Pocket MMORPG Roundup: Heroes of Order and Chaos, Arcane Legends, and More
The week after Thanksgiving has been a busy one for fans of pocket-sized MMORPGs. Not only is last week’s new release still holding our attention, but there was also a new release from Spacetime Studios to take up even more time. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the MMORPG-related happenings in the past seven days.
HOC Server Struggles
Last week, I used this column to heap praise upon Heroes of Order and Chaos (HOC), Gameloft’s new free-to-play MOBA that absolutely gets it right. And I stand by that review this week … mostly. Because HOC servers have continued to be mess.
For much of the Thanksgiving weekend, it was virtually impossible to create or join a PvP or Co-op game. And if you did happen to get a game, there was a fair chance it would crash before completion. There were times when even the simple Solo games would not connect to the servers. Players were getting very frustrated.
Luckily, Gameloft has been very responsive to the server issues. By Sunday they had put out statements to the effect that they were aware of the issue and would be actively working to correct them. As the week has gone on, the servers have definitely settled down and connectivity has improved. And they have announced a server maintenance this weekend that will further address the server issues.
Are the servers 100%? Not yet. But they’re far better than they were a week ago, and Gameloft is now confident enough in their ability to fix the issue that they’ve announce the release of the Android version of HOC for December 5th.
Arcane Legends Wows
The latest entry in Spacetime Studios’ Legends series, Arcane Legends, finally hit the App Store this week. I’ve actually been playing the game for a couple of weeks in the Chrome Web Browser, so I knew what to expect; but finally getting it in the App Store means that all my fellow iOS MMOPRG fans can give it a try.
Arcane Legends is the Spacetime Studios take on the standard fantasy MMORPG genre. In it, you play either a warrior, a rogue, or a mage, and you adventure through the game world defeating enemies, saving villagers, and finding lost treasures. It’s fairly standard stuff from a fantasy perspective, presented in a way very much in keeping with the Spacetime Studios aesthetic.
Overall, I’d have to say that Arcane Legends is the best game Spacetime Studios has put out so far. It’s a finely distilled offering of most of the bits that worked in the last three Legends games, with almost none of the stuff that didn’t; and it has a new unique feature in the Battle Pets, little automated companions that attack with you, fetch treasure, and generally make themselves useful. If you have enjoyed the Legends games in the past, you will almost certainly like this one.
I wonder where this game leaves Pocket Legends, though? It’s so similar in terms of genre and flavor that I wonder if this isn’t signaling some sort of draw-down of that title. The Legends games must cannibalize each other to some degree, as it would be difficult to maintain active accounts in all four; but whereas Star Legends and Pocket Legends offer different genres, Arcane Legends really feels like a replacement for Pocket Legends in the lineup.
If you’re a fan of Celtic Heroes, the fantasy MMORPG from One Thumb Mobile, then you might be interested in applying for a position on their beta testing team. After a successful major update this past summer, OTM is ready to test the next iteration of their game, and they need help. Applying isn’t a guarantee that you’ll be accepted; but anyone willing to put in the effort will almost certainly be given a shot.
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