Nexon’s mobile MMO Spiritwish has launched around the globe today

    
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It’s been a year since NEON Studio’s Nexon-published mobile MMO Spiritwish hit closed beta in South Korea, and now it’s officially landing here, having somehow escaped the fate that befell some of Nexon’s other games and studios. Today’s launch on iOS and Android is a full, global release; the devs are calling it a “retro” MMORPG.

“In Spiritwish, players are invited to command a tight-knit squad of heroes as they follow in the footsteps of the Three Gods for control of the ancient relics that protect their civilization,” Nexon says. “Spiritwish boasts an unprecedented roster of features to seamlessly deliver a unique MMORPG experience to mobile players.” Expect to control a three-person party of toons through online co-op raiding, daily dungeons, and a “one-handed mode” that’s meant to make the game easy to play while chatting.

If the dreamy-cute anime motif looks a smidge familiar, it’s because this is the same development studio behind Tree of Savior and Ragnarok.

Source: Press release, Apple Appstore, Google Play, Facebook

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Jeremy Barnes

Oh, look, another mobile MMO where I can’t actually play with other players.

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kgptzac

Not only the game started with a story that’s just idiotic and not trying, it can’t be even remotely a bit more creative than the generic classes for an auto-playing game. It’s pretty unfortunate and sad that Nexon released this hot load of crap… if anyone is looking for an idle game that has social aspects to it I recommend Ulala. Look it up in Play Store/App Store

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Malcolm Swoboda

After hearing the same annoying music no matter what happened around me, I quickly uninstalled. Back to Last Cloudia!

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Greaterdivinity

Tinkering around and it’s a pretty, generic autoplay mobile game so far. Just what I was expecting.

Now to see if I last my usual 1-2 weeks in a new mobile game or if I stick around longer.

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Kross Vilalobos

Tree of Savior mobile edition will the management be just as terrible is the question?

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Mewmew

I have an extremely popular and powerful Samsung tablet which is listed as incompatible with this game on Google Play for some reason.

This happens all the time on Android / Google Play and I’ve never seen a game listed as incompatible actually not work on my devices when I side-load the game. Literally never on my devices have I seen a game listed as incompatible not work when I side-load it from elsewhere.

There are some companies that are so worried about people giving bad reviews because the game doesn’t run perfectly on their device. So instead of letting everybody download the game and de-listing devices that the game doesn’t work on, they start out listing everybody as incompatible and then test it one by one on each device to see if it works and change the listing if it does. With the sheer number of different Android devices, they simply don’t get around to testing it on lots of devices, and many people who could play the game don’t get to download it off Google Play and have to turn elsewhere. It’s a silly system.

Nexon is especially bad at this. I’ve been part of their beta tests with games that have ran perfect, then after the test is over they decide to de-list my device anyway as part of their silly system of how they do things. It’s not like PC where you can just get a game and test to see how it runs, they will stop you from getting it. Or they think they’re stopping you, we have other avenues to still get the game, and we can still purchase stuff in it. We just can’t review it on Google Play if we side-load it.

Sure enough, I side-loaded this game and it is running perfectly. Zero issues, no slowdown, no crashes, no glitching. So why is it listed as incompatible? Because Nexon hasn’t tried it on my specific device to list it as okay. Great business sense they have.

Even worse – I very often try to help companies by telling them a game is working perfectly on my device. The big companies usually always ignore me and don’t care. They have their own system and they don’t need my help, even though it could make the difference for many thousands of players with my same device I’m informing them about getting to download the game and earn them money. What kind of shenanigan manure is that, when someone tells and shows you the game is running great for you but they still don’t want to put it through to their teams and get the game listed as compatible?

Smaller Devs are normally always *extremely* happy to hear from me and get whichever device listed when I show them it’s working on it.

Nexon is and has been one of the worst at this for a really long time. They’re far from the only big company that does this, but they’re one of the worst about it.

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François Verret

One of the banes of mobile devices. Another is the constant updating of the operating systems so that users are forced to buy newer phones if they don’t want to be locked out of newer apps and games.

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jikap

It probably means its unavailable in your region… If you follow a link to something unavailable in your region, It will simply say your Phone is incompatible.

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Jeremy Barnes

Yeah, it seems unlikely it’s a “they’re not aware it works fine” thing. We’ve done some mobile testing at work and they’re a lot of options out there to automatically test different devices to know how well something runs on various devices/OSes.