free to play

‘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.

One Shots: The hills are alive with the sound of growling

Just because you're a frighteningly large beast with a predator's slavering claws and fangs doesn't mean that you have to accept the stereotype that...
It's sort of like progress.

Global Chat: What would World of Warcraft 2 look like?

It's a pretty common exercise in our circles to speculate on what a sequel to World of Warcraft would look like. Oh,...

Hegemony is a new ‘classic’ MMORPG built using Minecraft

If you're still a bit bummed over Mojang canceling Minecraft's Super Duper Graphics Pack overhaul, then I do have a little bit of...

The Game Archaeologist: Dungeons & Dragons

Part of the holy mission of the Game Archaeologist is to ferret out the roots of history that ultimately led to MMORPGs as...

The Stream Team: Joining Neverwinter’s Uprising

Have you been to an Uprising lately? Neverwinter's update by that name has launched, and it includes revamping newbie play. Massively OP's MJ...

Ryzom tests multi-language chat translator and whips up a new map

The oddly flavored alien fantasy MMORPG Ryzom has been running a marathon for a good long while now, and so far its crazy...
No fighting.

PlanetSide 2 updates players on future plans like a social hub and mandates

There's more development arriving for PlanetSide 2, and one of the plans includes a version of Sanctuary to serve as a social hub....
My expectations weren't that I would be jumping into this right away, but...

The Soapbox: No, the MMO genre is not dead – but it could use a little positivity

One of my favorite idioms is "dead as a doornail." It always reminds me of the time I got sent out of my 10th...

Bungie’s weekly update touches on Destiny 2’s Armor 2.0, cross save, and ‘Dresstiny’

When you look good, you feel good, and no more is that true than playing dress-up with your favorite MMO avatar. The folks at...

Champions Online lets out a death rattle – but it’s the good kind

It certainly has been a fascinating summer for Champions Online, as the superhero MMORPG emerged from a long-running hibernation to pump out a...

Black Desert is free to play on Xbox through Sunday

Still trying to figure out what you're going to do this weekend? If you have an Xbox One in the house, then we'll make...

The Daily Grind: How much should an MMO’s source material restrict player customization?

MOP reader Tanek recently pointed us to a thread on Lord of the Rings Online forums where players have been debating the merits...

The Stream Team: Soul harvesting and exorcisms in Path of Exile

Path of Exile's Act 7 has plenty of soul -- or we should say, souls. And they are a hot commodity. Massively OP's...

Massively Overthinking: The first 10 minutes of an MMO

So here's the thing about Elder Scrolls games: Most of them start out with the same hook. From Morrowind to Oblivion to Skyrim, you...

Lord of the Rings Online opens the doors to a Dwarven dungeon

Oh, you doofy Dwarves, will you never stop digging too deep? How many world-ending monsters do you have to dredge up in your quest...

Guild Wars 2 players raise eyebrows over new cash shop sword similar to one found in Gamigo MMO RIFT

Guild Wars 2 dropped a new cosmetic sword in the cash shop this week that's caused a ripple of fuss on the...

Korn will be playing an in-game concert in AdventureQuest 3D and AdventureQuest Worlds

Believe me, I'm just as awestruck by that headline as perhaps anyone reading this is, and I'm the one who wrote it. It's true,...

Submarines are slinking their way into World of Warships

All of the threats in the oceans of World of Warships have been on the surface of the water. If you're being damaged,...

Gamigo drops more ArcheAge teases on labor points, monetization, and housing

Yesterday, Gamigo put up a teaser website under the old Trion domain promising a big Gamescom reveal. Accompanied by an ArcheAge...

Desert Oasis: The sad saga of enchanting in Black Desert Online

One of the hallmarks of our genre is the inherent heartbreak it's capable of creating within us. Whether we're doing a corpse run in...

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