Perfect Ten: Mobile MMOs to watch in 2018

    
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Love it or hate it, MMOs are going mobile in ever-increasing numbers. Last year saw a crop of acclaimed titles making their way to tablets and smartphones, including Old School RuneScape and Villagers and Heroes. While we’ve seen MMOs come to mobile in the past, it seems notable that 2018 was a year in which more and more people were recognizing that these games don’t have to sacrifice quality just to make a quick free-to-play buck.

Well strap in for 2019 because we’re about to get flooded with many new games in the mobile space as well as developments on current titles. We’ll be greatly exceeding our typical 10 entries for today’s list in the hopes of covering most of the significant up-and-comers in mobile MMOs. Let’s get to it!

AdventureQuest 3D: MJ’s favorite mobile MMO continues to cram in more classes, areas, and features as it aims for a full release.

Mad World: This stylish grimdark 2-D cross-platform should be coming to mobile, but it will have to land on Steam first one of these days.

Blade and Soul 2: It was surprising to see NCsoft take the sequel to its best-selling MMO into the mobile arena, although it probably should be once we consider how Korea and China is crazy for such games. Don’t like that? There’s Blade and Soul M coming as well!

Blade and Soul Revolution: Also this game, created by Netmarble! YOU CANNOT ESCAPE THE BLADE AND SOUL MOBILE REVOLUTION.

Aion 2: This is a prequel MMO that features gliding, mass PvP battles, what sounds like an open-skill class system, and no opposing factions.

Lineage 2M: We don’t know a lot about this newly announced title other than it is a mobile “reimagining” of the MMORPG.

Diablo Immortal: Jokes about phones and angst about Diablo 4 aside, this game is going to sell like hotcakes, especially in China. Grumble all you like, you know you’ll end up trying it.

EverQuest and H1Z1: Back in September, Daybreak and NantWorks announced that they were co-developing mobile versions of both games, although we haven’t heard much since.

Black Desert Mobile: We were really impressed with the mobile version of this sandbox back at E3 last year — and we hoped that it would also come out on the Nintendo Switch.

RuneScape Mobile: With OS RuneScape a big hit on mobile, hopefully Regular-Sized RuneScape will do equally well once it leaves beta and goes live.

TERA M: Can big-butted monsters be so big when they’re in the palm of your hand? It’s already live in Korea and reportedly on its way here!

Jurassic Park Alive: Take Pokemon Go and throw a bunch of dinosaurs into the mix, and you’ll have this unholy creation of mad science.

Mu Legend: This Mu sibling launched on Steam last summer, but we’re still waiting to see if and when it’ll arrive on Android and iOS.

Mabinogi Mobile: Nexon loves itself some Mabinogi in a big way, so rest assured that the mobile version will be getting the full star treatment.

Trahah: Another Nexon creation, all we know of this is that it’s a “high-end mobile MMO” with a flexible, weapon-based class system.

Rohan Mobile: Japanese developer NX3 Games is creating this mobile version of the global Rohan Online MMORPG.

Dino rock.

Durango: Wild Lands: iOS players are still on hold for this dino-tastic experience after Android gamers go their hands on it last year.

Bless Mobile: You might be scratching your heads over the idea that this IP is also getting a mobile title, but, you know, Korea. And Korean money.

Ember Sword: Fancy yourself a spot of cryptocurrency gaming? This cartoony title may offer just that.

Elder Scrolls Blades: Speaking of mobile games that everyone and their dog will be playing, here’s pocket Skyrim! You’ll have to be patient through the delays, however.

EVE Echoes: A mobile EVE Online does have an appeal, although it won’t be active in the same game universe or space as the PC MMO.

Re-Evolve: Time travel on mobile? Sign us up — we were very excited about this game after seeing it at E3 2018.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite: If anyone doesn’t think that this won’t be a smash hit and consume all of society as we know it, then they are fools.

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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Robert Mann

I’m not really even a fan of sharing with consoles until mouse and keyboard access on them become more standard. Things tend to get either too simple, or too boiled down in 20 bazillion menus. As much as I like more people getting to play…

Mobile is worse, with far less input options and still lags even more behind on power. Maybe one day it will be a decent option, likely by the time we can have virtual design to a level that doesn’t need so much equipment and all.

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Crowe

Er… what was the Perfect Ten for this? Other articles in this column seem to actually be able to pick ten. (from the list, I couldn’t pick one that looked interesting though)

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Braveliltoasterx

Great! More self playing games with cash shop as their main meta! Sounds fun…

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Hamblepants

Good on you MOP for covering mobile MMO’s.

I wont be playing them, just personal preference to game on PC.

But if the genre is growing on mobile, let’s be inviting to our new MMO buds and treat them well – coverage of their games is an excellent start to that.

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Mewmew

Durango: Wild Lands actually is only out on Android in limited areas. It’s not globally released and it’s not out in the USA. I imagine the iOS release will coincide with the global release, if it ever even happens. I’m starting to wonder if they gave up on doing it it’s been so long. Their FaceBook page stopped posting updates a year ago now. It’s too bad because I enjoyed the old beta a few years ago, it just never actually got to a Global or US release and may never do so…

AdventureQuest3D has been changing up and patching a lot of stuff. It’s becoming a much better game than the earlier releases and getting some of that AdventureQuest over the top stuff in there too now finally. They still have a number of major changes coming up to the entire way the game is played including class progression instead of just level progression and cross-class skills etc. It’s one to keep watching, I just hope people didn’t give up because the earlier release wasn’t as good as what it’s starting to shape up to be now.

MadWorld – Yeah I’m still waiting for that one. I forgot about it because it’s been a while, though this reminded me :D

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oldandgrumpy

Small screens have zero appeal for me

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hurbster

or not try them..

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Coldrun ??

What’s the story with FFXI mobile? I seem to remember hearing that was in the hopper a while back.

Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

Diablo Immortal: Jokes about phones and angst about Diablo 4 aside, this game is going to sell like hotcakes, especially in China. Grumble all you like, you know you’ll end up trying it.

If NetEase doesn’t start getting its games approved by the Chinese government this won’t sell at all in China.

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Robert Mann

Moreover, I certainly won’t be trying it (not only because I’m still on my Blizzard free gaming diet).

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WrathOfMogg

It would be hilarious after all the investment and all the backlash if Blizzard can’t sell this game in China.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

This breath versus depth listing feels like a parody of the app store.