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 Stream Team: Celebrating World of Warships’ first anniversary

What’s the best way to celebrate one year of World of Warships? Why, by blowing everything up, of course. OK, perhaps just the opposing team! MassvielyOP’s MJ is heading back into the thick of battle in her favorite WWII-era ships. Tune in live at 4:00 p.m. to help wish a very happy first birthday to…

What: World of Warships
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 17th, 2016

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The Stream Team: Finding more for the ARK flock

Have you seen The Birds? With how many flying creatures MassivelyOP’s MJ and the crew are trying to collect in ARK, they might be able to recreate a few scenes! Now that WildCard has introduced two new more airborne critters, MJ wants them. Needs them! So she’s heading out into the wild to find and hopefully tame a Tapejara and an Archaeopteryx. Join us live at 12:00 p.m. to help with the hunt.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 17th, 2016

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Warframe releases six new Syndicate melee weapons

Who doesn’t love having shiny new weapons when traipsing into battle? Tenno can enjoy that feeling now; Warframe has just release six new Syndicate melee weapons in its most recent patch. Each weapon comes with a a unique passive and stat changes, but no Syndicate burst. Want to recompose a killed enemy as your ally? Get the intelligent hammer Synoid Heliocor from the Cephalon Suda. How about the ability to heal allies every time you hit your opponent? Then grab the Sancti Magistar from the New Loka.

Each Syndicate offers a weapon, and players will need to have the highest standing in that Syndicate to be eligible to purchase it. Get the full details on the official site, and get a glimpse of each weapon in the video clip below.

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Survival sandbox Osiris: New Dawn launches into Steam early access on September 28 [Updated]

We’ve updated this story with the new statement from the team about the Steam launch below!

The folks behind Osiris: New Dawn have been teasing a big announcement for today… and it’s not happening. Last night developer Fenix Fire admitted that the planned announcement has been delayed for unspecified reasons. “In the meantime, writes the studio, “do know that the game is coming along great with working multiplayer!”

Osiris: New Dawn is a multiplayer survival sandbox (yes, another one) set on a dusty distant planet (yes, another one). Not to be confused with ROKH, which is set on Mars and looks quite similar, Osiris was revealed just a few weeks back and is expected to launch on Steam before the end of this very month, which might just be what the delay is all about.

“After crash-landing on an unknown planet you must survive hostile alien conditions through ingenuity and technology… Introducing Osiris: New Dawn, a 3D space survival adventure that highlights the beauty and horror of exploring a foreign, yet gorgeous alien system – an experience that’s neither safe nor for the timid.”

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Nexon’s mobile ARPG Oz: Broken Kingdom has launched

The nifty thing about famous IPs partly in the public domain is all the variations different authors can create with it. Case in point: Oz: Broken Kingdom, Nexon’s new mobile ARPG, which is out today on iOS and Android and is based, more or less, on L. Frank Baum’s masterpiece Oz series. However, you won’t be playing Dorothy:

Oz: Broken Kingdom includes a deep strategic turn-based combat system, character customization and evolution, as well as over 100 epic abilities. Players command the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion and new heroine Ophelia Shen as they travel across the dangerous land of Oz to places like the Munchkin countryside and Glinda’s Castle in the story mode or battle against other players in real-time in the Arena of Oz.”

It’s not an MMO, note, but the aforementioned arena mode is multiplayer enough to allow players to join guilds, team up, and PvP their way up a leaderboard. Check out the trailer below.

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Self-driving cars are learning to drive with Grand Theft Auto

So it turns out that people were right when they said that self-driving cars were a terrible idea. We were all in favor of them; it seemed like a nice chance to relax, stare at the scenery, and possibly game while three sheets to the wind and without asking someone to pick us up. But researchers from Intel Labs and Darmstadt University in Germany are teaching the vehicles to drive using Grand Theft Auto, which means that self-driving cars will collide with other vehicles, drive on the sidewalk, and attempt to hide from police investigations by parking in a paint shop.

Jokes aside, the system being used is pretty awesome, using the environments of the games as a way to place the vehicles in real-life situations without any risk to human life. It’s a complex process allowing the vehicles to “see” and analyze a large number of objects in quick succession, thus providing valuable data to be used in finished models. If you’ve got any interest in the technology, it’s well worth a read. And if the next time you play Grand Theft Auto Online you notice that someone in your group seems to be moving rather robotically, maybe you should cut that player some slack.

Source: MIT Technology Review; thanks to Stemline for the tip!

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Atlas Reactor: Blur trailer, September 30 head-start, October 4 launch

Turn-based strategy MOBA Atlas Reactor is launching for real on October 4th on both Steam and Trion’s Glyph platform, the studio announced in a press release this morning. You’ll be paying $19.99 if you pre-purchase now, or $29.99 when it launches. Early buyers will be participating in the planned head-start period beginning on September 30th.

Atlas Reactor reinvents tactical team combat, combining competitive, fast-paced action with simultaneous turns in high-stakes, high-risk battles. Players must outsmart and outgun their fellow Freelancers with mere seconds to survey the field, coordinate with their team and lock in their moves, all while watching the action play out all at the same time. By working together as a team and predicting your opponents’ actions, players must devise the best strategy to put themselves one step ahead of the opposition and achieve victory.”

Atlas Reactor finished up its closed beta earlier this summer. It was originally planned as a free-to-play title, but Trion switched to B2P in May 2016, just before entering early access, saying its players “really just wanted to be able to just pick up the game and have all the options open to them.”

Trion is going all-out on Atlas Reactor; it’s teamed up with Blur for an epic trailer, the same one it teased back in July. We’ve included it below!

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Mercy gets less love in the latest Overwatch patch

Are you tired of seeing Mercy’s Resurrection use as a Play of the Game in Overwatch? Because dedicated support players were probably pretty tired of seeing Torbjorn get Play of the Game highlights whilst he got blown up and his turret racked up kills. But you’re getting your wish, as the latest small patch to the game should decrease how often Mercy’s Resurrection gets highlighted.

The patch also increases the speed of the payload in Eichenwalde and addresses some persistent bugs, like missing sound clips for large kill streaks and incorrect arrows in Hanzo’s bow. Competitive play has been tweaked slightly as well, with a new competitive tier legend and a new splash screen for completed matches. They’re little things, but they should make your play experience a bit better. Unless, of course, you liked getting Play of the Game on Mercy.

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The Stream Team: Having a look at Heroes & Generals

Wait, is that another game out there that MassivelyOP’s MJ hasn’t hopped into? Why yes, yes it is! Called Heroes and Generals, this WW2-themed online shooter covers a time period MJ is fascinated by, so she’s going to jump in and check things out. Tune in live at 4:00 p.m. to see how she does in her first steps in game.

What: Heroes and Generals
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

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The Stream team: Live interview with Hero’s Song’s Smedley

Interviews with developers often happen, and then players get to read the results afterward. But what if you could sit in on one live? MassivelyOP’s MJ will be talking with John Smedley about his new game, Hero’s Song. He also plans on showing off some of the game while the two talk. If you want to learn about the game and its Indigogo campaign straight from the boss’ mouth, tune in live at 2:00 p.m. and watch (and even throw in your own questions!).

What: John Smedley interview about Hero’s Song
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

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Blizzard offers in-game goodies for purchasers of the Warcraft movie Blu-ray

In the event you missed the movie in theaters but still eagerly want to see the film that critics called “a real mess,” “overly serious,” and “a lot of sentimental hogwash” (along with many other comparable phrases), you can purchase the Warcraft movie on Blu-Ray in September. That’s not news. What is news is that you can also get some goodies along the way if you do so, just to sweeten the deal: a free copy of World of Warcraft, access to Gul’dan in Heroes of the Storm, and access to Medivh in Hearthstone.

The announcement notes that these prizes are available only within select physical copies of the movie, so don’t expect to necessarily find them in remaindered copies a year from now. The film will be available for purchase on physical media on September 27th; it’s up to you if the prospect of digital gewgaws is worth the price of admission.

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Fragmented upgrades to newer Unreal Engine build

Fragmented is running with more horses under its hood today, thanks to an upgrade to the latest version of the Unreal Engine.

The team said that ironing out all of the bugs resulted in a longer-than-expected delay in getting the patch out: “We should be back to releasing patching at a more regular interval after this one, but wanted to make sure most of the issues we discovered with the engine upgrade were fixed before we released it.”

The patch itself isn’t going to blow any minds but does provide a few nice touches, such as the first implementation of gamepad support, a foliage density slider, a sprint toggle, and improvements to the character creation UI. It should be noted that the survival game is currently half-off in the Humble store for just five bucks.

Source: Patch notes

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ARK’s multi-seat fliers are due today in update 247

ARK: Survival Evolved players are no strangers to waiting for updates that keep getting pushed back, but those delays can be extra hard when waiting on some really cool creatures and features. Pushed back from last week, v247 is due to release today and bring with it the Tapejara (multi-passanger fliers that can also cling to walls), the Archaeopteryx (glider dinos that also harvest sap), night vision goggles, and dynamic-length bridges.

New stuff in game is always great, but performance updates are also much needed. This update includes a 30% to 40% rendering performance improvement of structures — sorely needed for those large builds — as well as memory reduction.

While survivors enjoy these new features, they can also be looking forward to procedurally generated ARKs, underwater dungeons, explorer notes, aquatic and amphibious creature mating, and more dinosaurs, structures, and gear in the future.

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