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!
Our headline story this week is that EVE Online is making good on its promise to phase out DirectX 9 support for the game. The team said that it's aware that the Mac version only uses DirectX 9 and is investigating a solution.
But the news doesn't stop there. Read on for word on Asta Online's big update, World of Tanks' centennial celebration, an Ingress survey, and more!
This week, Blizzard announced that World of Warcraft's sixth expansion, Legion, will indeed arrive this summer as planned. August 30th is the big day. Got your preorder in yet? Here's what else is new in the land of MMO beta testing:
- Tree of Savior banned 3000 cheaters and dealt with pricing fallout from scheming arbitrage artists.
- Tree of Life -- yeah, all the trees are confusing -- launched its beta (along with its cash shop).
- Origins of Malu announced it has suspended its development as it shops for investors.
- Camelot Unchained announced its beta one release has been delayed, likely several weeks.
- Nexon's flying MMORPG Riders of Icarus began its second round of closed beta.
- Hi-Rez's shooter-hybrid Paladins patched its closed beta with, Dragon Punch, which pushes live new champion Drogoz, The Greedy.
- Guild Wars 2's live beta test of world linking for WvW began today.
- Cube World is alive!
- Fragmented released a trailer ahead of next week's Steam early access launch. Stress tests are ongoing.
- Glitch-spinoff Children of Ur updated its open alpha with a new build.
- The Black Death lurched like a plague-ridden zombie into Steam early access.
- Nexon launched the alpha for LawBreakers with a new trailer featuring no less than Ice-T.
- The Culling's first big early access patch introduced female playable characters.
- Asta's still in beta too, but it's also getting a big content patch.
Check out our complete list of games in testing below!
Launched into early access back in March, The Culling is a short-scale battle royale survival game that's already pumping out patches. Ahead of PAX, Xaviant announced what it's calling a major content update arriving April 27th. Trials of the Isle is set to include:
Private lobbies - Create and join private lobbies to play free-for-all matches with friends
Female playable character - Play as a female contestant with an extensive suite of customization options
Trials Matches - Use Trial Tokens awarded for wins participate in weekly free-for-all Trials Matches (weekends only) against other winners for a chance to score exclusive loot
New customization items - Spice up your gear with new shirt designs by Filthy Casual and Design by Humans as well as limited edition hats
New weapons - Spray even more blood on the island with the Crafted Cudgel (Tier 1 Bludgeon) and the mighty Trident (Tier 4 Spear)
Additional perks - Experiment with new perks like Dig Deep and Angry Octopus―yeah, we don’t know either
SteamOS support - Spread mayhem at your desk and in your living room
New lighting and significant optimization
Improvements to balance and stability
Xaviant is at PAX this weekend; you can scope out the game at booth #11085.
Did you see the announcement that The Culling would be launching into early access on March 8th and weep bitter tears because you couldn't wait that long for a survival sandbox-style game that stripped out any pretense of being anything other than a chance for players to kill one another? That's a weird thing to weep about. But you also don't have to be so sad; the game launched into even earlier access on both Steam and the Humble store. It's out now, if that's what you want to play!
The developers are aiming for transparency on a whole, with a full rundown of what is planned for early access and where development is moving from this point onward. Two big components of the planned updates are that the game is still lacking options for female characters and hasn't yet been tested with huge number of players. So you'll be testing the game and refining it to make it better, but you have to pay for the right to enter first.
Fair warning: The announcement trailer below is on the gory splatter-of-blood side of the equation.
The Culling, that Hunger Games-inspired multiplayer deathmatch game, is currently in the thick of its closed alpha test. A "select number of participants" pulled from those who registered have been bludgeoning, stabbing, and shocking each other over the weekend in an attempt to be the last man or woman standing.
If you were disappointed that you didn't get a spot in the alpha, then there might be some good news for you today. The devs are looking to expand the test's population and have encouraged fans to like and share the game's Facebook page as a way to enter their names in for a testing spot.
The early access launch for The Culling will commence on March 8th.
This week in MMO crowdfunding news, two studios spoke to Massively OP in-depth about their major crowdfunding decisions in 2016. Pixelmage Games' John Smedley told us that Hero's Song is full-steam ahead after its Kickstarter cancellation last month and explained just why his team went with Kickstarter in the first place. And Above & Beyond's JC Smith sat down with us to discuss The Repopulation's new engine and spin-off survival game and what it all means for the crowdfunded sandbox.
Meanwhile, two of the City of Heroes-inspired crowdfunded superhero MMORPGs, City of Titans and Valiance Online, both saw updates this past week, and Star Citizen blasted one last reminded that tomorrowday really truly is the last time to buy into the games cheaply before Squadron 42 becomes a standalone product.
Read on for more on what's up with MMO crowdfunding this week and the roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we've got our eye on, plus some bonus news at the end!
In a happier, more peaceful world we would be sharing with you a new game called The Cuddling, in which everyone hugs and no one loses. But this is a bloodthirsty culture that embraces cutthroat survival games, so instead we're going to introduce you to The Culling.
The Culling is a battle royale-style game in which players are sent out to scavenge for weapons, build traps, and revel in the fountains of blood that pop in every encounter. The core mode is a 16-player fight to the death (there are no respawns), with a 20-minute timer ticking down thanks to a poison gas cloud that is closing in from all sides. Our legal department says that we are not allowed to draw comparisons to H1Z1 or The Hunger Games in this paragraph.
The Culling will begin early access on March 8th with an eye for a 2017 launch. We've got its announcement trailer for you after the jump.