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]

The British invade World of Tanks on PS4

The British invade World of Tanks today (again) with the unlock of the Crown’s own arsenal for the PlayStation 4 version of the game. The British tanks first started rolling out back in 2012 on PC. Says Wargaming,

World of Tanks brings an impressive force of over 40 powerful British vehicles to the PlayStation 4 battlefield. A large collection of light, medium, and heavy tanks along with tank destroyers and artillery join the fight. Command some of the most legendary vehicles in British history like the Crusader, Cromwell, and Conqueror.”

The studio has also opened 11 maps to PS4 players, including Westfield, Westfield Rain, Siegfried Line, Fisherman’s Bay, and Ensk War. The video is below!

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The Division’s open beta confirmed for February 19

Last week’s rumors of The Division’s open beta have proven true, as Ubisoft has finally confirmed.

“Whether you’re a veteran of the closed beta or this is your first time stepping into an Agent’s shoes, you’ll be able to jump into the open beta from February 19-21 on PS4, PC and Xbox One,” says the studio. “Also, Xbox One players can get started a day early with exclusive 24-hour early access beginning on February 18, but players on all platforms can preload the beta starting February 16.”

The open beta will include a new story mission and grant all participants an in-game reward come launch day.

Ubisoft says it’s “resolved most of the PC cheating issues” that plagued the closed beta. “All of them will be resolved by launch on March 8.”

Source: Official site. Thanks, Adam and Dmitri.

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The Daily Grind: Which survival sandbox are you most likely to play?

Over the weekend, Justin wrote about the deluge of major online multiplayer survival sandboxes hitting us lately. First there was DayZ and its early zombiebox clones, then Daybreak actually made bank on H1Z1, then ARK: Survival Evolved added a dino dimension to the mix, and soon enough we’ll have Conan Exiles to play — with neither dinos nor zombies! And that’s without even mentioning Minecraft’s survival mode and the dozens of smaller survival games along the way (Die 2 Nite and even Realm of the Mad God spring to mind as just two we covered in detail years ago).

Today I’m wondering whether you play any of these. Which one is the best one for a newbie to the genre, an MMO player crossing the border, so to speak? If you’re the newbie, which one of the big survival sandboxes are you most likely to play — which one do you think has the most for an MMORPG player?

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Online TCG Spellweaver hits Steam, postpones MMO elements

If you’re a fan of MMOTCGs with PvE to go with the card-based PvP, you might want to check out Spellweaver, a free-to-play online TCG game that hit Steam last week.

“Our 5-man team worked for endless hours more than 4 years to bring Spellweaver where it is now. But it was worth every minute! After 5 months in Closed Beta, and then another 7 months in Open Beta. After more than 100 patch updates and thousands of fixed bugs. After more than 1,000,000 games played we are finally ready. Spellweaver is now complete enough to be brought into the gaming world, and to take the digital card game genre by storm!”

Like MMOTCG HEX, Spellweaver had plans for an MMO element, but developer Dream Reactor has said those plans are low-priority, telling Massively OP’s Andrew Ross that MMO features and 2v2 aren’t on the table for this year.

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The Stream Team: Hungering for HEX revenge

MassivelyOP’s MJ suffered her first defeat ever at the end of last Friday’s date with HEX. Today, she’s looking forward to a rematch with that infernal Coyotle: Someone needs to put that pup in its place!  And this time, the cards won’t be so stacked against her this time (at least that’s what she hopes). Join us live at 2:00 p.m. as MJ seeks revenge as she continues her PvE campaign adventures.

What: HEX: Shards of Fate – Chronicles of Entrath
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 8th, 2016

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The Division on endgame, player looting, and pay-to-win

The Division has plenty of PvE objectives to propel you through a doomed and decaying New York City, but a large part of Ubisoft’s planned endgame consists of PvP inside the walled-off Dark Zone.

Ubisoft’s Magnus Jansen told Mashable that within the walls of the quarantine zone in the middle of Manhattan, players can attack each other, and any loot they grab in the zone is lootable by other players who take them out. “And since calling in a chopper for hazmat extraction alerts everyone in the vicinity, trying to get away with your loot also makes you – and others – a target.”

As to the PvE endgame, he says, “Rest assured, there’s PvE endgame for you, and there’s going to be goals and challenges and things to aspire to for you and your group. Difficult things that you really want to set your sights on and accomplish.”

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ARK: Survival Evolved adds in giant birds and grappling hooks

Everyone knows that ARK: Survival Evolved is a survival game. But what do you do once you know that your survival is assured and you have plenty of resources to continue living? Well, you find more stuff to ride and build yourself a grappling hook. Yes, there’s a grappling hook in the game now, and it works exactly as you’d expect. You can climb up sheer cliffs, you can drag small creatures along with it, you can hitch a ride on flying creatures… you know, basically everything you would want to do with a grappling hook in real life.

“Wait, I thought I could ride something new?” Yes, dear reader, you can ride the Terror Bird, a flightless bird that grows up to 12 feet tall with the ability to make long gliding leaps. The most recent patch also adds in fishing updates and tribe alliances, so you can do more stuff after you eventually get bored of riding around on a new bird and grappling around all over the place. Check out a video highlighting these additions just below.

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How Diablo III’s set dungeons are built

There’s a new kind of challenge in Diablo III with the advent of Set Dungeons, specific challenges with pre-determined sets. The latest entry on the official site explains how these set dungeons came to be, with the overall design intent being similar to the goal behind the game’s season progression: a new way to play and experience the game for players eager for a new challenge.

Senior game designer Alex Sulman came up with the basic idea for Set Dungeons during a team-wide brainstorming session, with the whole Diablo III team trying out new passion projects and seeing how they worked in the game. The original intent was to make them solo-only experiences, but ultimately having them be available for multiple players provided a better overall experience, even though the dungeons are possible to complete while solo. If you’re curious about the steps between the concept and the final execution, give the full entry a read-through.

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Today’s World of Warships Super Bowl XP promo begins at 6:30 p.m. EST

If you’re more a warships person than a football person — or maybe just a football-and-warships person — then today’s World of Warships promotion is for you.

“Can’t take the chattering between plays, during commercials, or at half-time? Spend that time earning x3 XP! A certain musk is in the air around this time every year — the combined smell of pigskin and people running their mouths, we think. The-event-that-shall-not-be-named is often an all-day affair, but this special Mission has a lifetime of just three hours!”

“Win a battle and be among the top 5 XP earners on your team,” Wargaming says, and you’ll be granted the bonus expies. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. EST and runs for three hours or until you all pass out from the sheer drama of multitasking.

Source: Official site. Thanks, ThatLanteshGuy.

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Teleport into multiplayer Portal Knights this month

If you’ve been keeping your eyes peeled for more sandboxes and you don’t really care how massive they are, there’s a new one on the horizon that might be worth a peek. Portal Knights, which joins the ranks of Steam Early Access on February 25th, offers many of those elements that sandbox fans crave: crafting, building (and decorating) houses, harvesting, farming, and exploration. Of course, there are dungeons to dive into and bosses to fight using “tactical action combat.”

What this game doesn’t offer is a chance to share the adventures with hordes of strangers; Portal Knights can be played solo or as a group of up to four people. Customization also isn’t a big feature with characters, as there’s only the warrior, the mage, and the ranger to choose from. For more information, check out the trailer below and visit the official site.

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The Stream Team: Three’s company on ARK’s Gallimimus

Riding dinos in ARK: Survival Evolved is fun enough, but who wants to be the driver all the time? How about riding shotgun? MassivelyOP’s MJ is on the hunt for a Gallimimus, a fast-paced racer that can seat up to three. That means while one person steers, others can be firing those tranquilizer arrows! Join us live at 12:00 p.m. as the team tries to add this new creature to its herd.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 6th, 2016

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Armored Warfare’s open beta struggles with exploits

Exploiters in Armored Warfare’s open beta are finding out their activities aren’t welcome this week.

My.com Content Manager Silentstalker says that “a bug on [the] NA server […] allowed the players to rack up to cca a week of Premium Time (as well as all the other rewards) per hour by following certain steps intentionally. You could do it once by accident. Seven times… not so much.” In closing a thread on the topic, he said, “Exploiting will not be forgiven or rewarded.”

Legit players aren’t mollified, however, because instead of banning exploiters, the studio is simply suspending accounts from the rewards program for time equal to the reward acquisition time. As our tipster explained it, “If Johnny ran the exploit seven days, he would be banned from the rewards program for seven days.”

Ironically, the beta tester who first found and reported the bug was also apparently swept up in the account punishments.

Source: Official forums. Thanks, Brian.

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The Stream Team: Date night with HEX PvE

Ahh, Friday night — the quintessential date night. And MassivelyOP’s MJ has one all lined up that she’s been looking forward to for weeks! Tonight, she’s meeting up with HEX’s PVE campaign. The two have been introduced, but this time will be their first get together alone. Instead of flowers, MJ will be showing up with codes for Set 3 (Armies of Myth) booster packs to give away. How will things go? Join us live at 7:00 p.m. to watch how things unfold.

What: HEX: Shards of Fate – Chronicles of Entrath
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 5th, 2016

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