Multiplayer Category

Games in our Multiplayer category are multiplayer online games that share some but not all mechanics in common with traditional MMORPGs. Generally, their “massive” nature is contested. They frequently include OARPGs, online shooters, online strategy games, mobile MMOs, and other pseudo-MMOs that optionally provide single-player, offline, or custom-server support. We formerly categorized Multiplayer titles as “Not So Massively” games. You may also be interested in our MOBA category for PvP-centric arena battlers. [Follow the Multiplayer Online Games category’s RSS feed]

Dauntless maps out its feedback-inspired plans for early 2018

Dauntless is doubtless eyeing Monster Hunter World’s launch at the end of the month with trepidation, but the plucky indie dev team is forging ahead with its own take on the genre. That’s the gist of the letter the Phoenix Labs team posted to the community on Reddit earlier this week, anyway.

Of note, the studio says it’s working on a number of systems in the short- and long-term thanks to player feedback, including hunt modifiers, better events, beards, bulk crafting, new hunt and exploration activities, war pike tweaks, better cells, better grouping tools, improved multi-behemoth hunts, and less-annoying bleed damage. Oh, and the tutorial is getting love.

“Based upon the questions we see from players across platforms, data that we’ve gathered from your play time, and our eyes-on experience at PAX — we know that we’ve got some work to do when it comes to teaching the ropes in Dauntless. We’re excited to dig into this process!”

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Hearthstone has three more free card packs for you

It is hard being you, what with all of the freebies being tossed in your direction by the goblins at Hearthstone. First there were three free card packs handed out earlier this month due as compensation for bugs, and now there are several login rewards to celebrate this Hearthstone World Championship.

So to get these free packs, you’ll need to log into the game once a day for three days in a row. Each day, you will get a free pack from a different recent expansion. Pretty simple stuff.

The HCT World Championship is running from January 18th through the 21st, with a million dollar prize pool that will be distributed amongst the top 16 competitors. This will mark the conclusion of the Hearthstone Championship Tour and the game’s Year of the Mammoth. You can watch the championship live below!

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Magic: The Gathering Arena’s business model stands on a ‘simple idea’ of universal access

“We want everyone to be able to experience Magic: The Gathering.”

Upon this “simple idea” Wizards of the Coast is building Magic: The Gathering Arena’s business model, which could quickly be summed up as free-to-play that gives players a choice of time or money as a way to progress. By earning gold (in-game currency) or purchasing gems (RMT currency), players can purchase card packs, access events, and open up “The Vault,” a special treasure trove with secret rewards.

Wizards said that it is structuring the game’s economy based on a few principles: “Make our players’ valuable time as fun as possible; players need a variety of cards to have the most fun, so reward them with as many as possible; and make sure players can get the specific cards they want.”

Magic: The Gathering Arena went into beta testing last month with the eventual goal of releasing an online card game that will mirror the physical set releases and be more accessible to the general gaming public.


Multiplayer survival sandbox Memories of Mars targets spring 2018 early access launch

It’s possible the Mars-themed survival sandbox genre is a niche that’s already heavily saturated, but that’s not stopping Memories of Mars, which we will hereby acronymize as MoM. 505 Games (you probably know it from Portal Knights) and Limbic Entertainment are billing the game as a multiplayer open world survival game where you’ll try not to die on Mars to other players, aliens, and the harsh environment itself.

“100 years in the future, something happened on Mars. Once frequently visited, it is now abandoned with some left behind. Set on the abandoned mining operations of the red planet, as the dream of exploiting and colonizing Mars has proven impossible. You play as a recently awoken clone who learns its lifespan is limited by the lethal solar flares that hit the surface of the planet every few weeks. Tasked with surviving the barren wastelands of Mars, players must explore the unforgiving Martian terrain and build a habitable homestead while fighting off against a variety of dangers including strange enemies, harsh environmental elements and other human clone survivors.”

Launch is expected in 2018, with early access coming this spring.

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Darwin Project lets players and hosts explore their inner griefer

So you probably expected a bunch of battle royale games to pop up on Steam this year, given the remarkably popularity of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds around the globe, and here’s another one: It’s called Darwin Project, and it’s probably going to remind you of S.O.S. because it plays like a gameshow. In the future, all games will be Running Man, apparently.

Darwin Project takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic landscape in the Northern Canadian Rockies. As preparation for an impending Ice Age, a new project, half science experiment half live-entertainment, is launched. […] It challenges 10 participants to survive the cold and fight to the death in a treacherous arena.”

The idea is that one person is the “show director” who messes with the contestants with “nuclear bombs, zone closures, gravity storms, and the power of their voice.” Viewers can apparently place bets on the winner and encourage hassling specific players. Finally, a video game tailored for griefers, right?

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Dark and Light patches in the new mobile fortress for all your supervillain lair needs

Good news, friends! Are you tired of dealing with all of the hassles of a fortress down on land, like the constant sieges and not being a moving target floating high above the world? Now you won’t have to, as the latest Dark and Light patch introduces the mobile fortress that allows you to hover in the sky and rain doom upon the people below. Or at least hover in the sky. You have to fit all of the doom cannons yourself, so that’s a slower project.

Of course, as you’re slowly outfitting your mobile fortress, you can entertain yourself with balance adjustments to Blackice Peaks and the Scalding Abyss. That includes both adjustments to creature health and some of the crafting items you can get within the regions, both of which should open the experiences up to more players. Check out the full patch notes for all of the minor fixes added along the way, and get ready to float above the land in your supervillain fortress only to be very perturbed by all the other floating supervillain fortresses in your way.


Ex-Cryptic devs are making an Aliens shooter set in a persistent world

Way back in 2016, a trio of former Cryptic developers — Craig Zinkievich, Shannon Posniewski, and Matt Highison — struck out on their own to form a new company called Cold Iron Studios. At the time, all we knew about the studio’s aim was that it was working on an AAA online action game.

Now we know better; we know that it’s Alien. As in, the long-running sci-fi horror film franchise with Ripley, Newt, and chest-bursting xenomorphs. Apparently Fox bought Cold Iron Studios fairly recently and decided that the developer would be perfect to make the latest Alien title. It will be published by FoxNext Games, the interactive entertainment branch of 20th Century Fox.

There isn’t much information yet on this game (including the title), but we do know that it will try to explore some untread areas of this universe. Fox is calling it an “action-packed persistent world,” and Craig Z told us in 2016 that it’ll have some MMO features, so there is some hint in there that it will be more than a lobby-based shooter.

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Fortnite’s map update spawns a new city and biomes today

It may not be exactly all-new, but Fortnite’s battle royale map is definitely improved thanks to today’s loudly trumpeted update.

Patch V.2.2.0 expands and enhances the current battle royale map by fleshing out the western side with a new city, a mine, and other landmarks. Biomes have been made to be more distinctive as players traverse the terrain, and there are some cool new grass and water effects to enjoy. You know, as you’re fleeing for your life.

The update keeps on going, too. There is voice chat in the pre-game lobby, no more friendly fire (at least for the time being), a better sniper scope reticle, level streaming, better optimization, and fully destructable corn stalks. Practice true scorched earth policies while dominating!

Fortnite is on a tear in the PvP scene, with two million concurrent players and over 40 million downloads to date. Check out the map update overview after the break!

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The Stream Team: Hopping into Hyper Universe on launch day

A new launched today, and it seems fitting for Massively OP’s MJ. Wait, Hyper Universe isn’t just a universe for hyper people? Oh well, she’s going to dive in anyways and check it out. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first look at…

What: Hyper Universe
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

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Overwatch heads off to Blizzard World on January 23

Haven’t you ever wished that you could bring your favorite Overwatch characters on a grand tour of every Blizzard game? Because… well, you sort of can in the upcoming Blizzard World map when it launches on January 23rd, but you’ll mostly be dealing with actual map objectives. Sadly, there is no game mode where you can place an order for food at Snaxxramas, which should be a sign that Overwatch has failed us all in development.

You can also dress up your favorite Overwatch characters as other Blizzard characters, some of whom can fight alongside these same characters in other games. None of those skins includes a serpent eating its own tail, but we’re sure it’s just a matter of time. (Seriously, that isn’t a Nova costume for Widowmaker. That’s just Nova. It’s just straight-up Nova.)

The first week of the Overwatch League also apparently drew over 10 million viewers, which means that technically you could consider playing the game yourself to be like a touch football game in the backyard. Check out the skins and the old trailer for Blizzard World just below.

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Destiny 2 players erupt over token throttling bugs

Another day, another Destiny 2 subreddit meltdown, and it’s not over the Eververse cash shop, holiday items, or lockboxes this time.

Redditors report a multitude of major bugs with the last patch, including faction token throttling affecting lost sectors (probably an unintended side-effect of Bungie’s attempt to patch up an exploit in the first faction rally – and that after a long delay to this rally), emote sales, and still more token bugs that apparently are throttling tokens from public events too.

To its credit, Bungie has responded to several of the threads requesting bug reports and feedback, but that hasn’t stopped players from forming yet another massive thread urging people to stop playing the game until Bungie gets it together. “If you’re upset with the direction the game is going, the best way to show them is to just stop playing,” they argue.

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Citadel: Forged with Fire will be patching out underground structures

It turns out that some of the players of Citadel: Forged with Fire are using underground structures for rather nefarious purposes. Not the fun sort of supervillainous nefariousness, either; these structures are squatting underground in places where no one is supposed to be able to access reliably, making the structures impossible to siege, preventing people from accessing loot chests, and otherwise blocking access and damaging the game as a whole. So the developers are planning to get rid of them.

Of course, some of you may just have a cave lair that you thought was really cool, so you’re getting a two-week notice and a warning that you should move your stuff out of glitchy regions. After that two weeks, players will be unable to build in a number of different areas, hopefully stopping these hiccups from happening and keeping things fair and fun for everyone.

Source: Steam


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