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.

Star Citizen’s Invictus Launch Week free-play demo and ship sales event is underway

It's time once again for CIG to set its cash registers ringing, draw in new players, and otherwise give everyone playing Star Citizen a...

V Rising shares some launch week numbers as it continues to attack release bugs

With just over a week in the rear view mirror for the newly launched survival sandbox V Rising, developer Stunlock Studios is in a...

Fallout 76 vs Fallout 4: Which is better to play in 2024?

Growing up as a computer gaming geek, I've been quite the Fallout nerd since 1997 (and, arguably, since Wasteland in 1988). Other than Tactics,...

Star Citizen’s current development roadmap tentatively plots alpha 4.0 for the third quarter of this year

Regular readers and followers of Star Citizen news know that CIG has been promising a "road to 4.0" in recent months -- recall that...

The Daily Grind: What is the ‘gold standard’ example of MMORPGs?

Earlier this year, a poster on the MMORPG subreddit posted a controversial take: While admitting that he hadn't actually played EVE Online in a...

Massively Overthinking: Fixing boring MMORPG dungeons

Earlier this month, MMO genre luminary Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street tweeted something from someone on his Ghost MMO team that's going to resonate with a...

PlanetSide 2’s latest update revamps warzone rotation and the friends list

PlanetSide 2 has been in a state of limbo for the past several months following revelations that Daybreak had sold the IP for cash...

Tower of Fantasy enters a virtual world on May 28

May 28th brings the next big addition to online RPG Tower of Fantasy with the arrival of Version 4.0. This introduces players to a...

Sea of Thieves discusses a returning event and future gameplay adjustments in video

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World of Warcraft’s Pandaria Remix speed-leveling event is live this afternoon

As we alluded to in this morning's Daily Grind, today is the day for World of Warcraft's Mists of Pandaria remix hullabaloo, so if...
Create and destroy alike!

EG7 Q1 2024: Daybreak still mum on PlanetSide 2, new H1Z1 game hires lead designer

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Old School RuneScape continues Project Rebalance and Varlamore tweaks in this week’s patch

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Embers Adrift discusses grouping via Discord, development priorities, and May’s content patch

The latest weekly livestream from Embers Adrift could be classified as a return to basics, as it simply features CM Elloa reading patch notes,...

Black Desert PC opens the Trial of Erethea instance and adjusts several monster zones

Yesterday when Pearl Abyss was talking up Black Desert's its 3,000-day milestone in the west, it brought up the Trial of Erethea and a...
Never gonna get it, never gonna get it.

Perfect Ten: MMORPGs as fast food joints

Sometimes you go out to eat because you want something that's difficult to make on your own or just involves techniques you are unfamiliar...

EVE Online grants a closer look at Equinox’s four new hauler spaceships in latest video

New internet spaceships are always a big-ticket feature for a spaceship sandbox, so it would make sense that EVE Online would grant the four...

Not the bees! MMO sandbox Trove launches its Spring Fling event

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RuneScape maps out Group Ironman, new bosses, new quests, and new seasonal events for the rest of 2024

Jagex has just completed its 2024 roadmap reveal livestream for RuneScape, and even though we're only just entering the middle part of the year,...

Black Desert celebrates 3000 days in the west with freebies, PvP teases, and endgame rings

Pearl Abyss is fond of celebrating odd milestones for Black Desert, but it sure beats a basic anniversary. Today, the company is touting the...

Albion Online has broken its population record again with 358K concurrent players

Last week we noticed that Albion Online had busted through its peak Steam concurrency numbers, setting a new record for the game on that...