Retro Machina – Beta Demo

Retro Machina is a beautiful isometric action adventure where a defective robot unravels the mysteries of a mysterious retro-futuristic world.

In Retro Machina you follow the adventure of a little Clank-esque robot who works on an assembly line in a city of robots. It's not just any city – it's the only inhabitable city on the planet and soon after the game starts you promptly … Read More

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Apolysis – Beta Demo

Apolysis is an unsettling retro styled first atmospheric horror game that blends body horror with industrial machinery as you face fear and transcend your flesh.

In Apolysis your character has felt a calling that has led them to a large abandoned looking old refinery. It's surrounded by wasteland, but inside it harbours some dark secrets, lots of strange industrial machinery and a seductive goddess who … Read More

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Motionsickness – Alpha Download

Motionsickness is a new retro styled low poly 3D fighting game that uses different control schemes to cater for different skill levels of players as you do battle in fast paced 1v1 matches.

Currently in development by Andrea "Jens" Demetrio (creator of the excellent Schwarzerblitz) Motionsickness is a PS1/PS2 styled low poly fighting game that rewards player skill. It looks and plays quite similarly … Read More

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DayDream – Tech Demo

DayDream is a beautiful and creepy Little Nightmares style puzzle platforming adventure where a young boy and his faithful teddy bear companion make their way through a mysterious dark fantasy world.

In DayDream you take control of a young boy called Griffin who finds himself trapped in a room and about to be consumed by darkness, when his faithful teddy bear (Birley) turns up and … Read More

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Hotel Renovator – Beta Sign Up

Hotel Renovator is a House Flipper-esque building renovation game there you rebuild and furnish run down old flop houses into luxury 5-star hotels.

Currently in development by Two Horizons S.A. and The Dust S.A (creators of Camping builder, Aquapark Renovator and Airport Renovator) is a new simulation game that allows you to create the hotel of your dreams. You start with a dilapidated … Read More

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Slaughter League – Beta Sign Up

Slaughter League is a wonderfully brutal looking game that infuses a bit of Happy Wheels-esque gore and physics-based carnage into a Fall Guys-esque competitive multiplayer game show.

In Slaughter League players will face off across hazard-filled assault courses in the world's most brutal game show. It's playable with up to 10 players and sees everyone making a mad dash for the finish line … Read More

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SpiderHeck – Alpha Download

SpiderHeck is a very cool physics-based fighting game where lightsaber-weilding spiders fight each other or AI enemies in a variety of perilous arenas.

Playable in PvP with up to four players or PvE single-player/co-op, SpiderHeck is a physics-based spider battle simulator where highly agile arachnids attempt to dispatch their enemies using a badass laser-swords (lightsabers). You move your spider with the left stick and swirl … Read More

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Natural Instincts – Beta Sign Up

Natural Instincts is a beautiful eco-aware wildlife simulation game where you aid animals and help them survive in the face of hazards, disasters and human interference.

The gameplay in Natural Instincts is a little like a RTS, with you selecting animals (or groups of animals) then commanding them to move somewhere or do something. However, there's no enemy army to fight in Natural Instincts, instead … Read More

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Kick Bot – Beta Demo

Kick Bot is a challenging and cleverly crafted Sci-Fi precision platformer where you control your character with just two buttons!

Previously featured on Alpha Beta Gamer back in 2019, Kick Bot sees you using just two buttons to control an agile little robot that's on a mission to stop an evil AI from using the "GigaLeg" to litterally kick the Earth. Your character moves … Read More

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Quinterra – Beta Sign Up

Quinterra is a rogue-lite turn-based tactics game with deck-building elements, where you travel through the five domains of Quinterra and conquer them with your army.

In Quinterra you'll be able to choose from a selection of uniquely skilled heroes then set out on an adventure through the five domains of Quinterra. On your way you'll recruit an army and decide which Elites, Minions, equipment and … Read More

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Pyramid Plunge – Beta Sign Up (Steam)

Beta sign ups have re-opened for Pyramid Plunge, a beautifully animated 2D Spellunky-esque roguelike action platformer where two adventurers find themselves trapped inside a great pyramid filled with traps, treasure and monsters.

Previously featured on Alpha Beta Gamer last year, Pyramid Plunge is a lighthearted 2D action platforming roguelike where you attempt to escape from an ever-changing pyramid. It's playable in single-player … Read More

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Protagas Bleeds – Alpha Demo

Protagas Bleeds is a classic 90's style survival horror game set in a mysterious motel filled with grotesque abominations and TV-headed monsters.

Currently in development by Bryce Butcher (creator of Fatum Betua and Remember Places?), Protagas Bleeds follows the story of a couple who are setting out to make a new start, but break down in the middle of nowhere. Fortunately for them there's … Read More

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Janitor Bleeds – Beta Demo

Janitor Bleeds is a tense retro styled first person horror game where you find yourself in an abandoned amusement arcade that's home to a terrifying shadowy monster, and you have to play a cursed arcade cabinet to escape.

In Janitor Bleeds you have an accident on a stretch of road where multiple people have gone missing recently. After walking along the road a little you … Read More

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The Lunar Effect – Beta Demo

The Lunar Effect is a retro styled psychological horror adventure that draws inspiration from Resident Evil and Silent Hill, but has much more of a puzzle focus as you try to escape from a mysterious old mansion you awaken in.

Currently in development by Negative Entities, The Lunar Effect could perhaps best be described as the thinking man's survival horror. It looks and feels … Read More

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Twilight Tower – Game Jam Build Download

Twilight Tower is a narrative-driven car-based horror roguelike where two companions try to climb out of a pit while sand rises up below them and threatens to engulf them.

Created for the Hexcode x Theme Showdown Jam, Twilight Tower is a card-based roguelike set within a massive stone labyrinth that has a pit in the center that continually fills with sand. It's no ordinary sand … Read More

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Agony of a Dying MMO – Alpha Demo

Agony of a Dying MMO is a narrative-driven horror game played via the perspective of different long-time players of a toxic MMO that's about to be shut down.

The story of Agony of a Dying MMO takes place within the final few hours of an MMO that's about to be shut down forever. The MMO was once popular and garnered a large and diverse player … Read More

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The Heilwald Loophole – Alpha Demo

The Heilwald Loophole is a tense and darkly humorous retro styled first person horror game where you attempt to escape from a mysterious hospital with a psychotic doctor, a murderous nurse and a troublesome constipated patient!

With a demo build released as part of the Haunted PS1 Demo Disc, The Heilwald Loophole is a fun little fast paced horror game with a delightfully dark sense … Read More

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Galactic Thunderdome – Beta Sign Up

Galactic Thunderdome is a physics-based Sci-Fi platform brawler where you use a wide variety of ridiculous weaponry to kill your rivals in destructible arenas.

Currently in development by Pansimula, Galactic Thunderdome is a very different type of platform brawler that almost seems like a real-time physics-based version of Worms. It's playable with up to eight players and sees combatants doing battle in a futuristic … Read More

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Walk 散歩 – Beta Demo

Walk 散歩 is a very freaky Japanese stealth horror game where a young girl tries to make her way home while being stalked by a mysterious shadowy entity.

Released as part of the Haunted PS1 Demo Disk, in Walk 散歩 you take control of a schoolgirl as she makes her way home through the streets of the city. The city is eerily deserted, apart from … Read More

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Alwa's Awakening – Open Beta (NES)

Alwa's Awakening is a fantastic retro 8-bit remake of Elden Pixels' Alwa's Awakening that aims to faithfully recreate the entire game as a functioning NES ROM!

Previously featured on Alpha Beta Gamer during the closed Beta sign up, Alwa's Awakening looks set to be a one of the best games playable on a Nintendo's classic NES. The original Alwa's Awakening was released in 2017 … Read More

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Assimilate! – Beta Sign Up

Assimilate! is a local or online multiplayer party game where players attempt to deduce who among them is a human, a robot or a programmer.

Playable with 5-10 players, in Assimilate! each player logs into the game using their phone (much like with the JackBox games) and has three rounds to achieve their objectives as part of whatever team they're on (Humans or Robots). The … Read More

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Peeb Adventures – Beta Demo

Peeb Adventures is a quirky and oddly creepy retro styled 3D platforming adventure where an odd little character with a big trunk gets banished into the back-code of an old abandoned video game.

In Peeb Adventures you control a bizarre (and slightly rude) looking Q-Bert-esque character as he goes on an adventure in a vibrant Mario 64 style 3D game world. It's a charming … Read More

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Magic: Legends – Open Beta

Magic: Legends, the new Diablo-esque fantasy action RPG set in the Magic: The Gathering universe is now in open Beta!

Previously featured on Alpha Beta Gamer during the closed Beta sign up, Magic: Legends is a fantasy action RPG with Diablo-esque gameplay and Magic: The Gathering style deckbuilding elements. The cards you collect can be added to your deck and used … Read More

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Brutal Castle – Alpha Demo

Brutal Castle puts new meaning to the phrase "castle warfare" as you control a fire-breathing castle that punches, stomps and burns Godzilla-esque monsters that are made of earth.

Brutal Castle is essentially a beat 'em up where you are a massive stone castle. The current build features two levels which see you fighting giant monsters that spawn out of the ground and end with challenging … Read More

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Drift or Die – Beta Download

Drift or Die is a narrative-driven cyberpunk driving game set in a dystopian future where conflicts are all settled via drift challenges.

Taking place in the cyberpunk world of Ultra 85, Drift or Die is a racing game where you're tasked with overthrowing a corrupt government with your drifting skills. Due to the collateral damage of war, all conflicts are now settled by drift challenges, … Read More

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Vostok 2061 – Beta Sign Up

Vostok 2061 is a beautiful looking new vertically scrolling shoot 'em up where you travel across the universe, blast aliens and save humanity.

In Vostok 2061 you step into the shoes of a young aviation school graduate who is thrust into an assignment on a distant frontier of the Universe. You'd better learn quickly as you blast your way through nine unique worlds, rescuing Earthlings, … Read More

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Blood Oath: When the Sword Rises – Beta Sign Up

Blood Oath: When the Sword Rises is a brutal multiplayer medieval combat game where you can face off in epic 32 player battles.

There are two very different game modes in Blood Oath: When the Sword Rises – Arcade and Freemode. In Arcade players will be able to face off in fast paced battles in five different modes (Team Deathmatch, Free-For-All, Capture the Flag, Defense … Read More

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Poogue – Game Jam Build Download

Poogue features a clever fusion of Pool and roguelike dungeon crawling as you travel through procedurally generated tables and attempt to pot balls before they pot you!

Created for the 7DRL Challenge, Poogue is a roguelike that sees you attempting to pot your way through a series of procedurally generated pool dungeons. You control your ball much like in a traditional pool game, with you … Read More

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Loretta – Prototype Download

Loretta is a macabre psychological thriller about a 1940's housewife whose husband goes missing while living on a run-down old farm.

Drawing inspiration from the works of Steven King, Hitchcock, Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper and Vladamir Babokov, Loretta is a tense little thriller that explores the darker side of human nature. The current prototype build takes around 10 minutes to play through and follows the … Read More

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Sunblaze – Beta Demo

Sunblaze is a charming and brutally touch 2D precision splatformer that takes place within a massive morphing single-screen cyberspace.

Previously featured on Alpha Beta Gamer during the beta sign up, Sunblaze is a hardcore precision platformer tat draws inspiration from Celeste and follows a young woman called Josie (aka. Sunblaze) who finds herself trapped inside her father's superhero training simulator. She's inexperienced, but she's … Read More

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Aion EU's next update brings back Pangaea, reworks Legion contribution system, and adds a Labyrinth

As fans of Aion often know, what arrives to the EU version of the game usually is a precursor for the NA version. With that in mind, players will want to note that update 7.9 is soon to arrive to Aion EU, bringing with it a few marquee features. First on the list is the […]

Darkfall Rise of Agon launches in China as the western version revives player cities

Remember back in February when the two devs working on Darkfall Rise of Agon announced they were making a huge move: partnering with an investor to bring the game to Asia and heavily expand the dev team? Not only is it still happening, but it's happening today. The game's new Chinese website says that the […]

Grinding Gear Games collects Path of Exile 2 reveals ahead of April 8 livestream, doesn't see beta until 2022

As we've reported, this coming Thursday, April 8th, will have a new livestream for Path of Exile, which will showcase a new look at Path of Exile 2. If you've forgotten all about that game somehow, the devs at Grinding Gear Games have rather helpfully pulled together all of the reveals, videos, and details that […]

MechWarrior Online is bringing a first pass of weapon adjustments in April

The month of April is going to see continued tweaks to weapons and equipment in MechWarrior Online. That in and of itself isn't too surprising if you've been paying attention, but the method in which these changes are coming is perhaps a bit different than expected. Essentially, the devs at Piranha Games were hoping to […]

Battle Bards Episode 190: Genshin Impact

It was the FOMO title of last fall, and now Genshin Impact is in your ears! On this episode of the Battle Bards, Syp, Steff, and the Other One explore the varied and delightfully cheerful soundtrack to this online RPG. Unless you have headphones made of live kittens, it'll be the most adorable thing you'll […]

Final Fantasy XI updates with the latest part of the Voracious Resurgence

It's time for an update of dour elves with the latest patch for Final Fantasy XI, bringing in the final part of the Voracious Resurgence storyline in San d'Oria. Of course, that's one of the biggest pieces of this particular update, which the developers already stated would be a bit smaller due to naturally less […]

The Soapbox: How Magic Legends went wrong with the Dimir Assassin class

Cryptic and Perfect World Entertainment are known for their love of lockboxes as a monetization strategy. Therefore it was not wholly surprising when Magic: Legends open beta launched with a whole character class exclusive to its paid, randomized "booster packs" (lockboxes by another name). What was surprising was that the pushback was so intense that […]

Elder Scrolls Online opens Blackwood prologue during its free-play event and birthday season

If this week's Elder Scrolls Online console and Blackwood reveals have you itching to play the game, well, ZeniMax's marketing team can congratulate itself on a job well done. But this post is about you and what you can get out of the game right now, and as it turns out, it's quite a bit. […]

WoW Factor: We're waiting how long for Shadowlands' patch 9.1, now?

So it looks like World of Warcraft's next patch is going up for testing on the week of April 12th. What the heck is happening? At best, this just explains that the reason for such a threadbare presentation during the whole BlizzConline event was because there was very little to actually reveal at that point, given that we're […]

Dual Universe delays its missions system, opens tutorial portal

The March newsletter for Dual Universe is out, containing a wrap-up of how this space sandbox fared over the course of the month. Update 0.24, with its better jetpacks and improved graphics, was the highlight, but there are a few other tidbits to sift through. In the newsletter, Nova Quark said that it's going to […]

Stick and Rudder: Shaky space legs and promising potential in Elite Dangerous' Odyssey alpha phase one

Yep. This certainly was an alpha test. For those who are curious, yes, I bought my way in to the Elite Dangerous Odyssey alpha, as did my good friend Britarnya and my husband. The three of us were more than eager to make our first steps and have been excited for this first phase of testing […]

Mimic chests are causing havoc in Dungeons and Dragons Online's new permadeath server season

Players who were dipping in to the recently opened permadeath server of Dungeons and Dragons Online were likely expecting a challenge, but it appears that they got more than they bargained for this time around. Apparently the Mimic Hunt event, which makes every chest opened after level three a potentially hungry monster instead of a […]

Final Fantasy XIV shows off a trailer for patch 5.5, Death Unto Dawn

The next patch for Final Fantasy XIV is not far off at this point, arriving on April 13th, and players can now feast their eyes on the trailer for the patch from today's Letter from the Producer LIVE. Producer and director Naoki Yoshida shared a number of details on the changes coming with the patch, […]

Chronicles of Elyria team hopes to avoid the 'one-man economy' pitfall

At this point, it's anyone's guess what's actually going on over with Chronicles of Elyria and its supposed single-player spin-off. But hey, the blog posts still talk a good talk, and this week Soulbound Studios CEO Jeromy Walsh is chatting up how gathering and resources are being designed for the franchise. As one of the […]

Playable Worlds' Raph Koster on the player-driven economies at the heart of virtual worlds

Playable Worlds' Raph Koster is back with another blog post that serves as a tip-off for what kind of MMORPG he and his team are building. And once again, if you've ever played a Koster MMO, you know what "E" word is going to be at the heart of it: economy. But Koster hammers over […]

The Daily Grind: What argument does your MMO's community have that would make no sense in other MMOs?

I don't think it's possible to go a day on a City of Heroes server, back in the old days or now on the rogue servers, without seeing at least one fight in general chat about healers. CoH vets are proudly militant about the game's design, which makes things like damage mitigation and proactive defenses […]

The Stream Team: Fire vs ice in Dungeons & Dragons Online's Taming of the Flames

Some say the stream will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what Massively OP's MJ does desire she holds with those who favor fire. But unless the party will perish thrice We think she knows enough of fate to say that for destruction ice Is also great and must suffice. (Or else we'll […]

Massively Overthinking: Should MMOs sell exclusive items – in alpha?

MOP reader Randomness recently wrote to us about a Reddit discussion about games with exclusive item shops before the game comes out. The issue was two-fold: First, that an unreleased alpha game has a cash shop at all – in this case, one that's already sold more items than a comparable game that's been live […]

Albion Online patches in the moose for hunting, raising, and mounting

Moose! There are some big moose. There are moose in Albion Online now! You might get bitten by a moose, especially if you choose to fight the moose and then the moose fights back and it bites you. See, the newest patch adds in some moose for you to hunt for hides, but you might also […]

Star Wars Galaxies Legends teases Bespin creatures coming in the City in the Clouds expansion

If you're still anxiously awaiting the arrival of Bespin in the Star Wars Galaxies Legends rogue server, you're going to want to peek into the player team's latest dispatch, as the team says it's "starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel" in regard to its development. "We'd like to tease our […]

Not So Massively roundup: PUBG Lite's sunset, Astroneer's compass, SMITE's Gilgamesh

Welcome back to our occasional roundup of what's going on in multiplayer games that aren't really MMORPGs! There's actually a ton of news this week, so we'll make 'em quick. First, a bit of sad news: PUBG Lite is sunsetting on May 29th. That was the low-spec version of the game for folks playing on […]

DCUO makes its World of Flashpoint episode permanently free for all players as part of plans to remove content paywalls

For those who aren't big fans of the fact that some DC Universe Online content is locked behind a paywall, this announcement will be welcome news indeed. The devs have confirmed that the World of Flasphoint, the game's 40th episode, will permanently become free for all players, whether they're Members or not. This change is […]

Chinese police team up with Tencent to take down a video game cheating ring

It was an illegal organization being taken down by the Chinese police force in a concentrated operation. It involved $76 million being made, with $46 million of assets seized by police including a number of luxury automobiles. It involved multiple arrests and an international scheme. It has everything you'd expect to see from some sort […]

Genshin Impact announces plans to launch on PlayStation 5 'soon'

Genshin Impact is an open world RPG. As in there's no loading from one area to another (for the most part). That kind of makes the game a shoe-in for a PlayStation 5 release considering one of the console's biggest selling points is its SSD-powered ability to swiftly load game assets. With that in mind, […]

Elite Dangerous touches on Odyssey alpha feedback regarding taxis, on-foot NPCs, and mission details

With the alpha test of Elite: Dangerous Odyssey continuing to press forward, players of the expansion's test build have already provided a lot of similar feedback judging by a feedback response posted on the testing forums. In the post, Frontier Developments call out several pain points in the current alpha and outlines some promises to […]

Multiplayer shooter Outriders officially releases, is added to the Xbox Game Pass on day one

Today is the day that Outriders, the multiplayer action shooter RPG from publisher Square Enix and developer People Can Fly, is officially a launch title. Not only that, it's an official launch title added to the Xbox Game Pass and Game Pass Ultimate right from the off, granting members of the service their chance to […]

Here's how Final Fantasy XIV players will access the game's PlayStation 5 beta

When the next major patch for Final Fantasy XIV arrives on April 13th, the open beta for the PlayStation 5 version starts as well. If you've already got the console and you're playing away happily on the PS4 version, it's time to upgrade, since the beta is open for everyone playing on the console version. But […]

Vague Patch Notes: Template

The other day, I was in the middle of a humanizing anecdote when something happened that was tangentially related to MMOs. This prompted me to start thinking about this particular tangential issue, by which I actually mean that this was a column I wanted to write for a while but finally had an excuse to […]

April Fools' Day 2021 across the MMOverse

Love it or hate it, April Fools' day is a Thing, and MMO companies seldom miss an opportunity to get in on The Thing. Let's take a peek into what they've brought us for 2021, shall we? Have you ever wanted to date your ship in Star Trek Online? No? Well you can anyway. Star […]

Stick and Rudder: Five potentially stupid yet fun Elite Dangerous spaceship builds

Even though I've logged a total of 112 hours of Elite: Dangerous at the time of this writing, I'm still pretty much a noob in the grander scheme of things. I've only just recently gotten into core mining. I've slowly started to crawl up the Trader ranks towards Elite status. I still haven't really gotten […]

Camelot Unchained showcases work on alchemy, movement, Ériu updates, and a video of the Verdant Forest

With the month of April just beginning, there's a lot to look back on in terms of development progress made in March for Camelot Unchained. First off, the latest Top-Tenish provides some updates on getting the alchemy system working in-game; some new movement updates that include increased movement speed, work on caravans, and promise of […]

Nielsen is closing down SuperData and its monthly gaming revenue peeks

I think I might have been the only person on the planet who noticed that March had slipped by without a monthly report on the relative earnings of the game industry from SuperData. As it turns out, it wasn't an error or a delay: It's because SuperData is being closed down. And that's not an […]

Blizzard is surveying WoW Classic players on character clone pricing

While the mere confirmation that Burning Crusade Classic will feature a level boost option, prompted a whole lot of debate in the community, another upcoming paid service seems to have escaped such controversy. Blizzard is going to be offering an option for player to shell out money to clone their characters so that they can […]

Magic Legends doubles spell drop rate, gives a week of free battlepass XP

Cryptic Studios is listening to — and acting upon — player feedback regarding Magic Legends following its recent soft launch. In the ARPG's second State of the Game report, Executive Producer Steve Ricossa shared many of the big changes that are coming to the game in today's update and in the near future. The most […]

The Daily Grind: What's your favorite April Fools' day MMO gag?

This year, we have elected not to do an April Fools' joke because we found ourselves with something more pressing to do. It turns out that copyright crackdowns in various places such as Twitch have become super aggressive, so from this point onward we'll be using gorgeous in-house artwork for our header images for all […]

The Stream Team: Droid party at Nar Shaddaa in SWTOR

Massively OP's Larry and MJ are closing in on the Shroud in SWTOR. Next up in the hunt: Nar Shaddaa, the big party planet (moon, whatever). It's certainly possible the duo will get sidetracked and start talking about favorite foods, funny foibles, and who knows what else while wandering among all the neon lights. Since […]

Runes of Magic celebrates 12 years with login rewards and a series of quests

Runes of Magic seems to be one of those MMO titles that continually flies under the radar but keeps on truckin' despite that. Case in point, the title has been operating for 12 years and is eager to celebrate the milestone with its players. Between now and Thursday, April 22nd, players can follow a new […]

New World discusses the 'vision' behind its alpha dungeons

"Expeditions" turns out to be a pretty popular concept right about now, but New World's might be a bit different from what you're expecting, as that's Amazon Game Studios' term for basic three-to-five-person dungeons. The studio penned a dev blog today detailing what players can expect from the content, specifically from the Amrine Excavation and […]

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen dates next pre-alpha test for next weekend, plans to talk balance and progression in April 1 livestream

Today's Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen news is all about the near future. As in the next couple of weeks or so. For those who are eager to kick the game's tires, the devs have put out an announcement that the game's next pre-alpha test will be running next weekend, Saturday, April 10th, and Sunday, […]

Agony of a Dying MMO is an atmospheric narrative game about players' final hours in a sunsetting MMO

How do you cope with the closing hours of an MMO as it shuts down? We all have a variety of answers to this question, but there's a narrative-driven horror game that seeks to touch on a few of those feelings. It's called Agony of a Dying MMO, a game that's part of a bundle […]

Elder Scrolls Online drops Blackwood trailer, announces next-gen 'Console Enhanced' edition

Among the most interesting announcements made during today's Elder Scrolls Online Blackwood preview stream was ZeniMax's revelation that it's releasing an "enhanced" edition for the newest-gen consoles. The Elder Scrolls Online: Console Enhanced will launch for the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, free for all owners of the game on Xbox One and PS4. […]

Fly on a donkey with Black Desert's April Mules' Day prank

Black Desert's PC version is rolling out its April Fools' day prank early, but given the context and adorableness rating on this one, we don't think you'll be sad. "April Mules' Day" is live today and runs for the next two weeks, allowing Shai characters to literally ride a flying donkey. I mean, I don't […]

Massively on the Go: Why Nintendo and Pikmin make sense in Niantic's hands

With the recent news that Nintendo and Niantic will work together for more AR games based on Nintendo IPs, I thought it might be time to revisit an old conversation we all had the last time Niantic was grappling with a major popular IP. As readers may remember, soon after Pokemon Go launched, Niantic was tapped […]

Elder Scrolls Online is about to stream Blackwood – come getcha flame atronach pony

Hear that noise? It's the sound of ZeniMax's hype machine for Elder Scrolls Online's Blackwood cranking up. Yes, Blackwood is only a couple of months away now, which means that the studio is prepping players with teasers – including a gameplay stream today. We don't always cover these kinds of announcement streams ahead of time, […]

The Wagadu Chronicles explores jungles, architecture, and more spirits in concept art, showcases new UI

The developers of The Wagadu Chronicles MMORPG continue to churn out Kickstarter updates, and the latest one features another round of fabulous concept art and in-game creations as the team at Twin Drums continues to flesh out its world. In this update, we have a look at even more lush rainforest vegetation, an exploration of […]

Elyon opens closed beta test signups with English website overhaul

Back in December, just as Elyon (fka Ascent Infinite Realm) was launching in Korea, we were left to get excited over the opening of the game's western website. However, as we noted at the time, that website consisted of a slide image and five sentences of lore and explanation for how MMORPGs work. There wasn't […]

Perfect Ten: Top 10 annoying things you hear in MMORPG global chat

General chat, sometimes called "Barrens chat" or "zone chat" or "the party line," is both the bane and the secret fixation of my existence. It's like a text-based reality show that plays out in real-time whenever I log into an MMO. If — for some rare reason — I'm bored of playing the game or […]

Elite Dangerous patches in faster system map loading and several fixes for the Odyssey alpha

With phase one of the Elite: Dangerous Odyssey alpha well underway, there have been a few more pressing matters that have cropped up that require the application of hotfixes. After all, while this is and alpha and broken things are to be expected, some things can be a bit too broken. The day of the […]

No Man's Sky adds a multiplayer-focused mode and improved multiplayer missions in the Expeditions update

Remember when No Man's Sky woefully underdelivered with regards to its multiplayer offerings? That seems like so long ago and the new Expeditions update is going to make that flub feel even further away as the survival sandbox has added a new limited-time multiplayer-focused mode known as Expedition mode, the first of which, known as […]

World of Warcraft will start testing patch 9.1 soon, unveils a world buff storage device for Classic

It's been an unusually long time since the launch of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands for the game to have not released its first major patch for the expansion, and it's going to be a while longer yet until the patch is released, but the good news is that it's at least been dated. The PTR is […]