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]

Firefly Online extends development to work in the original cast

Sometimes even big damn heroes have to wait until a plan comes together.

Firefly Online, the official online RPG that will be continuing the adventures of the 2002 sci-fi show, has been taking its sweet time getting to release. While it was originally supposed to come out in spring 2015, the dev team has kept it in testing due to the good fortune of getting most of the original cast to reprise their in-game roles. This will be a great boon to the game, of course, but it also required the team to restructure the game from the ground-up (as it was originally not going to feature any of those characters).

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The Division’s beta will start this month… probably

Fans of the much-delayed title The Division can look forward to the beta test starting this month… probably. Maybe. The odds are high. Nothing is certain, of course, and nothing has been formally announced by Ubisoft, but it looks pretty likely thanks to the UPlay mobile app listing the beta as starting in January.

Of course, an app listing an incorrect date wouldn’t be unprecedented, but it does at least suggest that the beta is probably going to land at some point this month. The game is also meant to launch in March, which means that January and February are more or less the only possible testing windows remaining. There’s about half of January still to go, so keep your eyes peeled for more information.

Source: WCCFTech via VG24/7

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League of Legends reveals confusing new champion Jhin

Last week Riot Games released a bizarre video called Mind of the Virtuoso that appeared to be part art project and part … I guess art project again. The gunshots and creepy masked face at the end made it pretty clear we were looking at League of Legends‘ next ranged champion, and that has now been made official with a new champion reveal devblog on marksman Jhin, The Virtuoso.

Every fourth basic attack Jhin fires deals an automatic critical strike and bonus damage based on his missing health, but that’s not the whole story. Slain enemies also spawn a blooming flower on the corpse that reveals and slows nearby enemies and then explodes for bonus damage. Unlike most champions, Jhin has the unique twist that any attack speed and critical chance he gains from items and runes actually give him bonus attack damage instead. His criticals also deal less bonus damage than normal but grant him a small boost of movement speed, which is based on his attack speed.

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Hearthstone senior game designer addresses player ‘restlessness’

Have you ever become frustrated with a studio for its lack of communication and the perception that the developers are goofing off instead of working on vital fixes and new content?

Hearthstone Senior Game Designer Ben Brode put together a new video to explain the dev side of this equation, saying that there’s always projects going on behind the scenes that the team has to hold off on announcing until they’re ready. That said, Brode acknowledged that constant communication is essential to keeping the playerbase from getting too restless.

“We are working on tons of stuff,” Brode assured fans. “Whenever you’re frustrated with a development team, the truth is that we’re working on them and they’re not so far away. There are so many things we want to do and we want to do them right.”

You can hear the sage words of Mr. Brode after the break.

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Choose My Adventure: In which my Shroud of the Avatar plans are foiled

Hello friends, and welcome to the next installment of the Shroud of the Avatar edition of Choose My Adventure. Last week, as I’m sure you remember, I had but one choice for you to make: Should my Shroud of the Avatar character choose to follow the path of Truth (i.e., Mage), the path of Courage (i.e., Fighter), or the path of Love (i.e., Ranger)? Well, the votes are in — they have been for some time now, really — and the path of Mage-Truth came out on top, but it was a close competition; Mage-Truth edged out Ranger-Love by only 13 votes.

This, all things considered, makes the current situation rather convenient. See, there was ah, uh… a bit of a hitch, you might say. But don’t worry, everything’s fine! I mean, I’m sure everything is fine, like, on the cosmic scale or something. But to those of you who came out in droves to force me down the path of Mage-Truth, I’m sad to say that your efforts were for naught. Whoops.

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World of Tanks debuts on PS4 January 19

Wargaming has just announced that World of Tanks is all ready for its formal PlayStation 4 debut next week — January 19th, to be specific. “New and existing players subscribed to PlayStation Plus will get access to a very unique Premium vehicle: the exclusive German Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. J-PS,” says the studio. You can pick it up in the PlayStation Plus section of the PlayStation Store and check out the relevant videos below.

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The Realm’s creator wants to remake this 20-year-old MMO

MMO veterans might be familiar with The Realm (also known as The Realm Online), which was one of the first class of graphical online RPGs. While it’s been trucking along since 1996, creator Stephen Nichols accused the current owners of letting The Realm lapse into “deep neglect” and wants to remake the game for modern sensibilities.

“2016 marks the 20-year anniversary of The Realm Online,” Nichols posted. “If you’re like me, you miss seeing the game thrive and grow as you know it can. I think it’s time for a remake of this internet classic with a fresh coat of paint and updated technology. Perhaps you agree. Yes, it’s time for a Realm remake, and I’m gonna make it happen.”

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Destiny’s upcoming sequel may heavily feature the planet Mercury

If you’re one of the many Destiny players hoping to see more of the planet Mercury, you may be in luck. Destiny was reportedly supposed to have more content on the planet Mercury, but in the end it got only limited content through the Trials of Osiris event. Anyone who achieves a perfect score of nine wins to zero losses in the Trials of Osiris will also be sent to a secret area on Mercury called The Lighthouse with some exclusive loot, but that’s as far as our exploration of the closest planet to the sun can go.

Tom Phillips over at Eurogamer has put together a rather convincing argument that the game’s upcoming sequel may heavily feature Mercury and quests given by the character Osiris. The argument is based on clues recently deposited in the main Destiny database and an old Reddit post (now deleted) containing other information that has since turned out to be true. A Mercury-based event called The Dawning is expected to hit the game in the next few weeks to reveal, and Destiny‘s sequel will reportedly be released around September this year.

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WoW celebrates Diablo III’s latest patch with Demon Hunter tmog gear

In honor of Diablo III’s latest patch, Blizzard has something special in store… for World of Warcraft players who also play Diablo III:

We’ve added something new to the collection of goodies you get when you purchase the Digital Deluxe Edition of World of Warcraft: Legion. Take on the terrors of Diablo III in style with the Legion-inspired Demon Hunter helm transmog. Wear it with the Wings of the Betrayer, and you’ll truly look the part as you hunt demons across Sanctuary. Both of these items, along with everything else in the Digital Deluxe Edition, are available in-game now when you pre-purchase.

All Diablo III players can satisfy themselves with a ton of free patch content, which includes Greyhollow Island and the new season first previewed at BlizzCon. Check out the trailer below!

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Soak up new Division gameplay footage in leaked trailer

Update: Ubisoft has released the trailer now; it’s included below.

You don’t have to speak Italian to appreciate the new gameplay footage for Tom Clancy’s The Division that made its way onto the internet (though it would help you to know what the narrator is saying). The Italian trailer showing off new areas of an underground metro and a ruined train station as well as a lengthy look at a safe zone was leaked out today then quickly disappeared. But as we all know, nothing truly disappears from the internet, and you can get a look at the flame-throwing, grenade-tossing action in the video below. The shooter is set to release on March 8th.

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Star Citizen developers answer a new batch of 10 for the Developers

Odds are that you won’t be able to fly a ship in heavy armor in Star Citizen. We don’t mean that in the real world; obviously if you yourself are decked out head to toe in full plate armor, you should not sit down at your computer to play a video game. (It does prompt questions about what you do with your spare time other than video games, but we’re not here to judge.) Even in the game, the latest “10 for the Developers” installment makes it clear that you really can’t work the controls while your character is in full armor, so be sure to undress a bit before starting the engine.

The latest installment of the Q&A video answers several questions about armor, as it happens – players will be able to customize armor to take on a sort of medic role if so desired, for example. Players can also expect power armor to be balanced via lower-than-normal visibility and slower movement. Check out the full video just below.

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The next Paladins release may have a Global Agenda tie-in

Being a Hi-Rez Studios fan means looking back with a certain degree of wistfulness toward the games that didn’t quite have huge mainstream success. Global Agenda was the studio’s first game, and it certainly didn’t light the world on fire, resulting in its current state of limbo. But there’s hope on the horizon from a recent tweet about the next Paladins update:

What does that mean? Who can say? It could mean new game modes that might be familiar to Global Agenda fans, it could mean more jetpacks, it could mean Global Agenda-inspired armor, it could mean an entirely new persistent world complete with robots. It could be almost anything! But it definitely means that existing fans of the game should keep their eyes open for that next release.

Source: Twitter

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Catch up with SMITE’s $1,000,000 world championship

The world of e-sports and competitive gaming has seen a massive explosion in recent years in terms of both viewership and prize money. Top competitive gaming tournaments now routinely sell out large arenas and venues, often attract higher viewership figures than some real-world sports, and collectively dish out millions of dollars each year. Third-person MOBA SMITE is no exception, packing out Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre this past week for its second annual World Championship tournament. Eight top teams from around the world battled it out over $1,000,000 in prize money from January 7th to January 10th, with the first place winners taking home $500,000.

Last year’s champion COGnitive Gaming disbanded some time after its big win, but the team’s entire roster was picked up e-sports organisation Cloud9 for this tournament. They joined the other qualifiers Enemy, Paradigm, Epsilon eSports, Fnatic, AVANT-Garde, paiN Gaming, Isurus Gaming, Oh My God B, and Qiae Gu Reapers in a tense four-day competition. Reveal winner

In the end, first place went to European newcomers Epsilon eSports, with North American contenders Enemy and Cloud9 coming in second and third place respectively.

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