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!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from KurtzPel, Path of Exile, The Black Death, SMITE, EVE Online, Dreadnought, Heroes of the Storm, TERA M, Battlerite, Dragon Quest Rivals, Final Fantasy XI, Aion, Pokemon Go, Vendetta Online, Ingress, and Old School RuneScape, all waiting for you after the break!
Feeling that ol’ MMORPG ennui this autumn? Looking for a brave new world to plunder? Trove
might just fit the bill, especially after next week’s content update.
The Adventures expansion is slated for November 14th, bringing a whole host of changes and additions to this wacky sandbox MMO. There’s a lot going on with this update, too, such as a massive overhaul to the club (guild) system, a brand-new Asian-themed Forbidden Spires biome, unlimited mastery leveling, leaderboard rewards, and special Framework recipes with pre-built designs.
Trove’s Adventures will simultaneously release on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One next Tuesday. Get caught up on several of the new systems by watching the dev discussions on the Adventures updates after the break!
Elder Scrolls Online’s Clockwork City DLC
is live for Xbox One and Xbox One X
players today! As we’ve previously covered, today’s rollout features a clockwork hub straight from Morrowind lore as players are tasked with investigating the daedric threat. It includes two world bosses, two new delves, and a new 12-man raid, Asylum Sanctorium
. Even if you don’t buy the DLC, you can expect new stuff in update 16, including the new weapon and armor transmutation system
, trait tracker, and new buyable houses
. Do note that you do not need to own Morrowind
to access Clockwork City, which you might have assumed otherwise. You do need Morrowind
for the new Crazy King battleground, however. And you’ll need an Xbox One X to appreciate the improved graphics there
Don’t miss our own Tamriel Infinium columnist Larry Everett’s first impressions of the update and the brand-new trailer down below!
Two years ago, NCsoft dealt a harsh blow to a certain subset of gaming fans when it canned the development of Project HON. This MMO was to be a glorious exercise in mecha combat, but scandals and a decision to reallocate development resources meant that it was never to be.
So where can that kid who grew up playing with giant robots go to get a Voltron, Transformers, or Macross fix these days? While many MMOs offer the occasional mech experience, there aren’t as many games that go all-in on that Pacific Rim experience.
But in the interests of a thought experiment and because I have fond memories of slapping five metal lions together to form the ultimate defender of the universe, here are 10 online games that offered or still do offer the thrill of high-tech mech and robot warfare.
The conclusion of AQ3D’s Camp Gonnagetcha meant the beginning of Mogloween, and that means Massively OP’s MJ gets to dive back in and shove that giant gourd back into its own dimension! Who wouldn’t enjoy a little virtual pumpkin smashing on Halloween? Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. and join in the fun.
What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
Not content with the current state of the world, AdventureQuest 3D pushed out a patch this week that overhauled its classes and combat — a change that bodes well for the future.
“In this update we wanted to make combat feel more fun and exciting,” the team said. “We also wanted to give each of the starter classes a distinctive play style which would prepare players for upcoming classes. These updates will also set the foundation for us to start creating new classes.”
Players who jump into combat with this new patch will discover that potions now have a 10-second cooldown, movement speed is standardized in all directions, the global cooldown is reduced to a single second, damage-over-time abilities are affected by armor, crowd control has diminishing returns, buff and debuff icons, and they can be stunned. All classes now have an ultimate ability, have their own resource, have passive abilities and effets, and share a new class panel. The team also added new animation and particle effects for many attacks. Whew.
Gaijin announced this morning that War Thunder
is rolling out to Xbox One and the X
too, thanks to the constant deluge of requests from fans who apparently really want to see their tanks in full 4K res.
“Gaijin Entertainment’s popular military vehicle combat MMO War Thunder is in development for Xbox One and Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console. War Thunder brings air, land, and sea battles directly to gamers’ living rooms featuring carefully researched and reconstructed famous and rare vehicles ranging from the Spanish Civil War to the Cold War period.”
No date for the launch was announced, mind you; the console itself should ship the first week of November, the same week War Thunder turns five years old. The F2P tank MMO apparently has counted 20 million players across PC, Mac, and PS4.
Welcome back to another quick tour through the very latest in mobile MMORPG news. Let’s begin at the beginning with…
Yep, the GAMEVIL-produced mobile spinoff of this core sandbox MMORPG has released on both iOS and Android worldwide, with 100K players having signed up for pre-registration. “Developed with Unreal Engine 4, ArcheAge Begins features impressive-looking character models and environments, intense strategic battles and engrossing online multiplayer features,” GAMEVIL says. (Thanks, Jason!)
Elder Scrolls Online’s Clockwork City DLC
is live for PC and Mac players today, assuming they’ve ponied up for a sub or bought the bundle outright.
As we’ve previously covered, today’s rollout features a clockwork hub straight from Morrowind lore as players are tasked with investigating the daedric threat. It includes two world bosses, two new delves, and a new 12-man raid, Asylum Sanctorium.
Don’t want to buy Clockwork City? There’s stuff for you in update 16; the new weapon and armor transmutation system is the highlight, but the new trait tracker and new buyable houses should be on your radar too. Do note that you do not need to own Morrowind to access Clockwork City, which you might have assumed otherwise. You do need Morrowind for the new Crazy King battleground, however.
Don’t miss our own Tamriel Infinium columnist Larry Everett’s first impressions of the update from when it dropped on the PTS, and get patching!
Massively OP’s MJ gets to go to summer camp! OK, well it is technically fall camp now. And it isn’t the kind with cute little crafts and singing around a campfire, either. It may, however, include screaming around a campfire! She’s going to AQ3D’s Camp Gonnagetcha, just exactly the type of camp a MMO-playing horror movie aficionado would love. MJ can’t wait to get in and explore this spooky space. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. revel in the holiday atmosphere with her. Soon it will be Mogloween!
What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
It’s almost a full-time job to stay on top of all of the MMO and MOBA Halloween events popping up all over the place! Here’s another batch of deliciously frightful festivities that are going on right now in games all around you:
Elder Scrolls Online
has just put a date on the launch of the much-anticipated Clockwork City DLC
bundle, which is taking players deep into the heart of Sotha Sil’s mechanical labyrinth.
“We’re excited to announce that the Clockwork City DLC game pack will be released on October 23 for PC/Mac and November 7 for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One. This DLC game pack will be free to ESO Plus members and available for purchase for 2000 crowns in the in-game Crown Store. In addition to the base version, the Clockwork City Collector’s Bundle will be also available for 4000 crowns in the in-game Crown Store and will include the DLC game pack, the Clockwork Skeevaton pet, the Kagouti Fabricant mount, and Five Crown Experience Scrolls.”
The downside is that’s gonna clash hard with the Destiny 2 PC release date. The upside is that the prologue quest is already live in the game, so you can get started right now and pick up a new collection memento.
As it will be powering MMOs like New World and Star Citizen, Amazon’s Lumberyard game engine deserves attention as it continues to be built and improved. Amazon released a development update to shed light on just how far Lumberyard has come and what is being worked on for the future.
“Simply put, our focus for the next few releases is to make Lumberyard easier, more powerful, and more modular,” the company said. “A lot has changed since we first launched the beta: We’ve replaced over 60% of the original codebase, switching out older, redundant systems (e.g. CryEntity) for more modern, performant ones (e.g. Component entity systems).”
Improvements on the way for Lumberyard include a new visual scripting language, a revised animation system, more integration with Amazon’s other tech (like Lex and Polly), the ability to store games in any location, better optimization, a new shader system, and Mac support.