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.
NCsoft and Webzen both have mobile games a-cookin'.
We already knew about Lineage Red Knights and Lineage Mobile; there were announced a year ago as mobile titles set in the Lineage world, although Lineage Mobile itself appears to be more of a mobile version of the original than a spinoff. Red Knights has gone cutesy and hasn't yet announced a fully global launch.
Lots of trailers and more games below!
NCsoft has finally begun turning on the hype machine for Lineage Red Knights with an English-language website meant for Southeast Asia. Announced last year as one half of a pair of mobile Lineage titles, Red Knights itself is based in the classic Lineage world (not Lineage 2, which takes place over a century later), though the art style has veered into adorable chibi territory and the gameplay isn't a one-to-one remapping of the original. While NCsoft has made public plans to launch in Korea, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia, we don't yet know whether it's coming westward (but we'd put money on it).
The studio is promising that "more will be revealed" this weekend and next week on Twitch and at an event in Seoul, but you can head to the official site right now and check out the first episode of the game's storyline or poke through the trailers below.
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