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]

It’s love at first bite as Sea of Thieves patches in the megalodon

With the current Bilge Rat Adventure event wrapping up in Sea of Thieves this week, salty sea dogs will have to find their fun in some other port of call. It shouldn’t be too hard, as Patch 1.13 arrived to throw a giant megalodon or two at ship crews.

“Since the retreat of The Hungering One back into the deep, there have been reported sightings of other megalodons terrorising the Sea of Thieves,” the team said. “It’s been discovered that these new Megalodons have different personalities -– some seem to turn tail at the sight of a Galleon, whilst others are said to be just as unforgiving as The Hungering One!”

Rare also dropped a developer update video in which it promised that it would be working on providing players with better tools to find crewmates and a more streamlined bilge rat adventure experience. Give it a watch below!

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Valve turns off lootboxes in the Netherlands for DOTA 2 and CounterStrike: Global Offensive

If you were in any way hoping that the Dutch Gaming Authority’s ruling about lockboxes would lead to a worldwide shift, it seems that’s not quite what’s happening. Valve was one of the companies told to change their lockboxes or face prosecution in the Netherlands for failing to comply with the country’s policies, and Valve has responded… by disabling the Steam Marketplace selling or direct trading of lootboxes for CounterStrike: Global Offensive and DOTA 2 in the Netherlands.

The official statement from Valve indicates that it does not agree with the DGA’s ruling and that appeals are ongoing but that the current action is the only possible solution to the problem. There’s no word of any sort of long-term plans if the DGA does not change its ruling, especially as Valve is currently framing the disabling of lockboxes as a wholly temporary measure. Our condolences to players negatively affected by the decision.

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Rend is moving faction bases as its alpha rolls on

Everything is moving in Rend. That much should be expected, of course, because the game is still early in its testing cycle. In this particular case, though, the faction base is moving from the prior location to a spot closer to Yggdrasil. This has a number of benefits, as it gives players a taste of what to expect during the first journey to the base, provides clearer movements to the other biomes, and offers the developers a chance to change the map a bit further.

This also helps adjust the overall balance of the game by setting creature movement speeds to account for the new location, and since the game’s taming system is arriving in the same update it addresses multiple issues at once. None of the changes impact the overall timeline, so you can look forward to seeing the results of these shifts yourself sooner rather than later. Our own Andrew got a chance to see how the game is coming along on E3, so you can also take his word for it.

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The Stream Team: Conan Exiles’ Palace of the Witch Queen

With a new map came new dungeons in Conan Exiles, but Massively OP’s MJ was too busy building and exploring to try any. After hearing about Palace of the Witch Queen, she just has to delve in and check it out. With a name like that, think of the death possibilities! Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. for this first run in to the swamp’s city dungeon.

What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is on the cusp of Sanhok, goes on sale for $20

After so very much build-up to the main event, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is finally ready to debut its brand-new Sanhok map on Thursday, June 22nd. The battle royale zone has gone through four rounds of testing, but that’s over now. The real fight is about to begin.

Sanhok is a four-square kilometer map that takes place on a Southeast Asian-themed island that’s a fourth of the size of the other two game arenas. Some of the locales on the island include an archaeological dig, a paradise resort, and a training camp.

“Although games tend to end a little more quickly on this tiny island, battles are still massive,” the devs promised. “Every game still features 100 players.”

The patch might be a good time for you to make good on that resolution to pick up the game, especially considering that it’s gone on sale for the first time ever. You can pick up PUBG on Steam for $20 through July 5th.

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ARK Survival Evolved promises Extinction expansion for November 6

Exctinction is coming! Wait, that’s a bad thing… unless you’re a player of ARK Survival Evolved, where Extinction is just the name of the game’s next expansion.

“Finish your journey through the worlds of ARK in ‘Extinction’, where the story began and ends: on Earth itself! An Element-infested, ravaged planet filled with fantastical creatures both organic and technological, Earth holds both the secrets of the past and the keys to its salvation. As a veteran Survivor who has conquered all previous obstacles, the ultimate challenge awaits: can you defeat the gigantic roaming Titans which dominate the planet and complete the ARK cycle to save Earth’s future?”

Intriguingly, Studio Wildcard has apparently begun calling the survival sandbox a “dinosaur action-adventure game.” Huh.

Launch on PC and console for the expansion is a pretty long ways off – November 6th – but the studio is promising new skins and themed drops between now and then. It’ll be free for players with the season pass or explorer’s pack, with an upgrade fee for everyone else.

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Smed weighs in on Sony’s historical PlayStation crossplay hangups

Sony’s managed to piss off a whole lotta gamers over its unwillingness to play ball on Fortnite. As we covered last week, the PlayStation 4 giant has refused to allow cross-platform play between the PS4 and the other big consoles, notably the Xbox One and the Switch, which has led YouTubers to blast the policy, as you basically need to run multiple accounts (and potentially buy all your cosmetics twice) if you like to move between devices.

Last night, John Smedley – MMORPG players know him best as the former President of Sony Online Entertainment and then Daybreak – gave his own take on why Sony used to be so stubborn about console crossplay in response to a GameOverGreggy tweet about Fortnite.

“When I was at Sony, the stated reason internally for this was money,” Smed tweeted, referring to his time at the company prior to 2015. “They didn’t like someone buying something on an Xbox and it being used on a Playstation. Simple as that. Dumb reason, but there it is. […] If we keep the pressure up this problem goes away.”

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Whoopsie swastikas, stink bombs, and Twitch records: Just another day in the life of Fortnite

Add “accidentally creating Nazi symbols” to things you probably don’t want your popular video game to do.

Fortnite players recently discovered that one floor tileset, if lined up in a certain way in the builder mode, creates a swastika. Obviously, this was an unintended oversight, and Epic Games said it will deal with it. “This was unintended and will be addressed ASAP by adjusting the metal piece art,” the studio said.

As swastikas depart the game, stink bombs enter it, thanks to today’s Patch 4.4. The bomb delivers damage over time to anyone who lingers inside (but why would you?). As players have fun smelling up the place, they can also engage in a limited time mode where teams of 20 fight it out.

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The Stream Team: Temples or levels, that is the Path of Exiles question

While Massively OP’s MJ has been piddling around with temples in Path of Exile’s new Incursion Leagues, one of her friends has already finished the whole story! Now she’s torn between leveling and gorging on temples. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to hear the hints behind his success and to cheer MJ on in either leveling or creating more temples to plunder.

What: Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 18th, 2018

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Pokemon Go is finally letting you make friends and trade pokemon

One of the most fundamental aspects of the series will finally arrive in Pokemon Go sometime soon. The game has been out for a while, but you still can’t give your friend a Pidgey (named “Trash Bird”) in exchange for an Oddish (named “Smell Onion”). But when trading and friends arrive in the game, you can give your friends useful monsters in exchange for anything from another monster to good feelings.

Trading will be very reliant upon the friendship system, and it has some limitations, as both players need to be within 100 meters to trade and will have to pay a stardust fee based on friend level. Yes, there are friendship levels, and there are also rewards for trading pokemon caught far away from where you and your friend meet. Check out the full rundown on the official site, and get ready for more details and analysis as it arrives before the next fan gathering in July.

Source: Official Site, IGN. Cheers, Nordavind!

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Cuisine Royale is the goofy reskin the battle royale genre deserves

Be careful what you wish for! Apparently, Gaijin (you know it from WarThunder) ran an April Fools’ day joke mode for online shooter Enlisted that proved so popular that the company spun it out into a standalone battle royale game. But this one takes the PUBG frying pan and runs with it. Literally.

Cuisine Royale is an all-kitchen-warfare Battle Royale game with the most honest system for Loot Boxes ever,” the devs write. “Dinnerware will finally be able to show off its true potential: Use a colander as head protection, equip a wok as a formidable breastplate, or strap on a massive waffle maker to be protected even against the largest calibers of weapons.”

Gaijin says the game will start off free-to-play and will “probably will become paid later to cover servers maintenance costs.” It’s also promising “the most honest system for loot boxes,” with free-to-open, fully transparent boxes “scattered around the battlefield.”

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Sea of Thieves does a 180 on skeleton boats and is fine with it

With skeleton ships sailing, volcanoes erupting, rowboats rowing, and the three-player brigantine vessel tempting, Sea of Thieves is firing a publicity broadside following its E3 2018 showing.

The team admitted that it had changed its mind on a long-held stance against instituting skeleton ships. This was, apparently, due to player feedback: “Players have wanted it for a period of time and now we’re going to do it.”

The Sea of Thieves team got together to talk about the big changes coming to the multiplayer pirate simulator, and you can drop in on that chat with the latest Tales from the Tavern podcast after the break!

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The Stream Team: Building a base in Outpost Zero

Massively OP’s MJ learned about many dangers (the hard way) in Outpost Zero. Now, she’s ready to build up her base. It’s about time she has some robots on her side to counter that insufferable A.S.S. always telling her what to do. Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to see how far along she can get.

What: Outpost Zero
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 18th, 2018

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