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]

Conan Exiles offers sneak peek at its environment and buildings

Those looking for clues as to what Conan Exiles will look like when the survival title releases should keep tabs on the game’s Facebook page. Every few days, Funcom has been posting preview shots of the environment, models, and structures.

“In Conan Exiles you will be able to build all kinds of different structures, piece by piece,” Funcom posted. “While this image shows some of the basic parts, more advanced pieces will also be available. Building parts will also exist in various tiers that have different visuals and offer different levels of defense against attacks. Everything you build is fully destructible, so it’s wise to think about how to defend your settlements early on!”

You can check out the latest two images from the game after the break!

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Warcraft III gets its first patch in four years, with more to follow

It looks like it’s not just cult classic Diablo II that’s getting a lick of fresh paint this week, as Blizzard has now released a compatibility patch for its classic strategy game Warcraft III. Patch 1.27a is the first update to the game in over four years and contains mostly fixes to make the game run properly on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, and a new installer for Mac OS 10.10 and 10.11. Older versions of the Mac OS are not supported and are causing crashes, but the patch has been otherwise well received.

Blizzard has been responding to questions and comments on the Warcraft III forum and has promised that more patches will follow. The team won’t be limiting itself to just bug-fixes and compatibility improvements either, with “a balance change and new map pool” still to come.

Source: PC Gamer

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Ubisoft’s Werewolves Within is an online multiplayer VR ‘social deduction’ game

Ubisoft’s newest game isn’t exactly an MMORPG, but it is a VR multiplayer online title that revolves around what the company is calling “social deduction.” In Werewolves Within, gamers will play as villagers in the medieval town of Gallowston who argue, compel, and convince each other to ferret out — and vote to destroy — the werewolves hidden among them. Wheee! Let’s say it’s the graphics of Free Realms with the backstabby cutthroatiness of EVE Online and the popcorn amusement of Survivor. The intro vid’s below.

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The Black Death demos combat, sickness, and death in new militia trailer

The delay of The Black Death’s early access launch from March to April means more trailers on just how the gloomy survival sandbox will operate. Today’s entry focuses on the militia archetype, just the character to choose for a mercenary player who wants to dabble a little in a lot. Follow along as Green Man Loaded demos the class — there’s even a walkthrough of the combat system, sickness system, and death.

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ARK: Survival Evolved is splitting in two with a F2P version

See below for the update.

Strange things are afoot at ARK: Survival Evolved, my friends. The site posted a partial picture of a metallic dinosaur under the header of “Mysterious Mysteries: GIGAntic Expectations” with no further explanation.

What does this mean? The devs said that more details will follow, but it is quite clear that the robot dinos have won and are now our new lizard overlords. Massively OP would like to be the first to pledge allegiance to these majestic beasts and promises the full might of our comments section in supporting their conquest of the Earth.

The full reveal of our fearsome prehistoric masters will take place on Twitch later today. Currently, there is a countdown timer to 2:00 p.m. EDT.

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Hearthstone offers a new hero for World of Warcraft players

Odds are pretty good that if you already play World of Warcraft, you have probably taken Hearthstone for a spin. The game is now offering something extra to entice you if you are a WoW veteran: you can earn a new hero in Hearthstone! Admittedly, you have to bring a character to level 20 after March 11th, but odds are you can manage that in about an hour of play, maybe two if you really pace yourself.

Players who earn the achievement will receive Lady Liadrin, the first Blood Elf Paladin, the proof that you can rip away the power of a Naaru for months but still be totally redeemed as a for-real paladin by apologizing really sincerely, and the seven-time pie-eating champion of Silvermoon City. There’s also still a Hearthsteed available for players who win three matches in Hearthstone and then log in to World of Warcraft, if you don’t already have that cross-promotion.

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Rumor: Diablo III may go free-to-play with next expansion

The writers over at Blizzard Watch have unearthed information that may point to plans for Diablo III to go free-to-play on PC. Earlier this week, the normal option to buy the game for $19.99 on the Blizzard store was temporarily replaced by a broken link with a price of “Free to level 70.” Blizzard’s official response on twitter claimed that the price change was “just a display bug,” and that it was accidentally pointing to the Chinese beta version of the game, which currently has a free-to-play level cap of 70.

Fans have continued to speculate on how this business model could could apply to the western market. Diablo III already has a free trial that limits players to Act 1 zones and a maximum level of 12, and that could easily be increased to level 70. The interesting thing is that level 70 is the current level cap for the Reaper of Souls expansion, not the base game. Some believe this hints that at some point in the future, Blizzard may make the base game and RoS free-to-play in the west too if a new expansion raises the level cap. Other supporting information for this hypothesis includes the fact that Blizzard has been hiring new art staff for an undisclosed Diablo-based product that could be an expansion.

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The Stream Team: Playing Paladins and giving away beta codes

During  MassivelyOP’s MJ last Paladins run, she was denied the chance to see the newest map. Maybe the odds will be in her favor more if she joins as a group. And the best way to make a group is to get more friends in the game. So, here’s the plan: MJ has a score of Paladins beta codes to give away. If you’d like the chance to win one, tune in live at 4:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you even more…

What: Paladins
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 12th, 2016

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The Stream Team: Angling for ARK’s anglerfish

MassivelyOP’s MJ has been coveting ARK’s anglerfish for a long time; it’s pretty cool-looking and a decent aquatic mount to boot. Who wouldn’t want to ride around on one, flashing massively toothy grins at that other sea life? She’s heading back into the water and try to tame a couple. Of course, there are plenty of dangers down in the deep waiting to devour her! Join us live at 12:00 p.m. to see how successful this hunt goes.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 12th, 2016

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The Stream Team: Friday frolicking in HEX

When you find you have a few spare moments in your Friday, what do you do? MassivelyOP’s MJ hops into HEX! She’s got a long way to go in her PvE adventures (have you seen how huge that map is?), and she’s looking to redeem herself after her last loss to a pack of ravenous raptors. Yes, she’s got some angry bunnies, thirsty for revenge! Tune in live at 4:00 p.m. as the battle bunnies work to take over the world.

What: HEX: Shards of Fate
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 11th, 2016

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Hearthstone’s next expansion is Whispers of the Old Gods

The next Hearthstone expansion will drive you mad. It’s all about madness. It turns out that all of the rumors whispered in dark places are true, and the next expansion is Whispers of the Old Gods, bringing Hearthstone players all of the supernumerary eyes, mouths, and tentacles that they could ever ask for! Also thought-blasting insanity from the empty reaches between worlds, so it’s a gift that keeps on giving.

A grand total of 134 cards are planned for the set, including four old gods (C’Thun, N’Zoth, Yogg-Saron, and Y’Shaarj) and several familiar NPCs with new madness-flavored twists. The full extent of the expansion mechanics have yet to be revealed, but you can be certain that there will be randomness and a great deal of calling upon the power of the aforementioned old gods. Check out the trailer for the expansion just below.

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CCP’s VR mobile shooter EVE: Gunjack is launching on the Rift and Vive too

Late last year, CCP launched its VR-oriented mobile arcade shooter EVE: Gunjack on the Samsung Gear as just one of several EVE universe-based VR games the studio is building with the $30M in venture capital it raised in 2016. And today, CCP says Gunjack is expanding — to the HTC Vive later this year and to the Oculus Rift on March 28th, just in time for the Oculus’ ship date. That means it’ll be playable on PC, not just on mobile.

“For its debut on PCs, Gunjack adds higher-resolution graphics, an enhanced audio experience, vastly improved textures, models, and effects, achievements, leaderboards and more, but will keep the same price of $9.99,” says Executive Producer Jean-Charles Gaudechon.

Gunjack’s sister game, EVE: Valkyrie, will also debut with the Rift, bundled with the platform. We’ve included the trailer below.

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Sea of Thieves starts a fan contest to play the game before anyone else

If you’ve managed to forget what happened at E3 last year, recall that Rare announced that it was making a shared-world pirate game titled Sea of Thieves. Those of you with eyepatches and well-trained parrots are likely already nodding and muttering “aye” in recollection. So how would you like a chance to play the game before anyone else along with a trip to England?

All right, the second part of that sentence is going to be significantly less appealing to anyone who already is in England, but play along.

The contest asks for you, in short, to demonstrate how excited you are to play the game with a video or photos, with bonus points awarded for sets, dialogue, presentation, and costume. (For these purposes you can classify your eyepatch-and-parrot existence as a costume.) There’s a full teaser for the contest just below if you can’t wait for the chance to make every day all about talking and acting like a pirate.

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