Games in our Multiplayer category are multiplayer online games that share some but not all mechanics in common with traditional MMORPGs. Generally, their “massive” nature is contested. They frequently include OARPGs, online shooters, online strategy games, mobile MMOs, and other pseudo-MMOs that optionally provide single-player, offline, or custom-server support. We formerly categorized Multiplayer titles as “Not So Massively” games. You may also be interested in our MOBA category for PvP-centric arena battlers. [Follow the Multiplayer Online Games category’s RSS feed]
Spooking strangers is certainly fun this time of year (or anytime, really!), but it doesn’t beat spooking your friends! Massively OP’s MJ and Justin face off in Hide and Shriek showdown tonight. Who will pull off the most pranks? And who will scream the loudest? (Yes, you may need to adjust your speakers for this one, folks.) And can MJ find the coveted Secret World lore? One lucky winner will also walk away with his or her own copy of the game and the chance to duel the winner, the loser, or even both! Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you the Halloween battle of the year in…
What: Hide and Shriek
Who: Justin Olivetti and MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, October 27th, 2016
Crytek F2P online shooter Warface is busy celebrating its third birthday with a super twitchy trailer and a round of new content for players.
“In Operation Black Shark, players infiltrate a gargantuan skyscraper which is being constructed by Blackwood, the military arm of a cabal of supranational corporations,” declares the press release. “Fighting as part of an elite squad dispatched by Warface – the special-operation forces formed to oppose Blackwood – players must battle hard, smart, and as a team to work their way through each enemy-flooded floor before bringing the tower down. Gamers will take on Blackwood’s finest troops, lead-spitting automatic turrets, and a relentless horde of cyborg warriors in an all-action tower raid that demands players evolve their tactics on the fly. The new Special Operation arrives in a game update today, which also adds new achievements for players to unlock and weapons to use in-game.”
Crytek says Black Shark marks the title’s 37th “major game update.” Dang. That trailer is below.
Have you been hiding and shrieking? I have! Hide and Shriek, the 1v1 Secret World spinoff that pits the much-loved Innsmouth Academy against the newly introduced Little Springs High in a PvP scare off, is now out for players to test their spook skills. Who doesn’t love a good scare, especially this time of year?
Like The Park, Hide and Shriek was an exercise in learning to program a game on the Unreal engine, except this time it was for the US-based Funcom office. Upon completion, the fruits of those labors were offered up to us to enjoy; I’ve been playing matches all week myself. So how is it? What do I think of the game? Is it worth the price tag (currently $4.79, going up to the full price of $5.99 November 1st). I say a resounding yes! Believe it or not, it is going to be encroaching on my Samhain event play time. The game isn’t for everyone, but I am finding it fun. Want to see more of the game for yourself? Tune into OPTV tonight at 9:00 p.m. EDT as Justin and I square off. (You could also win a copy of the game!)
Superdata’s September games market report is up, and the console revenue rankings have a new old king: Destiny. Yes, Destiny has returned to the top of the pile.
“Destiny highlights the importance of additional content releases for AAA titles,” argues the research firm. “Over the past few years, AAA console publishers have become increasingly dependent on additional content releases to extend the lifecycle for major titles. […] After delaying the release of Destiny II, Activision instead switched tactics and released the Rise of Iron expansion instead. As a result, the title’s revenue sky-rocketed from $7.2 million to $59.1 from August to September 2016, putting Destiny at the top of console rankings.”
Over on the PC side, there’s been less dramatic movement, though No Man’s Sky and CS:GO have dropped out of the top 10, to be replaced with Maplestory and Lineage I, so go MMOs!
While Hero’s Song might not have raised as much money with its recent Indiegogo campaign as the studio hoped, players who did pay $15 or more into the game did so with the promise of being invited into the Alpha 3 test. The good news for those waiting for this perk is that said alpha is happening very soon — early next week, in fact.
“We are very pleased to announce our Alpha 3 launch for Hero’s Song will be on Monday October 31st,” the team said on Twitter yesterday. According to Steam, the Alpha 3 test will contain 15 of the game’s 21 classes, limited multiplayer, basic dungeons, gods, a loot system, and other test-worthy tools.
John Smedley indicated that this will be a short-duration test: “Early access is still planned for early November. The exact date will be determined after we’ve had a few days of feedback from our Alpha 3 players.”
Yesterday, 2K all but announced maintenance mode for Evolve: “No future updates are currently planned, as development on Evolve Stage 2 is complete.”
“Today, Turtle Rock finishes development on the project and has transitioned day-to-day server operation to 2K, as we take the operation of the Evolve franchise fully in-house. Evolve Stage 2 will continue to be free-to-play on PC and players can expect the in-game experience to remain the same, as we continue to experiment with the business model. We’ll also continue to evaluate the possibility of bringing the Stage 2 experience to consoles in the future, though right now our focus is on bringing in new players and maintaining the game’s audience on PC.”
2K has clarified that the Evolve Stage 2 PC servers will stay online “for the foreseeable future” and that it may be brought to console, but in the meantime, only the original is available on that platform.
Are you hesitant to try out a CCG because you worry about PvP as a noob against veteran players? Besides the practice mode, Chronicle: RuneScape Legends now has a PvE campaign mode that will help folks earn rewards as they master the Legends. Massively OP’s MJ is eager to check out this new campaign mode. And if you need even more incentive to try it out yourself, MJ has a slew of Steam codes to give away, each one containing 10 card packs and 100 Platinum premium currency. Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. for your chance to win, as well as comment here for another!
What: Chronicle: RuneScape Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
Massively OP’s MJ has been eagerly awaiting the release of the new Secret World inspired Hide and Shriek game. But now she has the chance to check it out before launch! How could she possibly resist? Rumor has it that CM Andy Benditt also plans to challenge her to a duel. Who will win this time? There will be hiding and there will be shrieking, so please adjust your speakers accordingly. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to get a preview look into this new Halloween game.
What: Hide and Shriek
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 24th, 2016
Are all of the heroes in Overwatch balanced? Probably not. Some heroes are a bit more powerful than others. But is that actually a goal? Director Jeff Kaplan weighed in on the future of balancing characters on the game’s official forums, pointing out that even if all of the heroes were perfectly balanced, there would still be heroes that were seen as better or worse than others based upon the evolving metagame, playstyles, and player preferences.
Kaplan goes on to explain that the goal is always to make all of the game’s heroes viable, but at times player perception will be that certain heroes are either useless or particularly good. Some of that will come down to a matter of perception, and the job of the designers is to evaluate whether or not a hero is actually non-competitive or if the hero is just being used incorrectly. He also draws the comparison to professional sports, which have slowly changed rules over time to react to dominant and prevailing strategies. So don’t expect big, sudden changes for Overwatch balance; expect slow iteration and gradual evolution.
“Tuebor is a 3rd person, cross-genre, competitive, multiplayer, action game set in a post apocalyptic, dystopian future.” So reads the Kickstarter for Strength in Numbers Studios’ “MMO lite” Tuebor. Unfortunately, that Kickstarter is over, having ended unsuccessfully earlier this week, but the game has been soldiering on in earlier access anyway and is headed to launch soon, according to a press release issued this week.
“We’ve spent the last 16 months building this game and we are pretty happy with where it’s at, but would like a little more time for polish,” the studio told players back in September. “We know of some things that aren’t quite right yet, stats balancing and some UI/UX elements specifically. We’re getting on Steam now in order to build the community and be able to keep the studio running. […] We want to move out of Early Access as quickly as possible; ideally we’ll be in Early Access status for about 4-6 weeks.”
Tuebor is free-to-play if you’re interested in taking a peek on Steam. Oh, and as for what the word means? Michigan residents and Latin geeks already know: It’s derived from the Latin verb tueor, which can mean to guard, to defend, to behold, or to preserve. “Tuebor” is the first-person singular future active indicative of the verb, meaning here: “I will defend.” Thanks, Magistra Seltz.
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
This past week, Storm King’s Thunder arrived on Neverwinter’s console versions after its PC debut. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Destiny, Riders of Icarus, TERA, and more, all waiting for you after the break!
Escape from Tarkov is in preparation for exiting its alpha state and entering beta testing. To get players excited for this transition and to show off some of the graphical improvements that it’s been making, the team has opened up its photo album to share a half-dozen new pictures with fans.
The team said that what you see will only improve from here: “Upon release, Escape from Tarkov will feature massive upgrades to its visuals, courtesy of significant engine upgrades, which will make the game’s graphics even more lifelike than before.”
Source: Press release
If you missed all the buzz about it yesterday, the Nintendo Switch is Nintendo’s next console that’s either an interesting new take on a converting mobile/console platform or is a system designed for a parallel world where you have to bring every game everywhere and never lose two dozen fiddly bits. Hearthstone
, meanwhile, is still a digital card game that people enjoy playing, same as it was before yesterday. But are the two coming together, as suggested by this tweet
Of course, that tweet could just as easily be a nod to the whole “Mario creeping in” meme that people had been running away with. At this point, nothing has been announced, and Nintendo is specifically stating that it is not discussing titles on the platform at this time at all. Still, if you’ve long wanted to see Hearthstone available on consoles, a portable console does seem like the right format, doesn’t it?