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

    
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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.

1. Order and Chaos Online 2: Redemption

Having just been announced, Order and Chaos Online 2 isn’t revealing all its secrets quite yet. However, the fact that a sequel to perhaps the most popular straight-up mobile MMO is reason enough to get excited. The new game takes place hundreds of years after the events of the first game. Will Gameloft continue to shamelessly rip off World of Warcraft or will it draw from other MMOs as well for this title? Time will tell!

2. ArcheAge Mobile

A mobile version of the hit fantasy themepark ArcheAge is in the works, with XLGAMES and Gamevil collaborating to make the spin-off. Few details are known at present other than the game will use Unreal Engine 4 and will be distributed worldwide by Gamevil.

“The mobile version of ArcheAge will combine XLGAMES’ development with Gamevil’s service to provide the ultimate mobile MMORPG experience,” the announcement stated.

3. Lineage II Mobile

Lineage II isn’t exactly a smash hit in the west, although it’s doing quite well in Asia. But could a mobile version draw in the North American and European crowds?  NCsoft is obviously hoping so, as it’s pouring money in to getting this in your hot little hands by 2016. Lineage II Mobile (development name: Project S) is confirmed to be an MMO with features such as guild wars and the blood alliance system. Even more interesting is the possibility that the mobile version will have some sort of cross-platform compatibility with the PC game.

4. Final Fantasy XI

Final Fantasy XI is spinning down into maintenance mode later this year, but that doesn’t mean that the game is going to lose all relevance. A mobile version of the MMO is in the works for both iOS and Android and should be coming out some time in 2016. Nexon is helping with this project, and the team has said that it will incorporate some improvements into the 13-year-old game such as a better battle system and new character art.

5. Firefly Online

You can’t take the sky from me… especially if I hold it in my paws. A mostly-single player, slightly multiplayer version of the cult classic sci-fi series Firefly is deep in development for mobile. Players will be able to pilot their own ship, make missions for others, and encounter the entire TV cast (all of whom have returned to reprise their roles).

6. Dragon of Legends

Horribly dull name, yes, but this pixelated MMO might be the ticket to a whole lot of fun. It promises cross-platform play with the PC and is inspired by Gaelic and Norse mythology. I’m rooting for this title based on its look; I’m such a sucker for retro-style mobile games.

7. Dragon Nest 2: Legend

Dragon Nest isn’t just a single MMO but an entire franchise at this point, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that Dragon Nest 2 is in the works. This game already looks pretty impressive, with decent visuals and action combat to boot.

8. Albion Online

One of the coolest things about the development of this upcoming sandbox is that Albion Online is being made for both PC and tablets. That’s right: It won’t work on smartphones (the developers said that it would simply be too small) but it will be playable on an iOS or Android tablet meeting the required specs.

9. Aion Legions

Speaking of tablets, the popular Aion will be making the jump to both iOS and Android devices with Aion Legends. This spin-off MMO will contain some of the elements of the fantasy game, including raids and PvP encounters.

10. Pixel Starships

Again, yes, I am a complete sucker for games being made with gorgeous pixel art, but Pixel Starships goes one better by allowing players to create and run a spaceship and crew as they explore a massively multiplayer universe. I have to caution myself not to get too excited. I fear it is too late.

Everyone likes a good list, and we are no different! Perfect Ten takes an MMO topic and divvies it up into 10 delicious, entertaining, and often informative segments for your snacking pleasure. Got a good idea for a list? Email us at justin@massivelyop.com or eliot@massivelyop.com with the subject line “Perfect Ten.”
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Veccon
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Veccon

MewmewGirl The title of the article is Mobile MMO’s coming soon. Anything already released that isn’t directly related to one of the entries in the article wouldn’t exactly be relevant to an article about games that aren’t released yet.

MewmewGirl
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MewmewGirl

1 – Mobile gaming has not peaked.  Citing your own (Massively OP’s) incorrect article that looked at games at a single game show in no way at all “proves” that it has.  You guys just make yourselves look silly when you do this.  You are sounding like the Console people that have said PC Gaming is Dead over and over.  Maybe look for some real information besides looking around at a single gaming show that doesn’t even involve the big mobile publishers (or most of the small ones).  You have some PC companies that failed to make it in the Mobile scene so they pronounce it’s dead and you quote them.  Way to be ignorant.

2 – You don’t mention the biggest mobile MMOs that are out even, and I believe that’s because you guys barely know they exist.  Games like Celtic Heroes, Toram, Izanagi, Stellacept, etc, that’s only a very small sample of a few of the better ones off the top of my head.  You guys may do a good job covering PC MMORPGs, but you all know jack squat about Mobile MMORPGs, no offense, that’s just the truth.

3 – Of course none of them are going to give the same “pop” or feeling as PC MMORPGs do.  MMORPGs for the most part need a ton of disc space, big processing power, really mouse and keyboard controls to work out best.  Touch screen devices are great for a lot of game types but won’t be playing MMORPGs the same as the big guys for some time to come if ever.  Your desktop is just always going to be set up to be able to handle this type of thing much better.  They have some really cool MMORPGs but they won’t match what you can do on a PC in terms of that genre no.  That isn’t to say they are all horrible, but sadly the majority of them are of the browser MMORPG type as of now (the few that aren’t have done some interesting things though).

Grimmtooth
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Grimmtooth

I’ll shill for a game that was left off the list. 
The full version of Vendetta Online is playable on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and Linux.

Anyone looking for a fly-by-wire space sim should check out VO

sdyaris
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sdyaris

Have tried Toram Online and Forsaken Mobile Online.  Both decent, Forsaken Mobile will set the standard for p2w mobile mmos.

captainzor
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captainzor

Isn’t there a Firefly mobile MMO on the horizon too?

Xariukan
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Xariukan

yaaehh love me some mobile games in da morning game all day and all night PEACE OUT

sdyaris
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sdyaris

Excited for ffxi, new nexus 9 coming soon.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Mobile FFXI would be… interesting… wonder how that would work.

SandboxPodcast
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SandboxPodcast

I wish some of the old games would port over to ipad.. I’m sure it has the power to play UO, EQ or Doac.

Wild_Phil
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Wild_Phil

Most mobile MMOs are horrifically bad, but I have spent considerable time playing some (when away from my PC/consoles).  Celtic Heroes and World of Tanks Blitz are the two I keep going back to.