Massively Overthinking: What do you think about MMO expansion prepatches?

Prepatches for expansions have been a major event for World of Warcraft players to contend with for a very long time, but it's far from the only MMO that sees them. For this week's Massively Overthinking, I want to ask a very simple question: Do you even like them? OK, maybe it's not that simple. See, major prepatches do have...

Antilia unleashes its wild side in the realm of multiplayer sandbox design

Mentally shopping around for an open world sandbox with as much freedom as your imagination allows? Mosey on over to Antilia, a new fantasy multiplayer title that puts an emphasis on world immersion, building construction, character customization, and even player mods. It's got a kind of cute look to it, with some slick UI design and furry inhabitants. The developers...

Multiplayer spook-em-up Midnight Ghost Hunt invites players to a creepy new carnival

We're almost into the spooky season in gaming, and there are few games that embrace that more than Midnight Ghost Hunt, the early access multiplayer prop-hunting game that crossed our desk this past June where ghost players can do more than just play hide and seek; they can actively harm the hunters. And if that prospect didn't already put...

Survival sandbox Grounded releases out of early access with new area and new features

It's been just under three years since Obsidian Entertainment kicked off the early access period of Grounded, a survival sandbox that casts players as children who have been shrunken down to tiny sizes and must survive the dangers of their own backyard. Now, the game has made enough strides to call itself a launch product, complete with a 1.0...

Elder Scrolls Online’s Firesong DLC launches November 1 with 15 hours of story

During this afternoon's livestream, ZeniMax Online Studios took the wraps off the last Elder Scrolls Online DLC of 2022: Firesong. Expect it out on PC and Mac on November 1st, followed by console on November 15th. Stadia, which we learned this morning will close in January, is no longer included as a launch platform for this DLC. "ZOS revealed the...

Aion Classic’s Wrath of the Storm update goes live with new instances and improved sub benefits

Update 2.4 has been the talk of Aion Classic for the past few days now, but the time for talk is over and the time for the Wrath of the Storm is now. This latest patch brings on several new and updated pieces of content and makes the game's Siel's Aura subscription potentially more attractive. In terms of new content,...
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New icons datamined in the World of Warcraft: Dragonflight beta might mean official controller support is coming

If you're already about to be a clever clog set to scamper off to the comments to note that World of Warcraft already has official controller support, you are correct. However, you have to set it all up manually and it's not terribly intuitive. But new icons datamined in the most recent build of the Dragonflight expansion over on...

The Stream Team: In Star Trek Online’s Eye of the Storm

While Massively OP's MJ is disappointed that the newest episode in Star Trek' Online's story arc revealed a juicy spoiler up front, she's still interested in playing it. Eye of the Storm introduces the Terran Emperor, after all, and MJ is looking forward to defeating him. Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. as Massively OP's Stream Team plays the...

Pantheon Rise of the Fallen brings back pre-alpha sessions starting October 1

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen is looking back at the year that was and ahead to the future in this month's newsletter, starting with the producer's letter segment, which announces that pre-alpha testing is back on the menu, with the next test sessions coming between October 1st and 2nd; readers might recall that pre-alpha testing was initially meant to...

A GM of Mortal Online has passed away, and devs are planning an in-game memorial

We have some unfortunate news to share out of Mortal Online 2 as developer Star Vault announced the passing of one of its devs, GM Ahmose, earlier this month. The obituary describes him as a beloved member of the game's team and shares the personal thoughts and stories from several devs about the impact he made on their lives....
Oh, to pretend to believe.

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight gets a November 28 release date

Here we go: World of Warcraft: Dragonflight has a release date scheduled, and it's soon. Not "next week" soon, no, but "put in your vacation requests now" soon. The expansion launches on November 28th, unlocking the Evoker (and its concurrent Dracthyr race), dragonriding flight, and of course the Dragon Isles for players to explore at the end of November....

Stick and Rudder: Venturing into EVE Online’s nullsec

EVE Online is a game that offers many experiences, from NPC faction warfare to harvesting, refining, and building to market speculation. But the one thing that’s always fascinated me the most about the game is null security - nullsec - space and what EVE players have decided to do there. Those major headline-grabbing space battles? Those all take place...

Google is sunsetting Stadia in January with mass refunds in the works

If you're among the small but stalwart group of gamers still playing on Stadia, you'll be disappointed to know that it's about to be the latest canceled project in Google's toolbox. "While Stadia's approach to streaming games for consumers was built on a strong technology foundation, it hasn't gained the traction with users that we expected so we’ve made the...
Retail value seems limited.

PSA: Lord of the Rings Online is once again handing out free permanent quest packs until October 31

The wheel of the year turns. Seasons change. The weather grows colder. And Lord of the Rings Online hands out bundles of free quest packs. That's right, another annual quest pack handout from Standing Stone Games is available for 2022, similar to ones that were started in 2020 and 2021. Players simply have to sign in to the game, go...

Blade & Soul adds a new dungeon, mounts, and the Musician class on October 12

Are you ready for the Symphony of Destruction in Blade & Soul? No, this doesn't mean the MMORPG is collaborating with Megadeth, but it does mean that the game is getting a new dungeon, new events, a mount system, and the Musician class when it releases on Wednesday, October 12th. The main attraction for the update is the Musician, the...
Teeth. Not a lack of teeth.

Vague Patch Notes: Mandatory content and game design in MMOs

Let me tell you about my second roommate in college. He was named Kyle, and he was benefiting from the fact that I had a PlayStation 2 (which tells you a lot about when this was happening.) Whether or not he derived any benefit from the existence of my Metal Gear Solid 2 demo disc, on the other hand,...
It just bugs me.

World of Warcraft outlines mandatory group loot and new special items dropping from raid bosses in Dragonflight

Don't you love all of the drama and debating that can happen in a World of Warcraft raid when that raid uses group loot rules instead of personal loot? Because now you can have that again when Dragonflight launches, as a post on the game's raid drop mechanics has revealed that players will have no choice but to use...

Overwatch 2 details a host of changes being made to competitive play

An arguably heavy-handed free-to-play setup isn't the only thing that's going to be different in Overwatch 2. The shooter is also looking to use the sequel/replacement for the original as a way to improve its overall competitive play landscape. For one thing, SR is being replaced by skill tier divisions in order to reduce the stress of seeing SR raise...

Electronic Arts and Koei Tecmo team up for a new monster hunting game, Wild Hearts

Do you like monsters and the hunting thereof? Are you not daunted by the prospect of taking on big enemies? Wild Hearts is a new game on the way from EA and Koei Tecmo that's aiming to take on a familiar formula. You are in the land of Azuma, strongly inspired by historical feudal Japan, and you have to...

Lost Ark welcomes the Machinist class and new raid following server merges

Who's feeling like playing some Iron Man in an MMORPG? Lost Ark is giving you the opportunity to, ah, avenge yourself on some mobs this week thanks to the introduction of the Machinist advanced class. The September content update arrived yesterday with the brand-new class, which boasts machine guns, lasers, drones, and a high-tech mechanical suit. "When standard weapons and...