spacetime studios

Studio known primarily for its mobile MMOs like Pocket Legends.

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.

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Not So Massively: Destiny’s development woes (October 26, 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.

A damning investigative report on the development of Destiny was released this week, claiming that the story was completely scrapped and rewritten from scratch toward the end of development. We also heard about the crazy lengths South Korean soldiers have gone to in order to stave off Hearthstone withdrawal, and how Star Citizen players have created tube system maps of the game universe. Heroes of Newerth has released a fun new Devo Wars game mode, and League of Legends is preparing for this Saturday’s world championship grand final. We also have development updates from Elite: Dangerous, Path of Exile, Overwatch, Firefall and more.

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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The MOP Up: All news must go!

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. See any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week, all news must go! It’s our biggest MOP Up yet, with over two dozen stories and videos from Guild Wars 2, WildStar, EverQuest II, World of Warcraft, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and more!

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Not So Massively: Path of Exile’s crafting scandal; Sins of a Dark Age’s sunset

This week in Not So Massively games, League of Legends players revealed a reproducible exploit that causes skillshot projectiles to become invisible and may have been in the game for several years. The Path of Exile community was also rocked by its own scandal as players discovered that the game’s wealthiest players and top crafters had monopolised their knowledge of secret crafting processes to control the game economy. Dota 2 opened registration for its upcoming Majors seasonal tournament, and pro player Aui 2000 discussed his e-sports career after recently winning the Dota 2 world championship and then being kicked from his team. Diablo III developers revealed that the new artifact named Kanai’s Cube was actually named a as tribute to a developer who recently passed away during the development of the game.

Star Citizen‘s devs have been working their way through merge conflicts following their live demos at Gamescom 2015; Polygon reports that 1,269 backers have been granted refunds to date. Splatoon is gearing up for its Autobots versus Decepticons splatfest event and got a new map named Flounder Heights with some interesting verticality. Elite: Dangerous announced a new art competition that asks players to design their dream ship skin for addition to the game. And we heard the news that recently released MOBA Sins of a Dark Age has ceased development, with the servers scheduled to go offline at the end of September.

Read on for detailed breakdowns of the stories above and other news from the wider world of online gaming in this week’s Not So Massively, and don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS feed for weekly updates!

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Perfect Ten: Mobile MMOs coming soon to a pocket near you

It may be true that interest in playing and developing mobile games has peaked, although personally I very much like mobile gaming. On the flip side is the fact that studios like NCsoft and Nexon are investing heavily in mobile development, and games like Forsaken World Mobile are giving us hope that online RPGs are still seeking to break into the market.

Mobile gaming is so dang convenient, especially when I find myself away from a computer with a few minutes of nothing else to do. Waiting for my kids to get out of school? Spending quality time in the bathroom? Curled up in bed before sleep? All prime mobile gaming time.

It’s been a deep desire of mine, then, to see a crop of good mobile MMOs spring up. While there certainly have been some, including the highly lauded Order & Chaos and all of Spacetime Studio’s library, nothing has given me the same taste and pop that I get from a computer. Fortunately for me and other mobile gaming lovers, there are many up-and-coming titles in the MMO genre to watch. Will one of these be the game of our dreams? Let’s take a look at the lineup and see if there’s some promise here.

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Cross-platform MMO Arcane Legends receives its sixth expansion today

Spacetime Studios’ mobile MMO Arcane Legends is due for a major upgrade on PC, Android, and iOS this week. Its sixth expansion, Rage of the Ren’gol, will unlock freely for all players following the completion of a one-time global event to rescue and rebuild an embattled town.

Ren’gol itself promises three new dungeons, fresh loot, “dynamic environments” including the event town above, and two new races: the gnomes and orcs. Players who want to skip past the game’s early portions will also find insta-level-41 premium characters in the cash shop.

Spacetime’s press release touts “millions of play sessions worldwide.” Check out the pics and vid below!

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Spacetime making ‘bite-sized’ MOBA Call of Champions

Does the world need another MOBA? We’re going to find out, as Spacetime Studios is the latest game developer to hop on the bandwagon. The mobile studio responsible for MMOlikes Arcane Legends and Pocket Legends, has announced Call of Champions, a 3-on-3 MOBA with five-minute game sessions.

Touch Arcade reports that Call of Champions is attempting to pare down MOBA mechanics into “bite-size” portions minus minions, jungles, and cash shops. Click past the cut for a teaser trailer.

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