With Pokemon Go trying to avoid explicitly calling itself an MMO, Massively OP once again has room for a top contender in the realm of mobile MMOs. There’s just one problem: We’ve got mostly Western readers for a genre that seems to appeal much more to the East. I was given the opportunity to see top global mobile MMO Lineage 2 Revolution and up and coming dino-sandbox Durango at E3 2017. I can see the appeal of both games, but also some limitations. Let’s dig into both.
Official Site: Durango
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Earlier this week, Nexon posted a Durango teaser trailer, announcing a Q4 2017 worldwide mobile launch for the game. If your eyeballs rolled over the word mobile, maybe reconsider: Nexon is calling this game a “fully featured MMO experience,” an “open-world sandbox massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set in a primitive alternate universe inhabited by dinosaurs,” with exploration, city building, PvP, survival, crafting, villages, procedurally generated world building, a living environment and ecosystem, dino taming, guilds, and on and on.
“Durango utilizes a revolutionary procedurally generated world building system that populates the massive open world with an infinite number of locations to discover and explore. Players will be able to colonize a vast number of stable continents or uncover and travel to unstable islands filled with resources, dinosaurs and secrets to uncover across a range of ecosystems and biomes that will surface and disappear into the sea at a moment’s notice.”
Nexon wasn’t finished with its reveals Monday, however: Today it’s got another trailer, longer than the first, so feast your eyes below before those dinos feast on you.
I’ve been to Colorado’s Durango many times, and I can assure you that there are no dinosaurs there. Nexon’s Durango, however, is overrun with the beasts, which means you should go in armed when the game launches at the end of 2017.
Yep, this morning Nexon announced a Q4 2017 worldwide mobile launch for the game, which it’s calling an “open-world sandbox massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set in a primitive alternate universe inhabited by dinosaurs.”
Welcome to The Survivalist! Ya’ll might have noticed that I have gravitated a bit from my happy home of deep, immersive virtual worlds (possible due to the lack of them!) and have been tinkering about and enjoying time in various survival games. This isn’t as odd as you might think! One thing I love about sandbox worlds is the ability for your actions to matter in terms of shaping the world and carving out your place in it. Survival games have been allowing me just that with opportunities to build the world, from the society on it to structures in it to the even the physical world itself. And decisions definitely matter, bringing satisfaction and reward or disappointment and destruction.
I’m not alone in this appreciation of the survival genre, either. Many MMO gamers have joined mainstreamers by flocking to it lately as seen by the explosion of the available games. Those of you not on board yet might be wonder just what is so alluring about a genre that has many elements of MMOs but on smaller — and oft times privately managed — scale. As the weeks and months wear on, The Survivalist is going to explore all the nooks and crannies of the survival sandbox genre (and likely die many, many times in the process!), but today, we’re going to look at what players can jump into to test their survival skills. So here’s a guide to many options in the newest genre to take over our gaming sphere.
Mobile dino MMO Durango wrapped up its first closed beta test back on January 16th, and the game has many stories to tell from it. As is now tradition in the video game industry, it is doing this via infographics.
Over 340,800 players participated in the limited beta (a third of those from Korea), averaging 8 hours and 40 minutes of playtime apiece. During the month-long beta test, 13,000 clans were formed, 98,000 islands were created, 6.3 million buildings and structures were erected, and 20.9 million dishes of food were cooked.
Check out some of the stats in infographic form below.
This past year, we couldn’t seem to go a week without bumping into news of some new mobile MMO or a tablet spin-off of some existing franchise. It seems as though the mobile market is still blowing up, and MMORPG developers are looking for a way to take advantage of the popularity and market penetration that these devices offer.
What does this mean? It means that in 2017, we have a whole lot of games heading our way. With any luck, some of them might unseat the low-quality half-breeds that seem to make up a bulk of the existing mobile MMO library and set a higher standard for fun and engagement.
Let’s take a look at about two dozen mobile MMOs we could be getting in 2017 — and which ones might be the new contenders for our undivided attention. Unless we mention otherwise, these titles will be coming out for both iOS and Android platforms.
In celebration of the launch of mobile dino MMO Durango’s Android beta, Nexon has granted Massively OP a bundle of keys to get you into the testing. Yeah, Android-only stuff! Wheee!
The testing period is live already and runs through January 4th, and the codes should work in all regions where the English version of the game is available on Google Play, excepting mainland China and Japan.
Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!
I never wanted to be writing about betas for a living, you know. I wanted to be a novelist (once I realized that “combination scientist/race-car driver” was not an actual job). But sometimes these weeks provide you with some interesting contrasts. On the one hand, the biggest news this week was that ARK: Survival Evolved is landing on PlayStation 4 on December 6th as its testing continues before its full “launch.” Everything else was just a series of dates… but what dates they were.
- City of Titans has a launch window of fall 2018, which is a pretty big window but is at least more fixed than “some point in the future.”
- Worlds Adrift is aiming for early access in the first quarter of 2017. That’s really soon. It’s already December!
- Durango has its signups up for beta testing and will start testing on December 14th. More dino survival all the time.
- Gigantic is running a nice big beta weekend before the game’s open beta kicks off on December 8th.
- Guardians of Ember is hitting early access on December 13th.
- Life is Feudal enters closed beta on December 14th. If you’re picturing a slapfight between the game and Durango, please, draw that and post it in the comments.
- Closed alpha for The Exiled started on Thursday this week.
And it only seems fair to note some non-date news, while we’re here:
- Project Genom is indeed back on Steam, so that’s moving along after the recent legal troubles the game has encountered.
- Conan Exiles has taken to Reddit to answer questions about its upcoming early access launch. The game also had a live show on Friday for anyone curious about watching it in action.
- Last but certainly not least, Camelot Unchained continues to steam along with a big news update about big battles. Big time.
Whew! Those were some dates. But we’ve got more stuff in testing in the list down below, so by all means, check that stuff out. And let us know if something jumped categories without us noticing, if you would be so kind.
Yesterday brought the first hints of upcoming testing for mobile dinosaur survival game Durango, but today brings even more. Nexon has opened up signups for players to take part in the game’s limited global testing, starting on December 14th and running until January 3rd. Players can sign up right now on the official site, with keys going out to registrants… well, starting today, although the beta itself is coming a bit later.
Keys will be distributed everywhere other than mainland China and Japan, so if you live anywhere else, you’re eligible to get in on the action. You can check out some screenshots of the game just below if you’re debating whether or not it’s worth registering for the test, as if there was ever a situation where not having access to dinosaurs on your mobile device was the right call. And if you do want to register, head over to the site and toss your email in the hat.
It’s a metaphorical hat, not an actual hat.
Have those post-Turkey Day blues? A good dose of dino fun is bound to pick up your spirits. Durango, the mobile survival sim featuring plenty of prehistoric beasts, just started taking pre-registrations for its global limited beta test today.
Fans can register for the test on the new official website, although at the time of this writing it doesn’t seem to be fully operational (but that’s just what the Emperor wants us to believe). The test looks like it will be for both Android and Apple devices.
You can catch up with Durango by watching its G-Star preview video after the break!
Nexon’s MMORPG catalogue is about to get a whole lot bigger. In a press release issued today, the studio has announced 35 new games, quite a few of them MMORPGs and mobile MMOs. Some of them were already known to us, and many are even at the stage that they’ll be shown at G-Star later this month.
Of note, we’re looking at
- Peria Chronicles, which is expected to be playable at the convention;
- Moonlight Blade, the South Korean version of the Chinese wuxia MMORPG;
- Tree of Savior Mobile Remake, a relatively faithful recreation of the PC MMORPG for the small screen;
- Hyper Universe, a cutesy MOBA that should hit open beta in Korea just as G-Star closes;
- and then there’s Astellia Online, an MMOTCG for Unreal Engine 3.
LawBreakers is also heading to South Korea after its debut here earlier in 2016. And there are a few other MMORPGs with little information available, including Project Meta, Dragon Nest II: Legend, and Durango. Given Nexon’s track record of porting its games westward, we think there’s plenty to be excited about. Check out some of the trailers below!
Nexon is continuing its assault on the mobile games market with a planned release of a half-dozen titles this fall in Korea and China. With so many games coming out at the same time, the studio is making an event of it, calling it Nexon Mobile Day.
Some of the titles have roots in Nexon’s MMORPG lineup, such as MapleStory M, Elsword Slash, and Dungeon & Fighter: Spirit. There’s also a quiz game, a fantasy kingdom builder, and an incredibly cute PvP game called Arena Masters.
Nexon has been doggedly pursuing the mobile field with projects this year such as Oz: Broken Kingdom, Heroes of Incredible Tales, Durango, and the Final Fantasy XI conversion. You can get a glimpse of each of the six titles in the Nexon Mobile Day trailer below!
The doors are open for Das Tal‘s summer test, and the result has been good and bad. Good because a lot of people want to play, naturally, but bad because there have been some server issues and associated bugs. The team is hard at work on making sure players can jump in and enjoy the game, with a small patch just released to improve server performance. That’s what tests are all about, after all.
Other beta news? Sure, we’ll share that with you. Because we’re nice.
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – First Assault Online, aside from being the three-year champion in the Most Unwieldy Name championship, is hitting open testing on July 28th. If you’ve been testing it alone, now you can stand together. In a complex. That joke kind of got away from us.
- Durango is starting its pre-alpha testing on July 27th for everyone who needs to be surviving dinosaurs on their mobile devices. Considering the alternative may be surviving boredom in the dentist’s office, that seems fair.
- Want all of the fun of Guns of Icarus and its airship battles but without all that pesky PvP? The game’s PvE mode is open for everyone who owns the game between August 1st through the 8th.
- Ain’t no party like an Atlas Reactor open testing party because an Atlas Reactor open testing party apparently does not stop. Seriously, it’s still going. When will it end? Who knows!
- Last but not least, Eternal Crusade has bugs. Big bugs. Tyranids, to be specific. That may be underselling the nature of bugs somewhat.
Oh, and we’ve also packed plenty more games just below if you just want an idea of what’s in testing right now. If something opened up a cash shop unexpectedly, please do let us know. You’ll be invited to our birthday parties that we’ll cancel at the last minute.