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. See any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
This week we’ll look at a webseries where gamers end up living in their MMO, an accidental banning in Neverwinter, an MMORTS being developed by a single person, and more!
New Games and Testing
- Linkrealms: Spread the word about Linkrealms and you might earn yourself a beta key. Alternatively, you could pick up a founder’s pack and read up on the sandbox’s development roadmap. [Thanks to Ebreezy for the tip!]
- Star Citizen: Curious about the hardware and technical side of Star Citizen? Check out this interview with Chris Roberts or watch the truncated video below. [Thanks to Vinkingr for the tip!]
- The Imperial Realm: Miranda: This MMORTS is being developed single-handedly by a guy named Robert Basler and just came out with its pre-alpha release 3.
- For the King: This coop roguelike smashed through its Kickstarter goal and got greenlit on Steam. Congrats!
- Magerealm: This new browser-based MMO suffered from some serious bugs and exploits this past week, but still managed to push out a new guild vs. guild update even so.
- Path of Exile: Patch 2.0.4 brings in several new welcome tweaks, including increased map drops, a sixth wing to the Hall of Grandmasters, and support for October events.
- Heroes of the Storm: This MOBA is currently testing a patch that include a new hero, StarCraft’s Lt. Morales. There are a lot of hero and map changes in the works as well. [via Blizzard Watch]
Events and Contests
- Elsword: Elsword has a new theme song called “Playing with Fire,” and it’s hosting a contest to encourage fans to either provide covers or create a music video using the song.
- H1Z1: Daybreak awarded the winners of the TwitchCon Invitational nearly $20 grand apiece for their skills during the battle royale.
- Hearthstone: Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime and Twitch CEO Emmett Shear played three matches against each other on stage at TwitchCon. Shear won the best out of three.
Odds and Ends
- WildStar: For a little bit there, the fansite WildStar Core looked as though it was shutting down. Fortunately, it’s come under new management since then and will keep on operating. Another fansite, WildStar Roleplay, ordered the dev team pizzas during the recent F2P launch. [Thanks to Zachary for the tip!]
- Skyforge: Need a few tips for this game’s ascension atlas? Flavius has you covered with a half-dozen insights that’ll get you on track.
- Dota 2: Take it for what it’s worth, but Dota 2’s Steam numbers dropped a hefty 16% from August to September. [via VG247]
- E-sports: How could the e-sports industry become a $1 billion powerhouse by 2020? This article outlines five strategies that could make it happen.
- Neverwinter: Cryptic accidentally banned people earlier last week and worked hard to reinstate those kicked out of the game. [Thanks to the Grand Nagus for the tip!]
- Wizard101: The developers are celebrating the game’s seventh birthday with a series of posts on their favorite memories.
An interview with some guy named Chris Roberts about some game called Star Citizen. No, I never heard of them either.
Here’s Elsword’s new anthem, “Playing with Fire!”
Check out this trailer to AFK: The Webseries, which tells the strange and funny story of a group of MMO players who wake up in their characters’ bodies. The series is coming out this November.