Cozy co-op game Ikonei Island launches 1.5 overhaul on PC March 21 alongside console debut

It's been a tick since we peeked at cozy co-op Ikonei Island, a cutesy blend of Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing New Horizons that...

Cozy multiplayer sci-fi life sim Galactic Getaway crosses the Kickstarter finish line

While its final tally may not be record-breaking in the annals of crowdfunding, a win is a win for multiplayer life sim Galactic Getaway. The...

Animal Crossing-inspired cozy MMO Galactic Getaway launches $50,000 Kickstarter

Twice last spring, we covered a new-to-us MMO called Galactic Getaway, a game that had been in production already since 2021. We originally binned...
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The Soapbox: The ‘problem’ with MMO hoarding

I remember a number of years ago, in an article for a game I can't recall, an MMO developer discussed how an early build...

A fresh first impressions: Checking out Palia for the first time on Switch

Outside of MMORPGs, life sims are probably the most-played genre in my household. I originally bought Stardew Valley for my wife a few years...

BitCraft delicately balances social interactions and private ownership with its player housing

The fact that BitCraft, Clockwork Labs' upcoming investor-funded sandbox MMO, will feature player housing is something that one might take for granted. But what...
Days late and many dollars short.

The Sims 5 developers are looking to Animal Crossing and Among Us for multiplayer inspiration

If the promise of multiplayer in The Sims 5 (technically still Project Rene but let's not front) brings you memories of The Sims Online,...

Transmedia madness roundup: PUBG’s KFC collab, Animal Crossing’s LEGO figs, and Roblox’s Barbie experience

The strange bedfellows made of game studios and other brands has been A Thing for a while - we've even made a whole Golden...

First impressions: Palia is a half-baked project that could rise to be a masterpiece

For a reviewer, there is nothing more frustrating than something that is equal parts amazing and terrible. All awesome? That's an easy, glowing recommendation....

Singularity 6 interview: Palia is the cozy cottagecore sandbox to beat as it begins closed beta

The label "cozy" is in increasing danger of becoming a watered-down label thanks to how much it's being used in culture these days. Yet...

The Soapbox: The day my son lost his first online video game to a sunset

It was a few weeks back that I walked into our family room and saw my 14-year-old son crouched over the iPad with a...

The Perfect Ten: 10 MMOs and online worlds with super cozy vibes

In this age of increased anxiety and friction, there's a natural desire to retreat into safe spaces. And yet not all of us have...

Loftia is yet another ‘cozy solarpunk’ life sim MMO in the making

You know what's a recent trend we can get behind here at Massively OP? The rise of so-called "cozy" multiplayer life sims that prioritize...

Massively Overthinking: Are we in an ‘MMO hype vacuum’?

James "MMO Folklorist" Crosby recently penned a piece using a term that seems so apt I feel we should all adopt it: the MMO...

Galactic Getaway will let you make your own outer space vacation resort

It's the end of March -- are you ready for a vacation? We could all use one, no doubt, and if you can't get...

Massively on the Go: Splatoon 3 is dividing players in fantastic ways

I feel like Splatoon 3's release has been oddly quiet, though it's doing quite well in Japan. Selling over 3.45 million copies in 3...
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Wisdom of Nym: Highlights from Final Fantasy XIV’s Buried Memory patch notes ahead of launch

The nice thing about having the patch notes always released well ahead of time for Final Fantasy XIV is that we can always pick...

Global Chat: Dispatches from Blaugust 2022

By now, you may have caught wind of Blaugust 2022 -- the latest season of a community effort to encourage, promote, and educate new...

Ikonei Island is a blend of Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing, with multiplayer coming ‘soon’

Looking for a way to pass those hazy summer months with a blend of homesteading, crafting, and questing on a tropical isle? Then if...

Wisdom of Nym: Reactions to Final Fantasy XIV’s live letter and 6.2 preview

The first live letter previewing a new patch is always a little weird for Final Fantasy XIV, and this one is especially unusual. See,...