The MOP Up: COVID-19’s digital silver lining


While the COVID-19 epidemic has been nine types of awful over the last half-year, video game studios and publishers aren’t complaining quite as loud as other people. This might be the fact that the quarantine has driven sales and engagement of games through the roof.

According to a new report, Unity “noted a 46 percent increase in daily active users on PC and consoles, and a 17 percent increase on mobile devices” over the recent months. Mobile app purchases are also up 24%.

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)!

Conan Exiles done and got itself an official pen-and-paper sourcebook for fans who want to take the setting to their tabletop sessions!

Microsoft cut ties with some popular Brazilian YouTubers over racist and sexist comments.

A small Call of Duty 2020 leak seems to suggest that zombies are going to shuffle their way back into the game.

Both Riot Games and Jagex Studios are doing their part to offer mental health support to gamers. “We’re absolutely thrilled and humbled to announce that our incredible community and Jagex have together raised £204,000 for our mental health partner charities,” Jagex tweeted.

Looking forward to Cyberpunk 2077 later this year? When you arrive in that fictional city, you’re going to encounter over 1,000 NPCs with their own daily routines.

Realm of the Mad God announced that it’s added a neat quality-of-life feature, “a Loot Quick Inspector! Click CTRL or hover over a bag/vault chest/gift chest and see how it looks.”

It’s time to go down the Cannibal Farm in Crossout’s latest update: “The legendary class of vehicle cabins appears in Crossout for the first time, with a few interesting models available as rewards in the Doomsday Cars event. Crossout players will also get a free garage New Dawn, an updated Power Plant map and new PvE enemies from the Firestarters faction.”

MapleStory previewed June’s Promise of the Guardian update, which includes the Adele class, events, a boss revamp, Reverse City, and more.

If you’re in the market for MMOs that pushed out minor bug-fixing, content-adjusting patches, look no further than The Cycle, Albion Online, Life Beyond, and Age of Conan.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is testing Patch 7.3, which will include “vehicle balance changes, improvements to train routes and terrain on Vikendi, a new timed explosive, the return of parachute follow mode, and more!”

Runes of Magic now offers a Gameforge authenticator app to protect your account!

Lineage 2 Revolution’s latest update “features additional avenues for players to grow even stronger, test their skills against other heroes, and celebrate the night away with electrifying festivals that can be enjoyed by all,” according to a press release.

Continent of the Ninth Seal sent out a press release saying that it has “opened a brand-new world on each server. Players who want to experience the untouched world, which is full of adventures, come and discover the New World.”

A volcanic winter is settling into Armored Warfare, and players are up for the fight of their lives:

The MMO industry pumps out more and more news every year – no site could possibly cover everything. That’s why we gather together all the extras every week in The MOP Up, our a weekly compilation of MMO info we don’t want lost in the cracks of time. Send us your news bits through our tips line!
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