The MOP Up: Players petition to ‘revive’ Ultima Online (January 29, 2017)

    
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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 week we have stories and videos from Final Fantasy XIVPaladinsHeroes and GeneralsTroveUltima OnlineDark and Light Mobile, Line of Sight, Galactic Junk League, and Travia Returns, all waiting for you after the break!

New Games and Testing

  • Travia Returns: Canceled MMO Travia Online is returning to the scene, but this time as a mobile game by Zemi Interactive. Will it fare better this time around?
  • Galactic Junk League: This multiplayer spaceship builder has arrived on Steam Early Access. Surprisingly, it’s a free-to-play game, so you can give it a whirl without spending any dough.
  • Line of Sight: This customizable online shooter is finally transitioning out of early access and into full release on January 31st.
  • Paladins: This upcoming title has partnered with game rewards site Uproar.gg as part of the site’s lineup. Play the game, earn points, get rewards. Pretty easy!

Patches

Contests

  • Final Fantasy XIV: Try your hand at designing outfits for the new gear design contest! This month’s theme is ranged and healer DPS gear, with the winner getting his or her design put into the game itself.

Odds and Ends

  • SpatialOS: Improbable has opened up a new San Fransisco office to further help with the development of SpatialOS, which is “a computational platform that helps games developers build persistent worlds on a larger scale.”
  • Ultima Online: Raph Koster pointed out this Change.org petition to “Make Ultima Online great again” by creating a new game or updating it to meet 2017 standards.
  • Square Enix: Square Enix and Marvel announced a multi-year deal for the studio to develop original games based on Marvel’s superheroes, starting with The Avengers. [Source: Press release]
  • Voice actor strike: SAG-AFTRA says that talks to resolve the long-running voice actor strike have “entered a crucial phase.”

Videos

Get a peek at Snail Games’ Dark and Light Mobile project, which is being developed alongside the revitalized sandbox.

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