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.

Massively Overthinking: Our favorite RPGs for MMORPG fans

This week's Overthinking topic was sent along to us from MOP reader Mordyjuice. This is gonna be a fun one! "I find that I...

Conan Exiles adding Halloween event, offers free week on Xbox One

Do barbarians celebrate Halloween? They can if they are in Conan Exiles. Funcom announced its first spooky holiday event for the survival game,...

Enter to win a Star Trek Online Age of Discovery Starter Pack on PC from PWE and MOP

Age of Discovery officially launched for Star Trek Online last week in a well-timed TV tie-in. To celebrate the launch, PWE has granted Massively OP...

ArcheAge’s latest ‘server evolution’ process is underway

Yesterday, ArcheAge began the process of "server evolution," which is the name Trion Worlds has given to what is essentially a mass...

MapleStory 2 is dealing with rash of gross player cosmetic uploads because of course it is

One of the more unique features of the recently launched MapleStory 2 is the ability for players to design and create custom cosmetic...

Black Desert’s Russian servers will be spared from their abrupt and messy closure after all

Welp, we did not see this coming, but here's some extremely good news in the Black Desert license transfer saga. Over the last couple...
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EVE Vegas 2018 is this weekend: Here’s what to expect from the show

It's that time of year again when internet spaceship nerds descend on Las Vegas to get incredibly drunk find out what the future holds...

Perfect Ten: MMOs that desperately need proper player housing

Here's something pretty encouraging to me: When I sat down to work on an article listing MMOs that really could use but lacked proper...

Halloween blows through RIFT, Trove, ArcheAge, Atlas Reactor, and Defiance 2050

Something sinister is brewing over at Trion Worlds, and soon the whole world will pay the price as Scott Hartsman's corgi transforms into its...

Vampire MMO Shadow’s Kiss makes good on mature content

If you were super sad when Revival and World of Darkness closed up shop, you should probably point your eyeballs over at...
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Massively OP Podcast Episode 191: It’s looking a little patchy around here

Justin and Bree discuss Star Citizen, LOTRO, EverQuest II, Star Trek Online, SWTOR, New World, and Black Desert, with reader mail about forging social connections in MMOs.

Black Desert’s Halloween event bosses bring tricks and treats this week

Halloween shenanigans will cloak the world of Black Desert starting tomorrow, Kakao announced this morning. "Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games have announced that the...

The Daily Grind: What’s the worst Halloween event in the MMOverse?

No real salt from me today: I personally loved Star Wars Galaxies' Halloweeny Galactic Moon Festival, as ridiculous as it was, and as I...
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Worlds Adrift says PvE servers didn’t ‘split a tiny playerbase’ but instead ‘added to it’

When was the last time you heard an MMO studio outright admit it was wrong? It's pretty rare, for sure. Bossa Studios says as...

Star Citizen’s CitizenCon didn’t help make as much money as last year, but damn it made a lot

So, how much money did Star Citizen make last week as a result of its CitizenCon push and concomitant ship sale? A...

Lead programmer: ‘There is no hope for Greed Monger’

The long-troubled Greed Monger, a Kickstarted sandbox MMO that produced a remarkable project implosion, took an interesting turn last week when its former...

Black Desert’s Pearl Abyss claims Russian publisher is using players as a ‘weapon’

Over the month, we've been covering the supposed license transfer of Black Desert’s Russian branch from publisher GameNet back to Korean owner Pearl...

EVE Evolved: Wars are literally ruining EVE Online

EVE Online is fundamentally about real conflict between players on massive scales, and yet I would venture to say that wars are literally...

The MOP Up: Dark Age of Camelot allows name, gender, and race changes

Dark Age of Camelot is testing its next major patch, and it has a major surprise in store for its playerbase. "Patch 1.125...

Black Desert’s Russian servers and accounts are toast as Pearl Abyss says transfer negotiations failed

Over the last month and change, we've been covering the news that GameNet, Black Desert's Russian publisher, was handing the service in...

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