The MOP Up: Shadow Arena pings instead of pongs


Pearl Abyss’ Shadow Arena got a lot more friendly this past month thanks to an improved ping system and the addition of login rewards.

“The ping system has been updated for Trio mode, allowing the maximum distance that players can use pings to be greatly increased,” the studio said in a press release. “Even players who do not use voice chat can quickly identify a team member’s location, enabling more efficient battles.”

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)!

Apex Legends is getting Christmas off to an early start with its Holo-Day Bash!

Bossa Studios is still trying to find its path after the failure of Worlds Adrift, and part of that path leads through layoff territory.

The United Kingdom’s branch of Game Workers Unite announced that it’s rebranding to IWGB Game Workers to avoid confusion. Yeah, ’cause “IWGB” really rolls off the tongue.

PUBG Mobile put out a press release revealing that it’s setting aside $14 million for its 2021 esports program, which is $14 million more than I have to spend on my program. But mine has puppies on rocket skateboards, so chew on that. Apparently COVID is a huge boon to the esports market right now.

The virtual India Game Developer Conference was a big hit this year, with over 6,000 attendees. Also, a $5 million fund was established to help Indian game developers with their projects.

There’s a new APB patch: “This update continues our ongoing weapon changes as we dial in on weapon utility and identity. Though we are continuing to sand out some rough edges at the top end, this pass sprinkles in some love to popular but less relevant weapon lines by bringing their stats closer to our established baseline.”

Path of Exile posted another community Q&A about the game’s lore, so if that’s your sticky wicket, wicket on, my friend.

PlanetSide 2 is in the throes of its anniversary celebration on both PC and PS4.

Legends of Runeterra welcomed you to its latest update: “Patch 1.15 introduces a new Champion-centric Lab, an update to round timers, and the debut of Player Profiles to help track your collection! A brand new icy Board and Guardian are also making their arrival, which make the perfect complement to any Frostbite deck.”

EOS: The Blue pumped out a patch that raised the level cap to 96, why not, and added in the new soul stream system.

KurtzPel said in a press release that it just delivered a major PvE revamp: “KurtzPel’s PvE will be going through an entire overhaul with new PvE Dungeons allowing players to experience Eltheca in a whole new way while encountering countless enemies and big bosses to claim lavish rewards.”

A few BioWare and Ubisoft developers are now forming their own indie studio called Yellow Brick Games. Its first project has not yet been announced.

EverQuest II removed the spell “doubleblast” from a whole host of items in its latest patch. Also, Daybreak? I shouldn’t have to click four separate links to get to your patch notes. You owe me for damages.

Overwatch talked about its latest short story with its author and shared details about the next Overwatch League:

This is a thing that Funcom did for its new game Metal: Hellsinger:

Fantasy Toonz showed off a video to demonstrate how close it is to getting its proof-of-concept done. It’s kinda cute:

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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Wowee with this change Shadow Arena broke triple digit players again just a little over 100 average players! Good job guys!