MMOs You’ve Never Heard of: Tales of Wind, Era of Legends, and Darksburg

    
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Welcome back to another run-down of MMOs and other online games you’ve probably never heard of. We love doing these! Here’s some stuff to keep an eye on…

Tales of Wind is one of the many games up and coming in NCsoft’s mobile MMO stable, and this one’s definitely going for the “loves adorable things” demographic. Studio Neocraft – headed up by a Blizzard China founder – announced a global launch for the game in April on both Android and iOS.

“Tales of Wind takes place on Arlesdore, a fantasy continent where demons appeared thousands of years ago. Several of these demons, known as Calamity Lieges, were considered to be the most terrible of all. It’s up to the player to discover the truth behind their appearance in order to bring light back to the world.”

Era of Legends is also a mobile MMO, but given the graphical quality of mobile MMOs lately and the provenance of this one, maybe don’t dismiss it outright. This one’s a Tencent title that was super hyped in China last year and made a truckton of money in that market. And the company announced this week that it’s porting the game westward this March. It boasts “all the features of the best MMORPGs, including mini-games, interactive quests, diverse location designs, time-tested PvP and PvE mechanics, epic battles, and thrilling cutscenes.” Did we mention it’s gorgeous?

Finally, we’ve got Darksburg, which is being billed as a “multiplayer action game for PC.” Built by French indie studio Shiro Games – you know likely know it from Evoland – it kinda looks like Diablo, in a good way, only the chief map seems to be a zombie survival co-op encounter. Not a true MMO or OARPG, but in the ballpark, maybe more along the lines of State of Decay.

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Shetrix

Era of Legends Rogue Assassin 3v3 Arena PVP Gameplay !

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Rialto

I’m honestly very excited for Tales of Wind. I recognized the artwork almost immediately, and quickly realized that it’s actually a western version of LaPlace M, X-Legends latest mobile MMO. The PC version is one of the few X-Legend titles that has yet to get an English release, and while I’d prefer that one of course, I’ll take this too! :D

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Robert Mann

Mobile MMO, not spending the money on an overpriced toy of a phone just to have a tiny version of a very outdated laptop, next…

Repeat, next…

Zombie horde. Just a constant zerg assault against several people trying to last as long as they can. No thanks. That was old back when the original PS was just a twinkle in Sony’s eye.

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Mewmew

Era of Legends looks interesting, and then I look up a video about it and see that autoplay button and sigh… Also the characters are gender locked – and looks locked? There seems to be no character creation other than selecting the character you want to play, you don’t get to choose anything about their looks at all.

So while it looks neat and all at first impressions, when looking into it a bit deeper I’m thinking it’s going to be a pass for me.

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Greaterdivinity

Man, I got kinda excited about Darksburg knowing that Shiro Games is behind it (Evoland 1/2 are rad and they’re good people!), but based on the description it doesn’t look like quite my cup-o-tea. Hopefully it’ll be good for the folks interested!

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Fenrir Wolf

I’d heard of Darksburg!

I mean, I have a local copy of the Furry Videogames Database from precisely the moment it died (the site maintainer mailed me it on a DVD, I was acquainted with them), so…

Essentially, if it has a non-human character of any description, I’m going to be fully aware of its existence.

And this has a werewolf wielding the stocks they were chained to!! I’m very excited to play Darksburg with my partner, and my partner is very excited to play Darksburg because it was developed by Evoland II entertainment meisters Shiro Games, which my partner adored.

Well, except for the Street Fighter bit that was weirdly like that one Street Fighter arcade that no one liked; the one with the overly zoomed in, giant characters.

Aside from that, then…

Quite looking forward to playing Garden Paws, too, once we’re done with Little Dragons Cafe. There’s two more sadly obfuscated and shrouded titles for you. Though I’m happy Eastshade has been visible, I’d expected that to be yet another one.

Especially since it doesn’t have human characters, which is usually an irresistible point of contention for most. Neurotypicals love ’em some humans in everything, ’tis their way. So I was pleasantly surprised to see Eastshade enjoying a modicum of popularity.

I mean, not as much as if it’d had an entirely human cast, certainly, but more than I would’ve expected given the circumstances.

S’funny, I recall popular (in the day) webcomic DMFA having an entry about this, where all the characters were now human, with that being the only sole change, and all other factors (location, setting, narrative) remaining the same. Estimated popularity was an increase of 900~ per cent. The tagline? ‘I hate people.’

Poor Amber (DMFA artist).

Anyway! Darksburg has human characters so it’ll probably do okay for itself, which I’m happy about as I, too, am quite fond of Shiro Games and I want them to do well.

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Vexia

Based on the trailer, it seems Tales of Wind is about feeding your tiny squirrel companion until it grows larger than a skyscraper. What a win condition! While I’ve played more than a few mobile games lately, I’ve yet to play an actual mobile MMO. Maybe this game will change that seeing as I am absolutely in the “loves adorable things” camp. :) I’m up for trying it out.

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Utakata

You sure those are squirrels?

…my first impression that they where cats. But then the tail and girth suggested to me a tanuki somehow. Then again…in the end you could be right. That is, they’re could be squirrels. o.O

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Mewmew

The drawing they show before seeing the graphics 100% looks like a cat. Once they show the stuff in game though it doesn’t look anything like the drawing and it is definitely very squirrel looking.

Vexia
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Vexia

In the end, the important part is that it’s some kind of very cute creature companion. :P

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Castagere Shaikura

Kind of sad when you think about it.

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Pepperzine

First one unreleased mobile -😴

Second one unreleased mobile – 😴

Third one zombie survival non-MMO – 😴

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Fenrir Wolf

Um. No it isn’t? I don’t think so, is it? Not that I saw in the related media?

Darksburg, I mean. It’s more like an isometric… oh, bugger. What was that one game with the skaven hoards? Vermintide! I suppose I could’ve also name-dropped Left 4 Dead as well… Anyway, it’s more like an isometric Vermintide. Class-based and all. With one in particular being appreciably lycanthropic.

Except, in this case? Instead of skaven, it’s zombos (much like Left 4 Dead, which would’ve been the better comparison). I prefer that, honestly. Not that I value the cloying, immensely ubiquitous presence of zombies in contemporary media but, I mean, rats are cute. I feel sad about slaying rats. I’m not a good rat-slayer. Undead, though? Sure. Unless they start showing sapience and free will, and form a picket line demanding equal rights to not be torn asunder by a belligerent wolfman.

Oh! I mentioned isometric, didn’t I? That’d be that overly familiar camera angle used by MOBAs and Diablo-likes. Which I mention as I don’t know how relevant to contemporary audiences the word isometric is any more. It’s not like I can expect everyone I speak to to have played Head Over Heels, Landstalker, or Equinox. So it might not have enough context to be self-explanatory.

(I’m also going to mention Rare’s Snake, Rattle, and Roll as I imagine someone will feel miffed if I bring up isometric titles without mentioning it.)

Thing is? One shouldn’t assume knowledge of largely outdated context, it’s rude and feels exclusive. I mean, I know I’ve done that sometimes, but I try not to.

I suppose it’s isometric as that’d be cheaper for them, being a small developer, than trying for something from the first- or third-person perspective. I hope that works out for them, it’s certainly more sustainable and I’d really like for Darksburg to do well.

I’m not sure where I’m going with this meandering mess any more. Still, more Left 4 Dead meets Diablo than survival horror.

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Pepperzine

I’m going off of the description provided by the author of the article:

..kinda looks like Diablo, in a good way, only the chief map seems to be a zombie survival co-op encounter. Not a true MMO or OARPG..

If the information provided does not accurately describe it, it is not my fault for not researching it further as based on what was provided I’d have zero interest in the game. Thus, I’m not going to waste time looking up more details about something that doesn’t appear to be my cup of tea nor a MMO.

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Utakata

…well with the first one I might wait till it comes out on PC. o.O