Ready for sappy questlines, particle effects that look like hearts, and lots -- and I do mean lots -- of pink? Valentine's day has arrived in the real world and many of the pretend worlds inside MMORPGs (for some reason). And who are we to fuss when the events are all about candy and cheap romance? Nobody, that's who. Read on for our guide to Valentine's Day around the MMORPG verse!
villagers and heroes
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 other day we ran a story on Villagers and Heroes' plans for 2017, and those of us in the Massively OP office were murmuring about how impressed we are at this scrappy team and its ambitious content and feature rollout. Sometimes we see games like this that put the headliners to shame with their production quantity and quality, and it feels like it's a bummer that they don't get more attention from gamers.
If you had to pick one or two MMORPG teams to single out for praise, which ones would you say are the hardest-working in the industry right now? Which are the most agile, the most ambitious, and the best at delivering on promised content?
Villagers and Heroes might never be considered in the same league as some major MMORPGs, but let us tell you that those MMOs will probably never produce something as awesome as Villagers and Heroes' new year newsletter.
This massive info dump for 2017 is so huge that it's almost hard to know where to begin. An iOS port? Coming in February. French and Spanish localization? Sure, and why not toss in an auto-translation program for the other languages too! A level cap increase? New high-level content? New low-level content? Overhauled zones? Talent revamps? Improved gear? Upgraded optimization? A new server? A secret surprise project? It's all coming this year, folks.
Oh Revelation Online, won't you stay just a little bit longer? Wait, no, you can't stay; you haven't even arrived yet. Your closed beta was delayed until November 3rd, after all. Of course, you also gave everyone eagerly awaiting that closed beta compensation in the form of nine days of premium game time for founder's pack owners, so that's pretty great. And you showed off some more dungeons for beta, so that's cool.
Fortunately, that's the only delay-tacular news this week. Heck, most of the beta news is downright positive!
- Did you buy into the early access tier for Hero's Song on its second crowdfunding campaign? Good news, then, as alpha access starts on Monday, with early access planned for sometime in early November.
- Tuebor is making plans to move out of early access and into launch, thus satisfying the hordes of people who eagerly await being able to play a game named by Latin verb conjugation. Or just those interested in the "MMO-light" game for actual mechanical reasons.
- When will ladies be available to play in Gloria Victis? Soon. The game did just overhaul its animations, so perhaps that's a teaser of sorts.
- Mu Legend has entered its global closed beta, allowing everyone eager for new hack-and-slash action who's in the beta to take part. If you're more about smash-and-crush action, there's probably something in there for you, too. The point is that things are dealt with violently.
- Villagers & Heroes is out of beta on Android devices. You can just, like, download and play it right now. Please do, in fact, Bree would like the company. (She's a fan, you see.)
- Do you want Tree of Savior to be playable on your mobile device? Because that's a thing that's happening. It looks like it's going to be much the same as the PC version, only... well, mobile. So you can bring it everywhere.
Yeah, yeah, there's a list of games in testing down below. We all knew that was coming. Of course, there's always the vague possibility that something in there slipped its way into launch before we noticed, so if you see something, let us know. We really appreciate it.
Releasing globally on the Google Play Store today is the mobile version of Villagers & Heroes, which you might think sounds awfully familiar. That's because the game has been fully playable on PC since 2011 and received a massive overhaul in 2014 when it debuted on Steam. Today, the newly cross-platform MMO lands on your phone and tablet too, bringing its cutesy style, housing, farming, and dungeoning to your couch.
And whether you're an old fan of the game or just getting started, we have good news: The folks at Mad Otter Games have granted us a massive prize package to raffle off to one lucky reader this week! It comes with a Nightmare Reins Permanent Mount, a 3-Month Ardent Society Membership, a Homeowner’s Starter Pack, a Character Slot Unlock, a Red Dragon Companion, a Bog Frog Companion, five Ultra Clockwork Harvesters, an Alfred, an Extra Bag Space, a Shared Trunk, an Extra Vault Space, an Animal Pen Slot, 100 Animal Treats, a Crystal of the Benevolent Hero, a Crystal of the Benevolent Villager, a Starter Gear Gnogmenting Pack, 10 Chests of the Red Darrig, 10 Keys of the Red Darrig, and one Makeover Kit. The package is worth approximately 3,000 crowns or $150, so nothing to sneeze at!
Read on to enter to win!
"Two things I did on Hallows Night: / Made my house April-clear / Left open wide my door / to the ghosts of the year." ~ "All Hollows Night" by Lizette Woodworth Reese
Is your door open to the ghosts and ghouls of MMORPGs this season? They are definitely shambling up your walkway, looking to tell you of the grim delights of the holiday in your favorite online games. Indeed, Halloween season is upon us, which means that MMOs have an excuse to break out their favorite yearly festivities.
With so much to look at and do, you might be in a terrible fright trying to figure out what to do first. We consulted our Massively OP gravedigger Bram (he's on retainer), who offers surprisingly good advice for sorting out the Halloween season in MMOs and getting the most out of the holiday. We recorded his words in this guide, although beware to the soul that reads them all -- Bram might be seeing you before the week is up. MUAHAHAHA.
In this world, there are the haves and the have-nots. When it comes to those who get to play the new mobile edition of Villagers and Heroes, players in the UK and Scandinavia are the haves, while every other person across the globe is the have-not. Deal with it.
Actually, the rest of the world will have to deal for only about 45 days, as the full global release of Villagers and Heroes mobile is scheduled for early September: "The official global launch date of Villagers and Heroes is now out -- get ready to play the game on Android devices the 7th of September! If you're in the UK or Scandinavia, no need to wait -- you can already download and play the game using the Play Store button."
On September 7th, it will be the Android owners who are the haves and all other mobile games taking the role of the have-nots. Villagers and Heroes' mobile version promises to be fully cross-platform compatible with the existing PC client.
We will admit it: We completely and totally forgot that Villagers and Heroes is getting ready to release a mobile edition of the MMO on Android tablets this year. This could be due to the fact that following the initial announcement, the developers have been pretty quiet on the subject.
Quiet, that is, at least until today. Villagers and Heroes released a new trailer to promote the upcoming mobile edition, boasting that players will be able to "experience the largest mobile MMO ever." The video highlights some of the features of the game, including fishing, crafting, and sparkly combat. Speaking of features, the game's Steam page added a self-promotion post that discusses many of the aspects of the MMO in case you need to be wooed into playing it.
You can watch the quick one-minute trailer after the jump and then let us know what you think in the comments. Are you jealous, iPhone and Windows Mobile users?
The tutorials have received a dev pass with the update, including the addition of a Gilly Tunnel starter zone. "We have also done a massive overhaul on the tutorial zones, one which new and rebirthed players alike are sure to find, we believe, to their liking," the devs said.
The patch also contains new bug tracking software and the ability for players to take screenshots as they're reporting issues. Because of this, the studio said that it no longer wants players to use the forums to report bugs in the game.
Villagers & Heroes recently announced that it is developing a mobile version of the game for Android devices.
Villagers & Heroes is one of those underappreciated MMO gems that's been flying under the radar for a while. It might look an awful lot like a certain "other" game, but it has a few cool ideas, including placing just as much emphasis on your character's home as on your adventuring style.
In any case, Villagers & Heroes might be on the rise now that the game's announced its intentions to come to mobile devices. So far, the game will only be making the jump to Android devices and will be fully cross-compatible with the PC version and existing accounts. The mobile game will be pretty much identical to the PC one except for some UI changes and accessibility tweaks. Mad Otter is recommending a tablet to run it, as a phone might be too small and cramped for the interface.
The team said that it has been working on this mobile edition for 18 months now and is planning on a very small, focused beta this month. Windows Phone and iPhone versions may be coming in the future.
I don't know about you, but I love a great character creation segment before getting into any RPG or MMORPG. Don't rush me; let me soak in options, debate choices, and carefully craft a character that will ultimately step out into this exciting fictional world!
I think both Guild Wars 2 and Villagers & Heroes have absolutely terrific character creators in this regard, going above and beyond merely asking for name, class, and looks. I actually got to know my characters' backgrounds, learned about their preferences, and made a few choices that would have an impact in the game itself. That's how it should be, in my opinion.
Have there been any MMO character creators that really impressed you? Which game has the best one?
If you're one of those gamers who needs goofy real-world holidays in your MMOs, then this weekend is for you, as sappy pink hearts, chocolate candy crappies, and excessively revealing cosmetic lingerie is about to invade the online gaming space. Here are just a few of the events that will be plaguing us during the Valentine's Day festivities!