The MOP Up: Lost Ark expands to Japan and eyes an Assassin class

    
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Lost Ark is setting its sights on new horizons – are we next? We still don’t know, but this past week, Smilegate revealed it is expanding past Korea, China, and Russia to Japan. Fingers crossed! As MMO Culture points out, the game has recently dropped a new roadmap, including a brand-new Assassin class, though the timeline for the release isn’t exactly clear.

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)!

Looking forward to the Nexon/Eyedentity mobile MMORPG World of Dragon Nest? MMO Culture snagged an interview with the Thai dev team, who discuss launch plans, gender-locking, and massive PvP.

Skyforge devs posted an updated guide to class abilities for new players.

SWTOR laid out its events plans for July.

Rock Paper Shotgun has an interview with Roblox’s Laura Higgins on toxicity in the kid-centric MMO. “Kids are not born toxic,” she argues. “Adults generally are where most of the negative stuff is online. It’s not kids doing it.” Yep.

Wizard101 dropped its monthly newsletter.

Fortnite pushed out its weekly patch and did a… Stranger Things crossover? OK then.

Somebody at EA spoke to other somebodies at EA about the company and coated it like journalism instead of a vlog, but it’s really more like sad propaganda where executives make devs try to convince everyone EA is not really all that bad even though it is, so that was kinda weird.

And in case you can’t remember why EA is the bad guy, just refresh your memory with Jim Sterling’s video covering how the video game industry is taking advantage of gambling addiction to make money while lying to governments about how fun and wholesome the whole thing is.

Outlaws of the Old West says it’s switching over to monthly patches, its most recent being on July 2nd, when it tweaked a whole bunch of issues relate to moving items in the game.

Prosperous Universe’s latest newsletter landed, touting the biggest update to the game yet, Locality.

ARK Survival Evolved announced a two-week summer event.

And KurtzPel rolled out the new Dual Soul weapon.

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Pale Unicorn

I never thought a isometric MMO could have so many content in it and look so good. Still hyped up for Lost ark.

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Robert Mann

I don’t feel the hype for Lost Ark really. I just don’t. Good luck, but I believe it’s not only over-hyped but will disappoint in a number of ways. Not that I want this, but rather the hype and the reality seem to clash a lot from what I can see around and about.

I’d counter Roblox’s Ms. Higgens that children are often quite toxic and nasty, just in a different way. The idea that children are just inherently nice to one another… where did people come up with, and why do people continue to have this delusion? There are plenty of examples that both good and bad behavior exists from early ages, not only before exposure is supposed to shape said behavior, but also in opposition to said exposure. In short, it isn’t so simple!

The only other thing that I really care about on the list at this point is EA, and only because they have somehow continued to sell products with this attitude. Seriously people, stop buying their crap! It’s not even bitter irony anymore when they open the foul pit of their ill intentioned maws. They are cheesier than Emo-wing Death-dragon (who made Cheetos jealous during his time as end boss in a certain MMO). We are talking they wouldn’t work as an MMO boss because even MMO writing is not that atrocious! Let them die already!

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Akagi

I feel the same way about Lost Ark. It looks so boring, ugly and stupid. I once watched a stream of some Korean player, and he mounted up and the mount was so slow… a mount in a top-down game… hahaha what a retarded stupid ass game. xD

No hype for this trash game. It’s gonna be P2W trash, probably B2P + P2W and then will go F2P and shut down.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Exactly type of comment I would expect from 13 yo Club Penguin fan

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Akagi

That’s weird, because I never played that game. On the other hand, I have over 25,000 hours in WoW since 2005.

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mpandu.nky

Such overwhelming negativity. Reminds me of HiveLeader’s video essay on the death of MMOs.

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Akagi

Mark my words, it’s gonna be exactly that. Whether you agree with me. No offense, no offense taken either.

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mpandu.nky

It’s not “gonna be…” for me because I live in Asia and Lost Ark is already ultra-successful here. But I won’t be surprised if it doesn’t cross to the West given the negativity all Western players have against practically everything.

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Robert Mann

Mounts in a top-down game are nothing new, and sometimes very important based upon design. If it was painfully slow, that would be a negative. I certainly don’t believe the game is all that bad, but it certainly isn’t worth the hype as far as I can tell from seeing/reading play and reviews by players.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Lost Ark is absolutely georgeous visually, has great combat system, TONs of content (more than any MMO at launch), is very polished and everything about it screams AAA quality game. So not sure how exactly it is overhyped. Its not like its some garbage asian grinder that is praised for nothing.

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Robert Mann

Visually gorgeous but extremely linear, lots of content but the content is highly constrained for progression and has a fairly bland feeling upgrade system behind all that “Do X, now do Y, now Z, now you get the fun stuff for a very short time before the cycle repeats tomorrow” content. At least, based on actual overseas and last test phase gameplay and reviews… that could always change.

I didn’t say it was garbage, but I believe it is over-hyped and won’t be amazing as expected by so many. I expect that people who like ARPGs, don’t mind the highly linear aspects, and either will alt once they hit daily progression -or- don’t mind that aspect of it which is highly cited as a negative by players who have gotten there… will have fun. I believe reality will hit everyone else on the hype train to some extent.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Other things in LA roadmap: epic 24m raid where you fight against ancient guardian, huge PvP battleground, 2 new puzzle islands where you solve riddles, 3 more minor islands, new activity called Reversed Lane, much harder version of Cube, and few more outworld bosses.

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Bullet Teeth

I watched that Jimquisition a few hours after it dropped (big fan actually), and to say I was physically ill afterwards was an understatement…

It is absolutely fucking disgraceful that these big-name gaming developers are blatantly taking advantage of certain individuals and their unfortunate weaknesses.

I’ve been gaming since 1988 – my first console being the SEGA Master System, first game being Rastan (which I STILL have the original instruction manual for), on through the Genesis, PS1, and so -on. I can’t help but to feel guilty myself for making gaming what it has become by maintaining it as a personal hobby.

Absolutely disgraceful…

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Robert Mann

There is a reason why I am very selective of the companies from which I purchase at this point. Where there are not all that many which are on my nice list, I support those that avoid such things whole-heartedly. We all have some limited power here, use yours wisely!