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]

Take a look at Path of Exile’s new Charged Dash skill in action

Charged Dash is a new skill coming to Path of Exile, and when you read about how it works it probably seems a little counter-intuitive. See, when you use it, you don’t actually dash; you project a mirage of yourself forward for as long as you channel the ability. The mirage movement is based on your movement speed, only slightly faster, but you still only actually dash when you stop channeling. Then you deal damage to everything along your path and explode in electricity.

Of course, when you see it in action, it all makes perfect sense, and the designers helpfully point out how the skill can be used as both a movement tool and a damage skill with varying aspects. Check out the video just below to see it in action. It’s a bit like watching a lightning bolt find its destination, which seems appropriate.

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Overwatch’s Doomfist was born from a mere name

“From the very moment we announced Overwatch, Doomfist was part of the story,” Game Director Jeff Kaplain said in a new hero preview video. “It immediately raised questions in everybody’s mind: Who is this Doomfist guy?”

The team revealed that the whole character and concept came simply from a villain name thrown out at the beginning of the game’s development. From this simple origin came a feared foe whose super-charged fist was the stuff of legends and was destined to be a part of the game.

And while some fans might be upset that Terry Crews wasn’t actually voicing the villain, as was rumored, apparently Crews himself is fine with the decision. “I realized that I don’t wanna be the guy that hijacks a game, you know?” he said in an interview.

Doomfist is currently in testing, and you can get your behind-the-scenes fix of the character’s development and playstyle below!

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The Stream Team: Returning to ROKH

ROHK rocks! The survival sandbox set on Mars turned out to be quite interesting when Massively OP’s MJ first checked it out. With the latest patch wiping all servers, she’ll need to do plenty more scavenging through the abandoned outpost and recover as many meteor supply drops as she can in order to build a little safe structure and begin life anew. Join us live at 2:00 p.m. to return to life — and death — on the red planet.

What: ROKH
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 18th, 2017

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Conan Exiles might do a jungle biome after its next update

Funcom’s Joel Bylos answered another round of Conan Exiles’ questions over the weekend, several of them on the new biome and beyond. “We combined two biomes in this coming update (highlands and mountains) and we have plans for one or two more,” Bylos says. “Now depending on our assessment in August of what needs to be done for launch we might scale down or up our ambitions. For example, jungle requires a lot of foliage and 4.15 is supposed to have improved foliage optimizations. Assuming this all works out as planned, then it becomes more likely we do a jungle area next. But if foliage is a huge problem…we might try something else.” What else?

  • New music is coming with the new biome, along with at least one new “larger” dungeon.
  • Optimization work on the game continues.
  • The settlement update will arrive following the mounts and sorcery updates.
  • Instruments for both players and thralls will likely arrive with the thrall update.
  • Bears are coming, as are warpaints. Tattoos are a maybe.

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Hearthstone’s Ice Cream Citadel is chilling at SDCC

Proving once again there’s no end to the Hearthstone gimmicks and pranks it will pull, Blizzard has announced Ice Cream Citadel, a pop-up ice cream stand at San Dieco Comic-Con this week, all in honor of Knights of the Frozen Throne.

“Located in the PetCo parking lot just a short walk from the San Diego Convention Center, Ice Cream Citadel will provide visitors with free ice cream in two flavors: ‘Villain-illa’ and ‘Scourgeberry Sorbet.’ In partnership with Yelp, Blizzard has also created a Yelp business page for the pop-up, titled ‘The Lich King’s Ice Cream Citadel,’ where users can rate, review, and post photos of their experience. Starting July 18, those brave enough to call the business (1-855-LIC-HKNG) will be greeted by the Lich King’s chilling voice.”

Of course there’s a live-action trailer to go with it. Maybe fallen Arthas will be better as a soda jerk than as a game dev? And you guys thought our puns were terrible!

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Get a special Fortnite rifle for free before the game launches

When you’re just sitting around and waiting for a game to release, it seems like the perfect time to partake in efforts to grab some extra goodies for when the title does come out. The multiplayer zombie title Fortnite is coming to early access on July 25th, but players can secure a few useful items right now with the “Search for Survivors” program.

Just by signing up, you’ll get a Bullseye rifle and an in-game banner for free, which seems like a good deal for very little effort. Past that, you can elect to recruit friends in order to earn more rewards. Yeah, it’s a recruit-a-friend program, but at least you get something even if you don’t want to pester your pals to play.

For those who rate their life in the number of video game pats on the back, Fortnite has posted a huge list of all of the achievements and trophies that players can earn on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Source: Fortnite

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The Stream Team: Going after alphas rexes in ARK

Alpha Rexes have been seen teaming up to terrorize the inhabitants of ARK recently, and Massively OP’s MJ is going to have to do something about it! That something will either be rid the island of the menace, or die spectacularly. She and an army will be facing the threat; how many dinos will it take to take down these behemouths? To see, you’ll have to tune in live at 12:00 p.m. and watch the hunt go down.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 15th, 2017

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This week in survivalboxes: ROKH, Hellion, The Black Death, and Life is Feudal

ARK and Conan aren’t the only survivalboxes in town — in fact, several of the modern contenders in the subgenre have updates and videos this week demonstrating their progress.

Let’s start with ROKH. The Mars-themed exploration sandbox has this week launched a “huge” update on Steam, focusing heavily on crafter streamlining, both in terms of how accessible it is for newbs and vets to how the crafting window actually looks and functions in-game.

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Multiple countries will boycott the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games over e-sports concerns

Back in April, we wrote about how the Olympic Council of Asia and Alisports of China was aiming to bring e-sports to the Asian Games, reportedly the second-largest sporting event in the world, right behind The Olympics itself. In support of the move, the council cited the addition of e-sports to the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in September as a “demonstration” sport featuring multiple games, including Dota 2, Starcraft II, and Hearthstone.

That may be in jeopardy now, however. SuperData reported this week that multiple countries have now backed out of the e-sports section of the AIMAG competitions. South Korea’s e-sports division quit the event in May, followed by Australia in June and Thailand earlier in July. Thailand, we should note, blocked participation in part over health concerns and “fears related to gaming addiction,” but South Korea and Australia raised objections over the exit of the well-recognized International Esport Federation and the formation of a relatively unregulated Asian Esports Federation in its place, as well as objections over the recruitment process for teams, which appears to blur national lines.

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The Stream Team: Heading back into SMITE Tactic’s Hand of the Gods

With Hands of the Gods opening beta up, more folks can jump in to see what is happening in the SMITE Tactics game. Massively OP’s MJ is heading back in to the battle. There are plenty of gods that need to be defeated! Want to see how things are progressing in this tactical title? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. and root on your favorite gods.

What: Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 14th, 2017

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7 Days to Die turns the electricity on and hits Steam’s 100 best-selling games of all time

If you don’t already have a copy of 7 Days to Die in your Steam library, you may be part of a shrinking crowd of unfortunate souls. As part of a Greenlight closure notice, Valve noted that 7 Days to Die was in the top 100 best-selling games released on Steam.

It’s a good time to be playing the zombie survival sandbox, as one of its biggest patches to date just dropped. Alpha 16 added “a complete functional electricity system” for players to use when decking out their anti-zombie fortress. Electrified fences and shotgun turrets, anyone?

The patch doesn’t stop there, either. There’s a distance rendering system, more zombie spawns, game stage improvements, new enemies (watch out for the Disturbed Tourist!), a fur system for animals, painting, progression changes, controller support, more recipes, a Stealth 2.0 system, and a ton of new locations including the city of Departure.

Source: Patch notes. Thanks Sorenthaz!

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Here’s how magic in Citadel: Forged With Fire will work

This morning, we wrote about a new “massive online sandbox RPG,” Citadel: Forged With Fire, built by Slender devhouse Blue Isle Studios and expected to hit early access later this month. The studio clearly plans a press blitz in the lead up to that Steam release, beginning with a brand-new “feature highlight” on the game’s magic system.

“At launch, Citadel will offer you a diverse range of powerful spells, with many more to come in the future,” say the devs. “You can do some really cool stuff with our magic system: not just combat, but also beast taming, telekinesis, resource collection and much more.” For example:

“We decided a high level wizard would have too much dignity to be caught hunched over gathering sticks and stones, so we came up with the Extract spell. Using this power, mages can effortlessly suck materials out of giant rocks, trees and other objects to accumulate large quantities of building resources with ease. Build massive castles and fortresses without the crushing tedium of resource gathering.”

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Grim Dawn takes you on tour with the new Inquisitor

While Diablo III fans have their shiny (decaying) Necromancer to play with, Grim Dawn players are still tapping impatiently as they wait for the first expansion for this action-RPG to arrive. There’s still no word as to its name or specific release date, but the expansion FAQ page has it listed as “Q2 or Q3 2017.”

The dev team isn’t being completely silent on the expansion, however. A new video takes players on an hour-and-a-half tour with the new Inquisitor class, and a blog post this week announced that every celestial proc in the game is scheduled to get five additional ranks when the expansion releases.

Go on a journey with the Inquisitor and hear what the devs do have to say about the expansion after the break!

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