For Science: Fandom’s survey shows a majority of gamers play to unwind and de-stress

I know you'll all be shocked to learn that people play games to have fun and chill out, but in the current industry, sometimes it's helpful to be reminded of that with Science when certain segments would like to convince you otherwise. In fact, the finding that over half of gamers play to unwind and destress is just one the...

Solarpunk showcases an overhauled merchant platform in its latest development update

"We wasted a lot of time but Minecraft inspired us." That's the throughline of a recent update blog and the literal title of a related video from Solarpunk, the Kickstarted survival crafting title that continues to try to showcase progress despite a long span of comm silence and a missed Q1 alpha target. "First of all, we wanted to apologize...

Age of Water receives middling player reviews as it addresses problems with mob spawns, rewards, and more

In an ideal world, an early access game evolves and improves over the course of its time in what is essentially beta testing that people pay the studio to do (instead of the other way 'round like ye olden days). If one takes the list of fix-focused patches applied to the nautical survival sandbox Age of Water, that's precisely...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 470: Pandaria re-re-remix!

Justin and Bree discuss WoW Pandaria Remix, Diablo IV Loot Reborn, Wayfinder Echoes, Nightingale, Wagadu Chronicles' sunset, and MMO studio Q1 financials from around the industry, with adventures in LOTRO, SWTOR, and Farm Together 2, plus a mailbag topic on MMO intro music.

MMO Business Roundup: Nexon’s Q1 2024, Microsoft’s AI fiddling, XDefiant’s monetization

Welcome back to another quick roundup of some MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news! This time around, we've got only one first quarter report to share! Happy days! Let's get into the headlines of that headline, shall we? Nexon's Q1 2024 report - Nexon has put forth its earnings report and related investor presentation for the first quarter of this year,...

RuneScape surveys players on 2025 plans while locking a YouTuber in an OSRS dungeon for 51 days

Just because Jagex put out a roadmap for RuneScape's development through the remainder of 2024 doesn't mean that the studio can't adjust and maneuver its plans to fit the almighty whims of the MMO's community. Jagex posted a new survey to gather feedback for RuneScape's 2025 plans, helping to "make sure RuneScape's future content is guided by players." Currently, the...

33 Immortals preps weekend closed beta for the ‘distillation of the MMO raid experience’

Thunder Lotus' MMO-inspired multiplayer raiding roguelike 33 Immortals is barreling onward toward its May 24th closed beta, with more info now being dispatched to potential testers. The Canadian studio told players that it'll kick off the beta at 1 p.m. EDT come Friday, with the studio community manager Médéric Bélair playing alongside testers. "We're happy to announce that the team...

Tarisland says male mages and female paladins are the next step in gender-unlocking

We're down to the last of Tencent's announced dev blogs for Tarisland focusing on how the studio has tweaked the game between the last test and the impending technical test planned for the end of May - all thanks to player feedback. "It's been over a year since we officially announced the product back on January 2023," the studio says....

Choose My Adventure: The Undaunted skill line chase introduces frustration in The Elder Scrolls Online

"Get the Undaunted skill line." "Unlock Undaunted." "You should be getting the Undaunted skills." "Make sure you've got Undaunted unlocked!" This has been the prevailing wisdom hoisted at me during my time in The Elder Scrolls Online, and admittedly it's something I really should have gone after much, much sooner than I did.

Corepunk proposes its 500,000 test hopefuls comment for a chance at 10,000 alpha 2 invites

If you thought you were signed up for the Corepunk beta, you might have a little more legwork to do to ensure you actually get a crack at it. Artificial Core told players earlier today that it's letting only 10K players into the alpha 2 test... out of the half a million who actually signed up for beta. But...

Flameseeker Chronicles: Previewing Guild Wars 2 Secrets of the Obscure’s final chapter, The Midnight King

It's strange to say it after just one year, but Guild Wars 2's Secrets of the Obscure era is drawing to a close! Don't expect SOTO to fade away quietly, though, as its final release, dubbed Midnight King, releases today, and it's packed with new story, a new meta event, and additions to group content on both a large...

Sand is an open-world PvPvE game where players build stompy robot bases to explore an alien planet

As one poorly directed actor of a sci-fi film noted, sand has a whole bunch of drawbacks including its unpleasant texture and its propensity to get in places it shouldn't. It looks as if those problems will be the least of players' worries in Sand, an upcoming multiplayer PvPvE open world that invites players to explore the fallen planet...

Nightingale outlines the benefits and limitations of today’s offline mode release

The primarily multiplayer survival sandbox that is Nightingale is now becoming an optional solo act, as today sees the game introduce its single-player offline mode with patch 0.3; it's a pretty big deal overall and Inflexion Games is keen to talk to players about it. The latest dev blog opens with a note from CEO Aaryn Flynn, who talks up...

Amazon Games opens new studio in Romania to support ‘ambitious long-term roadmap’

As large parts of the games industry contract, Amazon Games is buying the dip and expanding with a new game dev studio in Bucharest, Romania, led by former Ubisoft Bucharest managing director Cristian Pana. "The studio expands Amazon’s commitment to developing and publishing games as it joins the ranks of the existing development teams in Orange County, Montreal, San Diego,...

EVE Online blockchain spinoff Project Awakening begins Phase III and ‘hackathon’ testing today

CCP Games is continuing to push forward with Project Awakening, the blockchain side piece/spinoff of EVE Online, as the game is launching into its next test phase today, May 21st, at 10:00 a.m. EDT. Details on what this test has to offer aren't specifically outlined, meaning curious gamers have to rely on a VentureBeat interview with CEO Hilmar Petursson, who...

New World hosts a community-themed event to bide time until June’s big reveal

If you've gotten past your grudge against New World for bleeping its secret plan reveal, the fantasy MMO actually is running a neat little event right now. Community Convergence is scheduled through June 3rd and "is packed with contests, player spotlights, XP bonuses, a special players’ choice Twitch Drop, and more to give back to every adventurer." For example, during...

Black Desert Mobile gets the Askeia class today as PC preps for six-hour server move downtime

Black Desert is busy this week, starting with the launch of the Askeia class in the mobile version of the game. Askeia is essentially BDO Mobile's take on the Mystic class from PC. "Askeia embodies a fiery spirit and a calculated fist, introducing a distinctive combat style that relies on mastery of martial arts, diverging from the reliance on the...

The Daily Grind: Which MMORPGs are more about PvE than PvM?

We don't talk about PvM vs. PvE all that much in the MMORPG genre, but we should. Maybe we like a PvE vs. PvP dichotomy too much. It's easy, and so we smoosh PvE and PvM together and call it PvE, when what we really want to say is PvP vs. not-PvP. But there really is a big difference between...

The Stream Team: A trip to the Endless Library in Elder Scrolls Online

After investigating all three portals, Massively OP's MJ needs to report back to Leramil in Elder Scroll's Online's Necrom to discuss everything she discovered. Then she'll continue her work for Hermaeus Mora to help destroy the threat against Apocrypha, starting with a trip to the Endless Library through the giant portal. How can she not love going to a...

Mortal Online 2 begins public testing of its revamped tutorial experience May 22

Last week, Mortal Online 2 outlined plans for its next content update, which include additional pastoral tasks and changes to its new player experience. This week, the sandbox is letting players try these updates out with its next PTS round arriving on May 22nd. Star Vault promises "a very long list of updates and changes to the new player experience"...