The Daily Grind: What features from single-player games would you like to see in MMOs?

Let's be honest: Sometimes we might play games other than MMOs. Treason, I know, but that's also what's called being "well-rounded" and "a gamer geek." I actually think it's very healthy to have a wider gaming portfolio because it helps you gain a greater perspective on our hobby and our art. And I'm sure that many of us have enjoyed...

The Stream Team: EverQuest II’s Ruins of Ssraeshza

Shadow veins of dark power appear to converge in the ruins of an EQII shissar temple on Luclin, and Massively OP's MJ needs to investigate. Besides the Blood of Luclin convergence point, she might also find Emperor Ssraeshza and his hordes of shissar there beyond the portal to the Ruins of Ssraeshza. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. as...

A3: Still Alive introduces a new area, level cap raise, and new PvP content in latest update

A3: Still Alive has recently kicked out its first major post-launch update, which is bringing players of the mobile PvPvE title some new things to look forward to related to pretty much all of the letters of that acronym. At the top of the list is the arrival of a new region known as Metium, which brings along with...
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Albion Online explains the big changes coming to PvP with the newest season

Don't you love when developers give you a choice? Albion Online has done that with its latest official dispatch, providing a video you can view below or a full text summary of the changes coming to the game's eleventh PvP season. But the choice also commes in with the new 20v20 battles in the Crystal League, even as...

Path of Exile provides an advance look at starter gear for the Endless Delve event

Remember when Path of Exile announced a number of in-game events running through December? Just in case you forgot (or didn't click through that link), one of them will be the Endless Delve, which as its name suggests will be a never-ending delve into the Azerite Mine. Regular players should know that this particular location does require...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 299: Out of the Shadowlands and into the light

Eliot joins Justin and Bree to discuss World of Warcraft: Shadowlands' launch, Fallout 76's surprise patch, FFXIV's next patch, and TERA's console crossplay, with a Daily Grind Blitz to lead us in, plus mailbag topics on remaking older MMOs and storylines that wreck your roleplay.

RuneScape talks up a new boss fight, the Advent Calendar’s return, and wide-reaching patch updates

The current week in RuneScape is pretty busy judging from the game's regular missive, with an event, a boss, and a patch that by its own admission is "all over the place." On the game news side, there's the start of this year's Advent Calendar, granting players free goodies every day up until Christmas. Those who open a...

What the heck is Krafton up to this week

Krafton Krafton Krafton. This massive Korean games company has been a whirlwind of confusion over the last couple of years as it's smooshed around its holdings and substudios and companies. Let's try to sort it out, shall we? Here's what we think we know: The company actually began life as Bluehole back in 2008 and became notable for the MMORPG...

Skyforge details the improvements to the new player experience coming with the next patch

If you haven't played Skyforge yet, the developers would like you to do so. Obviously they would also like you to continue playing if you're already a fan of the game, but the new player experience that's being rolled out along with the next patch on December 2nd for PC players is focused on, well, new converts to...

Daybreak has been sold – again – this time to EG7 Global for $300M

Who had this on the end-of-the-year bingo card? Apparently, Daybreak has been bought out - again. The company holding the hot potato this round is EG7 Global, which you'll recall just recently made news for buying up Piranha Games, which runs Mechwarrior Online. According to the press release, the sale price for Daybreak was $300,000,000. "On behalf of the...

Massively on the Go: Pokemon Go’s Go Beyond update is surprisingly solid for vets and newcomers alike

Yes, in case you missed it, Pokemon Go's Go Beyond update is live. My preview piece was updated right up to the release, so if you're not sure what all the hubbub is about, feel free to give it a once over. The big points are the new level cap (50), XP retuning, Seasons (both in terms...

Black Desert pushes back its digital Calpheon Ball as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 is such a threat, it's even causing digital events to be delayed. According to an announcement post from Black Desert, preventative measures that are required to fight back a resurgent pandemic will cause this year's Calpheon Ball -- which was already going digital because of COVID-19 -- to be pushed back a week. The so-called Calphe:ON...

Fight or Kite: Albion Online’s mobile beta hits the sweet spot

I’m still in quite a lull when it comes to MMOs as of late. I don’t know whether it’s related to the time of year or I’m just heading towards a burnout, but nothing seems to really be catching my attention for some nightly gaming. So instead I’ve been trying to find something to play on my phone. That...

Pokemon Go’s Go Beyond, seasonal events, and PvP season 6 are all live

Good news for Pokemon fans: Pokemon Go's Go Beyond update is now live. The promised raised level cap, XP booster, and surprising hidden bonuses hit us all at once, but there's even more to the update as Niantic's Seasons are rolling out. Changes include the northern hemisphere having former (mostly) egg-exclusive pokemon Alola Sandshrew and Alola Vulpix spawning...

First Impressions of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, part three: Influences and summation

One of the things that I generally like to avoid doing is comparing World of Warcraft to other MMOs on the market. Even as we've moved on from the era when, by volume, the market was "WoW vs. everybody else" into a stage when it's the big five, the fact of the matter is that the game is big...

CDPR frames Cyberpunk 2077’s multiplayer as a ‘standalone product’

Cyberpunk 2077 is a game we've kept half an eyeball on over the last few years, basically entirely because of the lingering promise that it'll eventually offer a multiplayer option - albeit one that's at least two years away and probably more. But more details revealed during CD Projekt Red's recent quarterly investor call sheds more...

Ashes of Creation talks about a new island, new lighting, and testing for December and February

The end of November was host to yet another livestream from the devs of Ashes of Creation, which touched on an assortment of topics including the design of cosmetics, work on combat, a look at a big scary dragon, and of course preparing for the pre-alpha testing phases coming in December and February. To that point, the...

Guild Wars 2 delays WvW world linking until Friday

One of the newer systems that Guild Wars 2 uses to maintain World vs. World population and rank balance is temporarily offline this week. ArenaNet reported that there's been an issue with the next batch of WvW linking -- but that the problem should be resolved later this week. "This is an update regarding world linking, which impacted EU...

Tiny MMO Book of Travels releases a 30-minute gameplay video

Ready to see the pulse-pounding action of a "serene" online world? We hope you're awake, buckled into a safety harness, and biting down on a mouth guard, because Book of Travels published its very first gameplay video this week. Woo! OK, maybe it's a more sedate experience than we were letting on in that misleading first paragraph there. Of...

The Daily Grind: Which IP should never, ever be turned into an MMO?

Oh please please please don't ruin Farscape with a badly done MMO. I don't think there's any danger of this, I hasten to point out. The old IPs currently being mined for online games - like DUNE and Lord of the Rings and Star Wars - are far more popular, far more lucrative, and far more old than an Aussie...