Amid all of the spring MMO releases that are cropping up, be careful not to overlook what could be one of the hottest of them all. Nexon is preparing to launch Durango: Wild Lands next month, and it could well prove to be one of the strongest mobile MMOs yet.
Durango: Wild Lands is a dinosaur-themed sandbox that is parts ARK and Monster Hunter. It plops players down onto an island covered with prehistoric beasts and challenges them to survive and thrive in both cooperation and competition with other players.
While the launch is confirmed for Android devices, there has been no word yet as to a release date for the iOS version. It launched in Korea back in January, and you can read up on it from our E3 hands-on of last year.
The first wave of invites have been sent out for Old School RuneScape’s mobile closed beta, and the test has begun.
While both versions of RuneScape will eventually come to mobile, it’s the 2007-era Old School RuneScape that is going to launch first. With 5,431 players invited into the CBT, it’s good to see movement on this front. Jagex said that the title will come to mobile devices some time in 2018.
“The appetite for #OSRSMobile is extreme,” the studio said, “and we’re quite keen to make sure that you know what to expect from us. We’ll be collating feedback, and distributing surveys to the testers, over the week of the test. We’ll then look to report our findings to you as soon as possible. We’ll have a better idea of what to expect next in terms of testing, and we’ll keep you informed as and when we’re able.”
Multiple new-to-us games calling themselves MMORPGs seem to land on mobile devices every week these days. On our radar today is Ocean Legend. Live on iOS and Android in some soft launch beta hybrid mode, it’s a swashbuckling “Age of Exploration” MMO that’s a mix of Sea of Thieves and Pirates of the Burning Sea and Sword of the New World. Here’s NetEase’s pitch:
“Players take part in the growing naval empires of 15th and 16th century Europe. Choose between four different characters and five separate countries for your own oceanic adventure in the Age of Exploration! In single player mode, join Columbus and his shipmates on their third expedition, battle against pirates, then set out on your own to make a name for yourself as commander of your own fleet.”
Exploration is accomplished through “Cards of Discovery” – History, Theology, Architecture, Art, Biology, and Geography – each of which “opens up a new world of knowledge for players, and an opportunity to travel more and face new challenges, like difficult weather conditions, real navigation, and even other players in multi-player mode.”
MMORTS Stronghold Kingdoms is counting seven million players across all platforms this week as well as preparing for the launch of a brand-new European map tomorrow, and it’s celebrating with – you guessed it – a giveaway!
“Join thousands of players online on PC, Mac, and Mobile as you expand your medieval village and construct a mighty castle to protect it: farm peacefully, engage in political mind games, seek vengeance on your sworn enemies or lead your armies to glory across the country, Europe or the entire World. Rule as you desire and become a feudal Lord! Siege other players, battle AI opponents, research new weaponry, forge alliances in player Factions and fight for the eternal glory of your House.”
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If you play Guild Wars 2, World of Tanks, EVE Online, or World of Warcraft in Russia, you may find that access to these titles has become spotty or non-existent as of late. This is due to the Russian government cracking down on the Telegram messenger app, which came under fire for essentially allowing people to communicate without being spied upon by intrusive government agencies (and then refusing to grant said agencies backdoors into the system). Over 20 million IP addresses have been blocked in the country as of April 17th, a move that has affected many services and sites not related to Telegram.
The crackdown has basically shut down access to the login servers of Guild Wars 2 and EVE Online for some, prompting outrage and frustration among players who suddenly were not able to access their games.
As a wise man once said, if at first you don’t succeed, launch, launch again! Pocket MMO NTales: Child of Destiny has already enjoyed its global launch, but apparently developer RuleMakr thinks that it gets another try at misguided publicity, because now the title is about to roll out its grand launch. Wait, what?
Actually, we’re really talking about is a weirdly labeled content update. The mobile RPG is introducing many new guild features (levels, store, changeable logos), costume upgrades, the PvE coliseum, and in-game events.
“From daily login rewards to free costumes and hot time rewards, players will surely have enough supplies for their mission to save the kingdom,” the team said. Mmm. Hot time rewards.
NTales is a colorful-looking mobile 2-D MMO with a heavy emphasis on pet summons but also keeps players busy with raids and PvP. Android players can go ahead and download it right now or stay tuned for the trailer.
Need a quick zombie fix on your mobile device but still crave the MMORPG approach? Gameloft, no stranger to whipping up knockoffs of hit video games, may have the answer for you in its newly launched Dead Rivals.
Dead Rivals marries action, a post-apocalyptic landscape, and MMORPG-style quests for an interesting experience. While it only has three classes, the pocket title does offer up base building, PvP, NPC factions, and a whole lot of crafting.
“Gameloft’s new title is the first of its kind, a mobile zombie MMO. It blends fast-paced action and classic MMORPG adventuring to create a thrilling, undead action RPG,” the studio said. “Survival is a constant struggle. So, to increase your chances in both PVP and PVE challenges, you must research, craft, and improve facilities and your character’s unique class weapons.”
The game is available on iOS, Android, and PC. Check out the trailer after the break!
Back in the ancient era of 2016, we pointed you toward a 14-year-old text-based MMORPG called Torn (formerly Torn City). The title gave players the opportunity to be virtual thugs engaging in a life of glamorous crime.
The browser game is surprisingly popular for a text-based MMO, with over 20,000 users logging in each day and a total player count of two million. That count should go up when Torn arrives on Android devices next month.
The cross-platform MMO will launch on Android May 8th. Maybe this will lure you in to the racket: “In Torn, you’ll rise through the ranks of Torn City’s criminal underworld as you form alliances with players worldwide, trade for better resources and take part in a wealth of gang-related activities, such as heists and robberies.”
Source: Press release
While the existence of a mobile game set in the EVE Online
universe isn’t a secret at this point — having been revealed all the way back at EVE Vegas
last October — the name of the project was. Now the veil has been lifted, and what was once simply known as “Project Aurora” has been revealed to be EVE: War of Ascension
CCP is developing the game in conjunction with Kongregate and PlayRaven with the intention of releasing it to iOS and Android devices later in 2018.
EVE: War of Ascension isn’t linked to the main MMO but will lift its aesthetics and themes. Players will mostly focus on social alliances and conflicts using the game’s strategic, hex-structured board. If you’re the type of player who loves helping his or her corporation fight, climb, and backstab to the top, this might be ideal for you.
The reveal of the mobile title’s name does leave one tantalizing piece of info dangling. Apparently CCP filed a trademark for something called Project Foundation, which some players had previously thought would be the name of the mobile game. Now, all bets are off as to what this may be.
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Elder Scrolls Legends, Fortnite, Path of Exile, World of Warships, Paladins, Armored Warfare, Neverwinter, Guild Wars 2, Overwatch, Elder Scrolls Online, World of Tanks, Shot Online, and EVE Online, all waiting for you after the break!
As this year’s GDC coverage is winding down, I am finally coming to the topic I saved for last: community. MMOs are more than just multiplayer. We attract the “alone together” people more than the “FPS hero” crowd in our comments section for a reason; MMOs are virtual worlds. They’re a digital space inhabited by other people. We may not talk to them, but we watch and listen. Maybe we engage, maybe we group, maybe we guild. We do stuff in a shared environment because we think, or hope, we’re part of a larger system.
And this is why we need to talk about cross-platform communities and the strength of in-game, embedded community tools. As social media rises and mobile crashes against our PC fortress, increased console cross-play should be a reminder that we’re all gamers, and (some) developers are finally getting that.
If you were to believe Fortnite players, the end of the world is coming — and the sky is literally falling.
A mysterious comet in the sky has the shooter’s fan base speculating that a developer-made disaster might be lurking on the near horizon. The comet was spotted above the Tilted Towers, leading some to believe that the resource-rich area is about to be nerfed in a very public way.
The audience for this event could be larger than ever, thanks to the move to open up the iOS mobile app to anyone who wants to play. Previously, players had to get an invite to jump into the game. An Android version is on the way but has not announced a launch date.
The latest update for World of Tanks
is all about making the game prettier. No, it doesn’t add the option to give your tank a nice sparkly paint job with unicorn decals, but it does overhaul the game’s graphical engine completely
. Players should notice better lighting, better effects, and all around a better experience compared to the old version. There’s even a video just below showing off all of the engine improvements going on under the hood.
Several maps have also been refurbished and improved, with small details fixed and refined to further improve the layouts of 29 different maps. There’s also a new map, Glacier. And that’s not counting the new soundtrack for the game to make the whole thing feel better for your ears, to boot. If all that isn’t enough, you can take advantage of the game’s new AR app to put some tanks in your day-to-day life, perfect if visions of trundling war machines now haunt your every waking moment.