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]
On January 6th, Diablo III’s Season 9 is set to roll out worldwide and invite players to enjoy a fresh journey through the game’s content with new rewards.
Interesting portraits, pieces of the Conquerer’s set, stash tabs, a new class set, and a Rocky minipet are all part of the reward package that can be accumulated by playing through the season and hitting certain achievements. You shouldn’t take Rocky for granite either; the minipet will automatically collect gold for your character.
Blizzard is rotating Diablo III’s seasonal conquests as well: “Players that just gotta go fast can tackle Sprinter, Speed Racer, Speed Demon, or Need for Speed. Got a thing for gold? Avarice or Avaritia might be right up your alley. If Cursed Events are more your style, Curses! and Stars Align might be more suitable challenges. Finally, if you enjoy facing a challenge without sets, The Thrill and Super Human are both making a return.”
How do you celebrate Christmas Eve? Massively OP’s MJ goes hunting for Raptor Claus! He’s flying through ARK’s sky leaving presents all around the island. And who doesn’t want presents? These can be filled with coal, mistletoe, or any assortment of recipes and items. MJ really wants the snowball emote, so she’ll need quite a stack of both the mistletoe and coal to be able to craft it. Join us live at 12:00 p.m. as MJ takes to the skies in search of holiday gifts.
What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 24th, 2016
On one hand, the new ice world of Aziel seems kind of appropriate for the season when it gets added to Osiris: New Dawn. On the other hand, maybe that’s just our climate talking, isn’t it? For all we know it’s the middle of a relatively balmy summer on that planet. It’s just cold by our standards. You can check out the trailer down below and decide for yourself if your association of weather is appropriate or just planetary relativism.
The upcoming major update also adds in mecha-crab mounts, new weaponry, and skill tree systems, so you can have plenty of fun even if you’re not walking in a winter wonderland. (From a human perspective.) Again, you can see all of it in action just below, so why not check that out?
Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2016 awards continue today with our award for Best Popcorn MMO of 2016, which is a brand-new award on MOP this year and was pitched by reader Agemyth. We’re defining “popcorn game” akin to the way Mark Jacobs describes his upcoming game’s “popcorn crafting” — they’re snacks, quick bites, jump-in-jump-out games that aren’t necessarily intended to be eight-hour escapades (although they can have that too). These are the games we play when we need to fill 15 or 30 minutes, not when we want a traditional MMORPG experience, and we’ve opted to include pre-2016 MMOs and pseudo-MMOs (shooters, MOBAs, OARPGs, etc.) as long as they accomplished something truly popcorn-worthy in this calendar year.
Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end!
The Massively OP staff pick for Best Popcorn MMO of 2016 is…
I know what you’re thinking — didn’t War Thunder
launch, like, four years ago? I know we just sang happy birthday
back in October. Welcome to the after-effects of the age of soft launches, my friends. Gaijin announced today that War Thunder
is finally moving out of open beta.
“[U]pdate 1.65 ‘Way of the Samurai’ marks the release of the originally proposed War Thunder game and ends Open Beta with all current in-game nations featuring their own aircraft and tank trees. The introduction of ships also means that War Thunder now takes the fight to land, air and sea to complement the game. Gaijin Entertainment will continue its commitment to improving the game through regular updates, as they progress toward the research trees of War Thunder Ships, which currently reside in pre-beta testing.”
As you might guess from the title, the Way of the Samurai patch today focuses on the Japanese faction. The studio is promising navies for all nations next year in addition to the already-announced World War mode. And get your Christmas stockings ready: The holiday content rolls out today too.
Back in November, we reported on the rollout of Hellion, a PvP-centric multiplayer sci-fi survival sandbox aiming for a Jaunary early access launch. Today, indie studio Zero Gravity has put out a new trailer for the game, which is apparently still on track, this one showcasing the survival elements in play in the gameworld.
As we’ve written before, in addition to its survival-themed PvP system, Hellion boasts a “complex resource gathering system,” crafting, ship maintenance, space stations, modular and customizable equipment, ship-vs.-ship combat, item decay, and “a deep backstory within an immersive multiplayer experience.” Oh yeah, and it’s really pretty, which is evident in the video we’ve tucked down below.
What are MMO NPCs good for, really? Usually they’re either part of the quest system, trainers or vendors, or targets for our sharp, pointy weapons. Conan Exiles is looking to expand on those interactions by allowing players to capture certain NPCs and drag them back into their camp to install them as thralls. Slaves. You’re capturing slaves.
The thrall system will be NPC-only during next year’s early access while Funcom figures out the best way to handle player thralls. In a new video, you can see the first display of the thrall system in the survival sandbox in addition to a tour around a player-created village, crafting, and combat.
Check out the making of a village and hear about all of these systems after the jump! The thrall capture action starts at the 42-minute mark.
Everyone knows the pain of struggling desperately to get that one last gift for someone you care about. Even if you’re Overwatch’s super-speedster Tracer, as demonstrated in a new official comic, you can still find yourself stuck low on time and desperately seeking that one perfect item. It’s a cute holiday comic to celebrate the season, and it’s chiefly meant to be cute… while also dropping something that’s at once a continuity bombshell and something that should be wholly irrelevant.
Said revelation of the game's first canonically queer character is hidden behind spoilers for those who would rather read the comic first. Click this line to reveal it.
The big reveal is that Tracer is looking for the present for her girlfriend, and it’s handled very nicely – the reveal is neither shocking nor ambiguous, just a casual detail that’s given no extra attention but still has a pretty big impact on the fandom.
The internet being what it is, reactions have ranged from people who are quite happy with the portrayal and enjoy talking about the reveal to actual internet blocks in countries like Russia due to “gay propaganda” laws. Blizzard has said for quite some time that it wants to have Overwatch be an inclusive game with a variety of different characters contained therein, and this is definitely a move in that direction. And it helps that the whole thing is adorable.
Why would you ever want to fly a ship in EVE Valkyrie that wasn’t the strongest, toughest, or most hard-hitting? The devs make a case this week that support class fighters are actually a very engaging choice, provided that you know how to use them.
Support class ships in this VR game are hands-down the fastest vessels, able to dart in and out of the battlefield while employing beams that heal and buff allies while debuffing foes. They can also pack a punch if they get a drop on another ship and don’t have to slug it out. If that’s not enough, support ships boast a complement of spider bots, mines, and countermeasures to deploy as needed.
Get the full scoop below!
You have spoken! Path of Exile
leads the reader poll for best pseudo-MMO for 2016, and Massively OP’s MJ can’t think of a better reason to hop in! OK, so she never needs a reason to enjoy this game/ But thanks to the hustle and bustle of the month, she hasn’t yet been able to start the newest league. Tonight that all changes; finally she’s going to be getting into PoE’s
breaches! Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to join in the fun.
What: Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Monday, December 19th, 2016
Earlier this month, we got a curious press release from a new gaming studio called Cold Iron. I might have skipped over it but for the fact that it was drenched in names I recognized from the old days of Cryptic Studios — Craig Zinkievich, Shannon Posniewski, and Matt Highison. They’re working on a “high-quality AAA online action game” that probably isn’t a traditional MMORPG, but I wanted to probe for more details anyway, especially once we learned the studio is already fully funded.
We spoke with Cold Iron Founder/CEO Craig Zinkievich on just those topics; read on for our whole interview!
Stompy Bot’s mecha shooter Heavy Gear Assault was meant to hit early access on Steam this week, but Valve has yet to usher it on (common these days). Nevertheless, if you’re anxious to play the game, we’ve got keys for that, courtesy of the studio itself! You’ll need Steam and some patience; while you can apply the key now, you’ll have to wait for Valve to release the game for download. And then? Mechs.
Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!
Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2016 awards continue today with our award for Best Pseudo-MMO of 2016, which was awarded to ARK: Survival Evolved last year. As you might surmise, the games eligible for this category are online games that generally aren’t considered traditional MMORPGs — they’re MOBAs, online dungeon crawlers, ARPGs, online shooters, survival sandboxes, and other games that tread into MMO territory but aren’t full MMORPGs. Once again, we’ve opted to include pre-2016 titles, as long as they accomplished something truly notable in this calendar year. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end!
The Massively OP staff pick for Best Pseudo-MMO of 2016 is…