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 Old School RuneScape, Pokemon Go, EverQuest, EVE Online, Paladins, Titan Quest, The Black Death, Skyforge, Final Fantasy XI, Wizard101, Pirate101, War of Rights, Evolve, State of Decay 2, all waiting for you after the break!
Amidst all of the violence and death covering Final Fantasy XIV
, it’s important to remember that the game gives you the opportunity to divert yourself with something other than crafting. Want to race birds around? Play card games? Send your pets into battle? The Gold Saucer lets you do all of that, and during the Make It Rain campaign running until June 24th
, players get extra MGP from pretty much everything you can do in the Saucer.
Obviously, MGP earned during the event can be spent on the rewards available year-round. You can also spend it on home versions of the various minor attractions from the saucer, if you’d like to play Cuff-a-Cur in the privacy of your own chambers and/or apartment. Those special decorations will only be available during the event, so you’ll want to get the time in now so you can enjoy those furnishings – or the other rewards of the Saucer – for the whole year.
If you think that patching a game always means crunch time, misery, and developers sobbing beneath their desks, Path of Exile’s
Incursion league launch shows it doesn’t have to be
. The recap on the launch weekend makes it clear that there was no crunch time leading up to the launch, no major problems, and a smooth rollout all around. Most of the smaller issues were even sorted with hotfixes, which worked to the team’s advantage. And the changes have rocked the meta about, which also means that it’s more entertaining to see what players are trying.
Of course, some bigger issues couldn’t be fixed with hotfixes, which is why a larger patch is planned for next week to address three major crash issues. It also includes new 3D art for Apep’s Supremacy and Shadowstitch, which will hopefully give them a little more visual pop. The patch isn’t due until next week, but you can see the planned changes right now.
We checked out the Incursion update last night; you can catch our play through on Twitch!
There are a lot of things that the new owners of The Repopulation want to change about the game, and some of those are both visible to players and under the hood at the same time. Case in point, the UI. According to the latest update from the development team, the current UI relies on outside components for much of its functionality, which is somewhat incompatible of the development vision to keep things within the Hero Engine… especially when those outside components result in some system lag, to boot.
Of course, the changes aren’t solely about removing outside files. The rework is also meant to improve functionality and clean up the interface, fix longstanding issues like bugs when scrolling lists, and ensure that every part of the UI can be moved and resized instead of allowing some parts and not allowing others. There are also plans to allow for UI customizations to be saved by character or account as players prefer. Check out the full update to see if these are changes you’re excited over.
If you’re a Twitch Prime subscriber who plays Warframe
or may want to play some Warframe
, you can get something very valuable this month with a free Trinity Prime frame
. Just link your Warframe
account with your Twitch account, and in addition to the special syandana (read: cape) that you normally get, you’ll also get Trinity Prime as a new frame option.
Trinity Prime is an interesting choice, as she’s not a damaging frame but is a potent healing and support frame. She’s a bit squishy, which is worth considering when running solo, but in groups she can be an exceptionally useful support character. As with all version, the Prime variant is far more powerful than the base version, so you’ll be getting access to a potent healer in her best possible incarnation. Who wouldn’t like that? (Aside from the enemies your frames are fighting, they would probably prefer no healers.)
Source: Twitch blog
; thanks to Alex and CapnLan for the tip!
Conan Exiles has weathered its first major milestone of reaching proper launch without exploding or melting down too much. Now it’s time for Funcom to look forward to later content, and that’s exactly what the latest post on the official site is all about. Technical updates and bug fixes are obviously going to continue, but the developers are also hard at work at bringing in pets and taming mechanics as well as a new dungeon.
Plans are also moving for new in-game religions, archery improvements, animation fixes, and new automatic downloads of mods as a quality-of-life feature. There’s also a new Far East-themed DLC planned for sometime in June, with three new armor set appearances, 11 new weapons, 25 new placeable objects, and a new set of Tier 3 building pieces. The post is quick to point out that the teams working on this DLC aren’t taking time away from the base game to add this, so buying it or not shouldn’t impact the overall future plans for the game.
If you’re curious about the state of the game right now, you can check out Andrew’s most recent glance at the title.
Do you like being hit with a shotgun in Fortnite? Of course not; weapons inflict damage and tend to make you dead. Shotguns in particular have been inflicting a bit too much damage, so they’re getting taken down a peg in the latest patch; damage is dropping about 12% and headshot damage is down to 2.0x damage instead of 2.5x damage. So it’ll hurt less to be shot in the head, a phrase that… seems about as video game-related as any possible arrangement of words.
Of course, players who hated shotguns but loved flight will also be sad; the patch also announces the impending removal of jetpacks once more, with the flying backpacks returning to the vault as of June 11th. They were always meant as a limited-time item, and now that time limit is up. You will be stuck on the ground once more, but don’t stare into the sky tearfully. Someone with a shotgun will hit you.
Sometimes reasonable ideas don’t quite work out. Final Fantasy XIV‘s
latest loot change is an obvious example of that; the developers wanted to solve a problem wherein loot from Alliance Raids is a great way to gear up secondary jobs, but it can be awkward to choose between running on the job that needs the loot and is undergeared or your fully-geared job that doesn’t need it. So the loot rules were changed to greed-only through all Alliance raids.
Unfortunately, this solution ran into one major problem wherein players absolutely hated it for several reasons, glamour collecting and general counterintuitiveness among them. Producer and director Naoki Yoshida posted that in response to player feedback the system will be reverted with the next hotfix, returning to the usual need/greed system for all Alliance Raid content. Which means that you will have to choose between taking the undergeared job or just pray you’ll get the loot you want once again, although with the latest Alliance Raid the problem is more frequently forgetting how to divide by three.
Sometimes it’s debatable whether or not World of Warcraft needs more of its lore in-game. Obviously, the newest Battle for Azeroth lead-up comic focused on the reunion between the Windrunner sisters is relevant lore; the return of Alleria and dealing with that particular tangle is important. But it’d be hard to really have it in quest format. “A journey and reunion between three sisters… oh, and this Tauren Sylvanas really likes. That’s not awkward at all.”
Of course the comic is already filled with plenty of awkwardness, seeing as how Sylvanas is the Warchief of the Horde, Alleria is filled with the Void, and Vereesa is as sad about the death of Rhonin as most players aren’t. So you can imagine that the comic doesn’t end with a feel-good message of togetherness. Still, if you’d like to see how the reunion goes down, you can read the full thing on the official site.
Getting a crate in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is meant to be a reward for the player, but it’s also frequently meant something to resell on the marketplace. However, that’s been rather more impossible with the newest crate, which was added to the game on May 13th and still hasn’t been unlocked for the Steam Marketplace. The developers have announced that it will be available to sell on the Marketplace on June 13th, making it nearly a full month between implementation and resale.
If that bugs you, you’ll be unhappy to know that it’s going to be the norm at this point; the announcement states that keeping longer lockout times for the marketplace will help curb abusive behavior in and around the game. Whether this will help actually alleviate issues or just drive up certain rare and desirable item prices is, of course, an exercise in speculation best left for the future.
The big focus in Rend is about building and augmenting your faction’s base, but there are other parts of the map worth vying for as well. The first development roadmap feature, control points, is currently available to test in the alpha, and it gives each faction a chance to earn valuable resources at the cost of a more vulnerable outer base.
Nine control points are available across the map, in strategic locations as well as on borders and near the center. Once a faction captures a control point, it can build bases around the control point, and the point itself will enjoy a few hours of safety before it can be recaptured. However, it’s still vulnerable, as all three factions will want it for their own due to a steady stream of spirits and the bonus for capturing.
Of course, attacking and recapturing the point lets you take anything still there when it swaps sides as well as offering other rewards based on how long the prior faction held that point. So it’s something to skirmish over as you fight for control of the overall map.
It’s probably not much of a surprise to hear that The Crew is slipping into maintenance mode, as patches had been quiet for a while and the sequel is slated to come out this month. But it has been confirmed at this point that there will be no more patches for the game from this point onward. Servers will remain online and playable, and maintenance isn’t ruled out for fixing imminent issues, but don’t expect any new content.
There’s hope for those who need some new online racing fun but aren’t ready to buy the sequel just yet, as the game’s beta site has teased that an open beta is coming soon and will be discussed more at this year’s E3. So you can get some new driving fun in before the game releases… it just won’t be in the original game. That’s not exactly a shock.
Acknowledging players who do well in Overwatch is a big part of what keeps players in the game, and to that end the latest developer update reveals that more tools will arrive to facilitate doing just that. The new endorsements feature will allow you to commend players on either team who display behaviors that you think deserve acknowledgement, like good sportsmanship and solid teamwork.
Players will also have the option of using the new Looking for Group feature to assemble a team composed of just the people you need. That’s on top of the upcoming Symmetra rework (which should go live with the next patch) and a reorganization of Attack and Defense heroes into a single “Damage” category. Check out the full video just below for a rundown of the social features (and other changes) coming to the game in the near future.