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]

Fallout 76 signs on Inon Zur for another musical tour of duty in the wasteland

It’s hard to imagine a Fallout game these days without the haunting and beautiful score of video game composer Inon Zur. Fortunately, players this fall won’t have to fret about Zur’s work being absent from the online Fallout 76.

“Thrilled to finally reveal that, yes, I am scoring Fallout 76!” Zur posted on Twitter. “It’s been an amazing journey collaborating with Bethesda Studios on the biggest Fallout game yet and I can’t wait to share the new music with you.”

Variety has an exclusive interview with the composer. Zur said that this will be one of his “most unique scores to date” that involves “sophisticated and emotional” tracks as players explore the post-apocalyptic landscape of West Virginia.

This will be Zur’s fifth soundtrack for the long-running franchise after Fallout Tactics, Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas, and Fallout 4.

Source: Variety


Red Dead Redemption 2’s gameplay video makes the west look like an activity-packed theme park

Considering that Wild West Online is a wild dud these days, players looking for multiplayer western action are turning their eyes to Red Dead Redemption 2. The game is coming out for consoles on October 26th, but Rockstar Games continues to be cagey as to whether or not the open-world title will make an appearance (as is rumored) on PC.

One thing we do know a bit more about the game this week is how it will look and play, thanks to a six-minute gameplay video that highlights the various activities and features that this highly anticipated sequel will contain. Polygon says it’s impossible for the studio to give a real feel for the Red Dead Redemption experience in a series of quick video clips, so take this with a grain of salt.

Rockstar did confirm that it will be supporting the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro with this fall release, in case you have the best console hardware the market has to offer.

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Conan Exiles delays a console parity patch for a week to fix bugs

The good news for Conan Exiles players is that there are plans to roll out the game’s pet system starting on August 18th. The bad news? Console players are going to need to wait a little bit longer to reach parity with computer players. According to the latest newsletter, while a parity patch was originally scheduled for this week, it’s being delayed due to some last-minute bugs and won’t be ready until next week.

Obviously the far bigger and more important patch is the aforementioned pet system, which will be rolling out in full along with a new religion path and the Midnight Grove dungeon. The date is still subject to change, but it shouldn’t be too much longer before players can pick out their favorite animal companions to survive in the wasteland. Hopefully consoles won’t lag behind desktop players then.

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Path of Exile’s Delve launches August 31 with an infinite dungeon; here’s our chat with Grinding Gear’s Chris Wilson!

Picture this: an underground dungeon that gets progressively more challenging — and rewarding — the deeper you go, and there is no end. Not no end in sight, but no end. An infinite dungeon. Does this sound like a dream come true to you? Well go ahead and smile because Path of Exile is delivering just that on August 31st (unless you play on Xbox One, then you have to wait until September 3rd). The next league is aptly called Delve, and its all about descending into a never-ending mine shaft, reaping rewards while staving off the dangers in the darkness — with the darkness itself being one of those dangers!

While that info alone might be enough to keep you entertained for a bit, we know you want more. So I had a little chat with Producer Chris Wilson to learn more about this intriguing idea with its new mechanics and features to pass it all on to you. And who knows? This might be just the beginning: Wilson called this “Path of Exile’s first infinite dungeon,” which would lend you to believe that more numbers could follow.

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The Overwatch Summer Games are back

You’ve been training for this moment all year long, and by “training” we mean “aggressively burping while sitting in your comfortable office chair.” You’re ready. You have the makings of a champion, so get out on the field and prove your mettle!

The Overwatch Summer Games have returned for another round, running from now through August 31st. In addition to the usual activities and rewards, there’s a new Busan Station Lúcioball map to enjoy this year and over 50 new items added to the game’s lootboxes.

Generally, it’s a good time to grab some limited-opportunity skins, especially if you like fighting in breezy summer attire.

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Battle royale hit Fortnite kicks off its beta on (some) Android devices

Llamas, shopping carts, burgers, and golf: It’s never a dull moment around Fortnite. And now the insanely popular battle royale game has a new platform to dominate with the official beta release on Android.

Starting today, Android users can join their PC and iOS friends by downloading the free-to-play PvP title on their tablets and phones. Actually, the release is somewhat limited, with the initial rollout being limited to Samsung Note 9 or Galaxy Tab S4 users right now. Additional Android devices will follow at a later date.

Fortnite does support crossplay and “cross-progression” between PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Mac, PC, and iOS.

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The Cycle starts closed alpha testing this weekend

Looking for a game with bite-sized persistent experience? The Cycle may fit into this very specific niche, offering 20-minute free-for-all PvP matches where players kill each other, complete quests, and grab everything not nailed down before the timer is up.

While this blended multiplayer game isn’t due out until the end of the year, The Cycle is spinning up for a closed alpha test this weekend. Starting on Thursday, August 9th, and running through Sunday, August 12th, the alpha will offer a glimpse at this work-in-progress title for those lucky enough to get a key.

And how do you get a testing key, praytell? This is one of those “register and cross your fingers for luck” situations, so if you are selected, you’ll be contacted by email. Even if you do get in, you won’t be able to tell anyone about your experiences — The Cycle’s closed alpha has an NDA guarding it.

Source: Steam


PUBG developers embark on three-month ‘FIX PUBG’ campaign in which they are doing the fixing

Make no mistake: PUBG Corp. and Bluehole really do understand the flaws in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and the studios are focusing on fixing them. That’s the takeaway from FIX PUBG, a splashy new campaign and landing page that lays out the battle plan for players. And I do mean a battle plan.

“Our dev team is gearing up for battle,” the devs write. “Our mission: Destroy bugs, deliver long-needed quality-of-life features, and take PUBG to the next level by shipping fundamental performance improvements. Throughout this campaign we’ll share specifics about what we’re working on and the expected time it’ll take to address the issues.”

Apparently, this focused effort is expected to last around three months, during which the teams are “dedicating the vast majority of [their] resources to addressing [player] issues with the game and implementing [players’] suggested improvements.” Everything from client performance and server performance to patching up cheats and fixing matchmaking once and for all is on the task list, drilled down to specific goals into October.

Source: Fix PUBG. Cheers, Kinya!


The Stream Team: A first look at Occupy White Walls

Most times Massively OP’s MJ goes into a new game, she’s got a general idea of what to expect. Not For Occupy White Walls, however, she’s a blank canvas. How will this unique art game play out? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first look at…

What: Occupy White Walls
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

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Blizzard teases ‘multiple Diablo projects in the works,’ with reveals ‘later this year’

It’s not exactly a secret that Blizzard has been working on something Diablo-related for a while as we’ve been tracking the company as it posts job openings for new Diablo games and fended off rumors about D3 mobile and Switch ports. That D2 remaster is still floating in my memory too. But confirmation is good, and we’ve got some of that on tap.

“We’d also like to let you know that the forges here at Blizzard are burning hot, and we have multiple Diablo projects in the works,” Blizzard Community Manager Brandy Camel teased in a brief video the studio posted today on Twitter. “Some of them are going to take longer than others, but we may have some things to show you later this year.”

So, BlizzCon is finally going to bring the Diablo love! Got any speculation?

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The Coming Storm, er, comes to Dauntless today

Monster slaying romp Dauntless is taking its beta to the next level with today’s release of The Coming Storm. This fiercely hyped content update expands most parts of the game and introduces the Ostian faction with its own storyline and quests.

With the behemoth Koshai running rampant over the isles, players will need the help of this new faction — as well as the power of explosive grenades, because grenades solve any “big monster” threat if applied liberally. Today’s 0.5.0 patch is only the beginning of the fun, too, as Dauntless will be rolling out more content to go with this patch cycle, including more exotic gear and the Ostian Repeater ranged weapon.

“The Coming Storm delivers on our vision for the living, breathing and constantly evolving experience of Dauntless,” said Phoenix Labs CEO Jesse Houston in a press release. “It’s our ultimate goal to give the millions of Slayers playing Dauntless massive and impactful world-changing events, quests and challenges to sink their battle-hardened weapons into on a regular basis, with new and exciting updates always on the horizon.”

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Grand Theft Auto Online players are already nervous about a datamined vehicle

It might seem a bit odd that Grand Theft Auto Online’s playerbase is up in arms about the Oppressor Mk. II because the jet bike is not actually in the game at the moment. It’s been datamined, but you cannot actually jump onto the bike right now. But that doesn’t change people being nervous, and for somewhat good cause; the description alone reads like an insanely overpowered toy, after all. It’s a flying jet bike with high agility and missiles, and it can also jam incoming missiles so that it’s hard to shoot down.

This would be unbalanced enough if you were playing on your own, but people are chiefly worried about the impact it might have in multiplayer lobbies, where it’d be almost impossible to stop and definitely not fun to play against. There’s no word on when or if it’s actually going to be released, of course, but some of the player anxiety is partly a matter of getting out ahead and hopefully causing the developers to tone down the vehicle ahead of a wider release.

Source: Kotaku


Dauntless throws its grenades to players

Grenades are a time-honored way of reaching out and touching everyone within a given area of effect, because… well, that’s how they work. They blow up and they hurt everyone in a compact area. Dauntless has grenades just like that, and in fact has five different varieties of grenades so that players can try out a variety of ranged explosives based on the situation. Including vampire grenades!

No, you don’t throw the grenade and then vampires come out, as cool as that would be. The Transfusion Grenade bursts and drains health which then transfers to you in the form of healing orbs. That’s the weirdest of the bunch; other grenades like the Barrage Grenade and the Concussive Grenade work more or less the way you would expect these tools to function. So get ready to have some fun lobbing grenades around when the game patches them in on August 8th.


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