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.

Black Desert PC adds ‘private monsters zones’ in today’s patch

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Private monster zones are live in Black Desert's PC version with today's patch. What the heck is a private monster zone? It's essentially a...
Fighty fight fight.

Perfect Ten: 10 great ways to lose new players from your MMO

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MMOs require new blood. Not exclusively or anything; you can keep an MMO going for quite some time on existing happy players. But existing...

Dual Universe answers player questions about griefing, alien core unit balance, and server wipes

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Dual Universe has seen fit to launch a new series of videos called Ask Aphelia, which collect player questions and then answers them. The...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 374: Star Citizen, one decade later

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Justin and Bree discuss the state of Star Citizen, Final Fantasy XI's 20th birthday, Guild Wars 2's Sky Pirates, DDO's Isle of Dread, and EVE Online's EVE Anywhere, plus a mailbag topic on struggling with single-player games in the wake of MMOs.

RuneScape introduces new loyalty crowns for long-time subscribers as double XP rolls on

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Long-term subscribers of RuneScape are once again being recognized for their loyalty to the MMORPG this week as Jagex is adding new crowns of...

The Game Archaeologist: The ’90s BioWare MMORPG that almost was

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These days, if you mention "BioWare" and "MMORPG" in the same sentence, it's most certainly going to be about Star Wars: The Old Republic....

Elite Dangerous previews Odyssey Update 12, now launching June 7

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Players of Elite Dangerous have likely been regularly watching the Frameshift Live developer livestreams for news and information about the spaceship sandbox, and last...

Star Citizen’s AI team teases commandable NPCs in dev roundtable

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The end of every week features a new developer broadcast out of Star Citizen, and this past Friday was no different as members of...

V Rising’s early access has already sold over 500K copies in three days

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Apparently, survival sandbox mechanics paired with classical vampire aesthetics is a winning combination, or at the least a profitable one for developer Stunlock Studios,...

Star Citizen debuts the new Anvil Legionnaire as part of the game’s free-to-play Invictus Launch Week

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The annual Invictus Launch Week event for Star Citizen is back once again, making the alpha version of the game available to everyone for...

Dual Universe touts alien core units as the essential prize you didn’t know you needed

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Dual Universe's recent Athena update was touted as the space sandbox MMO's biggest content drop yet, and considering its size, it's entirely possible that...

Stick and Rudder: Some thoughts on Chris Roberts’ annual Star Citizen address

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As many of our readers are familiar by now, Chris Roberts has put out his annual Letter from the Chairman for the Star Citizen...

Massively Overthinking: The MMO grudges we just can’t let go

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Back in April, MMO Fallout's Connor and I had a lil tweet convo about grudges. He was joking that there will be aged gamers...

ArcheAge puts an end to griefing exploits in Crimson and Grimghast Rifts

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This week's ArcheAge update is a mish-mash of fixes and compensation that ought to take the sting out of recent bugs and exploits. According to...

Jagex unveils the three backer tiers for the RuneScape board game ahead of its Kickstarter drive

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Ready to throw money at the board game edition of RuneScape but aren't sure how much scratch to put aside? Wonder no more, as...
Bless this hot mess.

EVE Anywhere cloud service browserfies EVE Online with today’s alpha

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If you've been angling to play EVE Online from the comfort of your couch or bed or car or treehouse or whatever without needing...

Dual Universe’s beta introduces an EVE Plex-like coupon for subscription time

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Those who haven't been following Dual Universe for a long time may not realize that it's had a subscription system in its pre-launch state...
ha ha moneymaking go brrrrrrrrrr

Star Citizen boss rests feature delay blame on COVID, touts rise in new players, and marks a path to beta

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Chris Roberts has seen fit to peer down from his tower and issue his annual Letter from the Chairman, which looks back at the...

PlanetSide 2’s new PC patch adds empire-specific anti-material rifles and marks 19 years with classic items

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It's been 19 years since the original MMORPG shooter launched, and this week PlanetSide 2 players on PC can mark the occasion with the...

Atlas’s season 9 launches with a wipe tonight [Update: Delayed to May 25]

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It's felt as if Studio Wildcard and Grapeshot Games have been touting Atlas' impending wipe for a while now, but as of this evening,...

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