The MOP Up: Aion’s cherry blossoms signal the arrival of spring

    
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The Cherry Blossom Festival is in full bloom over at Aion Europe, with this spring festival offering a hero trial, a “topsy-turvy” laboratory, a photoshoot, and an expected cash shop sale.

Additionally, Aion EU announced that it’s switched out the contents for its Shugo vending machine and added a bunch of new recipes for substance morphing. I got three to five years for substance morphing back in the day, but you don’t see people erecting statues for me.

And this is just the beginning of the rest of the news! Read on for a roundup of other smaller MMO news stories and videos from this past week in this edition of The MOP Up (and if you don’t see a news story that we should have covered, drop us a tip)!

The Art of Dauntless. You know you want this hardcover book. Well, you do if you’re a video game art collector. Looks pretty nifty.

Christie Golden’s World of Warcraft: Arthas — Rise of the Lich King now has an audiobook version narrated by the author herself.

SMITE is calling on its fans to help make this year’s community skin. Will you answer the call?

9Dragons is throwing its third anniversary celebration, and you can claim a free gift by logging in. Thanks Panagiotis!

And speaking of log in gifts, Lineage II is now handing daily presents out to its players. Yay!

An oil rig is looming over the lands of Rust — and a new animal AI is on the way. “I’m sick and tired of seeing YouTube videos of animals walking through walls, staring at water and not fighting back, or Scientists walking backwards. This is the first step at remediation,” the lead dev said. Thanks Kinya!

The team over at Astroneer are still furiously patching to prevent performance issues. Good luck with that, Cyber-NASA!

Fresh Prince actor Alfonso Ribeiro, rapper 2 Milly, and dancer Russell Horning have temporarily dropped their lawsuits against Fortnite for using their dances, but don’t expect this cease-fire to last for long.

If you fight for the South in War of Rights, why not do it in bare feet? You know! To show how poor and destitute you are! Realism!

The newly (early access) launched Outlaws of the Old West have some instructions in case you want to host your own dedicated server.

Wurm Online made some quality-of-life changes to its in-game journal and more with this past week’s patch.

If you played on Bless Online’s Perisos server, you might be entitled to some compensation for recent downtime.

Prosperous Universe restarted its game world for the first time to roll out the First Access phase of its testing. It’s going well so far!

The PC Z1 Battle Royale has a few words to say about fine-tuning jumping and strafing mechanics.

Sea of Thieves has relaunched its Insider Programme and promises rewards on deck for those who help test advance content.

The City of Titans team would love your suggestions to name the 15th anniversary badge for City of Heroes!

Check out a visual representation of the growth of the City of Heroes SEGS emulator project:

Meet the voice behind Hearthstone’s most well-known Dwarf:

The World War Z team spent the length of a video talk about what inspired them to make this game. We’re guessing “love of zombies.”

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Minimalistway

That video for the voice behind Hearthstone is great, thank you, it’s nice to see and know people behind the games.