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]

Overwatch looks forward to anniversary skin and more diverse story focus over the next year

To the surprise of basically no one, Overwatch has succeeded through its first year, and it should also come as no surprise that Blizzard is celebrating with new skins. After all, new skins get added to this game on the regular. It’s all about skins. Have some skins. A leaked Facebook video shows off new skins for Soldier:76, Zarya, Bastion, and Pharah. No details on what the anniversary event will offer for other characters, but it can be assumed that more is coming.

Of course, the second year also means that players can expect more storytelling around the game (not in the game, unfortunately), with director Jeff Kaplan stating that he’d like to tell more stories about characters like Symmetra and Pharah who haven’t been in the spotlight yet. He’d also love to do some adventures for Roadhog and Junkrat, whom he sees as being perfect comedy relief for the more serious underlying story. Of course, telling stories about more characters will also push Blizzard up against the boundaries of claiming the game’s diversity isn’t political, so take from that what you will.

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WoW Token value soars on Destiny 2 Battlenet news

WoW Token prices have soared following yesterday’s surprise announcement that Destiny 2 will be published on Blizzard’s Battlenet app (yes, that’s what Blizzard called it). Players ran amok speculating on the currency, which they are guessing may influence the shooter come September, while others are hoarding in the hopes of using it to buy a copy of the game itself. Buyers in Europe sent the price up to over a quarter of a million gold; Americans were seemingly less impressed (or less concerned about potentially higher international prices for the game), as on this side of the pond the currency peaked at 140K gold per token and fell faster.

This isn’t the first time an announcement like the Destiny 2 one has caused a major market shift. Back in February, Blizzard revealed that WoW Tokens would be redeemable for Blizzard store currency, driving the cost so high that it was no longer a wise investment for paying off subs. This most recent spike, however, is even bigger — IcyVeins has declared it an all-time high for the currency.

Blizzard reps have previously said that the token is a harmless tool that makes “people happier,” though only a small fraction of players participate in the market.

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PSA: Hearthstone is giving away a free Fight Promoter card on Saturday

Hearthstone players are always on the lookout for ways to beef up their collection without having to spend more money, even if it is just a free card here or there. Well, this Saturday Blizzard is giving away a 4/4 Fight Promoter card just for fun.

This comes on top of another promotion in which Hearthstone is doling out three Journey to Un’Goro packs to anyone who logs in this month. Even if you don’t currently play Hearthstone, it might be worth the five minutes to load up the game and grab these freebies for future play.

Source: Touch Arcade

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Marvel Heroes Omega early access opens today for PS4 players

It’s a big week for Marvel Heroes: Today marks the start of early access for the soft launch of Marvel Heroes Omega on PlayStation 4, which itself technically begins May 23rd, but if you want in now — with no more wipes — a founder pack (or a key you won from us!) will get you in today.

Earlier this week, Gazillion announced that its Xbox One-flavored game service will whirr to life on June 20th, so you folks have only one more month to wait.

PC players, I feel you right now, but there’s some good news on the horizon: a big A.R.M.O.R. incursion event plus a teaser for the anniversary, and it’s a good one:

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Paladins’ 50th open beta patch suggests you Get Rekt

Paladins would like to invite you to Get Rekt — the REKT Chest, that is.

Hi-Rez has introduced the goofy, plasticized new loot set to the MOBA with this week’s patch, hot on the heels of its console free-to-play launch earlier this month.

The open beta update (#50!) also includes new announcer packs, the new Bend map, bug fixes, tweaks for existing maps, a balancing pass for heroes, and new skins for Buck, Evie, Kinessa, and Sha Lin.

Check out the patch overview videos below!

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Path of Exile explains upcoming Energy Shield mechanical changes

There are some big changes coming to Energy Shield in Path of Exile’s next expansion, and as tends to happen with major system changes, the designers have penned a lengthy column explaining why these changes exist. It’s not that Energy Shield is inherently bad, obviously; the problem is that with high enough values and the right collection of relics, players can ultimately use Energy Shield to completely replace Life as a survival mechanic, which results in characters with enormous health pools without any investment in doing so.

To fix this problem high-end shield values have been significantly tuned down, and several different items have had their synergy with Energy Shield adjusted to provide a more tangible drawback. Vaal Pact, for example, will no longer provide any benefit to Energy Shield (whereas it currently allows almost an immediate refill of shields without any drawbacks). However, it will also be possible for players to craft better Energy Shield items earlier, so players can still try out the builds that made these changes necessary; they’ll still be potent, but they should no longer make you effectively unkillable.

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The Stream Team: Hitting the HEX campaign trail hard

With a new-found confidence in her killer bunny pack, Massively OP’s MJ is ready to take on more HEX content. After trouncing that dungeon, she’s eager to hit the campaign trail again with her fuzzy army. What will she run into next as she explores new areas? And more importantly, can HoppyHoppyJoyJoy bash the threats or will the bunnies be bopped on the nose and sent scampering away in defeat? Join us live at 2:00 p.m. to find out.

What: HEX
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 18, 2017

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The Survivalist: ARK Survival Evolved discusses early access, launch, and wipes

Could ARK: Survival Evolved finally be launching? That’s a question many survivors would love to see answered soon. Unfortunately, we can’t provide you with any date as one hasn’t been announced. But it appears there could be a light at the end of that tunnel thanks to a Studio Wildcard interview earlier this week in a podcast dedicated to the survival genre.

If you are a fan of survival games as I am (and chances are high if you are reading this!), you might really want to check out Infection – The Survival Podcast. ARK fans especially will be interested in this week’s episode 122; it features a lengthy discussion with Kayd Hendricks, the senior technical game play designer. Hendricks touches on many subjects, including the team, early access, wipes, launch, narrative, and more. Even without a launch date, it’s really worth a listen/watch; a couple of his remarks really struck a chord with me.

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Overwatch celebrates first birthday with free-play weekend and GOTY edition

Overwatch is turning one year this month, so bust out your hipster camera and baby confections for a cake smash! Just kidding. Actually Blizzard is kicking off a huge promotion next week starting with a free play period over Memorial Day weekend and ending with the conclusion of season 4:

“In addition to Overwatch Anniversary, we will be holding another free-weekend from May 26th-29th. For this free weekend, we’re making Overwatch’s full roster of heroes and maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the latest Weekly Brawl. Players will also have the ability to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock a variety of different customization options. If players decide to purchase a copy of Overwatch after the free-weekend they will get to keep any progress made during the weekend.”

Wanna buy it after that? Maybe hold out for the GOTY edition, which launches the same day as the promo event for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. In it, you’ll find 10 loot boxes, plus Overwatch skins, Tracer in Heroes of the Storm, Baby Winston in World of Warcraft, Mercy’s Wings in Diablo III, new portraits in StarCraft II, and a special card in Hearthstone. ALL the cross-promotions. The new anniversary trailer’s down below.

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Osiris: New Dawn adds flares, talks weather patterns

So what about that weather we’re having in Osiris: New Dawn? OK, it’s unlikely that anyone will actually utter that as a conversation starter, but even so, did you know that Osiris has a robust weather system? The team posted a pie chart (the tastiest of all charts) to show the frequency of the five weather types: clear, hazy, dust, storm, and fog.

Last week the sci-fi survival sandbox updated to its 1.116 build, adding in new features such as flares and primitive crafting workstations. It may be the future and all, but who says that stone ovens can’t be useful? For all of the additions, there was one subtraction: The team removed the OMPA robot for some more work.

If this game is your bag, you might be interested to know that there’s an official Discord channel to facilitate conversations and socializing!

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LawBreakers begins a second round of closed beta this week

Get your breakin’-the-law gifs ready: Nexon’s CliffyB-designed online shooter LawBreakers enters its second round of closed beta this week. Last year, Boss Key announced it was going “back in the lab” to work out some of the kinks and take into account feedback from alpha testers, which were on display this past March when its first beta test took place.

Now, the company’s announced another round of closed beta beginning this Thursday, May 18th, and running through the weekend, NDA-free. Notably, this build includes the playable Wraith, new Reactor map, new Blitzball mode, spectator mode, and new customization options. Boss Key posted a studio update vlog too; you can watch that below!

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Mars survival sandbox ROKH has launched into early access

We first heard about Mars-themed survival sandbox ROKH back in 2015 when it released its teaser to the world, and then in 2016 developer Darewise Entertainment launched a Kickstarter for the game seeking over $100,000, but that crowdfunding attempt was canceled when it achieved only about a fifth of its goal. Since then, the early access launch has been kicked around a few times — first to September 2016, then January 2017, and now to… today.

Yes, the game has officially launched its early access today, with the finished version planned for a year from now. The devs have posted a number of guides to help newbies get started, but know that you’ll be shelling out $24.99 for the product in its current state. Check out the launch trailer down below!

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Erectus stiffens up its competition with the launch of its endgame

While everyone would like to be the great shaft at the heart of progress in Erectus the Game, the stiff backbone around which all other play revolves, only one person can truly be the Erectus King. This is the endgame, and it’s just been thrust into the spotlight with the game’s most recent update, when the Erectus King NPC begins his ritual and surrounds the land with erupting volcanoes. This phase of the endgame takes two weeks, and players must wrestle the king down before his explosive ritual can reach its climax.

Assuming the king is defeated, players will then have to hold and control the king for a time while other players try to get their own hands on the surging lord. Success, of course, means that a new king has risen, so players will have to work hard to achieve a satisfying conclusion. Remember, it doesn’t matter how strong your empire is if you can’t successfully maintain a bid for the Erectus King.

Source: Maata Games press release

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