French MMO DOFUS heads to tablets and the big screen

    
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You might think a game launched in 2004 not named World of Warcraft might be curbing its ambition here in 2015, but if you’re talking about French MMO DOFUS, you’d be mighty wrong. Ankama and Wizcorp this week announced that the game is due for a tablet version with a refreshed mobile UI. The downside is that it won’t be “synchronized with the desktop and streaming version, available on dedicated servers,” meaning tablet players will be starting fresh.

Desktop players have a new update of their own to look forward to; Raiders of the Temples of the Twelve launched this week and infested the game with brand-new bounty monsters.

Ankama’s ambitions are already legendary; this little game has already spawned a manga series, collectible figurines, and TV series (its sibling Wakfu has an anime series of its own). It’s recently made the leap to the big screen — yes, it’s getting a movie. In fact, Ankama is running a massive contest that’ll grant the winning DOFUS guilds a chance to be featured in that very movie:

We’re not just talking about a mere mention in the “Thanks” section of the credits, either! We’re talking about little scenes created specially for you, in the opening credits, where your coat of arms and guild name will be clearly visible! And yes, you read that right, it’s “sceneS”, plural: 9 guilds will be placed under the spotlight. The whole world will know about you!

Registration for the contest ends May 4th. Chop chop!

[Source: Tablet announcementClash of Guilds contest, YouTube, official site. Thanks, Avaera.]
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Pedestrienne
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Pedestrienne

agemyth _Ariel_ France was doing anime collaborations with Japanese studios in the ’80s to my knowledge, so definitely a bit established in the culture.

dorn2
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dorn2

I want to like this game.  The story/lore/etc is all a bad french acid trip though.  I just can’t get past that.

Needmoreloot
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Needmoreloot

breetoplay Dais ChristopherPierce  My SSD my not thank you but will give it a go ;D Hear good things besides community size about it a lot lately!

agemyth
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agemyth

MassivelyMacD Yeah, I’ve always heard Dofus is pretty big. I wish some more of that population would rub off onto Wakfu :P

agemyth
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agemyth

_Ariel_ Not me. Although it is convincingly anime enough that I wouldn’t expect this from France.

MassivelyMacD
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MassivelyMacD

Yeah, I was so out-of-date.

It’s 62 million accounts:

http://www.dofus.com/en/mmorpg/community/event/10years/infographic

MassivelyMacD
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MassivelyMacD

FYI: “this little game” has more than 30 million registered accounts and had more than 3.5 million subscribers. It has has almost 100 dungeons, 16 classes and quite a nice world to explore. I wouldn’t exactly call it “little”, just because it looks cute.

There is a world outside of the common knowledge in the US :)

_Ariel_
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_Ariel_

Who else was kinda suprised the French even made mmos?

Oleg Chebeneev
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Oleg Chebeneev

Historic announcement. This is probably the first big MMO release on tablets!

Avarius
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Avarius

agemyth Yup, it’s one letter away from Doofus. Maybe I’m shallow and/or pedantic, but that’s literally half the reason I haven’t given this game an honest shot.