The MOP Up: Blade & Soul brings in the Warlock (March 6, 2016)

    
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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 past week Blade & Soul introduced the Warlock class, Firefall lost a beloved voice actor, Crowfall moved to a new office, and more!

New Games and Testing

  • Crowfall: The team at ArtCraft has moved out of a shared office space and into its own digs. They’ve even got the pictures to prove it.
  • ECO: The fourth alpha test will commence at the end of March. The devs promise that the game will “look and play significantly different” due to improvements.
  • Conan Exiles: Eat lunch lately? Then check out this early work in progress of dismemberment from the upcoming survival game. [Thanks to Nordavind for the tip!]

Patches

  • Blade & Soul: The game’s second post-Western-launch patch, Unchained, brought with it the new Warlock class, an extra character slot, the Naryu Labyrinth, and the eight floor of Mushin’s Tower.
  • Forsaken World Mobile: This mobile title’s next patch will include an expanded faerie system as well as a new 3v3 PvP arena.

Events and Contests

  • Worlds Adrift: Winners of the game’s creative writing contest were revealed, with the first place entry to be worked into the upcoming MMO.
  • HEX: This weekend HEX is hosting an invitational tournament with a $100,000 prize pool. Who will win? I can tell you, with 100% certainty, that it won’t be me.
  • RIFT: The game’s community is hosting a contest asking players to publicly state their love for RIFT. The prize package includes a level 60 boost, a shark mount, and two REX.

Odds and Ends

Videos

Age of Wushu Dynasty, the mobile spin-off of the maritial arts MMO, released its first major update. The Imperial Court contains new PvP arenas, a 240-player battle mode, four additional skills, and a reforge function. Check out the trailer:

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zyrusticae
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Syppi Qarran My issue with it is less whether or not it’s been “covered” and more with the lack of a discussion post for folks to post about their experiences with the patch. 
Not having one on release day feels really… off. Having a post on release day is just great for talking about the patch with other players. For me, it’s not so much about whether or not it’s newsworthy or informing people that it’s out, but just having another venue for conversation.

deekay_zero
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breetoplay deekay_zero cool. all good. i almost forgot about it except i had our conversation about my tipping errors on twitter heads up still LOL.

looking forward to the article! :D

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ManastuUtakata breetoplay Siphaed All good. Extra confusing because Justin forgot what month it was and put Feb. And I didn’t notice til it went live! Hehe.

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breetoplay ManastuUtakata Siphaed 
Oh sorry, my pigtails got confused. Since I read this column every week I should of realised that. I sit corrected then. :(

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deekay_zero Hey DK, we did get this, and it’s not in Mop Up because I wanted it out in its own post. It’ll be up today. <3

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ManastuUtakata Siphaed It didn’t launch on the 6th. That’s a standard date we put on these roundup titles. WIR, Betawatch, MMM get them too since they are specific to the week and confuse people otherwise.

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Siphaed ManastuUtakata 
…which is why I find having a content release on a Sunday odd. As in, I’ve never heard of this before. Perhaps the 6th is an unedited erratum. :(

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Siphaed ManastuUtakata Warlock was definitely released on the 3rd.

Qarran
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Qarran

Syppi Qarran  That is fine, and it is not my intent to continue wit this, but I will say that is no different than build up for anything else.  

There was a lot of articles posted on the March 2, but you have posted updates for much lesser things.  Little blurbs that simply give readers a heads up.  You didn’t need a full review or write up.  

Nevertheless, I pointed out my opinion.  I am playing the game, and I am liking it.  However, I’m not a so-called fanboy.  I pointed out an omission, you have explained, let others make of it what they will.  

I didn’t realize that your content depended so much on the publishers PR.

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ManastuUtakata 
Oh, he won Maine? That is so wonderful to hear! Sadly there is going to be some negative media spin on it saying that he’s just “stealing delegates from Hillary” and “is a spoiler”.  Bleh!

Also, you’re right on the Warlock.  Weren’t they supposed to release it on the same day as Black Desert? Not days late on the slowest, most boring news day in the week?