Will there ever be a mobile MMORPG that handles the complexity and delivers the fun of a desktop or console experience? There have been many games have tried to crack this nut, like Order and Chaos, Pocket Legends, and AdventureQuest 3D, to varying results.
A new challenger in this market appears this week, as Crusaders of Light launched its “true mobile MMORPG” on the Apple iOS store. Don’t worry, Android users, your day is coming next week on July 20th.
Crusaders of Light looks like a colorful, stylized game in the vein of World of Warcraft. It sports three classes, lots of quests, and 40-player raids. Is this the mobile MMO for you? Watch the launch trailer below to figure that out!
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 have stories and videos from Dota 2, Destiny 2, Battleground Europe, ArcheAge, Orbus VR, Final Fantasy XI, Hearthstone, TERA, Tibia, Elsword Online, Osiris New Dawn, League of Legends, Astroneer, SMITE, Warframe, The Black Death, and Gloria Victis, all waiting for you after the break!
If nothing else, MMORPGs are doing their darndest to teach us to be multilingual. Case in point, Twilight Spirits has launched on Steam — but only in simplified Chinese. Brush up on your translation program if you want to take this action MMO for a test drive, then!
Twilight Spirits is supposed to be a crossover, east-meets-west style of MMORPG with some impressive slow-mo combat developed by Netease. An English translation may be forthcoming, although nothing is official yet. In the meantime, you can check out the Steam version or wait until June 29th, when the official site will release its own client.
We’ve got the open beta CGI trailer for you below!
We promise the population of Revelation Online
that Ersich Forest
is, in fact, a lovely and benevolent area. Sure, it seems nice on the surface, but most players have probably been hard-wired to expect that means the worst. Some horrible fanged nasty is going to kill them there, obviously, that’s what always happens. But not here. Yes, there are monsters, but locals consider even the Muskhorns roaming the area to be a good thing.
No, really, there’s nothing horrible hidden here. Stop looking at us like that.
Yes, there is a powerful deity called the Lady of the Forest, but – no, stop running away! She’s benevolent and she wants players to help her keep the forest safe. There are even wishing trees! It really is just a nice place without something horrible lurking beneath the surface. Really. Stop waiting for the trick, sometimes places can just be genuinely nice.
Pirates! It’s pretty easy to understand the motivation of pirates most of the time; pirates want to get stuff by taking it from other people. The Pirate Crew faction
in Revelation Online
is a bit different, though. Sure, they’re happy to take things from other people and thus become the new owners, but they’re primarily interested in hunting for treasures that haven’t already been claimed. Thus, they’re currently investigating the mystery and treasure behind the Deathly Atoll.
Don’t worry, it’s just a name. It’s really more of an island.
There’s obviously plenty of stuff on the aforementioned Deathly Atoll that is, well, deathly. It’ll kill you. The bright side, of course, is that there’s also plenty of treasure scattered throughout, which is also fine motivation for the pirates and like-minded adventurers to check things out. You can examine the full rundown on the official site if that sounds like something you’d be happy to take part in.
Most of the world of Revelation Online
is not safe to explore. It’s a dangerous place, and there’s battle at every turn. But Sidus Ur
is one of the few places that manages to keep battle almost entirely confined to outside of the city walls. Sure, there are people murdering critters in the city, but that’s still better than you’re going to find on the other side of the walls, so it might as well be peaceful.
There’s also the daily pirate quest in which a whole lot of people fight over hoarded treasure, but again, that’s a minority. Hardly ever happens. It’s safe enough.
If you don’t want to fight people over pirate bounty or just kill local wildlife, you’ll find a peaceful city full of vendors and resources. You can also get a daily blessing from the Wishing Tree, giving you even more reason to hop to the city and stock up before heading back outside to greater dangers.
If you want to treat your guild in Revelation Online
as nothing more than a chat channel, you’re missing out on a lot of different guild-based activities. Also, guild base activities. A new post on the official site talks about all of the things guilds can do together
, like taking advantage of having several members around the guild base to randomly spawn one of several bosses for players to defeat. Fighting off several bosses allows the guild to summon (and hopefully defeat) a vicious dragon once per week, which yields even greater rewards.
Guild members can also take part in a merchant operation to convert guild currency into actual profit, with rewards shared between the member and the guild as a whole. You can also take part in specialized races, treasure hunts, and pair-matching games to provide greater benefit to your guild as a whole. So there are plenty of good reasons to do more than just treat the guild as another chat channel; there are more rewards for doing more stuff as a group.
Craving your next fast-paced action MMO fix? Netease is currently prepping Twilight Spirits for open beta, which is scheduled to arrive on June 29th.
Twilight Spirits is being developed over in China, but the interesting twist is that it is being made specifically for western sensibilities. In other words, it should feel more at home for western players trying it than eastern gamers. The MMO prides itself on its cinematic style and bullet-time mechanic during fights.
Check out the trailer and some gameplay footage after the break!
Parlez-vous français? Du sprichst Deutsch? If so, a place is being made for you in Revelation Online
The fantasy MMO announced today that French and German localization is on its way for Q3 2017. Up to this point, Revelation Online has only featured an English version, but it looks as though the team wants to break down language barriers and possibly expand the game’s audience.
“Our QA & Localization teams have already begun testing FR & DE clients via closed servers, giving them a polish and focusing on all the finishing touches required for a quality experience,” the studio posted. “We would also like to give you a small insight of what localization is and how it works. While translating the in-game text is a large localization effort, the project affects many areas of the game that all need to align, this can include: altering art assets, expanding the UI, programing, among other things.”
Chinese operator, developer, and publisher NetEase posted its Q1 2017 financial report this week, and the news is quite good for the company. NetEase made $2 billion in revenue during the quarter, out of which $1.6 billion can be attributed to game sales. This marks an astonishing 78% increase from Q1 2016 and sent U.S. stocks of the company up 3.6% this past Wednesday.
The end result? NetEase is enjoying nearly $570 million in profit thanks to its performance.
NetEase operates many of Blizzard’s games in China and has its own line of mobile and PC games. It attributed its Q1 success to the launch and huge popularity of Onmyoji in Japan, the release of several new mobile titles, and the juggernaut that is Hearthstone. The report singled out the latter for praise: “Achieved record number of quarterly active users for Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone.”
The Immortal Annex in Revelation Online
is a place of boundless learning, a faction devoted simply to studying, researching, learning, and never actually going out to get a job. It’s an undeclared college major’s dream locale, and it’s also the latest spot being highlighted by the game as the place to go
. Not just for Rush Week and the weekly keggers, but for huge amounts of untapped knowledge and the usual mechanics of raising your esteem with a faction.
Secret skills are available to those who take the time necessary to really study the lore lining its halls, while the area has attracted several merchants who happily sell powerful gewgaws to anyone with the Annex’s best interests at heart. It’s a neat place to be if you want to learn more, and so perhaps you’re overdue for a trip back to school. And hey, if you’re already in your seventh year of an undeclared major and still think pizza is the ultimate breakfast food, it’ll feel like coming home. Maybe.
There is a place in Revelation Online
they call the Tower of Pain
. And it’s been the ruin of many an adventuring group, mostly because you’re going into something called the Tower of Pain
. What do you think
is going to happen in there? Foot rubs?
It’s not foot rubs. It’s pain. The guardians of this tower sealed their very essence into the tower to prevent people from reaching the pinnacle on the eighth floor. The doors to the dang thing only open once every thousand years. And yet you’re probably still going to go in there, because… well, it’s an MMO, there’s a tower full of stuff, that’s what you do.
Of course, the climb up the Tower of Pain will not be the same every time, so you can look forward to shifting layouts and guardians depending on how you clear your way up the tower. You can also look forward to hurting. Again, we cannot stress this enough, it is called the Tower of Pain.
Soft-launching today on both the iOS and Android markets is a new mobile MMORPG from Netease dubbed Crusaders of Light. It was originally released as Land of Glory overseas last month (and was tremendously popular in China), but it’s gotten a name-change and a spruce-up for the western market. You’ll notice immediately that it seems to have an awful lot in common with vanilla World of Warcraft, from its stylized graphics to its 40-man PvE raiding endgame. It boasts 25×25 battlegrounds, small-scale ranked arenas, guild ladders, mounts, and loot out the wazoo too.
As I write this, it’s not yet up for download publicly on either platform for me in the US; it looks to be trickling out to Oceania first today, then Europe, Russia, Brazil, and North America in time for the official launch this summer. You can preregister on the official site, and yes it’s free-to-play with plenty of stuff to buy on the side.