The MOP Up: Crossout drives onto an island

    
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Here’s a useful tip from Crossout: It’s dangerous to drive your car in water! This comes from the game’s newest “Clean Island” patch, which adds the titular PvP map and brings back ranked battles with the Survivors League.

“‘Clean Island’ is the first map in the history of Crossout that shows what ‘big water’ looks like,” the team said. “Unfortunately for the survivors, the water around the island is extremely dangerous. The Dawn’s children organized a scientific base on the island, which is primarily involved in water purification.”

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)!

Bungie put out its second-to-last weekly newsletter of the year, talking up Destiny 2 raid statistics, the Iron Banner, and the next generation console enhancements coming in the December 8th patch. In fact, a quarter-million players completed the new Deep Stone Crypt raid.

How much will a starship cost you? Not too much for Prosperous Universe, as long as you’re willing to go small. Space exploration on a budget!

Shadow Arena shot out a press release about the game’s latest addition, a playable witch named Hexe Marie: “By using the Wicked Sorcery skill, she can summon various enemies including skeleton soldiers to form her army.”

Iron Harvest extended its free demo and allowed for players to cancel their building upgrades in a recent patch.

As part of Starbase’s latest update, ore was redistributed around the system — including “hot spots” of rare ore. Space rocks on a budget!

Could Halo be getting a battle royale? That’s the rumor that’s floating around!

Online co-op Heroes of Hammerwatch released an ultimate edition on PS4 and PS5 this past week (it already came out on Switch and Xbox).

Overwatch published a new Dark Horse comic about Tracer called London Calling.

Darkflame Universe delivered its end-of-year update, saying, “We’re so close to Closed Beta. Crash Testing has been invaluable for testing content and our servers, where we’ve been able to fix dozens of crashes and bugs. We know you’re all looking forward to joining and all of our testers have been instrumental in our preparation.”

Ragnarok Online Europe opened the doors to a towering dungeon, according to a press release: “The challenge begins with the newly added Endless Tower, where players can try to climb all the 100 stages of the tower by defeating all the monsters in each stage. The challenge gets increasingly difficult in every new stage and players must be careful thus if you die, you are out.”

The Division 2 is in the throes of testing Title Update 12 with the new optimization station, more weapons and gear, and a new skill variant.

Ashes of Creation is selling some frosty cosmetics for this upcoming fantasy MMO.

Old School RuneScape got a bunch of cool new options: “Now that Old School RuneScape is getting bigger and more complicated, we’re adding more and more settings with every update — and we realise that this can get a bit unwieldy! To fix the issue, the Settings menu has been given a total overhaul. We’ve also added a helpful Search Bar to help you track down whichever toggle, button, or slider you’re looking for.”

MapleStory M’s December 2nd update added the Demon Avenger class and gave out login rewards through December 7th.

Grab a small patch or two, courtesy of Neverwinter and Path of Exile! Speaking of Path of Exile, the ARPG is hosting a one-week Mayhem Event this week on PC and console.

Realm of the Mad God reworked its fame system in this past week’s patch.

Warface kicked off its Swarm season with “a special co-op PvE mission under a code name inspired by 1980s horror classics, new PvP maps, four brand-new weapons, new sinister enemies, and tons of seasonal rewards:”

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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