The MOP Up: Guild Wars 2 pulls back the curtain on narrative design


Guild Wars 2 Associate Narrative Director Bobby Stein has an interesting essay up about “shepherding stories” for the MMO with a focus on diverse experiences.

“The narrative design that we pursue is actually the combination of two core technologies: game systems and narrative presentation,” he wrote. “Our writers focus on characterization, plot, and voice-over, while it is the game designers that actually implement the scenes and sequences that provide the sense of weight given to the narrative.”

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)!

Big Farm Story is promoting itself as an “MMO” of sorts: “Join the adventures of Big Farm Story together with your friends. Make friendships with other farmers from all over the world and help all of your friends on their own farms.”

What does pregnancy and caffeine have in common? They’re both featured in WURM Online’s latest patch!

Twenty-year-old MMO Wuxia Online is coming back in a mobile edition.

Prosperous Universe spoke about how its improved friend referral system works.

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran teased some sort of collaboration with Pokemon Go.

“A recently-introduced crash in the inventory system has been addressed. (For real this time.)” We believe you, Neverwinter patch notes. We believe you.

PUBG: New State is doing well for itself since its recent launch, having clocked over 20 million downloads and hitting the #1 spot on Google and Apple’s stores in 165 countries.

Summoners War: Chronicles is the latest upcoming MMO to swear fealty to blockchain tech. The game wants to “combine the IP power of Summoners War with a protocol economy that shares the performance of gameplay with users through blockchain-based items and goods.”

RuneScape-inspired idle game Melvor Idle got an epic trailer:

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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