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EVE Evolved: Will EVE Online’s Abyssal Deadspace ever be expanded?

EVE Online‘s recent Into the Abyss expansion has managed to grip me in a way that few expansions have, providing a challenging new solo PvE feature that’s as addictive as it is lucrative. Now that players are starting to figure out ship fittings and strategies for taking on abyssal deadspace and it’s being farmed at an increasing rate, the question on many players’ minds is “what comes next?” The Triglavian storyline is far from resolved, and these new size-restricted instances could be expanded on in dozens of different ways to spark a virtual renaissance for small-scale PvE and maybe even PvP.

CCP Games has a long history of making impressive “first steps” like these in new areas of gameplay, but sometimes those ideas don’t go much further and the first steps are the last. Abyssal deadspace could easily become another one shot feature that joins EVE‘s permanent gameplay, just like the Sansha incursions that are still in the game years after they probably should have ended. I seriously hope that CCP doesn’t abandon the feature this time though, as further work on abyssal deadspace has the potential to open up whole new types of gameplay that aren’t available anywhere in EVE right now.

In this edition of EVE Evolved, I theorise about some of the different ways abyssal deadspace could be expanded and how the story of the Triglavian Collective still has a long way to go.

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The Daily Grind: What’s the best MMORPG for a trio?

I’ve been considering this question ever since my husband and I upgraded our six-year-old’s Guild Wars 2 account with Path of Fire and we found that trioing there is actually quite a lot of fun (and frustrating because again, six-year-old, but also fun!). That got me to wondering which other MMOs we might consider once he’s a bit older and doesn’t need games that are quite as visually gore-free as GW2.

We’ve talked about great MMOs for duos before – along with the worst. Most MMOs with level or zone scaling are going to work, as will some MMOs with a sidekicking feature. On the other hand, some MMOs really don’t scale up to “one more person” particularly well; they have grouping systems where a trio is still one body short of the “real” content, offer sidekicking systems that work only for pairs, or limit rewards for doing regular game content with multiple people. Some are just a challenge to coordinate more bodies: I’ve really struggled playing Trove with him, for example, because it seems so hard to team up effectively and stay together in basic content there.

What’s the best MMORPG for a trio? Can you think of any MMOs that are particularly suited to trios over duos or groups of four or more?

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The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG is the worst for duos?

As I’ve been playing Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind the past week or two, my husband has been watching me from the depths of his Overwatch games, toying with picking up a Morrowind copy for himself to join me. The thing is, we both know that the game experience in ESO is sometimes hindered by the addition of more people, as the throngs of people plunging past me into my sneaky missions demonstrate on the daily.

It reminded me of something blogger Syncaine wrote earlier this year about ESO: “It’s very obvious a huge chunk of the game is aimed to be played solo, and not only do you not benefit from bringing someone else, in many cases you are punished or annoyed.”

I can think of a lot of MMOs that are great for duoing, but I don’t think I’ve ever thought about the absolute worst MMO for bringing a friend along for basic leveling and questing, and for all its petty annoyances, I suspect ESO isn’t that far down the list. Which MMORPG would you argue is the worst for duos?

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The Stream Team: The joys of Elder Scrolls Online pickpocketing

Massively OP’s Larry just can’t keep his hands out of everyone’s pockets in The Elder Scrolls Online. Luckily, MJ is there to chronicle the hilarious results! Can Larry actually go five minutes without stealing? Or will MJ break down and join in the pickpocketing spree during the duo’s next adventures? Place your bets now and tune in live at 3:00 p.m. to see as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you…

What: The Elder Scrolls Online
Who: MJ Guthrie and Larry Everett
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 17th, 2015

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Massively Overthinking: The best MMOs for duoing

A Massively Overpowered reader by the name of DaBruuzer posed a great question to the team, one I thought we’d have a better time answering as a group since many of us play with spouses, significant others, or dear friends in duos.

“I would love to see some coverage about MMOs that are couple-friendly. My wife and I have been playing MMOs as a couple for many years now, always trying out new games that make duoing fun. Since the sunset of City of Heroes/Villains, we just haven’t found a new home. I have seen lots of stuff about soloing and grouping, hence my ‘couples’ angle. I don’t necessarily mean about a game’s marriage features — more like MMOs that complement a two-person group set-up.”

For this first installment of the reincarnation of our old Think Tank, I asked the MOP crew about the very best MMOs for duoing.

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