As the world of mobile gaming continues to grow and change, one of the most exciting possibilities has been the expansion of games across multiple platforms. The latest massively multiplayer online game from Spacetime Studios is going this route, allowing players on Android to interact with those on Apple’s iOS and even those playing on their PC.
The game is called Dark Legends, and it’s the latest in Spacetime’s series of 3-D MMO titles that are similar to big hits such as World of Warcraft or EverQuest. Players create characters and go on quests in each of Spacetime’s games, and the company has done a great job of creating titles that are on a small enough scale to make them viable as mobile products, while still keeping them large and engaging, drawing a community of more than 3 million players.
The studio also has been successful in keeping its games free, while pulling down revenue from in-app purchases and micro-transactions along the way. With Dark Legends, Spacetime is taking the ambitious projects that came before – Pocket Legends, its first title in the series, and Star Legends, the sci-fi themed follow-up – and working to expand its universe even further. Dark Legends is an Android and Google Chrome exclusive for now but will soon be available to iOS gamers too.
Like the titles that came before it, Dark Legends (which carries a supernatural theme in which players take on the roles of vampire characters as they fight the humans and other monsters threatening their society) will allow players to interact across mobile platforms. It’ll also let players who use Google’s Chrome web browser play along with those on mobile devices, as well. Both Spacetime’s previous games eventually gained that capability, offering free browser-based versions of the titles, but Dark Legends has already launched with multiple versions, potentially opening up the community even wider than before.
This is also Spacetime’s most adult game so far. Pocket Legends and Star Legends both had 3-D graphics, but they opted for a more cartoonish style and the subject matter was always kept relatively light in those games. Meanwhile, Dark Legends is quite a bit bloodier. While its 3-D graphics aren’t exactly pushing the envelope in terms of technical power, mostly to keep the game easy to run on lots of different devices, they’re still the most realistic the company has put forward yet. Spacetime’s latest offering takes its place as our top game of the week.
Cross-platform gaming has some real potential in the mobile sphere, and there are several titles that are already taking advantage of linking tablets and consoles, but beyond linking Android and iOS, it has yet to really catch on. Seeing Spacetime bring its game to lots of different platforms is something that would be great for more developers to emulate.
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Spacetime Studios’ long-awaited new MMO, Dark Legends, has finally released on Android and Google Chrome. Spacetime claims that this is the first simultaneous cross-platform launch of an MMORPG; while their previous games were all playable cross-platform via iOS, Android, and Chrome, this is the first title to launch with support for multiple platforms.
I spoke recently with Cinco Barnes at Spacetime Studios, and he remarked on how this entry in the series is designed to have a different appeal than other games in the series. This is designed to be more like classical vampire legends versus ‘modern’ vampires like the Twilight series. Vampires are designed to be powerful, and their attacks are meant to have a brutality to them. The game overall is designed to appeal to an older audience, with buckets of blood, darker environments, and vampires that aren’t afraid to show some skin.
The game uses a new structure, with story events that can be viewed to advance the story and collect rewards. The combat missions are still there, and it’s of course possible to play both online and solo in these missions. New outfits can be bought, other players can be interacted with in the game’s overworld, and there’s also player-vs-player combat available through this overworld.
Combat has been modified to add charge attacks, which deal extra damage; it’s possible to even charge up special attacks for extra effects. Note that special attacks draw from the same blood meter as health does. However, it’s also possible to feed on enemies’ blood, refilling that meter.
The game is available now on Google Play for Android, and from the Chrome Web Store. The iOS version is expected to release after a two-week exclusivity period with Google, but player accounts will transfer between platforms by logging into the same account; it currently works between the Chrome and Android versions, just as it worked with Pocket Legends and Star Legends.