Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMOs and MMO-adjacent titles you’ve probably never heard of (or at least have entirely forgotten about!).
First up: Sportsball! We seldom get to cover sports MMOs, given how few of them there are, and I fully admit I’d forgotten all about Freestyle 2, which developer Joycity calls a “free-to-play fast-paced PC sports MMO game.” According to the game’s recent press release, the basketball MMO has now been running under Joycity’s banner for five years and has racked up “over 11 million players worldwide.” To celebrate its anniversary, the game’s added a dual-style switching toon, Alice/Olivia, along with raffles and events.
As promised, Loong Entertainment has launched mobile MMO World of Kings into open beta on iOS and Android this week. I know you’re thinking ug, another mobile MMO, but this one actually looks rather pretty. Apparently as part of its promotion, the company brought on World of Warcraft guild Limit to livestream a takedown of “the strongest boss from the most difficult dungeon without any chances of resurrection,” basically sight-reading the game.
MMO Culture recently posted about two sequels worth noting here. The first is Dragon Raja 2, a Skymoons Technology mobile MMO that’s just launched in South Korea. It’s apparently based on a PC title dubbed Dragon Raja and based on a series of novels.
The second game is Ragnarok Masters, a mobile MMO from GungHo launching for the Japanese market. According to Cinderboy at MMO Culture, the game is a retooling of Ragnarok M: Eternal Love. Confused yet?
Finally, remember when former Diablo and Marvel Heroes boss David Brevik struck out on his own with a studio called Graybeard Games? That indie studio’s first game, It Lurks Below, formally launched on Steam this week. It’s not an MMO – it’s not even multiplayer – but we figured our readers in particular would be curious to see how he’s landed!
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