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]

War Thunder's Assault patch adds new vehicles and maps, with Assault mode on the way

War Thunder has pushed out another big update today, this one dubbed simply, "Assault!" -- exclamation point required! "The update introduces almost twenty new vehicles including Japanese tanks and three new battle locations bringing the total number of maps to more than 80 available in the game," says Gaijin.

What it does not have? The Assault mode that presumably gave it its name.

"Available in two iterations, the new game mode challenges players to defend a strategic location against waves of enemy ground vehicles or aircraft. For tankers, combat is fought tank to tank on the ground, with the ability to temporarily support teammates in attack aircraft or bombers. Pilots are tasked with maintaining air superiority over a zone by fending off enemy bombers approaching from all directions. As each successive wave is stronger than the previous one, players have to work together to hold out until the end, upon which they will receive well-deserved rewards."

That mode is on the way "soon after the update 1.67 launch." In the meantime, check out the trailer!

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Eternal Crusade prepares for its free-to-play shift

It is important to note that the official Eternal Crusade line is that the upcoming free-to-play option is not a full conversion to free-to-play, and that's largely accurate. Free players will still be limited in what they can access. But it does mean that you will be able to play the game for free, while those who already have bought the game and are playing not for free get some fun stuff. For example, you get a bunch of in-store credit for the game, all four factional DLC packs, unique Venerable items, and something else as-yet-undisclosed to offer another little bonus.

Free players, of course, will have access to all of these things for purchase separately (aside from Venerable items) and can jump in to fill out the game's queues, so they win as well. This also coincides with another patch to the game trimming up balance issues and outstanding bugs, so whether or not you're already a player or just look to jump in when the game goes free, you can know you're playing the most polished version of the game possible.

Source: Steam

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LawBreakers rolls out massive patch today with first closed beta test

Nexon's CliffyB-designed online shooter LawBreakers enters its first round of closed beta today.

Back in August, dev studio Boss Key told fans it was going "back in the lab" to work out some of the kinks and take into account feedback from alpha testers.

This weekend's closed beta event, which runs until March 19th, trots out those lab-baked changes, including Discord chat, three new roles, two new maps, an updated UI, fresh tutorial elements, achievements, a balance update for most of the original roles and modes, and performance optimizations. There's also some testing going on with regard to customization and stashes.

Launch is still planned for later this year; you can sign up for future beta rounds on the official site!

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Hi-Rez puts SMITE Rivals development 'on hold'

Bad news for those who were looking forward to another SMITE spinoff game; it appears that the digital card game version of the game, SMITE Rivals, is taking a vacation from development. According to Hi-Rez Studios president Stew Chisam, the game's development is being put on hold to focus on developing SMITE Tactics:

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Hearthstone debuts Un'Goro web series starring Community's Danny Pudi

Hearthstone's next big expansion is coming in April, but Blizzard doesn't want to wait to get the festivities going. The studio released the first episode of a short-form web series this week to promote Journey to Un'Goro.

The series stars Danny Pudi, who might be best known as Abed from TV's Community. Pudi plays Professor George H. Doyle, an explorer who has arrived in Un'Goro in search of extremely rare creatures.

Journey to Un'Goro will add 135 new prehistoric-themed cards to the popular game. Players looking for a deal on a bulk order can prepurchase 50 card packs for $50 (although this is limited to just one purchase per person). Check out the web series below!

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Warface's first patch since the My.com publishing deal is out today

Back in January, Crytek announced that its F2P online shooter Warface would be globally published by My.com in the west beginning in February -- yep, that's the same My.com that runs Revelation Online and Skyforge. The idea was that Crytek would be able to "focus on the development aspect" and work on content while My.com would take over player accounts and game distribution.

How did it go? Apparently to plan: Warface's first big content patch since the transition rolled out today. Called Icebreaker, the update includes a new storyline, new baddies, new weapons, new achievements, "improved loading times," and of course, the co-op "Icebreaker" mission itself.

The launch trailer is tucked down below.

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The Stream Team: Xsyon survives six years

Long before survival games became all the rage, there was Xsyon. In fact, it may very well be what started Massively OP's MJ on her survival path. She played the game in the early years as it was developing, but she hasn't been back in a while. It's definitely time to jump in and check things out again. Maybe this time she won't die to crazy chickens or psychotic squirrels! It's not like the Ides of March is all about death. Oh. Tune in live at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate six years of survival in...

What: Xsyon
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

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Roblox is taking the online kid world by storm with 48M monthly users and $92M in new investment

Have you ever heard of this game Roblox? If not, you probably will be in the future, because this title has come out of nowhere to grab an enormously large audience with its LEGO-meets-Minecraft setup. According to the site, "Every day, virtual explorers come to Roblox to create adventures, play games, role play, and learn with their friends in a family-friendly, immersive, 3-D environment."

Formed back in 2005 and growing significantly over the past few years, Roblox now boasts over 48 million monthly users across all of its platforms (the game can be accessed on PC, mobile, VR, and console), with most of its demographics being made up of children ages six to 16. The game has seen activity peak at one million concurrent players and has paid out $9.2 million to community creators.

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Diablo III shows some of the Necromancer's moves

No, the Necromancer isn't coming to Diablo III any time in the near future, but Blizzard did want to show off some of the class' skills and give a brief update on the progress of the ARPG's newest class.

The Necromancer will use both melee and dark magic attacks as she decimates the battlefield. Some of the skills (shown as animated GIFs) include Grim Scythe, Blood Nova, Devour, Raise Golem, and Leech. The team is also putting the final touches on the female Necromancer model.

To answer the most pressing questions for any Diablo III fan, no, Blizzard isn't quite ready to announce the price point of the class pack or a specific release date (although the studio said that it's aiming for the second half of the year). Prior to that release, the Necromancer will be put through her paces on a special public test realm.

Source: Diablo III

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The Stream Team: Celebrating Paladins' console closed beta with Inara

Paladins just started closed beta on console today, so Massively OP's MJ is diving in to celebrate by trying out the new champion introduced recently to the front line ranks.  As the Stone Warden, Inara commands stones to shoot, slow, and block her foes. Can MJ get the hang of this champion well enough to dive into some PvP with her, or will she have to fall back on Maeve or Ying? Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. for the action, and don't forget to grab a key if you want to play the game on Xbox One or PlayStation 4!

What: Paladins
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

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No Man's Sky patches in a fix to allow faster movement on every planet

Last week, No Man's Sky patched in the option to build rovers for quickly traversing the landscape. That's just a good thing, right? After all, it means that you could hop from place to place without having to use up fuel on your ship. Except that for some reason, the geobays required for these rovers could only be built on your home planet, meaning that you couldn't use them at all on any new world you discovered. In other words, a great new tool for exploring strange new worlds could not be used to explore strange new worlds.

Whether this was an accident or an oversight is unclear, but either way, it's been changed now. Players can now build geobays on new worlds, meaning you can hop in and start exploring with faster movement wherever you wind up. Or you can just put on an appropriate soundtrack and start crushing the local wildlife underneath your exploratory vehicle's wheels. It's all up to you, it's your playground.

Source: Steam via Polygon

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Overwatch previews Orisa, is unlikely to port to the Nintendo Switch

Overwatch is probably not coming to the Nintendo Switch, or so suggests Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan. He told Reddit last night that while he loves the platform, getting Overwatch Switch-ready would be "very challenging," but the studio is "always open minded about exploring possible platforms."

That's a bummer for fans of the Switch, which in its first week sold 1.5 million units, a third of which in the US. SuperData attributes the platform's performance almost entirely to Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

In happier news for Overwatch, Blizzard has a new behind-the-scenes out for upcoming hero Orisa, which we've tucked down below.

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PAX East 2017: Introducing Rend, a three-way survival sandbox from Frostkeep Studios

I don't really like survival games, typically -- I understand why a lot of people do like them, don't get me wrong, but I don't care for them myself, for a whole forest of reasons. To make a survival game that I want to play, you have to really come at the genre from a side angle, which can be hard to do while retaining the things that people like about the genre.

At this early juncture, I can't say that Rend (official site) will do all of that. But I can say that the groundwork is in place for something that might be worth getting excited about.

I was incredibly fortunate to be granted one of the first meetings with Frostkeep Studios and a first look at Rend itself, in a conspiratorial PAX meeting on the second floor of a fish restaurant on the Boston piers. It felt a bit as if I were being shown something that should not be seen, some artifact of great power that had been hidden away from prying eyes. Perhaps that's as it should be.

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