The MOP Up: SMITE’s console mea culpa (May 7, 2017)
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 we have stories and videos from Skyforge, EVE Online, Ingress, War Thunder, World of Tanks, Wakfu, League of Legends, SMITE, GTA Online, Elsword Online, Wurm Online, Darkfall: Rise of Agon, Worlds Adrift, Counter-Strike, SEAL Online, and Warspear Online, all waiting for you after the break!
New Games and Testing
- Darkfall: Rise of Agon: An April 30th podcast with the game’s CM and marketing director (same guy) gave a great overview of the project on the cusp of its launch. [Thanks Coolit!]
- Warspear Online: This mobile MMO is still alive and kicking, having just put out a patch that allows players to restore deleted characters and get gold drops from mobs.
- SMITE: The recent disaster of a console patch led to a rather frank apology from the studio, which said, “This was pretty unacceptable and we are doing an internal review of improvements that we can make. I think we are going to stop our external testing team that failed to identify a fundamental issue and move that testing in house.”
- War Thunder: The Italians are coming — as the game’s sixth playable faction, complete with its own tech tree. [Source: press release]
- World of Tanks: The Grand Finals kick off on May 23rd as a dozen teams compete for a piece of the $300,000 prize pool.
- Skyforge: The devs have a plan to help players catch up in the invasion event.
- Ingress: There’s a new type of event running in this ARG through May 21st to deploy resonators throughout the world. [Thanks Nordavind!]
Odds and Ends
- Counter-Strike: A former CS:GO professional who got a two-year ban for cheating is attempting to come back into the scene — and fellow pros are refusing to play on his team.
- GTA Online: A strange bug (glitch?) caused all of the game’s store clerks to up and disappear for a while. Now they’re back.
- League of Legends: The game is restructuring its esports league over in China, removing the regulation system and looking into the possibility of adding more pro teams.
- Starcraft: A player discovered a (stolen) copy of Starcraft’s source code and mailed it back to Blizzard, which rewarded him with a copy of Overwatch and $250 for the good deed. [Thanks Jim!]
- Wakfu: The first edition of a digital magazine covering the Ankama universe is now out for public consumption.
- Steam: Players have noticed that some of the changes to Steam’s giftgiving policy, such as not being able to stockpile gifts, have some downsides.
- Oculus: Facebook is shutting down Oculus Story Studio, the division that made animated stories in virtual reality.
- EVE Online: The team posted a dev blog about the next steps in structure transition.
Happy sixth birthday, Elsword Online! Looks like they’re throwing one heck of a party:
Recreating Ultima Online in Wurm Online? It continues to be done, my friends:
Worlds Adrift shone a spotlight on its player-made islands:
Hero-collecting SEAL Online is creating some fun over in the SEA region with a mobile version of the PC MMO.