Sandboxes are a type of MMO that emphasize player freedom and expression. They frequently include mechanics for building, crafting, trading, character customization and development, roleplaying, destruction, and significant interaction with the world and other players. A sandbox that is dominated by an open-PvP or free-for-all ruleset is sometimes pejoratively called a gankbox. Contrast with the themepark.

Massively Overthinking: Always-online vs. offline modes in multiplayer games

The Nightingale team's admission that players are clamoring for an offline version of the game - and that Inflexion is now planning to do...

Old School RuneScape shares additional details of undead pirates’ arrival to the Wilderness

The Wilderness zone of Old School RuneScape is looking to get a little more wild and smell a lot more like zombies and sea...

Pantheon Rise of the Fallen marks progress on pet system, combat, visuals, and March 30’s Season 2

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen appears to be trying to exude a renewed sense of vim and vigor in the February producer's letter, which...
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10-year-old Camelot Unchained is launching ‘late next year’ following CSE rebrand and investment haul

So, remember Camelot Unchained? The throwback sandbox MMORPG that was Kickstarted way back in 2013, hit beta in 2018, then added a second game...

Elite Dangerous shares initial details of the upcoming Python Mk II spaceship

The beginning of February saw Elite Dangerous announce something it hasn't done in literal years: plans for "at least" four new ships, the first...

Star Citizen’s CIG admits to rumored layoffs, blaming restructuring and relocation

Over the past couple of weeks we've been reporting on an apparent wave of layoffs at Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games, starting first...

Sandbox MMO Anvil Empires previews chunks of its smithing and weaponcrafting systems

The latest Anvil Empires dev blog is all about making the pointy end part of "stick 'em with the pointy end" as the Siege...

TerraTech Worlds is a new survivalbox for our vehicle-loving friends

It's not a traditional MMORPG, but Payload Studios' TerraTech Worlds is scooting right along the edge as a co-op PvE survival title that might...

Mabinogi opens a new microsite that details the MMO’s upgrade to Unreal Engine 5

Unreal Engine 5 seems to be the bees knees among game devs, especially those who are looking to upgrade their existing games to the...

Perfect Ten: MMORPGs with interesting Guinness World Records

I never quite know how much stock to put in Guinness World Records. I guess it's somewhere between "for amusement value" and "stone cold...

Black Desert celebrates 55M registered players and €2B revenue since 2014

It's not every day that we get hard numbers out of MMORPG studios, but Pearl Abyss has brought some big ones for Black Desert...

Pax Dei floods Discord with screenshots of wildlife, continues to promise alpha testing soon

The sandbox MMORPG Pax Dei is extremely proud of its plantlife and animal life, and just in case you doubt us, then you need...
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Massively OP Podcast Episode 459: A Gigantic return

Justin and Bree discuss Nightingale's launch, Gigantic's return, Guild Wars 2's Realm of Dreams, and Last Epoch's launch, with adventures in LOTRO, Elder Scrolls Online, City of Heroes, and SWG Legends, plus a mailbag topic on Wagadu Chronicles and TTRPG-MMO crossovers.

Choose My Adventure: The Wagadu Chronicles’ worldbuilding is epic, but the gameplay…

The Wagadu Chronicles has kind of made me sad. I wasn't really expecting this game to be some arbiter of a new age for...

Albion Online’s Foundations patch incentivizes guilds to fortify and protect their territory

Apart from the Crystal Raiders update at the top of the year, Albion Online has had a slow 2024 so far - and even...

Project Gorgon’s February update buffs the in-game map and adds a Hardcore Living skill

Should it be illegal to put out an MMO patch and patch notes at 7:25 p.m. on a Friday night? Yes, definitely, tar and...

The Daily Grind: Have you ever gone a long period without playing MMORPGs?

I was thinking about this topic a few weeks ago when chatting with MOP's Eliot about some of our formative experiences in the genre....

Embers Adrift’s latest dev stream discusses how the team is revamping item categorization

The weekly community livestreams from Embers Adrift are continuing to pour forth, and this week's episode is talking about items, or specifically the new...

Palworld celebrates 25M players in its first month, promises anti-cheat measures, showcases critters

The hot iron of Palworld might have cooled just a bit, but the quirky survival sandbox has still drawn in some big numbers overall....

EVE Online adjusts spaceship balance as CSM member pivots on CCP’s Project Awakening NFT project

With ships and interstellar warfare being expanded in EVE Online's Havoc update, it was only a matter of time before some adjustment knobs were...