The MOP Up: ARK's free PvP version goes wide (April 17, 2016)

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 past week ARK: Survival of the Fittest released to several other platforms, including Mac, Linux, and Steam OS. Will anything stop the world-conquering march of these terrible thunder lizards and their fans? If you're still alive after their rampage, read on for more news and videos including stories from Saga of Lucimia, Diablo III, and DC Universe Online!

New Games and Testing



Odds and Ends


It took the Path of Exile community four months to do it, but the players finally figured out how to craft The Goddess Unleashed. There are also some new weapon skins available for purchase. So what does this awesome sword look like in action? Check it out!

Das Tal's art team whipped up this video showing the creation of concept art for a new biome in the game.

Have questions for Saga of Lucimia? Sure you do! One of the game's developers sat down and answered nearly eight minutes of queries from the community about the upcoming MMO.

Square-Enix is busy making a PvP online game for Japan called Figureheads. Since it involves mechs battling, we thought you all would be interested. The studio recently released a new "company" into Figureheads: Zendel & Sons.

Heroes of the Storm's Azmodan decided to give up his demon life for a new career of... basketball? Seriously, folks, we can't make this stuff up.

Tier 10 tanks are rumbling into Armored Warfare soon. Seems like a high enough tier to take these vehicles seriously. Check out the video and let us know what you think:

Kritika Online is launching this May... on a southeast Asia server. Hey, it might come overseas! The cell-shaded action MMO put out a crazy trailer that is a decent substitute for coffee if you need to wake up in the morning.


Surprising to hear how many games were sold with RUST.  But I wonder how many of those players are still active, 'cause last I checked the game's been in a really weird state.  Not only that but giving a cursory glance at the Steam page shows that there are 4/5 negative reviews heavily criticizing how badly it's changed and been handled, and then the only positive one says: "This game would make the perfect gift for someone who has beeing wanting to commit suicide but needed that final reasoning to actually go through with it."

Something's telling me that there's a very big reason why news for the game has been pretty quiet outside of controversies.

Much like DayZ, Nether, H1Z1, and pretty much most other survival sandboxes that isn't ARK, it looks like RUST is banking too heavily on Early Access and unable to reach a good spot where it can launch.   'cause RUST has been out for over 2 years at this point and it sounds like there hasn't been a whole lot of progress made towards actually launching the thing.

These uber-delayed EA survival sandbox titles are really growing irritating to see.  REALLY hope Black Death doesn't fall into that pit.

Edit: Apparently Nether is actually getting on a better path with the original devs getting back on the project.  Though that's as of October 2015.


So to expand further on Nether (which is now known as Nether: Resurrected): Apparently the original dev team lost the rights to it under the publisher that they signed under the moment the game launched, which made the game's development virtually halt and it was stuffed full of microtransactions which pissed everyone off.  Now Phosphor Games is back in the driver's seat, and while they don't actually have ownership of the game, they do have "creative and operational control" over the title.  I.e. the publishers realized they fucked up and let the devs do their job again.  

So since October the game now has a singleplayer mode which took out all the microtransactions, and the game was rolled back to the state it was in when it was initially released under Early Access back in summer of 2014.   They've also stripped out all microtransactions and pay to win aspects from the multiplayer side, which is great news, and have added support for user-hosted servers with the plan to give the community modding tools as well.  While the game isn't exactly getting new content and updates have been slow, it's at least in a better state than when it was mishandled by the people who took over after the early access launch and tried to cash out on it.  


" what's soulworker onine" !? sounds different.

Oh gameforge...never mind.


Isn't Mabinogi Duel available worldwide on mobile already?


@Dnote From the article they linked, apparently there's a PC version that just came out in Korea.  So yeah it's worldwide on mobile but for PC it's only out in Korea right now.  

Basically they're doing the reverse of what Blizzard did with Hearthstone I guess.