2011 MMORPG Villagers and Heroes has had a strong last 12 months. It launched on Android, rolled out a massive revamped called Starfall, tussled with RuneScape over the crossplatforminess title, and now? It’s finally rolling out to iOS, so you Appleheads can join in on the fun. Mad Otter previously said the release would happen this fall. Here’s today’s PR:
“Free-to-Play MMORPG Villagers & Heroes will be soon coming to iOS devices following the release of the latest expansion Starfall. Villagers & Heroes on iOS promises the same level of content, intuitive controls and in-depth MMORPG experience as Android and PC players experience with everything MMO fans love. […] More details on the iOS version and the coveted release date will be coming soon.”
So, when? “Soon.”
Welcome back to another quick tour through the very latest in mobile MMORPG news. Let’s begin at the beginning with…
Yep, the GAMEVIL-produced mobile spinoff of this core sandbox MMORPG has released on both iOS and Android worldwide, with 100K players having signed up for pre-registration. “Developed with Unreal Engine 4, ArcheAge Begins features impressive-looking character models and environments, intense strategic battles and engrossing online multiplayer features,” GAMEVIL says. (Thanks, Jason!)
Earlier this fall, we learned that Spacetime Studios was working on a new mobile MMO: It’s called Pocket Legends Adventures, an “homage” to what Spacetime says was the “world’s first 3D mobile MMO” — that’d be the ahead-of-its-time Pocket Legends, of course, which the studio followed up with Star Legends, Dark Legends, and Arcane Legends. And as of today, the game’s officially launched into open beta, meaning everyone can pick it up starting today on Android. It’s also on iOS, although that rollout will take more time; Aussie and Malay fans have access right now.
The new game’s not being called an MMO, as Spacetime seems to prefer multiplayer RPG, but it seems as much an MMO as the old game, with a big single-player campaign accompanied by multiplayer content. It’s being described as “an epic, action-packed multiplayer role-playing game for iOS and Android platforms” that boasts “innovative real-time combat, unique skill-based advancement, endless character customization, and extensive single player campaigns” that take “the mobile role-playing experience to a whole new level.”
Welcome back to our intermittent series on MMOs and other multiplayer games you you’ve never heard of! Let’s run down three of them.
First up is Immortal Thrones, a mobile MMO import from Chinese studio Zloong, which is calling the game a 3-D MMO set in a “richly detailed medieval fantasy world.” It’s just launched on both iOS and Android in North America and Europe. Expect four classes, multiple PvP options, and “a merged live-streaming and Location-based Service (LBS) system [that] enables players to find other competitors and engage with them in real time,” which the PR says “makes the game more interactive than the standard MMORPG.”
At the opening presentations of EVE Vegas 2017
, CCP Games
announced that it has teamed up with mobile developer PlayRaven
to produce a totally new free-to-play mobile MMO set in the EVE Online
universe. Currently codenamed Project Aurora
, the new game won’t be connected to the EVE
universe directly but is thematically set in EVE
and has some similar gameplay elements such as territorial warfare and corporation politics.
Each player in Aurora will take command of an upgradable space station, from which ships can be dispatched to gather resources and capture territory. You’ll find yourself on a star map with other players doing the exact same, and can forge alliances, form corporations, and betray other players just like in EVE. The goal is to fight for possession of ancient artifacts in the centre of the map that you can then use to fix a broken ancient stargate and move onto the next map. Each jump brings you one step closer to the ultimate goal of reaching the center of the galaxy — I’ll take a pause here for those currently experiencing No Man’s Sky flashbacks.
Not all mobile MMOs are equal in the sight of gamers — or even in sight. Crystal of Re:Union is hoping to be one of the few breakout hits now that it has launched in Oceania and Southeast Asia for Android and iOS platforms.
The title mixes it up between strategic battles and a fantasy kingdom builder, allowing players to recruit a motley band of characters that includes Joan of Arc, Hercules, Grendel, Beowulf, and Lancelot. It almost goes without saying that pretty much all of these characters are scantily clad women with bright hair colors.
The launch coincides with a number of autumnal events as well as a 20-day login reward campaign. To answer your question, no, we don’t know when or if Crystal of Re:Union will be rolling out to other regions. You can, however, check out some of the gameplay after the break.
Last week, we broke the news that Spacetime Studios was working on a new mobile MMO, and as of today’s announcement, it’s been confirmed. That mobile game is called Pocket Legends Adventures, an “homage” to what Spacetime says was the “world’s first 3D mobile MMO” — that’d be the ahead-of-its-time Pocket Legends, of course, which the studio followed up with Star Legends, Dark Legends, and Arcane Legends.
The new game’s not being called an MMO, as Spacetime seems to prefer multiplayer RPG, but it seems as much an MMO as the old game. It’s being described as “an epic, action-packed multiplayer role-playing game for iOS and Android platforms” that boasts “innovative real-time combat, unique skill-based advancement, endless character customization, and extensive single player campaigns” that take “the mobile role-playing experience to a whole new level.” The company’s also noting it “significantly advanced [its] proprietary game engine animation and rendering technologies” to improve the graphics.
“Social gameplay will be front-and-center in Pocket Legends Adventures, with Friends, Chat, and a wide range of exotic and humorous vanity items to apply to the avatars. Gamers can expect the same pick-up-and-play mayhem as the original series with several new multiplayer modes to enjoy with their friends. […] Game mechanics are casual but allow for deep character specialization, so players will be able to experiment with a wide variety of builds to fit their play style without sacrificing their favorite looks. Simple on the surface, with infinite character builds, Pocket Legends Adventures is a full-featured RPG distilled to fit today’s on-the-go lifestyle.”
Some game titles don’t make a whole lot of sense to us. The new MOBA from Square-Enix, Flame vs. Blaze, is one such title. These are not really opposing forces, you see. But does that really matter? What matters is that it’s a 3v3 MOBA title on your iPad or iPhone, allowing you to indulge in quick MOBA-style combat from the comfort of your handheld device. That alone sounds pretty worthy.
Of course, maybe the prospect of a MOBA alone isn’t enough to entice you, but the game has its own unique mechanics as well. The characters you use in the game can transform into alternate forms, providing multiple sets of abilities as you recruit monsters, gather resources, and lead a fierce charge against the other team. Check out a whole lot of art and screenshots just below, and don’t feel left out if you’re on an Android device; release for the platform is planned for November.
Whether it makes you want to seek shelter or embrace the winds of change, the era of mobile MMOs and spin-offs is upon us. Let’s check in with what’s going on with three of them today!
Flyff Legacy, a successor to the cute online RPG, launched on September 26th for iOS and Android. In this flying-empowered MMO, players can take on the role of a Mercenary, Acrobat, or Magician and learn how to zoom around on a broom, conquer dungeons, collect pets, fight other players, and enjoy the “whimsical style” that is a hallmark of the series.
Another recent launch was Ragnarok Journey, the latest in the long-running Ragnarok Online series. The gameplay should be familiar to Ragnarok veterans, although the studio said that this version has upgraded graphics and offers a “fresh experience.” Players who jump into the launch period will be given a gift pack with a few helpful goodies to send them on their way.
What is going on with Battle.net these days — if it is still being called that this week, that is? (It is.) It turns out that Blizzard’s game platform is growing legs and strutting out into the world.
The studio released a new Battle.net mobile app that ties into players’ accounts. While it won’t let you actually play any of the titles (for obvious reasons), you can use the app to access your friends list and bug them while they’re in-game. Blizzard also promoted the fact that you can “see what your friends are playing,” which smacks of stalker-talk, am I right?
“The Blizzard Battle.net Mobile App lets you stay connected with your friends wherever you are. Chat with friends, see what game they’re playing, and add new ones — right from your mobile device,” the studio said.
The free app is available on both iOS and Android.
We are pretty used to hearing about MMORPGs that spawn a mobile version, but how about the other way around? Avabel Online, a mobile game that launched back in 2013, is now confirmed to be coming to consoles and PC in the future.
The Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, and Steam will all see an identical client of the mobile MMO with one notable change: the addition of controller support for the console editions. The announcement in Tokyo this week was accompanied by word that all versions of Avabel will interact with each other, allowing full platform crossplay.
If this announcement piques your interest, you can pick up Avabel today on Android or iOS and get a head start on your console and PC progress!
Vendetta Online has been around a long time and getting regular updates to boot, and until now, I would have said it’s playable on everything. Maybe not a toaster. But close. As it turns out, however, it wasn’t properly F2P on Apple mobile devices, an imperfection rectified today.
“We’re thrilled to make our long-awaited debut on iPhone,” Guild Software CEO John said in a press release this morning. The iOS version relaunches as a free-to-play title, alongside its crossplatforminess mates on Android, PC, Mac, Linux, and GearVR.
“Vendetta Online is a free, graphically intensive and cross-platform MMORPG set in space. Players take the role of spaceship pilots in a vast, persistent online galaxy. Trade between stations and build an empire, or pirate traders who dare to pursue routes through areas of lawless space. Fight other players, or cooperate with friends to push back the mysterious Hive. Mine ores and minerals, gather resources, and craft unusual items. Join the military of your nation, and participate in massive online battles (see the trailer). A wide variety of gameplay styles are available, from the the intensity of huge battles and realtime PvP, to the low-key enjoyment of quiet trading and mining in less dangerous areas of the galaxy. Play the style of game that suits you, or that suits your current mood. The availability of relatively casual and short-term goals allows for fun when only a little time is available to play.”
Villagers & Heroes’ Starfall expansion officially launches today – a week earlier than originally planned. Who does that?! Mad Otter Games, that’s who. Indeed, the studio has declared it the biggest update ever for the cutesy sandpark MMO, and to top it all off? It’s free.
As we’ve previously reported, the expansion includes a reworked loot system, revamped talents, four new high-level zones, a level cap increase to 90, more character creation options, retooled crafting, tweaks to the UI, and more.
Cross-platform fans need also know that the game has an Android version already playable and an iOS version on the way later this fall, in addition to the existing Windows client and Steam edition. We’ve rounded up all our Starfall coverage, plus the expansion trailer, down below!