The MOP Up: Blizzard’s mobile prospects (May 15, 2016)

    
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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 we’ll search our feelings about Blizzard possibly taking some of its IPs to mobile, grapple with Lineage Eternal’s delay, find out what Saga of Lucimia defines what an “epic adventure” is in an MMO, discover the launch date for Chronicle: RuneScape Legends, and more!

New Games and Testing

Patches

  • EVE Online: There was a small Citadel patch put out last week that included a notice about the game’s new shorter official downtime.
  • World of Tanks: The recent “tank hunter” update brought a whopping 23 tank destroyers to the PlayStation 4 version of this multiplayer game. [Source: Press release]
  • TERA: TERA’s Secrets & Shadows update comes this week, and the devs have a rundown on what this means for the game over the next month.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: June’s Patch 4.5 will bring quite a few changes for classes. Dulfy has the rundown so that you can see how this will impact your character.

Events and Contests

Odds and Ends

Videos and Music

Here’s some relaxing music to listen to while you read this column: EVE Online’s new “Hail to the Explorer” track.

Learn more about Twin Saga, an upcoming fantasy MMO, by watching this subtitled developer video:

Survarium got its 0.42 update that contained, among other things, the new artifact hunt game mode and “pixel perfect hit detection.”

Lost Sector Online is “is a tactical free-to-play game that combines turn-based strategy and MMORPG in real time.” It’s currently looking at going to start beta testing in the middle third of 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcDHbzcTxnc

What are the key differences between Ragnarok Online and Lord of Vermilion Arena? Steparu lays it out for you in the following video:

Crush Online is a sort-of MMO, sort-of MOBA that’s coming out in Europe this year. What does it look like? Hopefully this trailer can give you an idea, and if you’re interested after seeing it, you can sign up for the beta on the site.

Titan Quest’s mobile edition is coming to iOS devices this week, and its dev team showed off the game’s UI on a tablet:

What are the top 10 most played gods in SMITE? Here’s a rundown:

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SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

IMO, there are two district Mobile opportunities

1) Mobile from MMO devs – don’t need King design, just someone to kick the MMO devs in the butt to understand how important mobile is.  Mobile AH, chat, garrisons, crafting dailies, etc. current game type stuff for current games, but on another platform with its own strengths (& weaknesses)

2) Leveraging ATVI IP – new games / game modes from existing IP

yes, please.

Vexia
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Vexia

Maybe nobody is surprised to see this coming from me, but I’m actually quite excited for Twin Saga. :P From the class switching to the Terracottage, I like what I see. I know X-Legend makes like a million MMOs, but they’re at least usually fun and fairly well-constructed.

Tongle
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Tongle

A variation of WC2 on mobile would be awesome.

Karl_Hungus
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Karl_Hungus

For the music section, you guys left out Wucraft. It’s a mash-up of Wu-tang beats and raps about Warcraft. It’s… interesting lol
http://www.wucraft.com/

_zax
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_zax

What I’m waiting for is mobile “Battle Pets from WoW” game!

Omedon
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Omedon

The news about Blizz mobile, combined with this recent bit from MMOC, gives me great hope!

seemsthatway98
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seemsthatway98

Sorenthaz They could even do a mobile version of WoW. It can work, look at Order and Chaos

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

A mobile Diablo game would work very well, honestly.   Just look at Star Wars: Uprising.  It’s a very basic Diablo clone with Star Wars and the followers system in that game is pretty much a watered down version of Garrison stuff.  
Mobile version of HotS could be interesting as it’s already been proven that mobile MOBAs can work: Vainglory being one of the best examples as it’s even got an esports scene that’s been steadily gaining more and more traction.
Mobile strategy game based around Warcraft/Starcraft could be something too.  
Hell maybe a mobile shooter following Overwatch would work as well.
Or really they wouldn’t even have to do mobile versions of what they’re already doing on PC.  They could have stuff like a Blizzard-themed puzzle/platformer game, for instance, where you can unlock different Blizzard characters over time or with money.   Or something akin to Fallout Shelter but with Starcraft/Warcraft/Diablo as its setting.   Or hell, the Lost Vikings would be perfect for mobile gameplay.  
The sky’s really the limit in terms of what Blizzard could do with their IPs if they went mobile.