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]

Atlas Reactor adds a hula-hooping catgirl to its crazy roster

Hula-hoops and cats — they go together like cats and anything else that cats aren’t especially known to do. But somehow Atlas Reactor is making it work with NEV:3, a catgirl character who uses Tron-like hoops for ranged damage. Plus, she’s got a cat face emoticon in her name, so you know she means business.

NEV:3 joined the game’s cast yesterday in the Chapter 3 update: “With her custom-made catarangs, NEV:3 can prove to be quite catastrophic to her enemies. Her catarangs can be dished out to deal damage and will stay out for a turn. Afterwards, the catarang returns to NEV:3 dealing reduced damage along the path to her.”

Whether you’re on board with this catastrophe or not, Atlas Reactor is activating a double ISO weekend from July 14th through the 16th for everyone, so it might be worth setting aside some time to rack up extra advancement.

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The Stream Team: Scoping out Elite Dangerous on the PlayStation 4

It’s time to get dangerous. Elite Dangerous.

Er, with me. On YouTube. As a newbie. On a PlayStation 4. You know, this is already sounding pretty dodgy, guys. Expect a lot of self-destructs and technical difficulties as I jump into the cockpit, controller in hand, and try to get into a game I’ve mostly read about from the safety of the internet. We’ll be streaming this time on YouTube to suit PS4 play, so that’ll be fun to try!

What: Elite Dangerous
Who: Andrew Ross
When: 4:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

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Armored Warfare announces Eye of the Storm expansion

This morning we had a lively discussion in the Massively OP office over whether or not Armored Warfare had ever actually launched. We thought it had, considering all of its releases to date, but in doing some research, we determined the game has simply existed in a soft-launch open beta state since October 2015.

Beta or no, the vehicle PvP game is getting ready to roll out a huge summer expansion called Eye of the Storm. Update 0.21 will add a new Panama Canal map for players to fight over and toss in Czechoslovak and Polish progression vehicles to add more spice to the combat front.

In addition to these headlining features, Eye of the Storm has plenty of smaller, but welcome, changes. These include economy changes that “justly reward” players, garage UI improvements, graphical upgrades, ammunition fixes, and revamps to the Narrows and Roughneck maps.

Take a closer look at the Panama Canal waterway map below!

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NetEase and Kabam join Blizzard’s star-studded global Overwatch League

The ESPN report earlier this week suggesting that Blizzard has several agreements from big-name sports-affiliated venture capitalists to host Overwatch League teams across the US and East Asia has now been confirmed and embellished by Blizzard itself, with the addition of NetEase, Kabam, and Misfits Gaming. Here’s the whole list:

Robert Kraft, Chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group and the New England Patriots (Boston)
Jeff Wilpon, Co-Founder and Partner of Sterling.VC and COO of the New York Mets (New York)
Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals (Los Angeles)
Ben Spoont, CEO and Co-Founder of Misfits Gaming (Miami-Orlando)
Andy Miller, Chairman and Founder of NRG Esports (San Francisco)
NetEase (Shanghai)
Kevin Chou, Co-founder of Kabam (Seoul)

We’ve previously reported on the structure of the League and its $20M ante.

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Osiris New Dawn CEO to community grumping: ‘I will take these lashings and learn from them’

Fenix Fire CEO Brian McRae is “not having fun either,” according to his latest dev blog on the Osiris: New Dawn Steam page. His comments are in response to what he characterizes as the “recent negativity in the reviews and forums” regarding the survival sandbox’s messy and experimental early access development, which “breaks [his] heart,” especially when he agrees with the harsh feedback.

“One of the inside jokes in the AAA studios is ‘whatever mode the devs play on is nightmare mode to the general audience’. I think this is totally true for Osiris. We play the game a lot, myself for multiple years. Plus, I know where everything is because I put it there. That said, the last time I played the game I had a similar experience to what I’ve seen in the reviews and forums. I spawned near sunset in a dust storm. The dust storm when on for WAY too long, it’s a bug. Anyway, I made it to the continent and was attacked by 3 crabs, 2 gnats, and a couple more things. I was playing as Ranger and had no hope with my melee weapon (I play 3rd person usually). When I died my character had that weird ragdoll bug and my character turned to a spaghetti mess. Unity’s way of handling these ragdoll errors is to remove the object, meaning my character was not there when I spawned back in so I couldn’t raid my body and get my supplies. I felt lost, frustrated, hopeless. I thought, ‘I see the potential but this is crazy hard and not fun’. Sound familiar?”

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The Stream Team: Climbing to the top of Conan Exiles

Climb every mountain! Massively OP’s MJ is no longer restricted to just singing this in Conan Exiles, she can finally do it! The new patch is in, and MJ is going to practice her mountain goat skills. The world is going to look pretty different now from atop those high peaks — if she can make it to them. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. and come see how long it takes before she falls to her death!

What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

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Barbaric turns on friendly fire during its co-op dungeon crawls

How tolerant and forgiving are you of your friends’ missteps? Let’s hope a lot, because Barbaric is going to test your patience when it comes out on Steam in the fourth quarter of this year.

The newly announced co-op dungeon crawler will throw a team of four players (who each select one of eight classes) together into a procedurally generated dungeon. While you may think you know what comes next — kill, loot, repeat — the twist of this game comes in the form of friendly fire. So one “oopsie” from a teammate could end up killing you just as dead as that giant ogre over there.

The question is, will your team be able to coordinate efforts and get past “accidental” missteps to make it to the end? And when you get to the end, will your team devolve into a free-for-all to grab the single boss token and get that extra sweet loot?

Barbaric is being developed by Ignited Artists, a studio made up of former Activision and Sega developers. The team said that this game is “the most visually beautiful roguelike ever created.” You can get a first look at its alpha gameplay after the break.

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It’s your time to climb in Conan Exiles

Climbing makes it formal debut in Funcom’s Conan Exiles today.

“You can climb almost anywhere in the game, so feel free to climb up mountain sides, ruins, walls or trees,” says the studio. “Just hit space when you reach a steep surface and you will start climbing. This climbing system allows you to explore the map in a completely different way, so now it will be much easier to enjoy stunning vistas of the Exiled Lands.”

Just, you know, watch your stamina lest you fall to your death from exhaustion. Maybe don’t wear your heaviest armor, either, and make sure you’re using the proper climbing equipment!

Today’s patch also includes the new exploration system with mappy points of interest, plus the upgrade to Unreal 5.15 and several bug and exploit fixes. You can also now build underwater!

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The Stream Team: Talking TennoCon and Warframe’s open landscapes

Massively OP’s MJ is back from TennoCon 2017, and she’s really excited for the future of Warframe! Not only is she having fun with combat now but the world will be opening up and allowing her to explore it before the summer is through. That just makes a great game better! Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to talk TennoCon with MJ and share your favorite announcements.

What: Warframe
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 10th, 2017

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TennoCon 2017: Celebrating Warframe’s con from start to Umbra

Warframe’s second annual fan convention has ended, and now it’s time to reflect back on a very fun and full day. I wondered how Digital Extremes would top last year’s inaugural TennoCon — I remember the cheers that burst out for the new Warframe announcements in 2016, but that paled to the reaction at this year’s Tenno Live.

Viewers at home didn’t get to see and hear the initial reaction to the big Plains of Eidolon announcement — it was silence. Not silence because it wasn’t impressive but silence because the audience was surprised and in total disbelief; Game Director Steve Sinclair shared that this was the first content ever to not be leaked! Whispers of “No way,” “and “It couldn’t be,” bubbled up, and the tension and awe grew palpably as Live Operations and Community Producer Rebecca Ford maneuvered through the new relay Cetus while Sinclair narrated. But everyone heard when she opened that door to the Plains of Eidolon and walked through: The audience simply erupted in cheers.

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Major sports VC companies invest in Overwatch League, Blizzard addresses meta balance

If you thought Blizzard’s ask for its Overwatch League was absurdly high for your typical pro e-sports team sponsors, rest assured that they weren’t the target market. Blizzard is after far bigger fish, and it’s getting them too.

ESPN reports that Blizzard now has half a dozen agreements from big-name venture capitalists to host teams in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Boston, Shanghai, and Seoul. The US spots are reportedly going for $20 million a pop (as planned) to luminaries including New England Patriots parent company Kraft Sports Group, New York Mets operational organization Sterling Equities, Sacramento Kings co-owner-launched NRG Esports, and Memphis Grizzlies co-owner-funded Immortals. You see the pattern here, I’m sure.

Meanwhile, Blizzard’s Jeff Kaplan has posted a really long letter to Overwatch players on the official forums addressing community feedback, balance, and why regular players should stop judging the game based on the pro player meta.

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Dean Hall calls the pre-launch price hike for ARK: Survival Evolved ‘outrageous’

Whether you love or loathe the early access survival sandbox genre, you’ve got Dean Hall’s DayZ to thank for it, although he’s had far less luck with recent titles. Still, history affords him a bit of extra credibility when he talks about the nascent genre, and he took to the online spaces to decry the recent price hike for ARK: Survival Evolved ahead of the game’s launch. The price increase was cited specifically as being “****ing outrageous” and he claimed that the only possible motive for increasing the price was greed.

Hall went on a further tear stating that the game is nowhere near ready for a release and that the obligation of the developers is to remain in early access until the game reaches a higher standard of quality, which Twitter followers have pointed out is something Hall himself did not do with DayZ. We leave it as an exercise to the reader to decide whether Hall is raising legitimate complaints or kvetching about nothing.

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Monster Hunter World takes you on a forest hunt

Capcom’s Monster Hunter franchise has a beastly following, and there is no doubt that many of these fans are eager to see what the multiplayer Monster Hunter World will offer.

The studio released a 23-minute gameplay video that took viewers on a tour of those of the levels, the Ancient Forest. This primeval woods is home to overgrown plants and more than a few grouchy dinosaur, which makes for amusing sights when an adult man in full plate armor comes face-to-face with one of them, does an abrupt 180, and runs like a Looney Tunes cartoon.

Got nothing to do for the next half-hour? Pull on your big-kid britches and go on a dino hunt below! And don’t forget to read our hands-on with this title from E3 last month!

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