The MOP Up: Profane pitches its ‘true sandbox’ design to you

    
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Citing buzzwords like “true sandbox” and “player freedom,” upcoming MMO Profane hopes that it can grab your attention long enough to read this Reddit elevator pitch. MOP reader Protobear sent us this to pass along, and we suggest you read it, because you don’t want to disappoint the ‘bear.

“We want to work with this by truly giving attention to the events happening inside the game as a result of players’ actions,” the studio said. “We like to say that Profane is, in fact, an RPG MMO since player freedom in a rich environment is our top priority. It is what allows the story to unfold.”

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)!

Neverwinter aimed a small patch at shoring up some Echoes of Prophecy problems.

A group of Ubisoft workers are demanding that the studio stop evaluating their performance with a confusing “role model” clause.

SMITE tossed out a “bonus” update with character balance and new voice acting.

Elder Scrolls Online introduced fans to another new NPC, Madam Whim, an information broker and merchant.

MU Archangel’s latest patch added more modes to the Chrysos Arena, increased the level cap from 700 to 800, and added Crusade gear that come with special skills.

Roblox game developers got another tool that help offer better analytics. “For the first time, Roblox game developers can analyse their data with customised cross-platform connections and LiveOps support through the Dive platform.”

Vendetta Online is testing a performance improvement patch: “The new experimental asynchronous background loading should be very helpful to a lot of people and use cases, and seems to be considerably faster to load data during sector-jumps.”

Warface’s Origins season kicked off in the game this past week with a redesigned battle pass, the return of classic maps, and new rewards.

Military shooter Enlighted just transitioned into its second phase and released backwards support for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One: “The Battle of Tunisia campaign is now available to all players, marking the release of all four campaigns originally revealed. “Battle for Moscow, Battle for Berlin, and Invasion of Normandy also see new missions and other content like weapons, soldiers and vehicles. The update also brings new gameplay mechanics, including a new Destruction game mode, all of them developed with the help of user feedback.”

Activision rolled out a new anti-cheat system for Call of Doody which is a “multi-faceted approach to combat cheating, featuring new server-side tools which monitor analytics to identify cheating, enhanced investigation processes to stamp out cheaters, updates to strengthen account security, and more.”

Rogue Company welcomed the character of Cannon to the fold:

Fractured Veil’s Ryan Wiancko talked about creating his own scifi survival game:

Rust made some nice quality-of-life improvements to missions:

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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angrakhan

There’s a lot of self contradictory double talk in that Profane post. They want you to be able to be a peaceful farmer or an aggressive PK-er but without being too disruptive to others. Uh ok, but what about the aggressive PK-ER who wants to kill peaceful farmers? You’re going to disappoint someone. Also they want to make gear disposable but also provide epic gear that’s hard to get. Again, can’t really do both.

I’m very dubious about this game’s aspirations vs reality quotient.

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Robert Mann

Game devs: Still convinced they can please the worst aspects of humanity while maintaining nice things for everyone else.

They are wrong, of course, but it’s so astoundingly common that it’s humorous.

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Jon Wax

Sounds like the kind of project that spirals into refunds and acrimony

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Proto_bear

Don’t worry, the bear will never be disappointed in you. <3

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Faye

Call of Doody sounds like it might actually be fun!