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Antares Open World is an outrageously ambitious new MMO sandbox being built with SpatialOS

Let's take a quick break for what's fast becoming MMO Anniversary Week around here for a peek at a brand-new MMO still on the...

Perfect Ten: MMORPGs made by tiny teams

I don't really have to tell you this, but creating an MMORPG is a huge undertaking. These are some of the most complex games...
Very mature.

Global Chat: WoW Classic impressions mega-compilation

When World of Warcraft launches, the world stops to pay attention. The recent release of WoW Classic didn't just pull in hundreds of...

Why I Play: AdventureQuest 3D’s Korn concerts and crazy puns

My first real exposure to AdventureQuest 3D was years ago now when I was asked if I would host a special giveaway...
Oh, there's going to be so much chopping.

The Daily Grind: What’s the most annoying type of MMO enemy to fight?

We all do it. We're going along, adventuring in a virtual world, when we see an enemy approaching that makes us want to take...

Massively Overthinking: Morality and compelling choices in MMOs

The most recent episode of The Psychology of Video Games podcast touches on a subject we don't tackle very much: moral choices. It's...

Working As Intended: We’re all full up on moral panics right now, but thanks

It's no great secret that MMORPG fans fall toward the middle of the age spectrum, given the history and peak of our genre. This...

Here’s how Legends of Aria’s new PvP ruleset changes will work when it hits Steam early access

Following Citadel Studios' announcement yesterday that it'll be launching Legends of Aria's Steam early access on August 6th, alongside a big patch...

Some Assembly Required: A Stage Reborn brings live theater to Final Fantasy XIV

There's roleplaying in MMORPGs, and then there is playing a role! We're talking pixelated actors performing live theater within a virtual world. Yes, it's...

Massively Overthinking: Revisiting sheep and wolves in MMOs

One of the meta discussions we've been having here on MOP this week has centered on PvP sandbox titles like Albion Online, specifically...

MMOs You’ve Never Heard Of: Decentraland, Monster & Me, and Grand Fantasia

Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMOs and MMO-adjacent titles you've probably never heard of (or at least have entirely forgotten about!). Up first:...
Take a walk on the already-done-this side.

Massively Overthinking: What would you want out of a potential WoW sequel?

It's a rare MMO player who's never played World of Warcraft, which makes this particular summer an interesting one for the whole genre....

After suggesting it’d save Player Studio, Daybreak has quietly shuttered it for EverQuest instead

Back in March, Daybreak appointed a new Producer for its long-running Player Studio program - that's the system that allowed players to...

Indie sandbox MMORPG Dual Universe just raised another $11.2M from investors

We've had an eye on Dual Universe for the last three years, since even before its official reveal in 2016. Since...

Massively Overthinking: Does the MMO genre have too many games for its own good?

Last month I saw a video from YouTuber Josh Strife Hayes with an eyebrow-raiser of a thesis: He essentially argues that we have...

Some Assembly Required: Will Starbase’s focus on minutiae be too much of a good thing?

Recently, Massively Overthinking explored chores in sandboxes and MMOs that can feel like jobs. I may not have answered that then, but...

Entropia Universe players invested the equivalent of $500,000 to own a space station

Virtual world MMO Entropia Universe is no stranger to bizarre news stories. We've covered investors divvying up the moon, selling unique...

Massively Overthinking: Unpopular MMORPG opinions

Unpopular opinions: We all have them. In fact we have so many that it's a straight up meme. This week's Massively Overthinking is...

Massively Uplifting: Destigmatizing mental health in games, celebrating loved ones in LOTRO, Guild Wars 2, and Elite

Spring started splendidly this year. While all may not come up roses in the world at large, plenty of good deeds and uplifting stories...

The Game Archaeologist: Minions of Mirth

While large teams with big budgets and studios backing them are expected to push out smash hit MMORPGs, to me it's always vastly more...

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