As the technology around us continues to micronize, the MMO entertainments have staked their claim on many a mobile device. In fact a great many of the games offered through mobile devices are more MMO oriented, even for as single-player as they may seem or feel. A search from the iPhone app store, using MMO as the criteria yields up over 300 potential titles.
Several gamers out there may have ventured this search in the past, only to find after downloading the potentially interesting ‘MMO’ selection to their mobile device it was more akin to older style gaming than any modern model. As the technology has developed however, so have these games.
Initial models followed; players would engage ‘missions’ or ‘quests’ of their in-game companions or minions, and maybe had turn based combat styles, typically including some decorative elements allowing players to customize a village, city, or simply their avatars being played. Although allowing you to interact with other players to some extent, the realm generation was limited and would ultimately leave players in a form of isolation rather than immersion like most PC and console MMO’s have supplied.
Some of these original components of the MMO genre on mobile devices have remained present, but with developers like Spacetime Studios™ out there pushing the bar of this model by introducing live action combat in conjunction with instanced realms the interest in MMO’s is steadily growing. With their multiple ‘Legends’ titles available for free download, their name is not all that is making them legendary. You can play anything from the medieval, the future, to even vampires with titles such as Pocket Legends™, Dark Legends™, and Star Legends™. Spacetime is certainly not alone in this playing field, but one log-in to any of their games would exhibit just how much this gaming trend is really catching on. Even on some of the newest mobile devices with the latest hardware advances, latency can be experienced from the massive amounts of players taking part at all times in these games. Each offering similar brands of gaming under segregated themes, all free to download and take part in.
While Spacetime has been pioneering the popular composition of MMO’s on mobile devices, Beeline Interactive™ and others have been entertaining their MMO community with non-violent titles such as Smurfs’ Village™ and their newly released Smurf Life™. Games where farming and decorating manage to captivate their patrons, while expanding the MMO genre to players of varying interests.
As more developer’s make the move towards mobile device MMO’s, the PC MMO’s are bound to suffer a measure of negative impact. The recent closure of City of Heroes serving as a prime example. The free-to-play model largely expanding across the once subscription driven playing field, is not the only competition mobile MMO gaming appears to be bringing to the plate.