EVE Echoes: The EVE Online Spinoff We’ve All Been Waiting For

The Sci-fI MMORPG titan EVE Online is taking a voyage into the mobile gaming universe with the announcement of its MMO mobile gaming venture – EVE Echoes. 

Just like its illustrious forerunner, the next gen mobile spinoff will feature a near-endless universe of 80,000+ solar systems complete with the exploration, PvP and PvE battles, mining, trading, industry and sophisticated player economy that has elevated EVE Online to become a paradigm of the MMO genre. 

EVE Echoes is the result of a CCP Games & NetEase Games collaboration three years in the making. Through livestreams and Q&As, community input has been fed into the development every step of the way to ensure that this mobile rendition of the fan favourite will be up to scratch – and the results look promising. 

 

Some of the upcoming features include:

New Faction: The Yan-Jung

Straight from the EVE Online lore – the Yan-Jung have emerged as a playable faction within the mobile spinoff. Inspired by ancient oriental architecture, Yan-Jung ships are made with bronze-like metal, using smooth surfaces and aesthetically-pleasing symmetrical designs.

Corporations

A defining feature of the original game, Corporations make their return in EVE Echoes, allowing players to unite in exploring the cosmos. 

Capsuleer Outpost

If you’re happier when flying solo, then the Capsuleer Outpost is a private structure designed for lone adventurers to occupy and provides a suitable foothold to explore the new frontier independently. 

Ship Skins

As the name suggests EVE Echoes will be incorporating the ability to change the appearance of your ship at any time via tradeable licenses. 

Tutorials

Luckily for EVE Online greenhorns, the development team has prioritised gameplay optimisation and, as a direct result of player feedback during Beta testing, have built in compelling tutorials, making this title accessible to all skill levels. 

Excited? You should be! The devotion to perfecting this title through fan feedback is a promising sign for this MMO behemoth’s first foray into mobile gaming. EVE Echoes is scheduled for release in August 2020. Check out their website to stay in the loop and register to be notified of release by searching for EVE Echoes in the App Store or Google Play. 

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Black Widow and Red Guardian Join The Contest of Champions Roster

Last week, we gave you news of the addition of Marvel Contest of Champions Storm (Pyramid X), but the mobile game that keeps on giving has recently added not one, but two more champions to their nigh-on overflowing roster: Black Widow and Red Guardian.

Marvel Contest of Champions is a free-to-play mobile fighting game featuring all your favourite Marvel characters hashing it out in the Battlerealm. Pledge your loyalty to one of 4 houses, assemble your own bespoke team and get to battling.

This month, to celebrate the upcoming 6th November release of Marvel Studios’ Black Widow movie, developers Kabam have announced the arrival of Black Widow and Red Guardian. Inspired by the likeness of Scarlet Johannsen & Stranger Things’ David Harbour in the upcoming movie title, the introduction of these two heroes follows a story featuring supervillain Taskmaster. Here’s what Kabam have said so far:

In the wake of the Cabal’s collapse, Black Widow has been tasked with locating and recovering a lost mind control weapon. To accomplish her mission, Agent Romanoff will need the help of an old friend. Red Guardian is a fellow former soviet and an honorable and trustworthy ally. However, they soon discover that they are not the only ones chasing the lost Cabal technology. A secretive mastermind has employed the skills of Taskmaster, the photo-reflexive mercenary, to stop Black Widow from finding this weapon at all costs!

It’s a race across The Battlerealm, with new foes to fight and where old allegiances will be tested in this month’s Event Quest: Black Widow: Red By Dawn!

Check out the new heroes and full details over at the Marvel: Contest of Champions website.

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Marvel: Contest of Champions Pyramid X and Storm

The free-to-play mobile fighting game Marvel: Contest of Champions by developer Kabam is a game in which you amass a bespoke team of characters from the omnipresent Marvel Comics roster. And, just like the comics, no combination is out of bounds – in fact, specific groupings of your favourite heroes can bag you some added bonuses! The game, known for being rife with consistent updates, has now released its latest offering with Pyramid X.

This update introduces new details on the Pyramid X House. Founded by ‘First Among Mutants’ Apocalypse, Pyramid X acts as the supervillain’s floating seat of power within Mutopia, capital city of Egyptia. For the uninitiated, Houses are the factions within the game to which you pledge loyalty with a total number of 4 currently in the game. 

The rich lore and backstories within this game are seriously impressive, and we urge even casual Marvel fans to check out the details here for an in-depth look at this latest update.

That’s not all, however, as with this comes a new character, or at least a new version of one. Introducing Storm (Pyramid X) – not the weather-wielding heroic mutant we know and love, but rather a zealous rendition of the fan-favourite. Here’s what her bio has to say: 

This is not the Storm you know. She has been indoctrinated into Pyramid X by her God Apocalypse. Storm is able to channel her weather-bending abilities through her ornate wand Heset’s Ruin, to raze entire cities and subjugate those who do not submit to En Sabah Nur.

Check out the full details of Storm and get a hold of the game here.

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PUBG Mobile was the Second Most Downloaded Mobile Game in Q3

PUBG Mobile was the second most downloaded mobile game in the world in Q3 2019, beaten only by Fun Race 3D. It beat out games like Mario Kart Tour, Garena Free Fire, Mr Bullet, and Sand Balls, just to name a few. The majority of those downloads came from the Google Play store. On the App Store, Mario Kart Tour was actually the most downloaded game of the quarter and PUBG Mobile ranked only 7th.

PUBG Mobile saw more than a 100% growth quarter on quarter with nearly 80 million downloads. While Battle Royale Garena Free Fire managed to spend a 4th quarter in a row in the top 3 in the Google Play Store.

Of course, it should be noted that it is impossible to know how well Fortnite is performing on mobile because they aren’t in the Google Play store and this chart gets its data from the mobile app stores. It is interesting though to see so many games on these lists that well quite frankly, I’ve never even heard of. A lot of them are super casual games and aren’t the type of thing that people read or write about very often.

The data was collected and presented by SensorTower who are constantly releasing new reports on the performances of mobile apps, including games. If this is the sort of information that interests you then you should check out the MMOGames weekly business report every Friday. It dives into all the data and financial news that has been released in the online gaming industry every week.

 

 

Source: Sensor Tower

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Durango Wild Lands is Shutting Down After 5 Months

Nexon’s Durango Wild Lands is shutting down just 5 months after it released. The mobile survival game was in beta testing for years before it finally launched in May. It isn’t the end of the game yet though and Nexon actually has one more update for the game before the end. Here is what they have planned from their announcement on Facebook.

Final Chapter of Durango: Wild Lands

The finale for Durango’s main storyline is in preparation. It will be available for pioneers through quests. The end is connected to the beginning, as K and X are the main characters for it. It will also include many answers to questions that arose as you explored the world of Durango.

Combat Island & Instruments

Combat Island is a PvP content in which pioneers gather in a small island for a fight to the finish. In a sense, the structure is a bit similar to the previous Warp Rush. The play experience, however, is something quite different. With the loots that you receive from the Combat Island battles, you can craft rare weapons that you can boast to other pioneers.

Instruments will also be introduced in the next update. In contrast to the action-packed combat of Combat Island, the new instrument system will bring a tone of peace. You can select a piece and play it, or utilize the editing function in order to create your own. Craft and play the new instruments so that you can spread tranquility in a world of exploration and survival that is Durango.

Faster & Better Experience in Durango

In order to experience the many contents in Durango: Wild Lands, one needed to invest time and effort. Now, considering that we’re near the end, we are preparing an update that will bring in a way to enjoy the various contents in a short amount of time. But at the same time, we will try our best not to diminish the gameplay of the past.

Keeping the Private Islands

We are currently trying to find a way for pioneers to keep their private islands even after the service for Durango: Wild Lands ends. This will allow you to see your private island after the termination and also show it to others.

Durango Wild Lands Review Zebraceratops

Heartbreaking to see that they still have content in development while knowing that the game is coming to an end. About the shutdown they said:

After Durango: Wild Lands was released, our pioneers have turned the wild lands into a new world. Vacant islands became flourishing cities, and lands of nothing became homes, farms, and shelters to many pioneers.

To put it bluntly, we have decided to end the service of Durango: Wild Lands. It seems we have reached our final destination in the wild lands that we have explored together. We would like to apologize and show our gratitude through this note.

We would sincerely like to thank you, our pioneers, for being part of the Durango world. We, as developers and operators of the game, were able to do our jobs largely due to your support. While the in-game characters were warped to Durango despite their intentions, you our pioneers chose to be part of our family. We deeply empathize with you not being able to continue your expeditions in Durango.

Life in Durango will continue on until its termination. We will continue its development so that memories from the wild lands will last for a prolonged period.

 

In-app purchases are no longer available for the game and the game will close on December 18th. They don’t have a release date yet for that new content, so if you’re interested in that be sure you’re following them on social media.

 

Source: Facebook via MMOCulture

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Disney Selling Off FoxNext, Getting Out Of Game Making Entirely

With the recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney, many of the Fox subsidiaries and IPs have been under a pretty taxing microscope. Alongside all of their movie and animation studios, Fox also had their own game development studio called FoxNext. FoxNext is allegedly on the chopping block currently under Disney’s new supervision. That could lead to a troubling future for their main game, Marvel Strike Force.

According to a report by Bloomberg, the entire decision comes from Disney CEO, Bob Iger. Iger recently made the case that he’d rather Disney get out of the business of making and/or publishing games. The 2016 shut down of toys-to-life game Disney Infinity and the 2017 cancellation of Club Penguin, were just the beginning. He’d just prefer to license out their properties to other studios.

 

What’s Next For FoxNext?

FoxNext’s Marvel Strike Force was among those licensed games, with growing popularity over the past year as a heavy-hitting mobile game. The game plays identically to the also-Disney-licensed EA mobile game, Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes. Of course, that comes complete with Marvel characters, stories, and some changes to the formula on which it is based. With single player and multiplayer alike in the game, it relies on a free to play model and has constant updates and events. 

FoxNext also has other games based on the Fox properties, Aliens and Avatar, in the works. While the Aliens title and details are kept under wraps, Avatar: Pandora Rising’s website has only a quick description. “Experience the striking beauty of Pandora in Avatar: Pandora Rising. Lead a flourishing Na’vi village or build a prosperous RDA mining colony. Collect iconic heroes, troops and resources, build your base, and fight real-time battles. Join the epic battle for survival, save your people and determine the fate of Pandora.”

Alongside Disney getting rid of FoxNext, it’s now currently unsure territory if the mobile developer will be able to keep the licenses they have been working on. With them all Disney owned now, Iger has made it clear that partnerships with other, more established game developers is the way to go. EA still has its Force-choke hold on the Star Wars properties and Square Enix assembling Marvel’s Avengers. So, maybe FoxNext will keep their licenses in the future.

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The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is Returning This Summer

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot holds a special place in our hearts here at MMOGames, it was a fun underrated title with the best name ever. Sadly, it was only live for a couple of years and in fact, has now been shut down longer than it was ever live. But, this summer that is about to change! The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is coming back, this time as a mobile title. It’s set to launch on July 9th on Google Play and the App store. You can already preregister your interest, and, if they get one million people to preregister they’ll receive a pet called Bradley, the Doomsday Messenger. Seriously, whoever makes the names for this game deserves an award. The game will feature heroes who can be customized with over 1,000 pieces of gear. There will also be a PvP arena, but, perhaps the biggest thing promised is a huge PvE campaign. We don’t have any other details about the game yet, but we can’t wait to get our hands on it!

Mighty Quest for Epic Loot

If you’re interested in reading more about The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot check out our review of the original version of the game on PC back in 2015. Or you might be interested in our article saying goodbye to the game that took a deep dive into the reasons the game was shut down, what it did well, and what it didn’t do so well. You can, of course, expect an updated review of the game once it is released. For now, though, check out the announcement trailer for The Mighty Quest for Epic loot below.

Source: Destructoid

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