spacetime studios

Studio known primarily for its mobile MMOs like Pocket Legends.

Massively OP Podcast Episode 144: Harry Potter and the Deathly ARG

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree wrassle a mess of eastern mobile MMOs that are leaping onto the scene, imagine a world full of Harry Potter gamers wandering about, discuss SWTOR’s server merges, and take Guild Wars 2 to task for lockbox missteps.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Mobile MMO roundup: ArcheAge Begins, Paladins Strike, MU Origin, and Vendetta Online

Welcome back to another quick tour through the very latest in mobile MMORPG news. Let’s begin at the beginning with…

ArcheAge Begins

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!)

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Spacetime Studios’ Pocket Legends Adventures has soft launched into open beta

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.”

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Spacetime Studios announces Pocket Legends Adventures

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.”

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 138: Mystery MMOs and the mobile revolution

On this week’s show, the amazing duo of Bree and Justin look at another beefy Camelot Unchained interview, talk about several new mystery games in development, and boggle over the mobile MMO revolution that has arrived.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Pocket Legends studio Spacetime is working on another mobile MMO

Is it mobile MMO day or something? We’ll have covered seven different mobile MMOs in one way or another just today, and that’s without counting the Battlenet post and SuperData mobile standings. In fact, make it eight: Spacetime Studios just casually announced another one on Twitter.

Spacetime, you’ll recall, rose to prominence years ago for the Legends series (which coincidentally we were just talking about a few weeks back in Massively Overthinking) – first Pocket Legends, then Star Legends, Dark Legends, and Arcane Legends, mostly well-fleshed-out mobile cross-platform mobile-and-browser MMOs long before the trend caught on.

Now, apparently, the studio is working on another new game. This week, it posted signups for a strict-NDA closed beta testing round of the new title, which is expected to kick off on October 9th. From the signups, it appears the game will use Apple and Google accounts for login, it will be F2P with in-app purchases, and it won’t be crossplatform – it’s mobile only. While Spacetime doesn’t confirm it’s an MMO specifically, it discusses servers, server wipes, and character progress, and it invited its original MMO playerbases to test, suggesting it’s probably along those lines:

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Massively Overthinking: Is the popularity of small-scale co-op games hurting MMORPGs?

Gamasutra has an unusual piece from an Ubisoft developer this week arguing that co-op gameplay is the industry’s rising midcore trend, one that he believes will ultimately outstrip team competitive games. “It’s all about all the big data and stats that are finally available and can be mined,” author Andrii Goncharuk says, “and no surprise that it’s showing that players who played co-op mode have much more play hours, and players who played co-op with friends have even more play hours.”

He may be right, though first you’d have to believe co-op ever went anywhere to begin with (and console players would probably tell you nope!). But as I read the article, I couldn’t help but see MMOs in most of the arguments he’s making about what makes co-op games sticky, and yet MMOs are being edged out all the same. And while I don’t like to think of the MMO genre’s space in the industry as a zero-sum situation, the reality is that when people tire of MMORPG baggage but still want social play, co-op is exactly the sort of game they retreat to.

For this week’s Massively Overthinking, I asked our writers to reflect on the rise of co-op PvE games outside the MMO label. Do we play them? Do we prefer them, and when? How can we learn from them? Is the popularity of smaller-scale co-op hurting MMORPGs?

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Villagers and Heroes slams RuneScape over ‘first-ever cross-platform MMO’ claims

Buckle up, MMO fans, because it’s about to get really weird up in here. There seems to be this strange struggle between studios these days to claim the title of “first-ever cross-platform MMO” (at least for a western title). Last week, RuneScape announced that it was going to be the first game to do this with its upcoming mobile edition, but now Villagers and Heroes — which offers the game on both PC and Android — is contesting that claim.

“Competitor announces ‘1st MMO on mobile, first to deliver interoperable play between PC and mobile’ for 2018… SORRY, WRONG. We did it first!” Mad Otter Games tweeted last week. “Villagers and Heroes IS the first and the BEST mainstream and established Western MMO offering full cross-platform play!”

Of course, AdventureQuest 3D would like to have a word with both of you, as would Pixel Worlds, Pocket Legends, Nebula Online, Arcane Legends, and some game that launched this past week. Forget its name. Albion something? “First cross-platform MMO” doesn’t really seem to be a label that can be exclusively claimed these days (as we’ll talk about on the MOP Podcast later today!).

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Crusaders of Light launches globally on iOS with Android coming next week

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!

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Space Legend soft launches on Apple mobile devices

Here’s a surprise entry into the mobile MMO market: Space Legend. Not to be confused with Spacetime’s Star Legends, this title is being made by Novarama as a streamlined and stylish space sim for mobile devices.

In Space Legend, players will build up fleets of ships out of 40 different designs and head out into the galaxy for trading, transport, research, and both PvP and PvE combat. The game promises over 200 planets to explore and a battle system that can be either experienced in manual or automatic modes.

Currently, Space Legend has soft launched on iOS devices in New Zealand and the Netherlands, with an eye to a larger global rollout at a later date. There was no mention of an Android version. We’ve got some screenshots and the trailer to help you evaluate this as a potential future app on your device.

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Arcane Legends: Curse of the Cryostar takes players inside a Gnome civil war

Mobile gamers looking for an MMO could do a heck of a lot worse than to pick up Arcane Legends. It’s actually a very sleek and addictive title from Spacetime Studios that’s seen a fair bit of popularity over the past few years, and now it’s is getting ready to grow with its Curse of the Cryostar expansion.

The expansion will raise the level cap to 56 and take players to the underground town of Glintstone where they’ll have to contend with a Gnomish civil war. Curse of the Cryostar has plenty of challenges, rewards, and improved features for its players, including three dungeons, 30 pieces of gear, additional pets, and a new skill mastery system. Right now Arcane Legends is in the middle of a lead-up event to the expansion, but once it releases players can instantly jump to level 46 to take on the new content.

You can watch the Curse of the Cryostar trailer after the break!

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Perfect Ten: Top 10 obscure MMORPGs

I’ve seen a lot of desperate requests in my day in which players are asking for games outside of the normal sphere of popularity and MMO mainstream (such as it is). We all know what the big games are, the ones that get the lion’s share of the publicity, press, and popularity. But all of that attention can easily blind us to those titles that are quite good if not as well-known, and I believe it’s those MMOs that many players are seeking when looking for an alternative to the games they’ve been playing for years.

So today we’re going to explore a list my top 10 recommendations for “obscure” MMOs. These are games that might not be on the tips of everyone’s tongues but have earned a solid reputation in some way and might offer a different experience than the same-old that you’re used to seeing. For this list I’m mostly sticking with released or playable titles that have good word-of-mouth behind them, are still in operation, and have generally run under the radar for most of their lifespan.

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Not So Massively: Path of Exile’s Ascendancy expansion (November 23, 2015)

Online gaming and e-sports are getting bigger by the day, and there are literally hundreds of popular online games out there that don’t really fit into the MMO category. Join me each week for Not So Massively, where I gather together the top stories from the biggest MOBAs, competitive card games, first person shooters, and other popular online games in one place.

Path of Exile revealed details of its upcoming Ascendancy expansion and its new procedurally generated labyrinth system this week. Star Citizen also finally released its alpha 2.0 patch to the public test servers and revealed its expected launch date for the patch’s final release. Destiny increased legendary drop rates with Update 2.02 and added some interesting hints at its upcoming refer-a-friend system rewards. Dota 2‘s $3,000,000 Frankfurt Major tournament was won by an unexpected newcomer from Europe, and one of the losing teams kicked a member for leaking game strategies and other instances of misconduct. And as if one player controlling two characters wasn’t difficult enough in a MOBA, Heroes of the Storm‘s new character Cho’Gall actually allows two players to control one character.

If there’s a game or story you’d like to see covered in next week’s Not So Massively, please drop us a tip and let us know.

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