, so many of the posts I bookmark on Reddit to muse on later wind up deleted, and today I've got another one, but hey, I at least liked the topic! The now-deleted user wondered aloud about the most obscure MMOs in the genre, games with hardly anyone playing but full of heart. "Do […]

Crucible's latest beta patch brings major improvements to characters and the Heart of the Hive

The latest beta patch for Crucible is all about delivering on one of the game's stated major design goals when moving back into beta with a refocus on the Heart of the Hive mode. Players will notice a number of major changes, starting with the map refocused and rebalanced to provide more "rings" of danger moving […]

Not So Massively Roundup: Destiny 2, Spellbreak, Vigor, Valorant, Frostpoint, Shadow Arena, and PUBG's BLACKPINK collab

Welcome to a quick roundup of some news from the Not-So-Massively world! Destiny 2: Bungie posted a trailer and a detailed dev blog on Destiny 2's dynamic weather and storms on Europa, all in the leadup to the Beyond Light expansion. "The team tested features like slowing player movement, altering grenade paths, and even knocking […]

Lost Ark confirms the Reaper class launches on Korean servers September 29

Yup, we're still waiting on Lost Ark's arrival to western shores, but we can still at least peek over to the goings-on for the Korean version of the game. In that vein we have word of a launch date for the new Reaper class, which is confirmed for Tuesday, September 29th, complete with a big […]

Conan Exiles applies balance changes and plugs a hole in the map on PC, optimizes memory use on Xbox

Have you been falling through a hole in the world of Conan Exiles? Apparently, that's been an experience players on PC have been having in a section of the map near Scavenger Coast, but as of a recent hotfix, that hole has been sewn shut. The hotfix has also made a number of changes to […]

MUD network and roleplaying repository Skotos celebrates 20th anniversary with retirement

While many old-school MMORPG players came from MUDs, I didn't: I didn't even know they existed until several years into playing Ultima Online and EverQuest, so when I did, I went a little bit nuts digging through piles of ideas that had predated everything I knew. And one of the MUD groups I found was […]

Albion Online makes improvements to mobile and the Black Market in latest patch

Albion Online has addressed a couple of little but no less important issues in its most recent patch, namely to the mobile version of the game and to the Black Market: The latter will now retain the name of the crafter who made items that can be found in the market as well as end […]

World of Warcraft shows off customization changes coming with the Shadowlands pre-patch

Every World of Warcraft fan knows that the Shadowlands pre-patch remains locked in a future of indeterminate date, forever happening "soon" without an actual announcement. But it's clear that it's going to be quite soon based on the new preview of customization options and the new interface on the official site. Once the patch finally arrives, […]

The Division 2 launches Season 3 and Title Update 11, announces another free weekend and Twitch drops

Whether you're chasing a rogue agent or climbing up the floors of a skyscraper, the recent update for The Division 2 has plenty of things for players to take on with the arrival of Title Update 11 and Season 3, the latter of which has more information on objective timing with a calendar detailing what's […]

Broadsword just announced Ultima Online: New Legacy on its 23rd birthday

We're updating this post with the big news down at the bottom! All year, Broadsword's been teasing something big for Ultima Online, which we've been assuming just has to be the long-delayed Steam launch. And we do mean long-delayed: As we've previously noted, the game was greenlit for Steam in 2014, back when Steam greenlighting […]

City of Heroes rebuild project SEGS expects to have an alpha by the end of the year

Back in the long long ago, before last year's City of Heroes revival, there was a group trying to bring back the game not as a copy and not as a brand-new spiritual successor but as a legal rewrite of the game's core that could plug into the assets players already own – and wouldn't […]

Vague Patch Notes: Why stan an MMO with nothing to show for itself?

We need to talk about Star Citizen, folks. But maybe not in the way you might be thinking. Not about the game's development, which is dragging on with no end in sight and no effective scope management; that's just a set of facts. No, we need to talk about the fact that I assure you that […]

Lineage II celebrates 6,000 days of uptime with server boosts and free goodies

Usually, most MMOs elect to mark their game's lifespan through yearly milestones, but the fact that Lineage II has been online for 6,000 days is certainly nothing to sneeze at and is reason enough to mark the occasion with some free goodies for players. The celebration runs between now and October 14th and will be […]

SuperData August 2020: Fall Guys dethroned League of Legends, pushed WoW to its lowest rank in over a year

SuperData's August global revenue report for the games industry has more than a few eyebrow-raisers this week. On the PC side of things, World of Warcraft West has fallen all the way to 10th place, its lowest relative position since June 2019, when it re-entered the lists at 10th after a few months off it […]

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands adds a new Rogue Covenant ability as the beta sees another round of tuning

The next World of Warcraft expansion is slated to go live on October 26th, but there's still tuning and even some significant changes happening in the beta even now. The most recent build includes a number of balance changes for class abilities and Covenant abilities, with the most notable change being a whole new Rogue ability […]

RuneScape and Old School RuneScape announce Steam launch as Jagex delays mobile

As many other games have proven, it never really seems to be too late to arrive to Steam, so consider that when learning that both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape are coming to the platform, with RuneScape landing on Wednesday, October 14th, while OSRS will arrive at some point in the early part of 2021. […]

TERA Console delays its crossplay release to mid-November

Crossplay is no small feature for an MMO, as it allows players across different platforms to be able to connect and adventure together. It's been an anticipated feature for TERA's console edition, but now gamers are going to have to wait a little while longer to get it. Krafton said that it's delaying the rollout […]

Rumor: Lord of the Rings Online's next class might be the Brawler

Sharp-eyed Lord of the Rings Online players seem to have discovered a big secret on the game's test server: the existence of a new class-in-the-making called the Brawler. A screenshot from the Bullroarer test world and reportedly taken by player jailwartho is making the rounds on Discord and the forums, showing a curious drop-down menu […]

The Daily Grind: Have you ever led an MMO guild?

Leadership in a guild has never been something I have sought. It has happened more than once, but literally every single time it was mostly an accident wherein it turned out I was at least moderately responsible and intelligent. That meant getting duties handed to me on more than one occasion, which has usually… not helped […]

The Stream Team: Fourth day's (hopefully) the charm for finishing Warframe's Deadlock Protocol

As hard as it is for Massively OP's MJ to break away from the Heart of Deimos fun, she really needs to wrap up Warframe's Deadlock protocol. All that's left is the final boss fight. Can she power her way through tonight and defeat Protea? Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for (hopefully) the final […]

Torchlight III has pushed out gifts for alpha testers, even if you tested Torchlight Frontiers

We're inching close to Torchlight III's inevitable launch announcement here, but in the meantime, PWE and Ectra Games have been patching up the beta. The latest patch follows up on last week's mainline update, chiefly fixing bugs. "A quick hotfix this morning to address a few bugs that went out with the "Update for Dummies" […]

ArcheAge Unchained promises changes to Marketplace and ArchePass items that avoid pay-to-win territory

Gamigo, in coordination with XLGames, is promising to take ArcheAge Unchained player feedback to heart regarding items in the Marketplace and as part of the ArchePass. In a general breakdown of the team's plans, the post promises that there will be efforts to avoid pay-to-win items, noting that their definition of such items as something […]

Astellia Online expands its one-year anniversary event beyond buffs with login rewards

Were you afraid that Astellia Online would celebrate a year since it launched in North America with nothing more than a passive buff to all characters? If so, you were wrong! It's also celebrating by following that buff with a bunch of bonus items that you get for staying logged into the game for a while. This […]

Star Wars: The Old Republic previews the Feast of Prosperity on the test server

Clearly, what a a galaxy far, far away needs for players are more seasonal events. The Feast of Prosperity is the next annual recurring event for Star Wars: The Old Republic, complete with weekly story content alongside new daily and weekly missions and new minigames. And you can try it out now on the test server, […]

The Elder Scrolls Online starts the collective countdown for the Lost Treasures of Skyrim

No one ever seems to have much interest in uncovering found treasures. That is probably explained by the premise, really; once the treasure is found, it's unlikely to be difficult to locate. But for the Lost Treasures of Skyrim event in The Elder Scrolls Online, finding Antiquities buried hither and yon will help unlock additional treasures for everyone […]

Neverwinter is boosting the drop rates of premium items in dungeons

There is a bit of a problem with the premium items that can be awarded at the end of dungeons in Neverwinter. For example, you may be looking at that first line and wondering what the heck it's talking about, because the drops are so uncommon that they are scarcely even spoken of in legends. That […]

Boundless introduces new sovereign and creative worlds, celebrates second birthday

There's already a fair amount of creative freedom in the voxelbox of Boundless, but as of the most recent update that freedom has extended to entire planets with the arrival of sovereign worlds and creative worlds, both of which allow players to form their own planets in the game's universe. Sovereign worlds sound pretty much […]

Bless Unleashed launches for PS4 on October 22, with preorder packs live now

The Bless IP never seems to give up, and so it is with the Bless Unleashed PS4 version. We knew it was coming, of course, following the game's launch on Xbox One earlier this year and the PS4 closed beta, but as of today, we know it's officially launching this fall. "Bless Unleashed™ is set […]

Yikes… WoW's Khadgar server accidentally sent characters back to Mists of Pandaria levels

Time travel isn't unknown in World of Warcraft, but usually when players experience it there, it's a thrilling adventure to other eras. However, some players on the game's Khadgar server experienced a much less fun version of time travel this week as they logged in to find that their characters were de-leveled back to 80 […]

Blade & Soul's Cosmic Horizon update goes live today — here are the patch notes

It's time for the Lyn to unleash star-powered hell on the foes of the Earthen Realm. This isn't the only thing that's been added with the launch of today's Cosmic Horizon update to Blade & Soul, but it's certainly among the top items in the recently released patch notes and update overview. The overview hearkens […]

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