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.

EVE Evolved: EVE Online has a gambling problem

The gambling debate has kicked off again in EVE Online, this time in response to the annual Guardian's Gala event that's currently running...

The MOP Up: TERA and PUBG combine unholy forces

TERA sent out a press release this week confirming the end of the world: "Finally, the dream collaboration between TERA and PUBG...

Earthrise’s reboot is still in limbo (but it isn’t canceled)

With just about a year under its belt before it was canned in 2011, Earthrise was one of those MMOs that died...

One Shots: Your moment of zen

When life -- and even gaming -- gets too hectic, where do you retreat to in order to find some peace and quiet? We...

Here’s how players will do science in sandbox Population Zero

Still keeping an eye on survival MMO Population Zero? There's yet another dev blog out this week, this one on science and...

Daybreak is delaying PlanetSide Arena again, this time to summer 2019, and it’s refunding preorders too

It's late Friday afternoon, Daybreak's favorite time for dropping bad news, and here it is: PlanetSide Arena's PC launch is being delayed until...

Battle Bards Episode 138: Wild wild westerns

Boy howdy, is it time for another highfalutin Battle Bards episode? Shucks, looks like! In this week’s show, the trio saddle up for a...
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PlanetSide 2 updates carbines and spawns on the test server while celebrating love in the live game

The latest patch to PlanetSide 2's test servers has some pretty far-reaching changes to the game's spawn system. Previously, the system didn't really...

Star Citizen Around the Verse is selling a new ship: The Argo SRV

This week's episode of Star Citizen Around the Verse is a little longer than usual, but don't get too excited: It's only...
All good, sure, why not.

Legends of Aria sends players on a treasure hunt in its Relics of the Ancients event

The hunt will soon be on in Citadel Studios's moddable sandbox MMO Legends of Aria, which has just announced its upcoming Relic...

Massively Overthinking: Showing up vs. showing off in MMOs

Last week's Daily Grind about ambient sociability got a lot of MMO gamers talking about that desire to have people around, even if...
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Vague Patch Notes: On play conditioning and the lecture of experience in MMOs

Yes, it's another week in which we talk about abstract concepts that underpin the way we play video games, this time inspired by a...
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Black Desert Online is in open beta on the Xbox One through February 17

If you like your MMOs on consoles, your spirits black, your combat active, and your classes gender-locked, you should give Black Desert Online a...

Minecraft-esque MMO sandbox Islet Online has launched on Steam and Android

So hey. This hasn't been the best week for MMOs and MMO fans. Watching what's happening at Blizzard is just devastating, even if the...

EVE Online’s Alliance Tournament is taking a hiatus for 2019

2019 is looking to be a year of big changes for EVE Online's usual yearly events: On top of the Reykjavik Fanfest being...

Love and war collide in Black Desert Online’s latest update

Whether you're a lover or a fighter, the latest Black Desert Online update has something for you. Just in time for Valentine's Day,...
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Mortal Online devs say they’re building Mortal Online 2 and bringing existing lifers and wealth along

Sandbox MMO Mortal Online developer Star Vault made headlines last year for Mortal Royale, a battle royale that boasts a giant map...

Nexon had a record-high 2018, but it’s got only mobile titles coming westward in 2019

If you were hoping for some eye bleach after the financial reports from Blizzard and NCsoft yesterday, then I'm sorry - Nexon...

Gamigo isn’t penalizing ArcheAge cheaters who exploited Erenor infusions

Fans of drama are surely breathing a sigh of relief knowing that Gamigo isn't going to drop the ball that Trion handed off -...
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Red Dead Online’s next beta update will make life a little more difficult for outlaws

The wild west is about to get just a little bit wilder with the introduction of bounty hunters, posse-wide parleys and feuds, and changes...

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