Vote for Sandbox MMO of the Year!

Vote for Best Sandbox MMO of 2014

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Let us know if you want any sandbox games added to the poll.

Voting expires at the end of the year. Sandboxer will tally all the votes at the end of the year and publish the results.

Scroll down for news.

Black Desert Installation Instructions

 
2p.com Source
 

This guide aims to tell you how to install the game into your PC. See the image below.

Black Desert

EVE Online and DUST 514 celebrate the holiday season

It's usually hard to find a way to mention a good year and DUST 514 in the same space. The year is wrapping up and EVE Online players are getting presents to celebrate. CCP Games has posted a short recap of the past year and an announcement of the holiday gifts players can expect to receive as a paid subscriber. That includes snowballs, fireworks, jackets, and a set of trinkets to commemorate the past year. Players can also look forward to 20 free days of multiple character training as a final additional gift. All of these promotions are available until January 11th.

Meanwhile, for those of you who prefer to explore this particular universe via a console shooter, DUST 514 is having a holiday event with its 12 Days of DUST. Starting on December 25th, each day will bring a new reward to players who finish three daily missions, so you'll have to keep playing through January 5th to unlock all the rewards. A special reward is awaiting those who clear everything, so get strapped in and ready to shoot if you want to celebrate the holidays that way.

MassivelyEVE Online and DUST 514 celebrate the holiday season originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

Black Desert is officially in open beta… in Korea

Black Desert Still pinning hopes and dreams on Daum's breathtaking sandbox MMORPG Black Desert? If you're in South Korea, those hopes and dreams are a reality this week, as the game officially entered open beta in that region yesterday.

Blogger Steparu has already posted one video from the event, a snapshot of progress on a mid-level Sorceress. We've included it below. If you're bilingual and already enjoying the game, we'd love to hear about it, as those of us in the West will be waiting until at least 2016.

Continue reading Black Desert is officially in open beta... in Korea

MassivelyBlack Desert is officially in open beta... in Korea originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

Realm Zero – Alpha Download Information

You can now download and install the game client! This will allow everyone to patch the game files before launch day to help avoid slow download times. Players will be allowed to connect on 12/20/2014 @ 6:00PM EST.

Live Webcast
Join us on 12/20/2014 @ 2:00PM EST
Join.me
We will begin a few hours before the alpha launch and the presentation will take you through the development of Realm Zero: past, present and future. I’ll discuss why this project was started, obstacles I’ve had to overcome and my plans for this game moving forward.

Spots are limited so make sure you arrive early to secure your seat.- At the end of the presentation i’ll open the floor for a Q&A session.

Download Information
You can now download and install the game client!Simply visit Realmzero.com and sign in with your account information. After you have successfully signed in, you can download the game client from within the account management page.This will allow everyone to patch the game files before launch day to help avoid slow download times.

Players will be allowed to connect on 12/20/2014 @ 6:00PM EST.
Note: The download may be flagged as malicious, this is a false positive and is only caused due to the fact the game doesn’t have a signed certificate yet.

Player Queues
We have over 1000 players signed up for alpha!I’ve implemented a queue system to throttle the number of players who are allowed to enter the world. This number will be monitored throughout the launch and adjusted, based on server stability and performance.

Twitch Live Stream
Watch from the perspective of the creator!
Twitch.tvWe have too many players this time to even consider launching a Ventrilo or voice communication service. Instead I’ll be hosted a live Twitch stream once Alpha begins to allow everyone the opportunity to ask questions and report issues directly. This will also allow players who may not be able to enter the game the opportunity to participate.

http://www.indiedb.com/games/realm-zero/news/realm-zero-alpha-download-information

EVE Online nixes industry teams

eve Not every new idea is going to take off and be a smash hit, as CCP definitely understands this as much as anyone. The EVE Online developer said that the implementation of industry teams earlier this year has been vastly underused, and as a result, teams will be removed from the game entirely in 2015.

"We have been closely tracking all related industry metrics and dials and it is apparent to us that usage of teams has been very low relative to the goals we set for it -- with single figure percentage use in manufacturing jobs and near nonexistent use in research," CCP wrote.

Industry teams had allowed players to hire NPCs to help out with industry jobs. The feature will be "methodically removed" over the next few months, although players will be able to use teams until they are forceably retired.

On another note, EVE tweeted that it has freed up over six million names from former trial players and has made them available for general use.

MassivelyEVE Online nixes industry teams originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

Camelot Unchained’s Mark Jacobs on the warrior class and development transparency

Camelot Unchained City State Entertainment -- an indie studio that's becoming better known to our readers, I imagine, after it ran away with our poll for best studio last week -- has today posted its first class concept reveal. The tentatively named Drengr is the Viking warrior class, and in its long design document, the studio has outlined just how the archetype fits into the proposed Path system that will govern character development in the crowdfunded RvR MMORPG.

We spoke to CSE's Mark Jacobs about the Path system, warrior reveal, and the impact of transparency on the game development process. Enjoy the interview below!

Continue reading Camelot Unchained's Mark Jacobs on the warrior class and development transparency

MassivelyCamelot Unchained's Mark Jacobs on the warrior class and development transparency originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

Landmark’s PvE arrives today; SOE shifts to EQ Next full-time in 2015

We've waited a long time for the chance to have our faces eaten off by vicious monsters in Landmark, and now that opportunity is almost here! After a bit of delay, the infamous PvE patch is heading into our favorite sandbox today. This is seriously going to be a game-changer. Of all the patches throughout the whole year, this one is the biggest -- surpassing the August PvP update and even the original alpha launch, at least according to Creative Director Dave Georgeson. And he's not kidding! I got to check out Landmark's new mobs, linking and triggering, armors, props, and more with Georgeson and Senior Producer Terry Michaels. I didn't think it was possible to be even more excited for this patch, but I am! Can I hear a squeeeee?!

Oh, and for everyone who is waiting anxiously for EverQuest Next news, here's a tidbit from Georgeson you might enjoy:
When we get to those game mastering systems [after the start of the year] that means we are working on EQN full time. Because those are the systems we need for EQN, and that's what we're building when we're building those game mastering tools. So we're so close to transitioning the team almost entirely to EQN, and then we'll take the elements that we build for EQN and port them over into Landmark, but our focus will shift almost entirely to EQN after the new year.

Continue reading Landmark's PvE arrives today; SOE shifts to EQ Next full-time in 2015

MassivelyLandmark's PvE arrives today; SOE shifts to EQ Next full-time in 2015 originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

BlackDesertOBT-Playing Video #1 with Reaction(Warning:English Newbie)(1.5xSpeed)

EVE Online speeds up game installation and access

eve To "get people into the game quicker," CCP is smoothing out the download and installation process for EVE Online. This new method of deployment is scheduled to go into service at the start of 2015.

This means that the installation package will go from a 7GB download to a zippy 200MB one instead. Once that game client is up and running, it will then download the rest of the game's resources as needed.

"On a fast connection you probably won't notice much of a difference -- load times may be slightly longer at times. As you play more, more resources will be cached and fewer and fewer need to be downloaded. The client will be smart about pre-fetching resources it expects will be needed soon," the team said.

MassivelyEVE Online speeds up game installation and access originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

Wurm Online adds in a new Challenge mode

Sandbox, noun: a version of gameplay wherein no actual content is provided, thus inciting players to punch one another in hopes of something happening. Sometimes you don't want to fuss about with leveling; you just want to jump into the meat of a game and start accomplishing things. Wurm Online's new Challenge mode is all about that, giving new characters created just for these month-long challenges enough skills to get started right away and a faster advancement rate to boot. It sounds pretty magnanimous until you realize that the other two sides are also starting ahead and moving just as fast, so players are going to need to step up fast if they want to keep going.

The Challenge server offers a 64 square kilometer space for three player factions to feud over control. Everything on the server remains persistent for a month, after which point prizes are awarded to the players and factions that have advanced the furthest in specific categories. The update also includes siege weaponry, strategic resource spawns, and defensive fortifications to hold off attackers. It's the equivalent of throwing players in a box and shaking it until the fireworks start flying; if that sound like fun, you can jump into that box now.

[Source: Code Club press release]

MassivelyWurm Online adds in a new Challenge mode originally appeared on Massively on Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

Get a closer look at Star Citizen’s Gladiator bomber

star citizen So just what is the Gladiator, Star Citizen's newest ship, and why might it have some players salivating? Recently, the team posted additional information and technical specs on this carrier-based bomber for all those interested to check out.

According to the description, "The Gladiator is the UEE Navy's premiere carrier-based torpedo-plane and space-to-ground dive bomber. Operating with Hornet escort fighters, Gladiators have seen service with great success in battles across known space. Rugged to a fault, the Gladiator is the most capable bomber chassis ever designed."

Star Citizen is selling the Gladiator as a not currently flyable pledge ship for $165, or or you can pay $180 for the ship and an extras package. It will be available for pre-purchase only through December 22nd, although it will eventually be in the full game upon release.

[Thanks to Cardboard for the tip!]

MassivelyGet a closer look at Star Citizen's Gladiator bomber originally appeared on Massively on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

The Stream Team: A last look at Landmark (pre-PvE, that is)

The Stream Team: A last look at Landmark (pre-PvE, that is) Landmark as you know it is going the way of the dodo and dinosaurs -- not that there ever were any dodos or dinosaurs in Landmark. There wasn't any wildlife at all. But that's the point: Come Monday, the game is changing in a major way with, among other things, the addition of PvE and mobs. Multi-tiered islands, deep cavers with independent biomes, gaveyards, and underground ley lines for travel... calling it a whole new world is not very far off. *cue Disney music* So Massively's MJ is taking one final stroll through the islands to soak up their final hours as they are, all so she can tell all the young whippersnappers, "Back in my day we didn't have no mobs, and we had to walk the whole way, on our feet!" Join us live at 1:00 p.m. for a last look at this version of Landmark, and get your beta code to take part in its rebirth.

Game: Landmark
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Saturday,December 13th, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. EST

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

Continue reading The Stream Team: A last look at Landmark (pre-PvE, that is)

MassivelyThe Stream Team: A last look at Landmark (pre-PvE, that is) originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

10% Discount Was Never Advertised, Says Trion Worlds

ARCHEAGE 2014-09-17 18-16-57-80

The ongoing saga of ArcheAge, Trion Worlds, and the fabled 10% discount has reached another bend, as Trion Worlds is now flat out denying that the discount was ever a part of the game’s advertising. A user on the ArcheAge forums submitted a complaint to the San Francisco Bay Area Better Business Bureau, to have his complaint addressed by Trion Worlds. Trion Worlds first pulled out the EULA and pointed to the “we can change whatever we want” clause, before denying that the 10% discount was ever officially promoted.

Trion sincerely regrets any inconvenience experienced by the customer. The 10% Marketplace discount was not officially promoted as a benefit as it was never advertised in the ArcheAge purchase flow.

For the record, here is a screenshot of the 10% discount being advertised on Trion World’s own website.

past_archeage_ad-620x208

 

(Source: BBB)

Shards closes its successful Kickstarter campaign with a livestream

Shards Online has already met its Kickstarter goals, and now Citadel Studios is throwing a celebratory wrap-up livestream as the clock winds down. And when we say now, we really mean now, since the stream runs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT today. The team will be giving away alpha codes and riffing on some of the gameplay viewable in the new campaign highlight video that we've embedded after the break.

Continue reading Shards closes its successful Kickstarter campaign with a livestream

MassivelyShards closes its successful Kickstarter campaign with a livestream originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

SOE bracing for ‘enormous’ Landmark update

So next week's Landmark update is big. Real big, according to SOE's Dave Georgeson. The patch includes "caves down to the world core," salvaging, crafting tweaks, transportation systems, monsters, new loot, and more.

Georgeson also cautions that SOE "fully expects this update to be problematic." He says that the firm will keep players updated via Twitter and that it will announce on Sunday whether or not the update will occur on Monday as currently planned.

MassivelySOE bracing for 'enormous' Landmark update originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments