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Gaming companies from Blizzard to Daybreak stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Update: We've been updating the end of this piece with all the online gaming studio statements we can find this week. Sony has apparently decided...
I hate.

Phantasy Star Online 2 launches on PC in late May, officially leaves Xbox One beta today

If you're one of the many, many would-be Phantasy Star Online 2 fans waiting eagerly for news about the game's PC release, you...

Microsoft’s latest edition of Flight Simulator touts single shard multiplayer features

Well, here's a game we weren't expecting to have on our radar, but these are strange times indeed. So with that in mind, let's...

EA aims to mask active user numbers in investor earnings reports

Don't call it hiding anything, just call it select data provisioning! Electronic Arts COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen has said that future earnings reports...
Tainted.

ESA responds to Sony’s skipping of E3 2020, saying the show will be ‘high-energy’

So if you missed the news due to it generally being shrug-worthy, it turns out that Sony has decided to skip out on...

Wheeee Phantasy Star Online 2 is now accepting closed beta signups in North America

One of the big surprises of 2019 - and also one of the most welcome ones - was the revelation that Phantasy Star...
Yourcraft.

A Jesuit priest is trying out a Vatican Minecraft server to encourage non-toxic behavior

We're familiar with the ways that online games, even generally rather innocent ones like Minecraft, can wind up being breeding grounds for some...
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The Soapbox: Cross-play, console exclusivity, and why companies won’t play nice

Let me tell you something: As the columnist who writes about Final Fantasy XIV I am so damn tired of hearing about crossplay. Seriously....

Mobile augmented reality game Minecraft Earth enters early access in the US

The real world and the world of Minecraft -- or at least its general sense of collaborative building -- have combined with the...

Xbox’s Phil Spencer elaborates on community controls in the works to make Xbox Live less toxic

Jean-Paul Sartre's play "No Exit" provided us with the phrase "Hell is other people," and if you've dared to leave your mic or chat...

Microsoft is bringing more Xbox Game Studios titles to Steam and other platforms

Microsoft seems to be branching out with its game distribution policies, as it announced this week that it will be working to...

Pearl Abyss makes a deal with Kakao Games to acquire Black Desert’s South Korean publishing rights

Black Desert developer Pearl Abyss has struck an agreement with the game's publisher, Kakao Games, to acquire the publishing rights for...
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Will you be paying for Xbox All Access, Microsoft’s latest Xbox sub?

Would you - or do you already - pay a sub for a console? Microsoft is banking on it, doubling down on its existing...
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The ESA claims crunch issues in the industry have been declining over the past decade

Crunch - the act of putting in way too much overtime to get a video game completed and out the door - is a...

Under pressure, Sony claims it’s looking into solving its crossplay dilemma

Under great amounts of pressure to reverse its anti-crossplay stance with the PlayStation 4, Sony has finally capitulated somewhat by saying that it...

First impressions of State of Decay 2: Frolicking fun with friends and zombies

State of Decay 2 is out, and I know, I know, it's not an MMO, but it does have online multiplayer in a...

Sea of Thieves confirms crossplay between Xbox One and PC

Here's some exciting news coming out of Gamescom's early Microsoft presentation this week: Sea of Thieves will be linking up its PC and...

E3 2017: Hands-on with Sea of Thieves’ multiplayer ship crewing

As I mentioned in MassivelyOP's Best of E3 Overthinking article, I came away from this year's con thinking Sea of Thieves was...

RIFT’s Starfall Prophecy name change was provoked by a trademark lawsuit

If you were a little bit puzzled by Trion's announcement this week that it was changing the name of RIFT's latest expansion from...

The MOP Up: Scorpio’s doomsday device (April 9, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some...

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