cryptic studios

A PWE studio known primarily for Star Trek Online, Neverwinter, and Champions Online.

Neverwinter is completely overhauling its entire crafting system

It's shaping up to be a big week for crafting across the MMO space, and Neverwinter is getting in on the action. PWE...

The MOP Up: Star Trek Online’s starbase defense

With the Age of Discovery pack on its way this fall, players of Star Trek Online are probably curious what the studio has up its...

The Game Archaeologist: City of Heroes moves into the Paragon Studios era

As we move into the fourth of five installments in the history, development, and downfall of City of Heroes, you may be wondering...

The Daily Grind: When do you know it’s time to return to an MMO?

I swear to you, the other night I had a dream in which I was sorting out which MMOs I was going to return...
Hooray, robot fight!

Champions Online’s third anniversary week involves fighting robots

When Champions Online first announced its anniversary plans, it was with the promise of several weeks of content for players. Now the...
OVER TIME

Perfect Ten: My favorite MMORPG names

Stuff in MMOs has names. That's... like, a defining feature. We all know that. These games have titles, and they have expansions, and they...
Not so ugly now.

Star Trek Online introduces new versions of two classic ships

The Ambassador-class ship in Star Trek Online is an odd ship, a clear forerunner to the Galaxy-class popularized in The Next Generation that...

One Shots: Chocobo chocobo revolution

Stop it, Final Fantasy XIV. Just... stop it already. Stop being so ridiculously pretty! I don't need readers constantly shoving this game's drool-worthy art...

LOTRO Legendarium: A new Lord of the Rings MMO enters the One Ring

It's a tale as old as time: Whenever an MMO starts getting up there in years and starting to show signs of age, you...

PAX West 2018: The PWE gauntlet of Neverwinter and Torchlight

If you had told me five years ago that Perfect World Entertainment would not only own but make many of the games that...
Soak up the srun on the breach.

Star Trek Online is streamlining its mission system and bringing back the Breach on September 6

The realities of scale in Star Trek Online mean that you don't frequently get to fly a starship through another starship. You kind...

PAX West 2018: First impressions of PWE’s Remnant From the Ashes

Traditionally, massively multiplayer games do not have a large presence on the expo floor for PAX, but many studios had large booths with loud...

One Shots: A game of horror

If you're like me -- screenshot-mad and playing Battle for Azeroth -- then you've been filling up your World of Warcraft image...

Champions Online starts its four-week anniversary event

At one year shy of a full decade, Champions Online has defied all odds to become the longest-running superhero MMORPG on the planet....

PAX West 2018: PWE announces Neverwinter’s humorous The Heart of Fire module

Perfect World isn't just using PAX West this year to announce a new module for Neverwinter: Penny Arcade itself will soon be woven...

Battle Bards Episode 127: Champions Online

When you sit down to make a list of the greatest heroes that humanity has ever known, obviously the Battle Bards will top that...
You will lose here.

Perfect Ten: MMOs with the most needlessly obtuse stats

One of my favorite reviewers of tabletop RPGs at one point opined that percentile systems were one of the best tabletop mechanics possible, simply...
Doot doot?

Neverwinter: Ravenloft is now available on consoles

Some people would argue that late August is a little too early to start celebrating Halloween, but Neverwinter isn't about to let that...

The Game Archaeologist: City of Villains, enhancement diversification, and Going Rogue

It's always easy to look back at the making of City of Heroes and its first year with a memory tinted...

City of Titans teases its City of Heroes-inspired aura system

It's feeling like superhero week here - Champions Online turning nine, Valiance Online revving up, and now we've got a sneak peek...

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