The MOP Up: Into the Echo’s crafting ties into exploration and socialization


Upcoming time travel MMO Into the Echo posted a high-level overview of its crafting system, saying that it’ll be necessary to make spells and potions for players’ adventures. But first, they’ll have to get the mats, which will require a whole lot of exploration.

The studio said that it’s going for a tricky balance with crafting: “One of the challenges we tackled early on in our development process was creating systems where players could still work with each other without having to feel socially anxious about directly interacting with strangers.”

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)!

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“Until we have our long-term solution, cosmetic gating will be off for the majority of cosmetics, starting with the v28.00 update,” said Fortnite, going on to hint that Eminem and a new beginning are coming to the battle royale in December.

Realm of the Mad God pushed out its patch with a new Prismimic Event and Arcane Styles.

World of Warcraft is not a “king MMO” that needs usurping, said Ashes of Creation’s community manager.

Eterspire added its first three classes to the MMO — the Warrior, Guardian, and Rogue — along with three character slots to try them all out.

Netmarble’s Paragon: The Overprime scheduled another closed beta test to run from December 14th through January 7th in NA and Europe. This test will include a trio of new characters.

MechWarrior Online players reveled in a new patch with annual rewards, the new Legendary Centurion, the underground map Bearclaw II, and a bunch of weapons adjustments, and ‘Mech quirk adjustments.

Valve released a surprise update for the original Half Life for its 25th anniversary with a mini-campaign and four multiplayer maps.

The PC and mobile RF Online Next got its day in the sun at G-Star:

Fantastic Pixel Castle’s Greg Street said that he’s incredibly pleased with the freedom that NetEase is giving to his crew as they make a new MMO:

Catch up on the latest Embers Adrift chatter:

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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