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.

SWG: Beyond is the latest in a long line of Star Wars Galaxies emulators

Is it rogue server week or something? Fans have now announced another privately run Star Wars Galaxies server, this one called SWG:...

Elite Dangerous posts its April update patch notes and offers to fund a tabletop CCG

It's a tale of two Elite: Dangerous stories this week: On the one hand, the game has kicked out its new April update,...

Desert Oasis: A post-mortem examination of Black Desert’s defunct Shadow Arena

Last week was such an intense week for Black Desert. The community took a blow when news broke out regarding

Black Desert’s new roadmap teases new maps and new group-based content on the way

There's big news coming out of Black Desert today, as Pearl Abyss and Kakao have dropped a roadmap of new content coming to...

ARK Survival Evolved-inspired voxel sandbox PixARK is launching May 31

It's been a year since Snail Games' survival-centric voxelbox PixARK hit early access, but its time in testing is almost up: The company...

Exclusive: MMORPG Astellia Online deep-dives its Warrior and Scholar classes

Korean-born Astellia has been hovering on the horizon for the last few years of its development as Barunson E&A - the majority...

Choose My Adventure: Finding the perfect group activity in RuneScape

Early on in this month's Choose My Adventure, a reader in the comments mentioned that RuneScape is the perfect game to have...

CCP’s Hilmar Petursson says EVE Online isn’t in ‘stagnation’ – it has an active playerbase of 300K

GIbiz got a monstrously huge interview with CCP Games' Hilmar Petursson thanks to the EVE Online company's presence at Reboot Develop this...

Fight or Kite: First impressions of newly free-to-play Albion Online

As soon as I heard that Albion Online was going free-to-play, I knew where I was going to spend the majority of my...

Leaderboard: Do you plan to play on a City of Heroes rogue server?

I don't know whether people have guessed by now, but a lot of the City of Heroes screenshots we use here on Massively...

Sandbox MMORPG Oath’s Kickstarter has passed its core crowdfunding goal

Back at the beginning of April - which incidentally seems like a thousand years ago now, but nope - we learned about a brand-new...
We never claimed to be saints.

Star Citizen’s Chris Roberts thinks that Anthem is worth saving

Not content to merely oversee the construction of the greatest space sim of all time, Star Citizen's Chris Roberts has ideas how to...
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The Daily Grind: Which MMO in 2019 offers the best content for healers?

A few weeks ago, there was a neat post on the MMORPG subreddit about healing. Author Rapthorne Lightweaver points out that "the industry...

Ultima Online’s upcoming Forgotten Treasures is a dramatic treasure hunting overhaul

Broadsword's been on a tear in 2019 with Ultima Online updates. Back in January, it announced that it'd be rolling out high...

The MOP Up: Population Zero throws a fashion show

You know how people advise you to "dress in layers" during inclement weather? And you think, "If I'm wearing pants, I'm doing well here,...

Global Chat: Can you play WoW Classic casually?

Over at Priest with a Cause, MMO blogger Shintar came up with a great question for those looking to play World of Warcraft's...

One Shots: Officially Sanctioned Sunday Afternoon Nap Hour

Shh. Shhhhhhhh. Do not, under any circumstances, make a sound during Officially Sanctioned Sunday Afternoon Nap Hour. Some of us take it very, very seriously and...

Elite Dangerous announces plans for monthly in-game events and changes to the new user experience

Personally speaking, my own delve in to Elite: Dangerous for Choose My Adventure showed a game that definitely has more going on...

Lawful Neutral: Is it safe to play on City of Heroes’ inevitable rogue servers?

You CAN play on the City of Heroes rogue servers you're about to see springing up. But should you? Our law columnist looks into the legalities of the City of Heroes emulation situation.

The Stream Team: Another journey into Albion Online

It has been quite a long time since Massively OP's MJ has adventured in Albion Online. In fact, it's been so long that...

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