The MOP Up: RuneScape’s big anniversary plans (December 20, 2015)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week RuneScape revealed some big plans for next year’s 15th anniversary, World of Warships announced its an anime mode, we got our first look at E3 2016, and more!

Patches

  • Dota 2: The popular MOBA released its Balance of Power update this past week, containing the Arc Warden hero, a desert map for custom games, changes to the main maps, and more.
  • Ever, Jane: Closed beta patch 3 is here and brings with it better optimization and fixes for a shepherding quest and the decorate room UI button.
  • Avabel Online: This mobile MMO has released its winter update, complete with seven new classes, 29 additional skills, and more ways for players to communicate with each other. [Source: Press release]
  • Paladins: Closed beta patch 10 is here, and with it it brings constructed decks, ragdoll deaths, and so many fixes that it’ll make your eyes cross. [Thanks to Sorenthaz for the tip!]

Events and Contests

Odds and Ends

  • RuneScape: Jagex says that next year’s 15th anniversary will be huge for the game. Some of the stuff coming include the launch of the Chronicle card game, a quest designed by the original founders, a new game client, the invention skill, a new continent for Old School RuneScape and a feature-length documentary about the franchise. [Source: press release]
  • Valve: A French consumer rights group is suing the Steam maker over terms in its subscriber agreement that it says violate French law.
  • More Valve plus Blizzard: The two studios ran into a roadblock in their quest to sue a company for copycatting characters.
  • Aion: Speaking of Steam, Aion EU is now available through the digital platform. Gameforge is encouraging players to try out the Asmodian race by giving them free gold packs when they hit level 8 on such a character. [Source: Press release]
  • Skyforge: Kill-Death Ratio is out for the game’s PvP scene, and PvP ratings are in! The devs penned a post explaining how the new system works for rating players, encouraging groups to work together as a unified team instead of self-seeking glory hogs.
  • DayZ: The team wrote up a post expressing thanks for its supportive community and touting its accomplishments as the title has hit its second anniversary on Steam early access.
  • Star Conflict: A new dev blog introduces the newest class of ships coming to the game, destroyers. Are you going to fly one of these bad boys?
  • Wizard101: A producer’s letter looks back at all of the design decisions for Polaris as well as all of the new stuff that came in the fall.

Videos

World of Warships will be including anime-inspired ships from the series Arpeggio of Blue Steel -Ars Nova- that can be played in a special mode. Anime and warships? It can work, and we’ve got the video to prove it:

Dofus is spreading holiday cheer with a special seasonal event. While this video’s in French, you’ll probably be able to figure out the key elements anyway.

Is it too early to start getting hyped about next year’s E3? Perhaps, but here’s a new trailer for it anyway. E3 2016 will take place from June 14th through the 16th at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Season 2 has landed for Elsword Online. What does it contain? These moving pictures and recorded audio will inform you!

Continuing with Elsword, here’s the results of the “Playing with Fire” community contest. Players created videos to go with Elsword’s new theme song. Check out the winners!

The upcoming Labyrinth of Druids has already released its official soundtrack, created by dark-folk duo Nemuer. You can listen to the 12-minute preview below, and if you like it, you can also pick up a copy of the OST on iTunes and Bandcamp.

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Armsbend
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Armsbend

I am enjoying watching the continued decline of Valve.  All predicted years ago by yours truly:  Oracle of Oracles.  2016 is going to be a big one.  Their “console” launch flopped hard we’ll see where they go next.

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

SallyBowls1 deekay_zero Siphaed last i hard both apple and ms had lost in courst gainst indie reseleers looking to resell licenses. i may be out of date tho. but then wikipedia is notoriously far behind.

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

deekay_zero SallyBowls1 Siphaed  Could be I missed it, but the reselling prohibition on the US still seems to be going strong.  The wiki that talked about EU Oracle discussed “Vernor v. Autodesk” which is a three prong test as to whether it was licensed, and thus not resellable, in the US. Searching I still only find things like “CJEU decision contrasts with U.S. law” I find nothing that discusses software license resale becoming less illegal in the US.

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

SallyBowls1 deekay_zero Siphaed actually ms and apple have both lost cases against reselling software in the us.

we’re not talking about mmo accounts specifically (which is whole other ball game in teh us at least). but software licenses.

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

deekay_zero Siphaed  The law seems to be pretty clear that software is not resaleable in the US. IANAL but sure seems resalable in the EU, But this is a much, much bigger deal than games.  The amount of money/importance that this is to the Microsoft, Oracle and SAPs dwarfs gaming.

Besides, for we MMOers, there is a another round of litigation:  everything is online, so even in Europe, if I sell you my EVE account, what goes with it? The $5 account or the pilots on the account worth $1000?  If I buy your $22 WoW account, do I get the mythic geared world first toons on that account? IMO, that is a long time from being settled even in Europe.

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

The question is whether this is French law or growing out of that Jul ’12 European Court ruling.  Cause it is unlikely to see walking away from France but even more difficult to walk away from Europe.

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

Siphaed deekay_zero the law is pretty clear in most places, it just needs to be updated language wise for digital goods.

we have put up for far too long violtions of our consumer r9ights as consumers. this extends back to decades of gamestop bullshit and into valve steam and kickstsarter shit.

we should not applaud or defend these abuses but stand up against them. if the products are sound then they have nothing to fear from us.

and yet we give so many companies thare so downright predatory a pass out of some bs love affair. why? because they made some good game years ago? well shit then they should have nothing to fear from these laws.

Siphaed
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deekay_zero 
They could -and maybe should- pull their platform from several regions just to adhere to said regions.  After all, the main issue is trying to adhere to a law here, a law there, and many more different laws all over the place.   Each country having its own laws makes it very hard to follow all laws.  Plus quite a few of the so called “consumer protection laws” makes it far easier to steal, cheat, and manipulate a company into losing both money and product (specifically digital ones that can be copied and pirated).

O.T.   E3 is becoming more and more of a “meh” situation anyways.  PAX has a East/NY, West, South, and I think Boston one too.   It seems that quite a few companies are using PAXes as their main staging platform instead of the all exclusive E3.   And the really large companies such as Blizzard has its own annual show, so they’re not going to be at the others  as much if at all.

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

valve continues to fight the law in courts rather than adhere to the law. >> the dystopia is real.

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