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.

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After a wild 15th year anniversary, Dofus is prepared to crank out a great 2020. The game's roadmap outlined the upcoming year (brought...

Star Citizen’s roadmap moves and removes various weapons, vehicles, and features

Star Citizen is in active development, so things are going to change and shift around. That said, the most recent roadmap update...

MMO Business Roundup: Guild Wars’ art book, Day of Dragons drama, Red Dead hackers, FogBank layoffs, and more

Welcome back to another roundup of MMO (and MMO-adjacent) industry news! Guild Wars' art book: If you happened to read our swag guide ahead...

Legends of Aria adds a ‘Grand Bazaar’ to spur economy

The economy of Legends of Aria is about to get a shot in the arm. The team, identifying that isolated player shops weren't...

EVE Online player makes a 1 million PLEX bid for charity

Last week, we reported on a PLEX for GOOD charity event being run by EVE Online to benefit the Australian brush fires...

Following studio layoffs, Frostkeep is sunsetting Rend in one week

Earlier this month, we reported on layoffs of unknown size at Rend developer Frostkeep Studios. Now, the studio has admitted that it'll...

ArcheAge looks back at 2019’s updates and unveils the second season of the ArchePass

While 2019 was certainly a bouncy one for ArcheAge and especially ArcheAge Unchained, Gamigo Group would rather accentuate the positive by looking...

Inside Star Citizen discusses miroTech’s moons and shows off the Cutlass Red space ambulance

The first Inside Star Citizen of 2020 is here, and it's a compact little bundle of new information for players of the developing...

Massively Overthinking: The one about MMORPG content roadmaps

You know what word I love to hear from MMORPG developers? Roadmap. If you're a millennial or older, you surely remember roadtrip life before...

Profane is a full-loot open PvP sandbox of territorial domination

Maybe you're among those who are upset at New World's shifting focus and you're wondering where your next fully open PvP MMO is....

Magnificent 5, the battle royale Wild West Online spinoff, is now out on Steam, kinda

Way back in the long long ago, Wild West Online joined the MMO scene, kinda flopped, relaunched, all but sank...

The Stream Team: Giving Guardian a go in BDO

Massively OP's MJ has never been a big fan of melee classes, but Black Desert Online's Valkyrie has been an exception. Can lightning strike...

The second season of ArcheAge Unchained’s ArchePass begins today

The never-ending saga of ArcheAge Unchained and its beleaguered ArchePass continues as this week Gamigo announced yet another round of changes for the...
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Perfect Ten: The best value MMOs in 2020

While there is nothing wrong with dropping some money on a worthy game, many of us are looking to be as frugal as possible...

Black Desert’s new axe-wielding Guardian is now live along with her launch events

The Guardian has officially joined Black Desert on PC here in the west as of today, wielding her trademark axe and shield to...

Tencent wants to buy out the rest of Funcom as board recommends focusing on DUNE

My inbox this morning had half a dozen tips and press releases on this Funcom story, so you know we're doing it first thing:...

EVE Online spools up the hype for EVE Fanfest 2020

It's nearly time to "party at the top of the world" as EVE Online puts it. EVE Fanfest 2020, probably the greatest time...

Black Desert Mobile adds GvG Siege Wars and prepares for the arrival of the Sorceress class

It's a bit of what's new and a bit of what's next for Black Desert Mobile fans as the latest update has brought...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 256: Queens, vikings, and vampires

Justin, Bree, and Sam are on about MMO PvP this week, discussing all things New World, Albion Online, Elder Scrolls Online, ArcheAge, and Magic Legends, plus adventures in MMOs including Guild Wars 2 and Neverwinter.

Choose My Adventure: Villagers & Heroes on mobile feels like a true themepark MMO (for better or worse)

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