Rare today are opportunities for gamers to step outside the prescribed outlines of a developer’s intended gaming experience, especially in MMORPGs. Back in the early 2000s, anarchic players eagerly hunted down the virtual unknown, where possibility and impossibility were deadlocked within some specter of the original…
On May 20, 2003, Sony Online Entertainment launched PlanetSide, one of the earliest massively multiplayer first-person shooters. On July 1, 2016, Daybreak Games shut down PlanetSide for good. MMORPG.com’s Steven Messner was there to watch the sky come tumbling down.
PlanetSide 2 for the PlayStation 4 is still a thing that is happening, and it’s happening June 23. Daybreak Game Company details the upcoming console launch of the free-to-play massively multiplayer online shooter over at the PlayStation Blog.
Launching a game is hard. So what happens when you release a high-profile title with the world watching and things break? Lots of things. Worse, it takes at least a day to fix stuff when a retweet can happen in seconds. Let’s talk to H1Z1’s senior game designer Jimmy Whisenhunt.
After almost twenty years, the Sony Online Entertainment studio is no longer part of Sony. Sounds like we'll be seeing games like EverQuest and H1Z1 on the Xbox soon.
Ten years ago today, Sony Online Entertainment released the follow-up to the game that put massively-multiplayer online role-playing games on the map. Two week's later Blizzard came along and set the map on fire, but some of us will never forget EverQuest II.
Three of the biggest gaming services on the planet have been down for parts of the weekend, with DDoS attacks hitting the servers of the PlayStation Network, Riot's League of Legends and Blizzard's Battle.net (affecting titles such as World of Warcraft and Hearthstone).
American Airlines has diverted a flight carrying the president of Sony Online Entertainment following what may have been a bomb threat by a group of alleged hackers—the same group that has claimed responsibility for a series of outages across the PlayStation Network and other gaming services this weekend.
When you don't pay for your domain names, you lose your website. It doesn't matter if you're a mommy blogger or Sony Online Entertainment.
Sony is continuing its semi-crowdsourced campaign to help develop and promote its new zombie MMO H1Z1 with a series of compelling public-facing initiatives. Yesterday, the Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) team ran a 12-hour live-stream of gameplay from an early build on Twitch. It's still pretty rough around the edges,…
Everquest Next Landmark, everyone's favorite voxel-based multiplayer mining and building simulator, is entering closed beta after about two months' worth of alpha testing. But, more importantly, Sony Online Entertainment has decided to share some of the best-looking structures players have created during that time.
On March 16, 1999, Sony invited players to venture into the world of Norrath for the first time. EverQuest has been changing lives ever since, including mine.
Citing the need to refocus its resources in other areas, Sony Online Entertainment today announced the impending closure of four massively mutiplayer online games — Free Realms, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes and Wizardry Online.
DC Universe Online's next DLC means nothing without playable cats. In The War of the Light Part 1, players meet the hopeful Blue Lanterns and take on the rage-fueled powers of the Red Lanterns, but f they can't be the greatest of the Red Lanterns, then what's the point? Read about all the…
DC Universe Online is not a PlayStation 4 original. It's not a recently-released big budget third-party title. It's not an indie darling. It's a nearly three-year-old, free-to-play, massively multiplayer online role-playing game — a different sort launch title, with a different set of issues.
Magic: The Gathering—Tactics will be taken offline on March 28, says Sony Online Entertainment. Card packs for the game, which launched in 2011, will no longer be available after Nov. 18. There's more about the shutdown in this FAQ.
Sony Online Entertainment is bringing both PlanetSide 2 and the already-on-PS3 DC Universe Online to the PlayStation 4 later this year. That's two downloadable free-to-play MMOs right out of the starting gate.