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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Elite: Dangerous encourages players to choose the location of the Galactic Summit

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The first Galactic Summit of the the three major galactic powers in Elite: Dangerous is going to be happening soon, and players are getting...

Star Citizen discusses creation of new enemy behavior, new armors, and a new big bomb for ships

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Star Citizen saw fit to condense both November and December's work into one monthly report this time around, which once again offers...

Melvor Idle is a surprise multi-platform hit based on RuneScape

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How do you feel about idle games? Occasionally I'll pick one up on my phone to fiddle with for a while, but my interest...

Black Desert’s PC, console, and mobile editions get a raft of Nova changes and winter events

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It's Wednesday, so you know what that means! I mean, yes, it's New President day in the US. But it's also Black Desert...

Players of Life is Feudal MMO share their thoughts and final moments before the game’s sunset

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This past December, we reported on the news that the MMO version of Life is Feudal was closing up shop on January...

Lord of the Rings Online pushes ahead with broadly unpopular patch changes

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While it looked for a minute there that SSG was reconsidering some absolutely awful changes to Lord of the Rings Online, the...
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RuneScape’s newest patch improves the player-owned farm

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If you have a farm in RuneScape, some animals there are probably your favorites. The latest patch allows you to specifically set some...

Choose My Adventure: My ArcheAge mage is an absolute monster

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This was a close poll, but I am pretty happy with the choice to bring Witchcraft into my Auramancy and Malediction mage in

Conan Exiles has a ‘promising’ fix in testing that could finally end Xbox One player woes

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The saga continues for Conan Exiles Xbox One fans. Another letter from director Scott Junior has fresh word on Funcom's continuing battle...

Project Gorgon works on a patch with new animations and low-end PC optimizations

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There's a fresh patch in the works for Project Gorgon, and while there hasn't been any sort of update notes or other announcement...

RuneScape shares update plans for 2021 in a developer livestream

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We're halfway through the month of January now, which seems as good a time as any for the devs of RuneScape to offer...

One Shots: The magical land of candy

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We would all like to think that, given the opportunity, we would be brave adventurers in fantasy lands, venturing forth to slay dragons and...

PlanetSide 2 boss Andy Sites announces his departure and Rogue Planet successors

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Here's a huge Friday bummer for PlanetSide 2 fans: You're losing your much-loved lead dev. Executive Producer and Head of Rogue Planet Games Andy...

ArcheAge’s Oskmir ArchePass, Aura Kingdom update, and Gamigo’s charity extension

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Gamigo's having a busy January across multiple games and initiatives. To wit: ArcheAge Unchained has released server transfers and its latest ArchePass...

Massively Overthinking: What MMO were you hoping to hear much more about this past year?

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So 2020 wasn't exactly the year a lot of us probably thought it was going to be in early January. Every bit of our...

EverQuest II applies fixes and adjustments, PlanetSide 2 improves PC performance via multi-threading

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What are EverQuest II and PlanetSide 2 doing together on one news post? Besides both being Daybreak Games titles, they both kicked...

Global Chat: Revisiting all of SOE’s game history

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I'm always a sucker for a good timeline, which is why I perked up at seeing Wilhelm at Ancient Gaming Noob trace out...

Shadow Arena has replaced its 40-person battle royale mode with a 3v3 arena

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Earlier this month, our own PvP columnist Sam Kash delivered a Fight or Kite column on Shadow Arena, the battle royale standalone...

The Repopulation’s latest alpha patch touches on inventory and optimization

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It seems strange now, but five or six years ago, The Repopulation was a much-wanted Kickstarted MMORPG, with visual and design roots in...

Old School RuneScape refines Soul Wars and releases Ironman versions of God Wars dungeon generals

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This week in Old School RuneScape is all about Soul Wars and God Wars. More specifically, it's about making the Soul Wars...

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