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]
Tired of hearing the words “asset flip”? PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is too. Apparently at E3 last week, PUBG creator Brendan Greene gently joked that he “want[ed] to kill” people who claim his game maps are an asset flip. Now, PUBG Corp. communications lead Ryan Rigney has jumped into the fray on Reddit, where he addresses long-running accusations and rumors on the platform that the game’s maps are “either outsourced or entirely built using store-bought assets.”
“The first thing to understand is that if you’re just starting up a team, you’ve got to lean on asset store work because that’s the only way you can spin up a game fast, and for a reasonable price, to quickly find the fun. Hiring an art team of 40 people to ‘try a game’ and ‘see if it’s fun’ is simply not a smart way to work—this is what the asset store is for! It’s a great resource for teams that want to work smart.”
So, you want to be a pirate, but Sea of Thieves isn’t your cup of tea? If the issue was PvP, well, you’re probably out of luck, as Ubisoft Producer Karl von der Luhe emphasized at E3 this year that one of Skull and Bones‘ chief strengths is that it lets you decide what kind of pirate you want to be: the kind who backstabs and murders his fellow buccaneer, or a wolf running with a pack. There’s no room for pacifists who just want to share Earl Grey and crumpets, alas.
While von der Luhe admits that Ubisoft admires what Rare’s done with SOT, it’s been clear for a long time that the two games are different enough to co-exist. They’re different takes on the pirate lifestyle. Even with the new hideout system for off-ship… um, town interaction, my demo of the open PvPvE area, the hunt grounds, further confirmed my feeling that Ubisoft’s game is more about the ship than it is about the pirate, something that surely has its own audience.
When I met Frostkeep Studios’ CEO Jeremy Wood and crew at GDC earlier this year, I walked away impressed. I finally felt like I understood why other MOP staff are so excited about this flying-under-the-radar title. And this year at E3, I not only saw a more finished build of Rend but got some hands-on time with the game. I can’t say the floor demo did the game any justice, but what I heard from Wood and co-founder Solomon Lee sounded like the kind of forward thinking that only comes from developers who know the history of the genre and their playerbase.
Although I think I could start a hype train, I’m going to try to try to reserve judgment for a little longer. Rend may not be an MMO (it’s a moddable survival game with factions), but it has the potential to feed that MMO hunger we know you’re craving.
Reuters has an update on the ongoing criminal cases against the some of the defendants in the Call of Duty swatting incident from last year that led to an innocent man’s death.
As we’ve previously chronicled, California resident Tyler Barriss reportedly called Wichita police to detail a supposed murder/hostage/arson in progress back at the end of 2017, using the address of what he apparently believed was one Call of Duty player intended as the focus of the ensuing police harassment, as provided by another player and played out live on Twitter. The address used, however, was for an unrelated person, father of two Andrew Finch, who was subsequently shot and killed by police after opening his door. Barriss was charged with involuntary manslaughter and extradited to Kansas, having tweeted an admission of guilt and being suspected of multiple other incidents, including a bomb threat; while in prison, he even tweeted out new threats.
You know with my being the one at this year’s E3 that this would happen. A console Pokemon game that also connects to Pokemon Go? The possibility for a way to include trading in Niantic’s game in an indirect manner, a wider connection to the main series, its online storage system that helps give the games some semblance of persistence – altogether, it seemed for a moment as if Nintendo was indirectly building another pillar in its overall Pokemon world.
Sadly, from what everything we’ve learned, we’re no closer to a true (official) Pokemon MMO. However, my hands-on experience did hint at some really cool immersion for Go players who want to pick up Pokemon Let’s Go for a new mix of the core series’ gameplay.
With all the online talk about Nintendo this year, it feels only fitting to give Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros Ultimate a little time. We’ve talked recently about the unbundling of MMOs and why the market seems primed for a big title yet goes unanswered. Readers and writers all noted that other genres help meet the demands for this, from MOBAs to even social media.
In fact, we even covered an online fighting game last year because it included customizable characters (both appearance and abilities), quests, loot, guilds, and even guild quests that involved more than two people. An MMO it was not, but it certainly had enough overlap that it turned a few heads. The last Smash Bros included several of these components but restricted them to mostly offline play. However, one interesting note was that the Mii-fighter, a highly customizable character in the Smash-verse restricted to “fun” and “casual” play off and online, is being prepared for online battles. Whether that means in a new form or its customizable form matters, as one might hint at Nintendo’s aim for this title: another try for sanitized online fighter, or embracing the full spectrum of Smash fans. I’m leaning towards the latter.
Starcraft Remastered really didn’t have to do anything else after release. That’s not to say that no one would have wanted more, but it was already an update of a classic game onto modern hardware. But the team has still been active, and the latest much-delayed developer update is here looking back at the 20th anniversary celebration of the original game and the last few patches. More importantly, it’s looking to the future, and the future is ramps.
Yes, ramps. Mapmakers have managed to hack together ramps with northern facings and with extra width, but they’ve never looked very good (because they’re being hacked together in an engine that doesn’t really support it). No longer; the game’s next update will feature a new mapping system to allow for better ramp art along with its new ladder ranking system. The video also promises that group matchmaking is coming soon now that solo matchmaking is working as intended. Check out the video just below.
The Season of Greed is upon us, and the only way to satiate it is to dive into Diablo III. Season 14 started this past week, bringing the debut of seasonal content, which is really just an ongoing in-game event.
This time around, it’s more treasure goblins: “For the duration of Season 14, all treasure goblin spawns will be doubled. This means that each time you encounter a treasure goblin in the wild, they’ll be accompanied by an exact duplicate of themselves for two times the loot, chaos, and fun!”
As with past seasons, this one features new cosmetic rewards, the boots and pants of the Conqueror set, journey rewards, and conquests. Season 14 will run through September 16th, although the non-seasonal leaderboard will persist past that.
In the spirit of dino solidarity, ARK is celebrating the release of Jurassic Park’s latest installment with a special archaeology… er, ARKaeology, event. Massively OP’s MJ is ready to dig in and dig up some bones that can be turned into special skeletal skins. Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. to join the hunt.
What: ARK: Aberration
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, June 16th, 2018
Massively OP’s MJ has quite a bit of work to do to catch up to the new cinematic content, The Sacrifice
, and she really wants to get as far as she can before this year’s TennoCon. Because you know there will be a big announcement there! As MJ’s excitement builds to attend the gathering next month, she’s going to be plowing through her missions. Join us live at 8:00 p.m. and talk TennoCon with us.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 15th, 2018
Bohemia Interactive, the developer behind DayZ, knows what it does well, and it’s going to continue to create games within its specific field of expertise. The studio just announced its next title at E3 this week called Vigor, and yup, it’s a multiplayer survival shooter.
Vigor takes place in a post-war 1991 Norway where players have to grab everything that’s not nailed down and attempt to survive. There’s prooooobably going to be some snow here, considering the country, so pack your long johns.
“Turn a shelter into your home. Fight, run or hide. Take risks, claim rewards. Survive this cut-throat experience,” the official website said.
The big bummer here? Vigor is exclusive to the Xbox One, so you’ll either have to access it through that platform or look wistfully at some screenshots for the rest of your life. Early access signups are currently open through the website.
Out of all the announcements Bethesda had at its pre-E3 presser, The Elder Scrolls: Blades was the last title I thought we’d be offered. Oh, we had asked about others, but they sadly weren’t being shown, nor did they have anyone around to answer questions. Beyond the basics, Blades was the same.
Which was a shame, since there was excitement about the title in the MOP newsroom, especially once we heard it would include some sort of multiplayer. Scaling from PC VR down to mobile is a vast tech difference and gameplay experience. And being able to potentially play in portrait mode? All jokes aside, that’s actually some promising stuff!
However, of those awesome selling points, I only experienced portrait-style ESO mobile goodness during my demo.
The mobile version of ARK: Survival Evolved is officially out and live for your mobile devices – both iOS and Android – as of today. Studio Wildcard and War Drum Studios promise it’s not some crappy mobile knockoff; it’s really truly the “same multiplayer game” from PC and console with all the same territory and dinos, except in that the mobile edition is “free-to-play with more accessible gameplay developed specifically for on-the-go dinosaur fun.”
“In this free on-the-go experience featuring real-time crossplay between iOS and Android gamers, survivors will tame one of 80 amazing dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts! Fly a Pteranodon squadron over the snow-capped mountains, race through the deep jungle with your pack of trained Raptors, tromp through a fortified enemy base along a convoy of gigantic Brontosaurus, or chase down prey on the back of a raging T-Rex. Players will quickly learn that dinosaurs aren’t the only dangerous creatures on the island. Other players are organizing rebel tribes to accumulate resources, experience, and tools, and to construct sprawling villages and cities, with technology spanning the primitive stone-age to the modern electric-powered era and beyond!”
Oh yeah, and there’s an optional premium subscription because it’s 2018. You can pick it up now for iOS and Android, just bear in mind that super old devices aren’t gonna be able to touch this one.