Albion Online is officially live on mobile today – check out the goofy live-action trailer!

    
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My phone had a very important message for me when I got up today: Albion Online is installed; you pre-registered for this app, and now it’s installed on your device. That’s right, it’s Albion Online’s mobile launch day has officially arrived, so folks who already play the game that won best indie last year (before the studio was sold) can now jump in from their phones too, while folks who haven’t can try it more easily for the first time. And you don’t even have to wade around in the beta as we did.

“The mobile launch is the last major step in fulfilling the game’s original cross-play promise, and brings a new level of accessibility to the game for veteran and starting players alike,” Sandbox Interactive writes. “With a game as huge and dynamic as Albion Online, development of both the desktop and mobile versions will of course be an ongoing process. For now, we’re incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished along with our community, our supporters, and all our past and present team members who made this incredible milestone – for both the game, and the genre as a whole – possible.”

There’s a promo for everyone running to encourage you to install the game on both PC and mobile in exchange for a sweet horse skin and 100K fame. The live-action launch trailer is fun even if you’re not going to play, following one player and his friends’ attempt to put Albion Online on “mobile” in a way that doesn’t work quite to plan. It’s actually cute. Even the “don’t you guys have phones” bit.

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How the turn tables…

“…it’s simply that when the game was first planned, it seemed that mobile was the wave of the future. As the game acquired fans, it became clear that PC was the preferred platform for most of the would-be players, which caused a shift in design to emphasize desktops over mobile devices.”

Albion Online’s shift away from mobile was a matter of market forces

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Neurotic

I play on PC, but I can’t imagine downloading it onto my phone. This is the problem with MMOs on phones — you need a huge screen and huge amounts of storage. And what about battery usage, and heating issues? Crazy. MMOs on phones are just a crazy idea. On a good tablet, fair enough. But why are we killing our phones with MMOs?

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I’m truly surprised AO has got this far. It’s grindy, it doesn’t look great, combat is an absolute simplistic bore, and the world is made up of heaps of maze-like maps which are a total pain in the butt to navigate. Yet people play it, I acknowledge. Horses for courses. But I think it’s the pits.

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agemyth 😩

I bet this would be a miserable experience on my iPhone SE 2020 (the screen is tiny relative to most phones these days), but it isn’t showing up in the app store yet for me.

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I had the most fun in Albion that I have had in an MMO perhaps since UO, and it is I would say very much like UO but in a way that is current with great new features. I’m not a PvP guy, but you don’t have to be to enjoy Albion, PvE is alot of fun, the crafting and economy side of things is really cool also. There were many times I was ganked after a few solo dungeon runs, but if you figure a few things out you actually can have that happen and still make a nice profit from dungeon runs despite loosing all your loot and gear to a PK, unless they changed faction flagging since I last played. I’m not sure if my phone quite meets the system requirements, but I will give it a try. Regardless great game. I would love to see a console port next from them, I would expect it would work really well on console.

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Johnny Quantum

Sorry Albion Online, you lost me at ‘ganked’!

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Raleigh-St-Clair

It’s a Ganker’s Paradise.