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

Path of Exile’s Ascendancy expansion arrives March 4th

Path of Exile's upcoming expansion, Ascendancy, officially launches on March 4th, 2016 -- at 3 p.m. EST, to be precise. The expansion is...
Our next campaign is for dreams about pipes!

Divergence Online has fully returned to Steam

Day six of the Divergence Online saga: The game has officially and fully returned to Steam. Stained Glass Llama's Ethan Casner...

The Daily Grind: Are OARPGs the future of the MMORPG genre?

Toward the end of 2014, genre academics popularized the idea that the MMORPG genre was becoming "unbundled" -- that MMORPGs were splintering, "with...

H1Z1 announces ‘crate bundles’ for the cash shop

Last week, Daybreak announced a monetization change for zombie survival box H1Z1 that almost slipped under our radar: The studio is adding...

Black Desert launches in the west on March 3rd

Daum has just announced that Korean sandbox Black Desert is arriving in the west sooner than you might've thought.
ridin spinnas, ridin spinnas, ridin spinnas, they don stop

Funcom’s Q4 2015 revenues are up from Q3, creditors restructure loans

Funcom has released its fourth quarter 2015 financials, and the news is both good and bad. The studio's latest quarterly revenues were up...
Plus ce change choses, &c.

Ultima Online’s next patch lands this March

Ultima Online latest newsletter, part of a new initiative to insert itself into your inbox, reveals the Broadsword team is hard...
Our house, in the middle of our street.

Take a tour through Elder Scrolls Online’s Thieves Guild DLC locations

As The Elder Scrolls Online inches toward the release of the Thieves Guild DLC, ZeniMax is hyping the incoming content. Today, it's...
More exciting than the video.

The Divergence Steam drama timeline: What we know

Update February 2nd: The DMCA complaint has been dropped and the store page is back online. In the wake of Divergence Online's

The Daily Grind: Does powergaming ruin the MMORPG experience?

A recent article on Kotaku tells the author's tale of being powerleveled by a friend through Diablo III. "You might think that...
This didn't work out all right.

MMO Week in Review: The Repopulation’s triumph (January 31, 2016)

Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in...

Why isometric sandbox Wild Terra is switching to 3-D models

Hardcore sandbox Wild Terra's latest dev diary digs into the guts of how it came to the decision to switch the sprite-based...
What is the world.

Otherland is temporarily borked on Steam

If you're trying to play Otherland through Steam today, you might be noticing the store page is offline. Drago Entertainment dev Lucjan told...

The Repopulation switches engines, announces survival spin-off ‘Fragmented’

The Repopulation has finally issued its promised announcement to the community following the long HeroEngine drama that drove it offline last...

PSA: Star Citizen’s free-fly weekend and Squadron 42 split

We've got a double Star Citizen PSA for you this weekend. First, Star Citizen is open this weekend for yet another "free-fly" event;...

Make My MMO: Smedley’s Hero’s Song ditches Kickstarter (January 30, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, John Smedley put an end to the Kickstarter for his OARPG Hero's Song, telling backers that Pixelmage Games had made...

Leaderboard: Massive servers vs. custom communities

One of the trends cropping up in the MMO industry in recent years is the Neverwinter Nights custom shard phenomenon. Games like Star...
Still unable to purchase a bra, though.

The Daily Grind: Are you a fan of screenshake in MMORPGs?

Some people hate lockboxes, some people hate PvP, some people hate grind, some people hate jiggleboobs. But I hate... screenshake. Seriously, if I could banish...

Camelot Unchained’s new website is live

The Camelot Unchained team was back to work to work this week, confirming that City State's brand-new (and much more mobile-friendly)
I get the temptation, but you are not actually a captain.

How MMO studios wield ‘YouTube influencers’

Kotaku has posted what it's calling "a behind-the-scenes peek at what it looks like when YouTubers shill for game companies." Perfect World Entertainment,...