sandbox

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.

Ultima Online’s next update will feature an overhaul to its quest system

With Publish 108 out the door, it's time for Ultima Online to look forward to Publish 109, which will feature an overhaul...

EVE Online crowns its Champion of Lowsec, posts Pulse video and charity campaign

Last week, EVE Online challenged player alliances and corps to blow up the most stuff possible in the Champions of Lowsec event...

Valnir Rok focuses on performance updates, promises to ‘go darker, more violent’

I don't know about any of you, but I never got the impression that the world of Valnir Rok is a particularly warm...

Star Citizen’s March monthly report outlines alpha 3.9 development progress

Alpha 3.9 is pretty much around the corner for Star Citizen, so reason would stand that the vast majority of March 2020's...
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ArcheAge kicks off the Lantern Festival as a tribute to the lost

The development team at ArcheAge is encouraging everyone to stay home and stay safe, and part of how you do that is by...

Desert Oasis: A guide to getting started with Black Desert’s lifeskill system

For pretty much all of my MMO-gaming career, I avoided anything involving crafting, gathering, and cooking. If the problem can't be solved with a...
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Massively Overthinking: How are MMO players faring through the pandemic?

This week's Overthinking is going to be a bit different from normal. As we've been covering extensively for more than the past two...
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Black Desert’s guild event gets exploited all up in its face

When there's a will, there's a way. And when the devs overlook something that can be abused, there's an exploit waiting to happen. Black...

Perfect Ten: MMOs that were ahead of their time

Timing is, as they say, everything. A good idea presented at the wrong time (and perhaps in the wrong way) might fizzle hard when...

EVE Online players to face massive invasion in the Eclipse quadrant

The EVE Online universe faced a terrifying invasion in 2019 as the Triglavian Collective began sending vast fleets from their homes in...

EVE Evolved: EVE Online’s Loyalty to Lowsec update shakes up Faction Warfare

Between the relative safe haven of EVE Online's high-security star systems and the lawless depths of nullsec where alliances play ping-pong with titans,...

ArcheAge, RIFT, Trove, and more Gamigo MMOs launch a reforestation charity initiative

Gamigo is announcing a big charity project today with Eden Reforestation Projects, which will raise money to plant trees all over the world...

Albion Online wants to boost players’ ‘incentives for backstabbing and going to war’

Over the last few months, Albion Online's Sandbox Interactive has continued its push to rebalance the endgame meta - specifically, the power and...

EVE Online details management of the sandbox ecosystem and explains the intention of resource distribution

The one constant in EVE Online is that things are always changing, but sometimes it's not always clear why things are changing.

Choose My Adventure: Albion Online, chestnut logs, and terrible mistakes

I regret to inform you all that my final moments in Albion Online were something of a bellyflop. A number of smaller frustrations...
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Black Desert gets an April Fools’ event on PC, Drieghan on console, and new events on mobile

Whew! The down side of having so many different versions of Black Desert is that when an update day rains, it pours. And...
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Why I Play April Fools’ Day

So it's time for our April Fools' Day joke, which means that usually it's my time to shine. Seriously, a lot of these have...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 265: Delusions of Elyria

Justin, Bree, MJ, and Mia discuss Chronicles of Elyria, Guild Wars 2, PSO2, Ashes of Creation, Saga of Lucimia, WoW Classic and Burning Crusade, with adventures in LOTRO, Revelation Online, Don't Starve Together, and City of Heroes, plus mailbag topics on player housing and optional sub servers.

Grab a key for Shadow Arena’s final beta, courtesy of Pearl Abyss and MOP

As we've been covering, Pearl Abyss is gearing up for a 2020 release of Shadow Arena, the standalone battle royale based on

Old School RuneScape plots the return of the Bounty Hunter minigame

Let's provide a little bit of background: Earlier this year, Old School RuneScape had to remove the Bounty Hunter minigame as a result...

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