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


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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