MMOs You’ve Never Heard Of: World of Dragon Nest, Echo of Soul RED, and Dawn of Isles

    
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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: World of Dragon Nest. MMO Culture reports that Nexon’s Thai branch is working with Eyedentity Games’ Actozsoft to publish the game in the region. I had forgotten this game existed; apparently it was originally announced in 2016 and has been relatively quiet since its ChinaJoy update several years ago. MMO Culture suggests the game may now be a purely mobile offering, but either way, it might make fans happy since the original Dragon Nest game has been kicked around here in the west for the last several years.

Then there’s Echo of Soul’s new mobile spinoff. Echo of Soul has likewise spent the last few years being sunsetted, revived, and pushed around across the continents, but the mobile version, Echo of Soul RED aka EOS RED, is now slated to launch in South Korea this fall, followed by China and Japan. The whole “RED” thing is supposed to connote a more hardcore PvP feel than the “blue” toned PC game. That’s what I think of when I think of mobile games – super hardcore. Rawr.

Finally, there’s NetEase’s new mobile adventure MMORPG, Dawn of Isles – yes, another mobile MMO, but this one’s actually pretty stylish, more like a cutesy sandbox than an AFK grinder or PvP slugfest. It’s officially launched for iOS and Android.

“Dawn of Isles features a cell-shading animated style, giving players an art style that is easy on the eyes and provides an immersive sensory experience with beautiful graphics. The game retains traditional role-playing game features such as character customization and questing, but it also seeks to innovate in a few ways. For example, the pet system is one of key features in Dawn of Isles. A variety of cute and powerful pets are available for players to capture, train and evolve. Players can even dance with their exotic pets in the Flower Circle and ride on their furry companion as mounts and roam the world. Dawn of Isles also provides sandbox gameplay and a huge variety of game modes including a bunch of creative limited-time events, bringing a fun gaming experience! Players can explore the world for resources to gather while choosing from an array of weapons and skills to fight in a variety of combat styles.”

(Thanks, Gibby!)

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Robert Mann

Mobile. Mobile . Mobile.

Two of which are spinoffs of games that I did know of, and found rather poor efforts against all the other similar designed games, much less against what would be interesting.

The last one calls itself a sandbox, then highlights static building locations and such. Yep, same old mobile/facebook ‘gaming’ crap.

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Hydlide S

Dawn of Isles is surprisingly good. The art design reminds me of Monster Hunter Stories and they definitely put work into the quirkiness of the game in general (you can call for a giant bird that lands hard in front of you as your character shrugs their arms in disbelief, and then plucks you away into the sky). Good mash-up of the survival and MMORPG genres. I’d put more time into it if it were a PC game I’m sure.

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Suikoden

EOS was one of those guilty pleasures for me. I played both versions, the first one and then went to Pheonix when that shut down. I don’t know why I liked it, I just did. Something appealed to me there. I will not be playing the mobile version though. I’m happy with GW2 :)

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Mewmew

I’m still bummed you guys have done zero coverage of Steambirds Alliance (and a bit confused too). A new action MMO co-op shooter from the people who made Realm of the Mad God gets zero coverage here?! I know you all know about it, unless the tip form isn’t working correctly :P

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Jeremy Barnes

gotta make time to cover mobile games like they’re actually MMOs.

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Bhagpuss Bhagpuss

I downloaded Dragon Nest yet again yesterday, only to find that the remaining versions (NA and SEA I believe) are still region-locked, something the website neglects to mention. It’s annoying because Dragon Nest is one of the best action MMOs I’ve played and I’d love to play it some more.

Fortunately, there is already a very good and faithful mobile version available in the UK – I wouldn’t like to bet on where else in the world it can be accessed legitimately – so I don’t have to pray for this new Thai version, which will, no doubt, only be available in Thailand anyway.

As for covering mobile MMOs, I for one find the coverage very welcome and useful. There are some very good MMORPGs on mobile platforms – indeed, there have been for a long time now. Celtic Heroes, for example, launched in 2011 and even then was a fair match for many PC games.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I know you guys have to cover the mobile market, but just so you know, I’m fine with never hearing about mobile-only MMOs, just like I’m fine with never hearing about Barbie Doll conventions. I know people do it, but it just ain’t right.