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]

Diablo III polishes legendary gems in next update

Blizzard’s all-seeing eye has turned its attention to legendary gems as one of the foci of the upcoming Diablo III Patch 2.4.1. Basically, the developers looked at the field of gems and realized that some of them were underperforming and needed some love.

The team posted a new developer diary yesterday explaining its philosophy behind legendary gems and what it will be doing with these underperformers: “While we aren’t updating every legendary gem that might need a little help (and it’s possible we’ll re-examine other gems in the future), there are quite a few that stuck out to us as either needing more clearly defined roles or just that layer of new polish to keep them up to date in a Sanctuary that’s evolved over time.”

A few examples of legendary gem updates were given, such as a complete redesign to Taeguk, which should now have a better defined identity.

Source: Diablo III

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ARK poop as planned suicide, and new dinos will add to the pile

If you learn nothing else today, you’ll have this: ARK: Survival Evolved’s poop was designed as a suicide measure. Seriously. According to Studio Wildcard co-founder Susan Stieglitz, she came up with the idea so players would have an out when they were stuck somewhere. This is why there is no /unstuck button! She said, “If you’re trapped in a room, it’s the only conceivable biological function you could kill yourself with. Originally, we were debating putting in a suicide key to escape situations like that.” Now you know. At least the resource is useful for other things in game besides death; it also makes fertilizer and oil.

If you are hungry for more info, there are three new dinosaurs coming in patch v237, slated for March 23rd. The Whooly Rhinos will be adding their contributions to the poop piles, and the waters will be far more dangerous with the Eurypterid (the killer lobster in the video below), and the Dunkleosteus. On top of that, the swamp and snow caves will be added to the map, and tribes will be able to set ranks as well as customize permissions for those ranks.

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Overwatch prepares expanded media universe

As if there isn’t already enough excitement over the fact that Overwatch will be launching in a little over two months, Blizzard revealed yesterday some of its plans for an expanded media universe featuring the new superhero property.

The studio has several projects in the works to elaborate on the backstory and characters of Overwatch, starting with a series of animated shorts that will debut this month. Also coming over the next two months are six free digital comics that will give some “screen time” to various heroes. Finally, a graphic novel about the creation of the Overwatch team, called First Strike, will come later in 2016.

You can watch the teaser trailer for Overwatch’s animated shorts after the break!

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Superfight lets viewers judge ridiculous imaginary contests

Anyone who’s had friends has, at one time or another, gotten into arguments about silly hypothetical match-ups between various fictional and real figures. Who would win in a fight? Before, there was no way to answer this other than whoever yelled the loudest; now, we have a game that can pronounce a final judgment on these imaginary battles.

The game is Superfight, which actually has been out for a while as a popular card game. A digital version is planned to come out on Steam this July that will include live support, expansions, and ways to level up.

So what is Superfight? The idea here is that players will draw a handful of cards to create their fighting force and then argue who would win. The digital version will be integrated with Twitch, allowing parties of three or four players to attempt to persuade the viewing audience that their side would indeed win. The audience can then vote for a winner and doesn’t this sound like the most awesome thing ever?

Ahem. You can watch the trailer for Superfight after the break.

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Conan Exiles offers sneak peek at its environment and buildings

Those looking for clues as to what Conan Exiles will look like when the survival title releases should keep tabs on the game’s Facebook page. Every few days, Funcom has been posting preview shots of the environment, models, and structures.

“In Conan Exiles you will be able to build all kinds of different structures, piece by piece,” Funcom posted. “While this image shows some of the basic parts, more advanced pieces will also be available. Building parts will also exist in various tiers that have different visuals and offer different levels of defense against attacks. Everything you build is fully destructible, so it’s wise to think about how to defend your settlements early on!”

You can check out the latest two images from the game after the break!

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Warcraft III gets its first patch in four years, with more to follow

It looks like it’s not just cult classic Diablo II that’s getting a lick of fresh paint this week, as Blizzard has now released a compatibility patch for its classic strategy game Warcraft III. Patch 1.27a is the first update to the game in over four years and contains mostly fixes to make the game run properly on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, and a new installer for Mac OS 10.10 and 10.11. Older versions of the Mac OS are not supported and are causing crashes, but the patch has been otherwise well received.

Blizzard has been responding to questions and comments on the Warcraft III forum and has promised that more patches will follow. The team won’t be limiting itself to just bug-fixes and compatibility improvements either, with “a balance change and new map pool” still to come.

Source: PC Gamer

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Ubisoft’s Werewolves Within is an online multiplayer VR ‘social deduction’ game

Ubisoft’s newest game isn’t exactly an MMORPG, but it is a VR multiplayer online title that revolves around what the company is calling “social deduction.” In Werewolves Within, gamers will play as villagers in the medieval town of Gallowston who argue, compel, and convince each other to ferret out — and vote to destroy — the werewolves hidden among them. Wheee! Let’s say it’s the graphics of Free Realms with the backstabby cutthroatiness of EVE Online and the popcorn amusement of Survivor. The intro vid’s below.

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The Black Death demos combat, sickness, and death in new militia trailer

The delay of The Black Death’s early access launch from March to April means more trailers on just how the gloomy survival sandbox will operate. Today’s entry focuses on the militia archetype, just the character to choose for a mercenary player who wants to dabble a little in a lot. Follow along as Green Man Loaded demos the class — there’s even a walkthrough of the combat system, sickness system, and death.

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ARK: Survival Evolved is splitting in two with a F2P version

See below for the update.

Strange things are afoot at ARK: Survival Evolved, my friends. The site posted a partial picture of a metallic dinosaur under the header of “Mysterious Mysteries: GIGAntic Expectations” with no further explanation.

What does this mean? The devs said that more details will follow, but it is quite clear that the robot dinos have won and are now our new lizard overlords. Massively OP would like to be the first to pledge allegiance to these majestic beasts and promises the full might of our comments section in supporting their conquest of the Earth.

The full reveal of our fearsome prehistoric masters will take place on Twitch later today. Currently, there is a countdown timer to 2:00 p.m. EDT.

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Hearthstone offers a new hero for World of Warcraft players

Odds are pretty good that if you already play World of Warcraft, you have probably taken Hearthstone for a spin. The game is now offering something extra to entice you if you are a WoW veteran: you can earn a new hero in Hearthstone! Admittedly, you have to bring a character to level 20 after March 11th, but odds are you can manage that in about an hour of play, maybe two if you really pace yourself.

Players who earn the achievement will receive Lady Liadrin, the first Blood Elf Paladin, the proof that you can rip away the power of a Naaru for months but still be totally redeemed as a for-real paladin by apologizing really sincerely, and the seven-time pie-eating champion of Silvermoon City. There’s also still a Hearthsteed available for players who win three matches in Hearthstone and then log in to World of Warcraft, if you don’t already have that cross-promotion.

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Rumor: Diablo III may go free-to-play with next expansion

The writers over at Blizzard Watch have unearthed information that may point to plans for Diablo III to go free-to-play on PC. Earlier this week, the normal option to buy the game for $19.99 on the Blizzard store was temporarily replaced by a broken link with a price of “Free to level 70.” Blizzard’s official response on twitter claimed that the price change was “just a display bug,” and that it was accidentally pointing to the Chinese beta version of the game, which currently has a free-to-play level cap of 70.

Fans have continued to speculate on how this business model could could apply to the western market. Diablo III already has a free trial that limits players to Act 1 zones and a maximum level of 12, and that could easily be increased to level 70. The interesting thing is that level 70 is the current level cap for the Reaper of Souls expansion, not the base game. Some believe this hints that at some point in the future, Blizzard may make the base game and RoS free-to-play in the west too if a new expansion raises the level cap. Other supporting information for this hypothesis includes the fact that Blizzard has been hiring new art staff for an undisclosed Diablo-based product that could be an expansion.

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The Stream Team: Playing Paladins and giving away beta codes

During  MassivelyOP’s MJ last Paladins run, she was denied the chance to see the newest map. Maybe the odds will be in her favor more if she joins as a group. And the best way to make a group is to get more friends in the game. So, here’s the plan: MJ has a score of Paladins beta codes to give away. If you’d like the chance to win one, tune in live at 4:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you even more…

What: Paladins
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 12th, 2016

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The Stream Team: Angling for ARK’s anglerfish

MassivelyOP’s MJ has been coveting ARK’s anglerfish for a long time; it’s pretty cool-looking and a decent aquatic mount to boot. Who wouldn’t want to ride around on one, flashing massively toothy grins at that other sea life? She’s heading back into the water and try to tame a couple. Of course, there are plenty of dangers down in the deep waiting to devour her! Join us live at 12:00 p.m. to see how successful this hunt goes.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 12th, 2016

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