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]
When you’re just sitting around and waiting for a game to release, it seems like the perfect time to partake in efforts to grab some extra goodies for when the title does come out. The multiplayer zombie title Fortnite is coming to early access on July 25th, but players can secure a few useful items right now with the “Search for Survivors” program.
Just by signing up, you’ll get a Bullseye rifle and an in-game banner for free, which seems like a good deal for very little effort. Past that, you can elect to recruit friends in order to earn more rewards. Yeah, it’s a recruit-a-friend program, but at least you get something even if you don’t want to pester your pals to play.
For those who rate their life in the number of video game pats on the back, Fortnite has posted a huge list of all of the achievements and trophies that players can earn on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Alpha Rexes have been seen teaming up to terrorize the inhabitants of ARK recently, and Massively OP’s MJ is going to have to do something about it! That something will either be rid the island of the menace, or die spectacularly. She and an army will be facing the threat; how many dinos will it take to take down these behemouths? To see, you’ll have to tune in live at 12:00 p.m. and watch the hunt go down.
What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 15th, 2017
ARK and Conan aren’t the only survivalboxes in town — in fact, several of the modern contenders in the subgenre have updates and videos this week demonstrating their progress.
Let’s start with ROKH. The Mars-themed exploration sandbox has this week launched a “huge” update on Steam, focusing heavily on crafter streamlining, both in terms of how accessible it is for newbs and vets to how the crafting window actually looks and functions in-game.
Back in April, we wrote about how the Olympic Council of Asia and Alisports of China was aiming to bring e-sports to the Asian Games, reportedly the second-largest sporting event in the world, right behind The Olympics itself. In support of the move, the council cited the addition of e-sports to the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in September as a “demonstration” sport featuring multiple games, including Dota 2, Starcraft II, and Hearthstone.
That may be in jeopardy now, however. SuperData reported this week that multiple countries have now backed out of the e-sports section of the AIMAG competitions. South Korea’s e-sports division quit the event in May, followed by Australia in June and Thailand earlier in July. Thailand, we should note, blocked participation in part over health concerns and “fears related to gaming addiction,” but South Korea and Australia raised objections over the exit of the well-recognized International Esport Federation and the formation of a relatively unregulated Asian Esports Federation in its place, as well as objections over the recruitment process for teams, which appears to blur national lines.
With Hands of the Gods opening beta up, more folks can jump in to see what is happening in the SMITE Tactics game. Massively OP’s MJ is heading back in to the battle. There are plenty of gods that need to be defeated! Want to see how things are progressing in this tactical title? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. and root on your favorite gods.
What: Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 14th, 2017
If you don’t already have a copy of 7 Days to Die in your Steam library, you may be part of a shrinking crowd of unfortunate souls. As part of a Greenlight closure notice, Valve noted that 7 Days to Die was in the top 100 best-selling games released on Steam.
It’s a good time to be playing the zombie survival sandbox, as one of its biggest patches to date just dropped. Alpha 16 added “a complete functional electricity system” for players to use when decking out their anti-zombie fortress. Electrified fences and shotgun turrets, anyone?
The patch doesn’t stop there, either. There’s a distance rendering system, more zombie spawns, game stage improvements, new enemies (watch out for the Disturbed Tourist!), a fur system for animals, painting, progression changes, controller support, more recipes, a Stealth 2.0 system, and a ton of new locations including the city of Departure.
This morning, we wrote about a new “massive online sandbox RPG,” Citadel: Forged With Fire, built by Slender devhouse Blue Isle Studios and expected to hit early access later this month. The studio clearly plans a press blitz in the lead up to that Steam release, beginning with a brand-new “feature highlight” on the game’s magic system.
“At launch, Citadel will offer you a diverse range of powerful spells, with many more to come in the future,” say the devs. “You can do some really cool stuff with our magic system: not just combat, but also beast taming, telekinesis, resource collection and much more.” For example:
“We decided a high level wizard would have too much dignity to be caught hunched over gathering sticks and stones, so we came up with the Extract spell. Using this power, mages can effortlessly suck materials out of giant rocks, trees and other objects to accumulate large quantities of building resources with ease. Build massive castles and fortresses without the crushing tedium of resource gathering.”
While Diablo III fans have their shiny (decaying) Necromancer to play with, Grim Dawn players are still tapping impatiently as they wait for the first expansion for this action-RPG to arrive. There’s still no word as to its name or specific release date, but the expansion FAQ page has it listed as “Q2 or Q3 2017.”
The dev team isn’t being completely silent on the expansion, however. A new video takes players on an hour-and-a-half tour with the new Inquisitor class, and a blog post this week announced that every celestial proc in the game is scheduled to get five additional ranks when the expansion releases.
Go on a journey with the Inquisitor and hear what the devs do have to say about the expansion after the break!
Hi-Rez took the floor of DreamHack Valencia in Spain today for announcements across its stable of games.
First, the renamed online TCG Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics has kicked off its open beta, meaning it’s accessible for everyone now. It’s also launched a 70-card Venus Competitor’s Pack that includes a crossover Aphrodite skin in SMITE.
itself, the team announced Project Olympus, a “new initiative intended to improve core game features and further polish” the MOBA over the next three updates. Expect “major” engine upgrades, improved 64-bit client support, HUD and controller improvements for console, better in-game tutorials, and post-level-30 prestige levels.
Paladins introduced new support toon Jenos, the Ascended, and revealed the Splitstone Quarry map.
During the event, SMITE and Paladins players will be going head to head in multiple competitions with a combined prize pool of over $200,000.
A couple of weeks ago, when Osiris: New Dawn introduced new classes, I’d delved back into the sci-fi survival sandbox after a bit of a break to check out the state of development in. I was pleased as I perused the new skill tree, doubly so when I saw all the new items that could be crafted. Once I got to the task of actually surviving, I found that that beginning experience had also changed a fair share, from crash landing farther away to new missions to direct you. True, I missed my little robot companion and my inflatable dome, but overall I was pretty impressed with the progress and started a penning this Survivalist to say so.
So imagine my surprise when just before completing my thoughts I read the dev blog about negativity toward the game and its changes. Here I was happy to see how far it had come and others were ripping it absolutely to shreds. Fenix Fire CEO Brian McRae was so affected by the negative reviews and complaints that he penned a response addressing the issues. I admit, when I started reading I was taken aback and even a tad annoyed at the negative Nancys bashing the game. Didn’t folks appreciate the fact that this early access with forging ahead at a decent pace? Sure there would be bumps, but that was a part of actual development.
As part of the emergent gameplay of Sea of Thieves’ missions, player crews will occasionally come upon signs in their voyage of shipwrecks lying below the surface. At this point, they’ll have a decision: Do they carry on or do they stop and risk being boarded by enemy crews while diving below?
In the newest Sea of Thieves dev video, the team explains how shipwrecks are designed to balance risk and reward. Tucked inside of these ships are treasure chests and resource barrels, but players will find themselves battling a lack of oxygen and a fear of circling sharks to grab the goods. Also, there are floating bananas. This game and bananas, I tell you.
Give this video a watch after the break!
A Diablo III exploit has caused some stress and rampant cheating within the community lately, leading to a hotfix, rollback, and bonus XP event on the part of Blizzard.
About a week ago, issues arose with Patch 2.6 that led the team to taking measures to make sure that the start of Season 11 would go smoothly. This has led to hotfixes and a wipe of the era leaderboards, as well as a rollback on legendary gem levels following a discovered exploit.
As an apology for the confusion and mess, the devs are activating a double XP weekend in the game that will run from July 14th through the morning of the 17th. This move hasn’t pleased “honest” players, who say this helps rather than punishes exploiters.
One gets the feeling Blizzard
isn’t taking promotion of Hearthstone’s Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion
too seriously, what with its latest video in which Arthas-turned-Lich-King interviews for a job at Blizzard and insults the studio as a “sweltering bastion of flannel.” Your jokes about qualifications to work on Blizzard’s games go right… here.
Blizzard has been tweaking the OTCG ahead of the expansion, however, with tweaks to some older cards (including Caverns Below) to keep them competitive once everyone’s busy whipping out the KOTFT card packs already up for pre-purchase. The video is below.