Bree Royce



Bree is an unrepentant escapist with a predilection for MMOs. When not compulsively proofreading cereal boxes and newspapers, she can be found modding, PvPing on the auction hall, and touring the Next Big Thing with her guild on a quest for the elusive perfect game.

Working As Intended and Ask Mo are her pet op-ed columns, but she also pens Daily Grinds and compiles Massively Overthinking, the Week in Review, and Make My MMO. You can hear her ramble about MMOs every week on the Massively OP podcast. If you're nice, she'll even talk about something other than Star Wars Galaxies.

Personal blog: Skycandy
Twitter: @nbrianna
Favorite MMOs: Star Wars Galaxies, City of Heroes, Lord of the Rings Online, Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, Ultima Online

Albion Online previews Knightfall’s content and quality-of-life perks

The Albion Online comfy chair welcomes you back to another video with Sandbox Interactive game director Robin Henkys, this one zeroing in on the...

Lost Ark’s May to August roadmap promises the Slayer class next month

Following up on their letter to gamers last week, Amazon and Smilegate have now released a proper summer - or maybe second trimester would...

Activision-Blizzard Q1 2023: ABK revenues are up as Blizzard MAUs fall back down to reality

Activision blinked: Activision-Blizzard wasn't supposed to release its Q1 2023 financials until tomorrow after the bell, but it's just done it this morning out of...

City of Heroes’ Homecoming drops i27p6 patch with Storm Blast and new story arcs

Just a few weeks ago, we covered the testing of a brand-new patch on the City of Heroes Homecoming rogue server, one that included...

Amazon is shutting down New World’s and Lost Ark’s forums next week in favor of Discord

Yesterday, I said in MOP's work chat that the New World team deserved kudos for being one of the few major MMO studios pumping...

UK regulators block Microsoft’s buyout of Activision-Blizzard

Multiple outlets are reporting this morning that Microsoft's buyout of Activision-Blizzard has been blocked in the UK. The Competition and Markets Authority aka CMA...

New World addresses PvP, mounts, and solo content as merges begin this afternoon

Amazon game director Scot Lane and live lead Katy Kaszynski helm another episode of New World's Forged in Aeternum this week - outside, standing...

Aion Classic has officially launched in its third region: Europe

It's another launch day for Aion Classic as the throwback version of the game already live in South Korea (since 2020) and North America...
Fight for something, probably, whatever.

That NetEase lawsuit against Blizzard turns out to have been a… bizarre clerical error?

Yesterday, we - and just about everyone else in the industry - picked up a Wowhead story about a lawsuit being lodged by NetEase...

The Daily Grind: How could Blizzard make World of Warcraft more appealing to former players?

Eliot's column about World of Warcraft feeling like a dead mall struck a chord with our commenters, many of whom agreed with the feels...
Let's dig our way out!

NetEase is suing Blizzard for 300M CN¥ over licensing agreements [Updated]

We've updated this story at the end as NetEase's name has been removed from the lawsuit. The original article follows. If you thought the NetEase...

The Daily Grind: Do MMO studios manipulate their playerbases with trolling and tribalism?

A few weeks ago, MOP Chris and I were discussing Star Citizen's antics - remember the video with the coffee? - and it was...

MMO Week in Review: Tarisland on the horizon

Prepare to be not in Azeroth anymore (again), as Tencent made plans this week to not only fill the gap left by the untimely...

Make My MMO: Stop trying to make TitanReach aka World of Titans happen

Welcome to another blast of MMO crowdfunding news from the last few weeks! The chaos still trailing behind the failed Kickstarter MMO TitanReach continued...

Torchlight Infinite will finally launch globally May 9 with the Cube of Rapacity season

XD Games is finally gearing up to move multiplayer crossplatform OARPG Torchlight Infinite from open beta early access - where it's been since last...

Pax Dei demos nighttime housing gameplay, teases ‘high-stakes PvP’ and PvP building

Earlier this week, the devs of upcoming sandbox MMORPG Pax Dei posted a video and FAQ all about the game's buildable housing. Now, Mainframe...

Champions Online’s Cryptic says it’ll ‘start exploring more inclusive customization options’

Over the weekend, a Champions Online player tipped us off to a conversation on the game's official forums in which players are chronicling their...

Mad World’s founder headstart launch is about to kick off

It's a big day for Mad World fans who bought the game's largest founder packs, as the earliest of the early bird headstarts is...

The Daily Grind: What are the best and worst horizontal progression systems in an MMORPG?

This morning, I want to talk about horizontal progression systems in MMOs, of which I am generally a fan! And I'm gonna start with...

Massively Overthinking: What should MMOs do when guild leaders vanish?

Last week, we covered that wild story about a "heist" in EVE Online that allowed the perpetrators to make off with trillions of ISK...