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.

E3 2021: Diablo II Resurrected launches September 23 following open beta; preorders are live now

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We've known that Blizzard was working on Diablo II: Resurrected since the big reveal at BlizzConline, but it wasn't a sure bet when it...

Albion Online crowns season 12 PvP winner, runs Crystal League Championship this weekend

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If you can pull yourself away from the Albion Online mobile launch, the game would like your attention for the kickoff of the Crystal...

Star Citizen debuts a new Xi’an cargo ship and offers a brief history of the game’s alien races

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Some of the most unique and distinctive ships in the Star Citizen range come from the game's alien manufacturers, and in the newest Inside...

EVE Online’s upcoming Enter the Portal update features adjustments to the game’s sneaky spaceships

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For the cloak and dagger-loving EVE Online player, the variety of black ops ships are some pretty good choices, but they could be better....
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MOP’s quick and dirty guide to finding the perfect MMORPG for your tastes

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Probably one of the most commonly asked questions both here on Massively OP and in various MMORPG discussions everywhere else too is simply, "What...

Massively Overthinking: Abysmal MMO launch experiences

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Elite Dangerous' Odyssey launch has been a stark reminder to me that not all launches and launch experiences are the same. To hear some...

Black Desert updates the central market, opens up family names from deleted accounts

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With Black Desert's Heidel Ball just a pinch over a week away, the devs busy with a flurry of promotional bits - not to...

Four Winds: Everything you need to know about Amazon’s Lost Ark

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Raise your hands if you've been eagerly waiting for Lost Ark. Now give me a high five because as announced earlier today, it's finally...

Valheim announces its Hearth and Home update for Q3 2021, a smaller roadmap, and an upcoming AMA

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Regular followers of the Viking survival sandbox Valheim have probably noticed that new content updates haven't really been coming to the game, with most...

Elite Dangerous’ third Odyssey update adjusts weapon and suit UI, applies crash fixes, and adds ARX rewards for on-foot missions

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As promised in the June update roadmap, the third patch for Elite: Dangerous has been applied, providing another round of fixes for the Odyssey...

Perfect Ten: 10 MMO prisons where you can do the time of your life

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Chillin' in the clink. Spending time in stony lonesome. Thrown into the slammer. Checking in to the big house. Doing (perfect) 10 to life...

EVE Online adds mobile observatories and begins CSM 16 voting, EVE Echoes launches exploration

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Things are happening in EVE Online. To be fair, things are always happening in EVE Online, but there's some specifically new things happening, starting...

Albion Online is officially live on mobile today – check out the goofy live-action trailer!

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My phone had a very important message for me when I got up today: Albion Online is installed; you pre-registered for this app, and...

E3 digital’s PC Gaming Show promises 39 new trailers, including something from EVE Online

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Since this year's E3 showcase will once more be all-digital, we've got big swaths of presentation shows to look forward to. Among those is...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 325: The bards sing of Palia

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Justin, Carlo, and Bree discuss Elyon, Swords of Legends Online, WoW Classic Burning Crusade, Elder Scrolls Online Blackwood, Aion Classic, Crowfall, Trove, Neverwinter, and Palia, with a mailbag topic on spiritual successors and Guild Wars vs. Guild Wars 2.

Choose My Adventure: Star Wars Galaxies’ legacy questline is so boring

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Level 22. That was the arbitrary block between me and wearing armor in Star Wars Galaxies. Not level 10. Not level 15. Not level...

Black Desert teases the arrival of ‘a new tide’ and enters a crossover with Bugatti across all platforms

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*WHOCK! WHOCK! WHOCK!* Oh, don't mind that noise, that's the sound of Black Desert trying to hammer the square peg of Bugatti into the round...

Global Chat: Having a blast in Burning Crusade

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How's Burning Crusade Classic going for those of you venturing back into Blizzard's past? MMO blog Priest with a Cause is having a great...

Ravendawn shares over 30 minutes of uncut pre-alpha gameplay footage

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Are you curious to learn whether the in-development old-school MMORPG Ravendawn is as much of a Tibia lookalike as Redditors claim? Then perhaps you...

Open Perpetuum targets boss camping with time limitations

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Open Perpetuum's strongholds have proven to be a popular features for the sandbox MMO, but that doesn't mean that they're perfect. The volunteer dev...

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