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]

Kings and Heroes launches into Early Access today

Do you feel a hole in your life that can only be filled by a first-person dungeon crawler with online co-op and procedural generation of dungeons? If so, you have remarkably specific needs in your life. You are also lucky, because Kings and Heroes is launching into Early Access today, and it provides exactly all of that. Which is admittedly why we specified all of those criteria up there. It’s not a first-person horse-grooming simulator.

The game is boasting a seamless open world along with six different character races and plenty of deep dungeons to hack through, alone or with friends. Players can also look forward to having plenty of different items to accumulate, with the added stinger that dying in a dungeon is the end to that run rather than just requiring the group to rally from defeat. Add in some player crafting and plenty of elaborate monsters to fight, and you have everything you could ask for to fill that first-person dungeon crawler need.

Source: Steam page; thanks to Barcs for the tip!

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The Stream Team: Hippity hoppity HEX is on its way!

Today, death comes upon the soft furry paws of a cuddly bunny as MassivelyOP’s MJ dives back into the PvP campaign in HEX on her adorable — yet deadly — Shin’hair. If she can’t win her match by brute bunny strength, she can always just bury the opposition in bouncy bunnies! Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. EDT as MJ follows her destiny in…

What: HEX: Shards of Fate
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 30th, 2016

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Blizzard cracks down on Overwatch porn

Surprising exactly no one familiar with Overwatch’s art style, people are already making porn of it. Rule #34, guys. PCGamesN ran the numbers and found that Tracer is the chief target, which again won’t surprise anyone given her controversial pin-up motif.

Blizzard isn’t amused, however, and has issued takedown notices to the porn purveyors. “A bunch of this porn is being made in Valve’s Source Filmmaker kit,” explains PCGamesN. “The porn creators are ripping the assets straight out of a game, modeling genitals onto them and bashing them together really fast. So these aren’t even artistic impressions – they’re essentially stolen character models being used for something they shouldn’t be.”

For those who’d like to gawk at some official Overwatch art instead, Blizzard released its latest digital comic, Destroyer, last week. I can’t promise it’ll be a palate cleanser, however, if you’re into mechs or dwarves.

Source: PCGamesN. Thanks a lot, ThreeSpeed. :P

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The MOP Up: The future of skins in Paragon (May 29, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week, Epic announced new character Riktor for its MOBA Paragon and explained the thinking behind its tiered skins system. We also caught wind of a massive ban wave in ARG Ingress and peeked into the Warcraft movie’s prequel novel, which is indeed a thing. Read on for the whole run-down!

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The Black Death’s latest patch introduces VOIP, player gold looting

The Black Death’s latest patch is a biggun, complete with better guard AI, new NPCs and bosses, traveling merchants, new animals, player gold looting, purchasable homes, updated roads, and art passes for several towns.

But the best news for the medieval survival sandbox — depending on your view — is that voice-over-IP tools have been deployed. “[It’s] a brand-new feature, so we’re expecting some bugs,” cautions Green Man Loaded. “We’re looking forward to meeting you for a good old chat in the tavern!” Indeed, a tweet this morning suggests that the VOIP servers needed a tad more work; a hotfix was rolled out this afternoon.

Check out the new screenshots and patch walkthrough below.

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Perfect Ten: Apologies I must make to my fellow Overwatch players

Fellow players of Overwatch, I am sorry. I don’t know your names because I tried very hard to forget them, but I am still very sorry about the matches that you had with me when I was first learning how to play the game. But I feel that it’s important to understand my position.

See, everyone knows that in order to get good at something, you have to start out being bad at something. That’s normal. I feel no shame about the fact that I started out not being very good at Overwatch. My theory – really, my hope – was that if I concentrated all of my bad play into a contained space like the first few matches, I could become super great quickly. And I think it worked, I like to think I’m getting pretty good with D. Va now. There’s something wonderful about a cheery Korean teenager blowing Reaper out of the sky that just feels right.

Still, I figure it’s only fair to apologize for… well, those first few matches.

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‘Online combat RPG’ Absolver plans 2017 launch

Absolver is… probably not an MMORPG. But it is an “online combat RPG,” which sure sounds like an action combat MMORPG without the “massive” part (maybe?). We don’t know much else, aside from the fact that it’s emphasizing combat in both PvP and PvE and is launching on Steam in 2017 for both PCs and consoles. Oh yeah, and it’s super pretty if you’re into stylized realism.

“Absolver puts players behind the mask of a Prospect, who has taken a sacred vow and chosen to join the Absolvers, an elite corps of combatants fighting to maintain stability in the world. Monitored by the Guides, the new rulers of the fallen Adal Empire, players will wander these forsaken lands and encounter other Prospects online in order to learn their place in this world and eventually become Absolvers. Along the way, they will learn new combat styles and attacks, and acquire better weapons, powers and armor. Battles between warriors are an intense real-time flow of attacks, dodges, feints and counters, with all aspects of gameplay customizable, including combat styles, weapons and even individual attack sequences in the player’s Combat Deck. Build a team of warriors to fight side by side with you in the dungeon mines of Adal (PvE) or put your skill on display in dedicated combat arenas (PvP) scattered across the land.”

The trailer and pics are below.

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Path of Exile releases expansion ‘manifesto’

Path of Exile has a new “manifesto” out this week describing the full extent of the balance changes coming in the 2.3.0 patch. Of note, expect tweaks to

  • environmental traps, chaos conversion, the Hexproof buff, and taunting;
  • unique jewel rarities, weapon stats for hybrids, support gems, and scepter and wand values;
  • skills like Ancestor Totems, Enfeeble, and Shield Charge as well as Arcane Vision in the passive tree;
  • and dungeon content, including a new boss.

Furthermore, “Cruel, Merciless and Map content requires various rebalances,” says Grinding Gear Games. “Rather than apply arbitrary buffs to life and damage, we have instead added monsters with new skills to higher difficulties, and applied various corrections to specific monster skills.”

Massively OP’s MJ Guthrie spoke to the POE team earlier this month for the full scoop on the the expansion; it’s expected to launch next week on June 3rd.

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Survival sandbox Lifeless demos PvP, weapons, and grouping

Move over, H1Z1: Green Man Gaming, the company behind medieval survival sandbox The Black Death, is also working on Lifeless, a modern survival sandbox… with zombies. How many games do we really need where we smash zombies with axes against a sepia-toned post-apocalyptic background? All of them, my friends. All of them.

Early access for the game is planned for next month and is expected to last a year.

The team has a new trailer out today showcasing the game’s PvE content, including its combat, weapon types, and grouping. Enjoy it below.

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Analyst argues game devs are abandoning free-to-play in some genres

Red Fox Insights analyst Jake Parmley has another piece on Gamasutra this week, this one arguing that video game developers are “backing away from free-to-play” — and why.

Parmley suggests that the vast majority of consumers (over 80% in the US and UK groups surveyed) prefer games with one-time fees in spite of the success of F2P games like League of Legends and Hearthstone, which is having an effect elsewhere in the video game market. FPS titles, he argues, are leaning away from F2P, and he cites three examples in our wheelhouse:

  • OverwatchBlizzard launched Overwatch as a B2P title and has said it will consider the data post-launch.
  • LawBreakers – CliffyB announced a move from free-to-play to buy-to-play back at GDC because “a lot of core gamers have a negative reaction when they hear free-to-play because they think they’ll get ripped off.”
  • Atlas ReactorTrion likewise moved from a planned F2P to B2P model, saying its players “really just wanted to be able to just pick up the game and have all the options open to them.”

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Chronicle: RuneScape Legends launches on Steam today

It’s full Steam ahead today for Chronicle: RuneScape Legends as the CCG-meets-tabletop game not only launches but launches on Steam. To celebrate, devs will start a multi-hour streaming extravaganza at 1:00 p.m. EDT, showing off the various game modes, offering tips and tricks, and more.

You don’t have to wait until then, however, to hear about what to expect as the game leave beta behind; I sat down with Senior Designer Peter Brisbourne to chat about life, launch, and everything. Well, at least the launch.

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The Stream Team: Ambling across ARK’s The Center map

Dying is such a part of life in ARK: Survival Evolved. And now, besides dying to new dinos, you can die on a whole new map! MassivelyOP’s MJ is going to check out the new The Center official mod. Word has it that this map is pretty large, with lots of nooks and crannies to build up your empire. Join us live at 8:00 p.m. as MJ tours this new map to see what there is to see.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

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The Stream Team: A Steam-y Chronicle: RuneScape Legends match

In honor of Chronicle: RuneScape Legends launching on Steam tomorrow, MassivelyOP’s MJ is launching herself back into the fray! She is even testing those Steam waters for you. You know what that means? A really Steam-y stream! And you wouldn’t want to miss that, would you? So tune in live at 4:00 p.m. as MJ plots to decimate her foes on a new platform. (Whether she succeeds or not is a totally different story.)

What: Chronicle: RuneScape Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

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