Official Site: Vindictus
Studio: Nexon
Launch Date: October 13, 2010 (NA); January 21, 2010 (KR)
Genre: Action-Combat MMO
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

Perfect Ten: Mobile MMOs coming in 2017

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.

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Nexon America's leadership is getting shaken up

Nexon America is the American branch of Nexon, the company behind Riders of Icarus, MapleStory, Vindictus, and Mabingoi. It's also in the middle of a management shakeup, as the current head of Nexon America, Rich Williams, is leaving the company at the end of January to start his own marketing firm, which will see Nexon as its first client.

Jungsoo Lee will be filling the vacancy left by Williams; Lee is currently the executive director of live games and has been with Nexon America since it was established in 2006. It seems likely that players won't notice a great deal of difference on the ground level, but it's still a bit of upper-level shifting, so perhaps more low-level shakeups should also be expected.



Vindictus Eternal promises all of the hack-and-slash action of the title on mobile devices

Do you love Vindictus so much that the thought of having to not play it in the waiting room of a doctor's office makes you actively upset? It's not like your doctor has ever been on time, and that's valuable time you could spend hacking and slashing at a whole bunch of enemies. Well, good news: The game is getting a mobile port as Vindictus Eternal, offering all of the slashing you could want on a tablet. It's not quite the palm of your hand (unless you have really big hands), but it's close.

Vindictus Eternal sports a character-swapping mechanic to help you tag between different characters during combat, allowing you to combine multiple different tactical approaches. There's no word on bringing it across the pond or a release date, but you can check out some early video just below.

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The MOP Up: RuneScape Chronicles' beach party (July 17, 2016)

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's headline story is word that a beach party has arrived in Chronicles: RuneScape Legends as part of a patch that also contains a new legend and 37 additional cards. But wouldn't those cards get soggy at a beach?

We’ve got plenty of other news tidbits for you after the jump, including stories from Age of Conan, Pantheon, Guild Wars 2, and Star Trek Online. What are you waiting for?

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Vindictus offers players a jump-start to 75 as it prepares for Delia

If you've been away from Vindictus for a while, you might be wondering what's going on with the game. The answer is that it's still hacking and slashing along with its various characters, including a new character set to be introduced on July 14th. Delia wields a two-handed sword and hacks her way through foes with graceful, arcing strikes, allowing her to mow down numerous enemies with just a few sweeps of the blade.

But what are you going to do until the 14th? Well, you can take part in the game's ongoing Jump to 75 Event, allowing players with one character at 75 to push alts up with just a few quick items. The level boost also includes a variety of equipment and utility boosts to help you catch up further as you move through the current tier of game content. That event is running through July 31st, so you can feel free to held on to the power until Delia arrives... or you could just make use of it now, since there's already a surfeit of characters to choose between.

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Perfect Ten: MMORPGs for mature audiences only

As with mainstream movies, it seems that the MMORPG industry has settled comfortably into the PG-13 zone for its approach and themes. Sure, there's a bit of blood, skin, and the occasional foray into adult themes, but for the most part these games are playing it safe by not pushing too many boundaries. After all, why limit the potential size of your audience when you're trying to draw in as large of a group of gamers as possible?

Of course, not every MMO out there deigns to appeal to the family market. Every once in a while we get a game that pushes well into the mature or even adult-only rating territory with edgier content. It's an uphill battle to get these games out, sometime: World of Darkness and Revival both promised a super-gritty world yet were torpedoed well before launch.

Today we're going to look at 10 games that don't just accept mature content as a part of the gameplay experience, they embrace it fully and have earned an M or AO rating from the ESRB. Parental guidance from here on out is suggested.

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Asker Online is closing down next month

Well, that did not last long. Only months after launching, Asker Online announced that it is shutting down on March 22nd.

The action MMO featured elaborate dungeon crawls and boss fights and was positioned as a rival to Vindictus. Neowiz pushed the game through the beta stages last summer, although we hadn't heard much about the game since then, suggesting that it didn't make much of an impact in Korea.

Asker Online will join the funeral procession of several other overseas titles being shuttered this winter, including 9 Dragons and Gunslinger Stratos Reloaded.

Source: MMO Culture


Vindictus EU adds phantom mage, begins holiday events

You standard, run-of-the-mill, fireball-slinging mage is so played out in MMOs these days. So how about stepping up your game with Vindictus and trying out its latest character, Sylas the Phantom Mage?

Vindictus EU added Sylas this past week with its big December patch. Sylas wields a dozen illusionary daggers that can attack as well as protect, causing chaos on the battlefield as he deflects attacks and brings some serious pain to bosses.

The update kicked off 28 days of winter holiday events, rewards, and maps. Many of the events will last until January 6th. The team also added a new store that allows high-level characters to buy cash shop items with in-game AP.

Source: Vindictus EU


Durango is pioneering a new mobile MMO genre

Don't be too hasty in dismissing Durango as yet another pseudo-MMO mobile knockoff. The previous developers of Vindictus are dead serious about forging new territory in the mobile market.

"Assuming the days of a quest-based or theme park type of MMORPG had already passed, we tried to bring innovation to the genre by making a new type of MMORPG that hadn’t previously existed," What! Studios Project Director Eunseok Yi said in a recent interview. "Since we didn’t have any preceding model to use as a reference, we had to go through tons of prototypes in the development process. The technical parts were also a huge challenge, since we wanted to let lots of players enjoy the open MMO world in real time."

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The MOP Up: Players choose Lineage II classic server name (December 6, 2015)

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 the Lineage II community nominated names for the new EU classic server, Marvel Heroes' Kitty Pryde got a new look, an April Fools joke came to life, and studios started giving away presents for the holiday season!

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One Shots: Caught in the act

If I were an MMO character, I'd be completely paranoid that at any point in my life, I could be photographed by an invisible entity and posted for the entire world to see. Maybe that's why everyone constantly does heroics; they're terrified of being caught in the act doing mundane things like going to the bathroom or shucking peas.

"Vindictus can really be great-looking game, and the action combat is tight and fun, especially with friends," testifies Alexander. "Here's a shot of my blade and magic character Elalora finishing off a boss. Gotta love that pose!"

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Action MMO Asker Online is in open beta

Asker Online is in open beta as of today, but what the heck is Asker Online? According to Steparu, it's kinda like Vindictus. A brief review of the action MMO posted earlier this afternoon says that Asker involves grabbing a party and some quests in a town instance and then traveling to a dungeon instance to kill a boss.

Steparu also compares Asker to Dragon Nest and C9 in his textual description. You can see the title in action via his gameplay video that we've embedded after the break.

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The MOP Up: Rick & Morty meet MOBAs

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 we'll see a bizarre MOBA/adult cartoon crossover, a special character that you can only play for two months, a sexism-free MMO, and more videos than you can shake a stick at (provided that your stick-shaking capabilities are limited to five).

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