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.

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...

Pearl Abyss opens new studios in US and Europe as part of western expansion efforts

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Pearl Abyss very clearly has eyes on expanding its reach further into the western market. The publisher/developer of Black Desert has opened up two...

Old School RuneScape adjusts to Theatre of Blood feedback, RuneScape announces mobile launch date

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It's the start of a new week, and that means another deluge of updates coming out of RuneScape and Old School RuneScape. We'll start...

Atlas talks post-Tradewinds update plans, introduces buff-granting towers

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Now that Atlas has released its Tradewinds update (after a bit of a delay), players are maybe wondering what's next for the seafaring sandbox....

Second Life’s CEO, Ebbe Altberg, has passed away

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We're terribly sorry to report that Second Life CEO Ebbe Altberg has passed away after a long illness. Linden Lab posted the news to...

ArcheAge and ArcheAge Unchained add Gunslinger Ancestral skills in June 10 update

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Players of both ArcheAge and ArcheAge Unchained who have hit the pinnacle of the recently added Gunslinger skillset are going to have some new...
Small steps.

Elite Dangerous maps out plans for three more updates in June as another player initiative is binned

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At the tail end of May, the devs of Elite: Dangerous promised to share a roadmap of updates to address a number of problems...

Multiplayer voxelbox Elteria Adventures begins open alpha testing on Steam

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Elteria Adventures, the voxel-powered building and exploration sandbox that was first announced in May 2020 and elected to wholly change its visual style in...

The Repopulation team recreated over 1100 pieces of furniture from earlier builds

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Let's be honest, it's never a good sign that I forget about an MMO until I see a developer tweet about it, but in...

PlanetSide 2 outlines upcoming NSO faction updates, including opening the group to free players

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The Nanite Systems Operative (NSO) faction in PlanetSide 2 has always been a unique choice, as it really isn't its own faction so much...

Star Citizen talks about the creation of the Bengal carrier and hosts a competition to celebrate Pride

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During the Invictus Launch Week event in Star Citizen, fans were treated to a special arrival as part of the UEE Navy's show of...

The Daily Grind: What’s the weirdest gameplay myth that persists in your favorite MMO?

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My husband is an avid Overwatch player, and the other day he pointed out to me that Blizzard has, in spite of its foibles,...

Massively Overthinking: Do you associate music with memory in MMOs?

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The other night, I tried to log in to the Star Wars Galaxies emu and the music hit me hard. See, I play SWG...

Gloria Victis makes a number of adjustments to resource gathering in latest update

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Gloria Victis -- the actual sandbox MMO, not the spinoff game -- has recently put out an update that makes a wide variety of...

V Rising is an upcoming multiplayer survival sandbox with a vampiric twist

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We all just sort of assume that being a vampire isn't easy, what with the need to regularly drink blood from live prey, avoid...

EVE Echoes’ Exploration update launches tomorrow with new CONCORD pass after a slight COVID delay

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EVE Echoes has some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the Exploration Update is big and still coming. The...

Desert Oasis: Why Black Desert Online is my favorite MMO

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It's crazy how fast two years go by, but it's how long I've been running this column. I've interviewed the lead producer Jaehee Kim,...

Palia is a new ‘community simulation MMO’ from former Blizzard and Riot devs

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A few weeks ago, I attended a press event for a new game assuming I would not be impressed by the offerings. Instead, I...

Elite Dangerous Odyssey’s second fix-filled update addresses UI issues, occlusion culling, and more

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Another fix-loaded update for Elite: Dangerous has been released today, tackling another round of game-wide fixes primarily for Odyssey but also with some adjustments...

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