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.

Post-apoc survival sandbox Edengrad has officially (and quietly) been cancelled

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It's officially the end of the road for Edengrad, the post-apocalyptic survival sandbox from developer Huckleberry Games, and much like someone caught in the...

Atlas offers a lore-filled journal for its next major update arriving October 27

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The devs of Atlas would like to tell you a story. A rather lengthy story, actually. Specifically, the second entry of Redbeard's Journal, which...

Past Fate details its latest closed alpha patch, promises details for next open alpha soon™

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The indie sandbox MMORPG Past Fate keeps on trucking through its alpha testing steps. The most recent step is a rather sizeable patch that...

Indie sandbox MMO Galaxies of Eden talks crafting and economy, shares a pre-alpha housing test

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Looking for Star Wars Galaxies without playing Star Wars Galaxies? Then you probably have your eyes on Galaxies of Eden, the ambitious indie sandbox...

Vitae Aeternum: Did New World’s morph to full MMORPG hamstring its PvP?

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Leading up to New World’s original launch, I had virtually no interest in playing. Even after Amazon Games pulled the ol’ switcheroo and added...

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster on gaming’s social design problems masquerading as technical challenges

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In case you hadn't noticed, Playable Worlds' Raph Koster is basically handing out a free 101 course in how video games work in his...

The Daily Grind: Do you play humans or non-humans in most MMOs?

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A while back, I saw a thread on Reddit about how most MMO players pick humans, and questions like this always startle me because...

The MOP Up: Profane pitches its ‘true sandbox’ design to you

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Citing buzzwords like "true sandbox" and "player freedom," upcoming MMO Profane hopes that it can grab your attention long enough to read this Reddit...

Star Citizen financial report outlines over £1M in paid dividends to investors as of last year

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Since CIG is a UK company, the studio is required to share its fiscal filings, and so it has with the Star Citizen developer's...

One Shots: Gnome mercy

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For today's headline picture, I'll let Minimalistway explain why you have a pint-size Great Gnomeregan Run marathoner from World of Warcraft waving frantically at...

Massively Overthinking: What’s the most painful or memorable bug you ever experienced in an MMO?

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Witnessing all the folks upset over losing gear and trades to rollbacks over and over in Diablo II Resurrected made me reflect on some...

Dragon and Home is a sandbox MMORPG of adventuring and pastoral activities entering beta October 15

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You've probably seen games like this one before, promising worlds of adventuring, exploring, and downtime activities like farming and crafting. Even so, we're offering...

Path of Exile’s spooky Scourge league offers tricks and treats starting October 22

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Path of Exile's new leagues and updates come like clockwork every three months, just like seasons of the year. But it isn't often that...

EverQuest and more Daybreak MMOs roll out Halloween 2021

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EverQuest is having a good week: First Daybreak announced the game's next expansion, Terror of Luclin, and now it's rolled out the annual Halloween...

You need to see how pretty Albion Online will be after its biome rework

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OK, maybe "need" is a strong word there, but I for one am happy to see what Sandbox Interactive is up to with Albion...

Black Desert Mobile adds a powerful new totem and Black Desert PC kicks off multiple Halloween events

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If it's Thursday, it's another bundle of Black Desert news. We'll begin with the latest update to Black Desert Mobile, which added the Primal...
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Vitae Aeternum: New World through the eyes of an Elder Scrolls Online and EVE Online player

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When I heard that Amazon Game Studios was releasing an MMO, my plan was to watch from the sidelines until such time that all...

Former UK Star Citizen player outlines the steps he took to get a refund from CIG

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If you're dissatisfied with how Star Citizen is being managed to the point that you want a refund and you happen to live in...

Starbase adds expandable easy build areas for stations and blueprint shopping lists for the auction house

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"Honey, would you go to the auction house of Starbase and get me some blueprints? Make sure to use the shopping list." This is...
Yeah, that makes sense.

Old School RuneScape announces plans to combat gold selling and duel arena scamming

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Real-world trading of gold and duel arena scamming have been constant thorns in the side of Old School RuneScape, so much so that the...

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