Bree Royce



Bree is an unrepentant escapist with a predilection for MMOs. When not compulsively proofreading cereal boxes and newspapers, she can be found modding, PvPing on the auction hall, and touring the Next Big Thing with her guild on a quest for the elusive perfect game.

Working As Intended and Ask Mo are her pet op-ed columns, but she also pens Daily Grinds and compiles Massively Overthinking, the Week in Review, and Make My MMO. You can hear her ramble about MMOs every week on the Massively OP podcast. If you're nice, she'll even talk about something other than Star Wars Galaxies.

Personal blog: Skycandy
Twitter: @nbrianna
Favorite MMOs: Star Wars Galaxies, City of Heroes, Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, Trove, Glitch, Elder Scrolls Online, Ultima Online

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster on who really owns all the stuff inside your video games

Who owns the stuff inside video games? That's the subject of Raph Koster's latest blog. Koster, of course, is a long-time MMO developer, and...
Yes, this was a few years out.

The former lead designer of Ultima Online and Meridian 59 is braving a brutal brain tumor

The universe has been hungry the past couple of years, and now it's threatening another member of the extended MMORPG developer community. This morning,...

Guild Wars 2 recaps botched world restructuring beta, targets November 12 for second attempt

A month ago, Guild Wars 2 began and then aborted a botched test for its World Restructuring system for WvW. This week, ArenaNet has...

The Daily Grind: Does New World need mounts?

Earlier this week, we ran a Daily Grind on walking in MMOs, and I happened to mention New World as a game where walking...

Massively Overthinking: Should MMOs have endings – or at least end points?

I suspect most MMO players are going to read that question and immediately balk at it. We think of MMOs as being defined in...

Spry Fox is still building a cozy non-violent MMO – and Epic is publishing it

Since last winter, we've been covering the encouraging news that Spry Fox, the studio best known for games like Road Not Taken and more...

Jagex will publish indie RuneScape spinoff called Melvor Idle

Remember back in January when we covered Melvor Idle, an idle game fan project that was overtly inspired by RuneScape? Well, here's a batch...

New World halts transfers, warns gold dupe exploiters as players call for a rollback

Turns out the gold duping bug in New World wasn't just a rumor: Amazon confirmed that the transfers enabled yesterday were allowing some folks...

Albion Online has big plans to reinvigorate its open world with better mobs, dungeons, and treasure

If Albion Online's last dev talk video had your attention with its focus on prettying up and diversifying the game's biomes, then today's will...

Pantheon addresses leashing concerns in the wake of its streaming tech plans

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen has issued its October producer's letter today, and at the tippy top Visionary Realms has addressed the game's planned...

Conan Exiles releases People of the Dragon DLC on all platforms today

Funcom has turned a whole ton of its attention back to Conan Exiles with the release of the 2.6 update and the People of...

Guild Wars 2 reveals the Engineer’s Mechanist spec, details next week’s beta

ArenaNet is taking the wraps off its ninth and final elite spec for Guild Wars 2's End of Dragons today: It's the Engineer's Mechanist,...

The Daily Grind: Is New World’s economy already in trouble?

A couple of weeks ago on the MassivelyOP New World roundtable podcast, we criticized the game's fledgling economy, wondering aloud whether it would perk...

Bossa Studios introduces three new multiplayer titles: Project Meru, Darkseekers, and Room of Doom

It's been a while since we covered what Bossa Studios has been up to, and that's because it sunsetted the closest thing it had...

No Man’s Sky’s Halloween expedition, Emergence, could not be more Dune-inspired

No Man's Sky is doing something a little different with today's release. "As the end of October approaches, we are thrilled to announce a...

Krafton’s Elyon officially launches in the west today, F2P under Kakao’s banners

It's not every year that we get a whole bunch of MMORPG launches, but Elyon will help make 2021 a special year by adding...

Guild Wars 2 reveals the bunny-thumping Untamed, the Ranger’s End of Dragons elite spec

Today's Guild Wars 2 End of Dragons elite spec reveal is going to be of particular note to Classic Guild Wars fans: It's the...
It knows you sinned.

Activision-Blizzard requests venue change and pause in DFEH lawsuit, says it’s fired 20 people for misconduct

In the course of our coverage of the Activision-Blizzard sexual harassment and discrimination scandal and the ensuing legal battle, we've noted that multiple state...

New World’s server transfers finally begin tomorrow if initial tests go well

More than three weeks after its rocky launch, Amazon's New World is finally ready to open server transfers - although it's not going to...

Aliens Fireteam Elite is already struggling, but you probably guessed that

You'd be forgiven if you've already forgotten about Aliens Fireteam Elite, so let's recap: It's an Aliens franchise title by former Cryptic devs at...