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]

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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H1Z1 is splitting into two games, landing on consoles this summer

Daybreak has just announced that H1Z1 is splitting — “evolving” is the precise word — into two games.

H1Z1: Just Survive is a persistent, open-world zombie survival game.
H1Z1: King of the Kill is a high-intensity last-man-standing shooter.

Players who purchase H1Z1 on Steam until February 16th — including people who already own H1Z1 — will get both games. Beginning on the 17th, each half of the game will cost $19.99 on the platform.

Existing crates, keys, and items will be duplicated across both games. As originally intended, Airdrop tickets will be useable in H1Z1: Just Survive and Event tickets will be usable in H1Z1: King of the Kill. If you have items on the Steam Market, they will be returned to your player inventory, and post-split you can relist them for sale under the correct game title.

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The Stream Team: Entering Eternal Crusade’s early access (+ giveaway)

What’s the deal with Eternal Crusade? Massively OP’s MJ aims to find out. And from what she hears, aiming appears to be a bit of a big deal: Friendly fire is a thing. That might make for a very interesting first peek into this slice of the Warhammer 40,000 universe. MJ also has a couple of early access keys to give away, so tune in live at 1:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you an early access look into…

What: Eternal Crusade
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 1:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 5th, 2016

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The Division’s skills trailer might make your beta wait easier

Are you in Division withdrawal, as one YouTuber put it, while you wait for the rumored open beta later this month? Maybe this new trailer will tide you over. It details the types of combat and utility skills and abilities players will have access to while playing, and it’s loaded with in-game footage that shows how damn pretty the game is.

The game is expected to open the beta for more players on February 16th to 21st. Enjoy!

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