‘Free-to-play’ is a term that refers to games that do not have box or download fees associated with them and do not incur a mandatory subscription. Some have optional subscriptions and are more properly referred to as hybrid F2P. Most have cash shops and microtransactions.

World of Tanks and World of Warships prepare special events to mark 80th anniversary of D-Day

The month of June is a historically important one, as 80 years ago on June 6th, 1944, the Allied forces stormed the beaches of...

One Shots: Who left the lights on?

As a dad, I am perhaps consumed by a drive to make sure that all of the lights in the house are off when...

The Game Archaeologist: Runes of Magic, an MMO that made millions disappear

In more ways than one, the year 2004 was a pivotal one for the MMORPG community. Even as games like City of Heroes, EverQuest...

Shroud of the Avatar execs expand on Slayscape, a procedurally generated battle royale RPG

Last March we reported on the discovery of Pangaea, a development studio formed by existing execs of Shroud of the Avatar's Catnip Games --...

The Stream Team: Encountering A Frosty Reception in Dungeons & Dragons Online

If there's one thing Massively OP's MJ has seen a lot of in Dungeons & Dragons Online's Feywild, it's flowers. The entire "road"...

Massively Overthinking: Does challenging solo content belong in MMORPGs?

Star Wars The Old Republic's plan to implement new solo challenge content called Ventures in its Desperate Defiance patch raised more than one eyebrow...

Here’s how Star Trek Online’s new gender- and species-swap token will work

Star Trek Online's Unparalleled update isn't just about new story content and missions: It's also packing a major quality-of-life feature in the form of...

Perfect Ten: My top 10 favorite MMOs across two decades

Normally in these Perfect Ten lists, I'm very outward-facing. I like to create lists that are as helpful or amusing as possible for others...

The Stream Team: Returning to SWTOR for a killer pup-bot

If there is one way to entice Massively OP's MJ back into a game, it's by giving her a pet! And SWTOR is offering...

Puzzle MMO Islands of Insight is getting an offline mode ‘in the coming months’

Are we witnessing the death of games as a service? Probably not, but we're definitely witnessing the shrinking of a segment of games that...

Star Trek Online preps an ‘endless’ Borg gauntlet for next week’s episode

Antsy starship captains are about to have their hands very full when next week's Unparalleled episode drops into their waiting hands in Star Trek...

LOTRO squashes a pesky spider (and other bugs) with Update 40.0.1

Who doesn't want to see a few bugs squashed in an MMO -- especially if said critter had too many legs for comfort? Lord...

Legends of Aria Classic lays out massive June overhaul patch, postpones subscription

Legends of Aria Classic is squarely in the "a surprise, to be sure, but a welcome one" tier for 2024 as its original developer...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 470: Pandaria re-re-remix!

Justin and Bree discuss WoW Pandaria Remix, Diablo IV Loot Reborn, Wayfinder Echoes, Nightingale, Wagadu Chronicles' sunset, and MMO studio Q1 financials from around the industry, with adventures in LOTRO, SWTOR, and Farm Together 2, plus a mailbag topic on MMO intro music.

RuneScape surveys players on 2025 plans while locking a YouTuber in an OSRS dungeon for 51 days

Just because Jagex put out a roadmap for RuneScape's development through the remainder of 2024 doesn't mean that the studio can't adjust and maneuver...

The Daily Grind: Which MMORPGs are more about PvE than PvM?

We don't talk about PvM vs. PvE all that much in the MMORPG genre, but we should. Maybe we like a PvE vs. PvP...

Lord of the Rings Online begins a weekly quest rollout this Wednesday

If a new legendary reward track, mini-underground zones, and a supporter pack isn't enough to sate your hunger for new Lord of the Rings...

The Quinfall’s latest video preview shows off caravan runs, sky rift world events, and PvP arenas

The Quinfall is continuing its rollout of video previews as the sandbox inches toward its June closed beta, and this time around Vawraek Technologies...

The MOP Up: Stardew Valley’s creator can’t quit tinkering with the game

Stardew Valley's creator recently sat down for an interview in which he said, “Once I reopen the book on Stardew, I always have a...

MultiVersus offers an overview of the all-new PvE mode arriving with its May 28 relaunch

How exactly does the otherwise PvP-centric platform fighter MultiVersus plan on introducing PvE when it relaunches on May 28th (without adding an arcade mode,...