There's no relief.

WRUP: Memories edition

Now that we're done with What Are You Playing, we can look back at some of the great memories this column has produced over the years. Who can forget Reginald and the elocution of a bird, for example? I can. He wasn't half a patch on Samuel, the whale whom we had as a mascot for a while. Yeah,...

The Daily Grind: Are you an MMO class crusader?

The other night I was running a PUG in World of Warcraft (I'm a masochist, what can I say?), and I ended up in a group with another Druid who wouldn't stop talking about his class. He kept telling us all about his amazing abilities, as if we had never heard or conceived of such wonders before. It...

The Stream Team: The final episode of Warframe’s Glassmaker mystery

The timer is running out for Warframe's latest Nightwave Series, and Massively OP's MJ is so close to solving the mystery! She's on the final episode now: Will she be able to find the final pieces of the puzzle and solve it in time? Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to take on the finale of The Glassmaker.

Destiny 2 offers a look at changes to various reward sources and Stasis skills in PvP

The weekly newsletter from Bungie is back after the holiday break, and in this first digest of 2021, players of Destiny 2 are getting a closer look at several adjustments to how players get rewards as well as a few changes to Stasis skills in PvP. The lion's share of the post is about rewards, with a variety...
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Betawatch: Fractured opens up a bonus playtest weekend

Here comes the weekend, and that means here comes Fractured. Any and all registered users can get in on the fun of a playtest this weekend, meaning that there's plenty of opportunity for people to jump in and try out the current state of the game. Fun! Other beta news this week may be less fun. Case in...
Everywhere everywhere.

Skyforge previews its PvE content on Switch ahead of launch on February 4

It took a little bit longer than planned, but Skyforge has gotten a launch date on Nintendo Switch of February 4th, 2021. That's not very far away at all. And if that's enough to get you all fired up about the game, you might get even more fired up about all of the game's PvE content being...

Torchlight III is now available as part of the Xbox Game Pass library

One of the benefits of the Xbox Game Pass for me is that I get to dip my toes in the waters of games that I would otherwise be gunshy about buying outright. If that happens to be the case for you with regards to Torchlight III, then you might perhaps be eager to learn that the ARPG...

PlanetSide 2 boss Andy Sites announces his departure and Rogue Planet successors

Here's a huge Friday bummer for PlanetSide 2 fans: You're losing your much-loved lead dev. Executive Producer and Head of Rogue Planet Games Andy Sites announced this afternoon that he's moving on from the Daybreak team. "It’s with a heavy heart that I share with you today that I will be leaving Rogue Planet Games," he tells fans....

The Stream Team: Jumping right in to Path of Exile’s Ritual league

While Massively OP's MJ is not really a fan of starting over, she is a fan of checking out Path of Exile's leagues! And today starts the latest incarnation: Ritual. She's ready to jump in and test it out, except for one little thing... which class to pick! Apparently detonating the dead will be all the rage this time...

Dauntless announces an upcoming new Escalation, new Hunt Pass, and the return of Saint’s Bond

Now that the dust has settled on the Reforged update for Dauntless, it's time for Slayers to look ahead, and we're getting that look ahead thanks to a roadmap update that promises a new Escalation, new Behemoth, a new Hunt Pass, and the return of the Saint's Bond Valentine's Day event. The next Escalation will be a...

Animal Crossing New Horizons teams up with Colourpop for makeup collab

File this one under first bizarre crossover of the year so far: Nintendo is releasing Animal Crossing: New Horizons branded makeup through Colourpop. For my non-makeup-wearing folks out there, all you need to know is that Colourpop is one of the major inexpensive but quality fast-fashion-type brands for makeup and has been for the last several years. If...

Bless Unleashed kicks off its second closed beta test on PC

It's round two for Bless Unleashed on PC! The second closed beta test for the MMORPG console port is underway, running between now and Monday, January 18th. This new CBT round brings with it the promise of various improvements made in response to player feedback. Players should now expect to enjoy better performance, better UI, better combat controls, and...

A3: Still Alive crosses 5M global downloads, adds battle royale game mode

Netmarble's A3: Still Alive continues to rip up the charts two months after its launch, and the company is matching the community enthusiasm with plenty of new things to do. In fact, yesterday A3 updated to add a fresh game mode to keep its PvP crowd happy. The new battle royale mode is called Flooded Metium and comes...

ArcheAge’s Oskmir ArchePass, Aura Kingdom update, and Gamigo’s charity extension

Gamigo's having a busy January across multiple games and initiatives. To wit: ArcheAge Unchained has released server transfers and its latest ArchePass to kick off the year and an eighth season of ArcheAge play. "The Oskmir ArchePass will begin on Thursday, January 14, 2021, and it will be available until March 11, 2021. The Oskmir ArchePass comes with...

Path of Exile’s Echoes of the Atlas expansion launches this afternoon

It's been a bit of a whirlwind of a patch for Path of Exile, or at least it feels that way for players, as the expansion that was meant to hit in December was only just announced a week ago and is already upon us today. Echoes of the Atlas is slated to launch later today at 2...

Carpet-bombing Elite Dangerous’ Odyssey settlements is probably a bad idea

With Elite Dangerous' Odyssey expansion delayed a smidge for PC and into fall for console, players have nothin' but time, so you may as well spend it poring over the dribs and drabs of info Frontier is putting out, right? Today, the devs delivered a brief Q&A from the studio's principal designer, Gareth Hughes, homing in on...
Give me hope that help is coming when I need it most.

Vague Patch Notes: In defense of easy fun, in MMOs and elsewhere

I don't play video games to be challenged. I play them to have fun. This isn't to say that these are inherently separate propositions. People who know me, for example, know how much I love Mega Man titles, and those can be grindingly difficult at many points. The fact that I can effortlessly clear my way through Mega Man X doesn't mean...
Riding dirty-ish.

Star Wars: The Old Republic adds a new limited-time mount to celebrate Star Wars: Squadrons’ free weekend

Do you like Star Wars: Squadrons? Are you indifferent about it but like having new mounts in Star Wars: The Old Republic? The latter game's new promotion should satisfy both groups, because players who enter the code "SQUADRONS" into the redeemable code page will receive a free Corellian Stardrive Vanguard mount to speed about planets on....

Interview: Neverwinter devs on Sharandar’s cadence, systems overhauls, and future new class

Last week, Perfect World Entertainment announced Neverwinter's Sharandar expansion, a three-part update that kicks off with The Iron Tooth patch February 9th. Players are expecting a new social hub, new plotline, new endgame dungeon, and a return to classic Sharandar itself, which has been heavily revamped and "re-visualized." To get a bit more insight into the dev...
Red dead desert.

Crimson Desert interview clarifies the game’s multiplayer vs. single-player aspects

So where exactly does Crimson Desert sit on the spectrum of single-player vs. MMORPG? The answer, according to a new interview from MMO Culture, is that it's complicated. Internally, the staff seems to be of the mind that there are no obvious genre analogues; while the game certainly is a single-player narrative experience, the multiplayer aspects are...