Multiplayer Category

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]

Diablo III begins testing season 6

Have you finished all of your Diablo III season 5 goals and achievements yet? You best get a move on it, little doggy, because season 6 is on its way.

Blizzard began testing season 6 this past week, encouraging fans to check out the new content. While the studio has yet to announce the end date for season 5, the three-month limit means that the season will probably conclude around April 15th. Players will be able to carry their characters over with the new seasonal journey, although each character’s progress will be reset.

Speaking of Diablo III, the game also just celebrated its two-year anniversary of its sole expansion, Reaper of Souls. “The Reaper of Souls expansion overhauled the Diablo III experience,” Blizzard said, “and we couldn’t have come this far without our passionate and amazing community. Thank you for not only your support, but your feedback throughout these two short years.”

 

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Paladins video teases illusionist Ying: The Blossom

Looks can be deceiving for Paladins newest champion, Ying: The Blossom. While we don’t know much yet about the specific skills this veiled, raven-haired beauty will employ when she joins the game come closed beta test #20, we do know she will use illusions of herself to distract and confuse her enemies. Catch a glimpse of her moves in the teaser video below. Or for a crisper view, watch the clip directly from the tweet.

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Atlas Reactor’s open alpha kicks off on March 31

Trion announced today that the open alpha for its turn-based sci-fi PvP action game Atlas Reactor will begin later this week.

“Everyone’s invited to play in our Open Alpha! Servers open on March 31 at 2PM PDT. It’s our last Alpha event before Closed Beta, so join us, come play some games, and preview some of the changes coming to Beta. In this Open Alpha Event, you’ll be able to see some of the improvements we’ve made to Decision Mode and Resolution Mode clarity, as well as a bunch of balance changes – all based on feedback we got from our awesome community of Alpha testers.”

Massively OP’s Larry Everett scoped out the game back in February, calling it an “interesting concept definitely worth a second look.” We’ve got the latest trailer below!

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EVE Valkyrie launches today alongside the Oculus Rift

CCP’s VR shooter EVE: Valkyrie opens its doors today alongside the formal launch of the Oculus Rift platform and 29 other titles.

“We intend to be very open about what our feature roadmap looks like and we want your feedback on its content and priority,” writes Executive Producer Owen “CCP Digger” O’Brien in his launch address today. “This is the beginning of a journey. Welcome to the next life.”

We’ve included the launch trailer and gorgeous screenshots below.

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The Stream Team: Bringing down ARK’s Broodmother

So far, ARK: Survival Evolved has very few mega boss mobs. That’s not to say that there isn’t plenty of opportunity for death, but just that the ultimate raid experience is currently restricted to one eight-legged behemouth: the Broodmother. And MassivelyOP’s MJ and the crew are going to face her again — but this time they are bringing machine guns turrets instead of just bows. Join us live at 12:00 p.m. to see if the gang succeeds in bringing the beast down.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Enjoy the show!

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The Stream Team: Every bunny loves HEX

MassivelyOP’s MJ has been trying out a new race and faction in HEX: Shards of Fate, but she keeps coming back to her brood of bunnies. The Shin’hair is still by far her favorite, and she’s eager to dog-, er bunny-pile more enemies into oblivion. Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. to see how long her current winning streak survives.

What: HEX: Shards of Fate
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 25th, 2016

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Coding and cupcakes: The lawsuit against ARK

Are cupcake and coding skills mutually exclusive? That might actually be a relevant question in relation to the recent lawsuit Trendy Entertainment filed in Florida against Studio Wildcard, creator of the popular survival game ARK: Survival Evolved.

According to Susan Claire Stieglitz Browning, co-founder and former business manager for Studio Wildcard, a similar lawsuit was previously brought forward in New York but was dismissed. She tweeted a clip from that previous case in which attorneys appear to question her role within Wildcard, suggesting that she is not a software engineer because she was in the business of making cupcakes since she previously owned a bakery.

Earlier this week, we reported on the more recent Trendy lawsuit against Wildcard alleging that Browning’s husband, Jeremy Stieglitz, broke his non-compete clause by working with Wildcard on ARK:

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World of Warships deploys Russian cruisers in 0.5.4 update

World of Warships’ 0.5.4 update docked on the live servers this week, complete with nine new Russian cruisers sure to bring a smile to the faces of players in that chunk of the world. In addition to a number of bug fixes and test ships entering the game world, Wargaming has implemented a consumable Surveillance Radar system that “significantly increases the range of assured acquisition of enemy ships, including those within a smoke screen.” Radar works only on the best Russian cruisers for now; the studio says “US cruisers will receive this consumable in a future update.”

Check out the patch introduction videos below!

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Infinite Arms lets you play with toys and video games at the same time

Do you play video games? Well, of course you do, unless you’re incredibly lost on the internet right now. But do you — and be honest here — still collect and play with fully articulated and poseable action figures? If it’s “yes” to both, then Infinite Arms is gunning your way.

Infinite Arms is an upcoming free-to-play mobile title that wants players to fiddle with customizable toys that interact with the game via bluetooth. Also, there are six-player arenas and biweekly episodic updates to keep all types interested.

The title is attempting to differentiate itself from other game/toy hybrids with something it calls games-to-life: “The concept behind games-to-life is to bring characters and universes of beloved games into the real world so that fans can interact with them in new and exciting ways.” Think tabletop wargaming networked, perhaps. Part of this process is apparently being able to pump out new toys to a waiting audience much faster than normal.

Still confused? It’s a strange game, no doubt. Maybe the following trailer will help to clear things up.

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Superdata predicts China will buy up more western gaming publishers

Superdata has released a summary of its research on the worldwide digital games market for February 2016, claiming that the digital games market sales have increased by 10% year-over-year. League of Legends, Crossfire, Dungeon Fighter Online, World of Tanks, and Dota 2 lead the pack for “F2P MMO Games” by revenue, while the top-grossing sub MMOs by revenue are World of Warcraft, Lineage, TERA, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Blade & Soul. Yes, we are likewise puzzled over the classifications.

The firm predicts more sales of western companies to China, headlined by the impending sale of British-owned Jagex to a mining company overseas:

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Destiny’s April Update fixates on endgame, revives favorite hunting grounds

Revealed in part on Twitch yesterday, Destiny’s April update is heavy on new activities and the Reef devastation storyline in the console pseudo-MMO. Drops and difficulty in some endgame maps are increasing, players are getting new cosmetic items and Taken-inspired items, and the Prison of Elders is due for an overhaul.

GameStop-owned publication GameInformer spoke to Live Events Leader Designer Ryan Paradis about Bungie’s explicit motivations with this patch. “Our goal with the April update was to hit a few different fronts,” he says. “We have a lot of fans who fell in love with exploration on the Dreadnaught, with our Strikes, and with the Prison of Elders, but they’ve moved past them. We wanted to revitalize some of these favorites, and at the same time provide new challenges and rewards. […] Another thing that was really important for us to accomplish with this update was to provide players more choices in how to become more powerful. The raid is a great endgame option, because it’s challenging, requires tons of coordination, and features our most complex mechanics, but for players who aren’t routinely raiding, we wanted to provide viable endgame gear upgrade options.”

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The Stream Team: Sharing SMITE presents for its birthday

It’s SMITE’s birthday and we’ll party if we want to, party if we want to, party if we want to! You can party too, right alongside MassivelyOP’s MJ. As she’s in-game trying to not die too many horrible deaths, she’ll be giving out tons of presents, including Skadi/Winter’s Wrath, Apollo/Battle Bard, Artemis/Recon, and Raijin/Thunder’s Roar. Join us live at 7:00 p.m. for your chance to win some skins!

What: SMITE
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

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ARK: Survival Evolved studio hit with lawsuit

Kotaku has reported on an ongoing lawsuit lodged by Dungeon Defenders developer Trendy Entertainment against ARK: Survival Evolved’s Studio Wildcard. Trendy has alleged that Jeremy Stieglitz, formerly the controversial creative director at Trendy, played a pivotal role in the development of ARK and in doing so violated his contractual agreements not to poach Trendy’s workers, misappropriate Trendy’s assets, or work for a competing games company.

According to Kotaku, Wildcard denied that Stieglitz was a major figure in the creation of the game; instead, he was merely a consultant now being hired on more permanently. The studio has filed a motion to dismiss the suit, claiming Trendy’s December 15, 2015, accusations are “irrelevant, immaterial, impertinent, and scandalous,” but Wildcard has not otherwise addressed the lawsuit and would not comment for the report.

In April, a Florida circuit court will hear Trendy’s motion for an injunction against Wildcard. “If granted, the injunction could temporarily halt development on ARK: Survival Evolved and even force Wildcard to pull the game from Steam as the lawsuit continues,” writes Kotaku.

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