Maplestory is one of those MMOs that runs quietly under the radar but manages to have a massive following all the same. Will Maplestory M, its mobile spinoff, amass the same sort of loyalty? We’ll see, and soon, as today it’s kicked off a global beta for Android players that runs through January 30th.
Maplestory M will reportedly offer new playable characters in addition to familiar friends, plus the typical assortment of mobile content: daily dungeons, boss mobs, power-up jewels, a new forging system, and something called private mini-dungeons. Ten-man raids are also on offer.
According to Nexon, the game became the top-ranked free-to-play game in Korea on both iOS and Android when it launched in the region in 2016. Formal release in the west is expected “later this year” for both platforms.
For what it’s worth, I’m downloading the game as I write this; I was surprised to see that it will run on both my brand-new phone and my antique that’s four years old, so your kid’s hand-me-down toaster might just run this.
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.
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!
This week we heard the sad news that Korean action MMO Aima will be shutting its doors next month. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Elder Scrolls Online, Conan Exiles, Aion, and more, all waiting for you after the break!
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!