10 Best MMORPGs in 2020

You may have heard that the MMORPG genre is dying, and you know what, that may be true, but it isn’t dead yet! There are still a ton of amazing MMOs that you can play. That’s not even mentioning the ones that are coming out in the near future. What should you be playing if you want to play the best? Here’s our list of the 10 best MMORPGs in 2020.

 

10. Guild Wars 2

Despite recent displeasure from longtime fans of the game Guild Wars 2 is still one of the best AAA MMORPGs available on the market. ArenaNet is developing another game and many feel that is reflected by the smaller content patches. But, the game that already exists is fantastic. It has had two expansions which are still popular to this day. Just don’t rush through all the content expecting to get more frequently or you may end up disappointed.

 

9. ArcheAge

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Last year ArcheAge got a huge boost to life with the release of ArcheAge Unchained. The new business model brought in new players and older ones who had previously left citing irritation with the monetization of the game. While reviews of the game on Steam are mixed closer inspection shows that the vast majority of complaints are about difficulties accessing the game and not problems with the game itself. The game is being praised as being enjoyable and fun to play. Quite a feat for a game that is going on 6 years old.

 

8. Phantasy Star Online 2

It may not be expected to launch until Q2 this year but we can already say without a doubt that Phantasy Star Online 2 is going to be one of the best MMORPGs you will play this year. The game has been running consistently in Japan since 2012. In that time it has expanded to be available on PC, PS Vita, PS4, and in 2018 Nintendo Switch. Here in the West, the release will be limited to North America and only be for PC and Xbox One but we’re sure that this much sought after MMORPG will be the talk of the gaming community once it releases.

 

7. Bless Unleashed

We don’t yet know when Bless Unleashed will be leaving beta, but the fact that it has been doing open beta testing suggests that it’s quite close. Bless Unleashed is the game that Bless Online should have been, something that I’ve seen repeated over and over by people who have played in the beta. It is a vast improvement to the game with completely new combat and a number of other big changes. Most notably, it isn’t even made by the same studio. Bless Unleashed is an amazing game, but, it has to get past the stigma and misunderstanding of what the game is. This isn’t just a repackaging of the same game but now it’s free or anything like.

 

6. City of Heroes

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It has almost been a year since City of Heroes made a comeback with a bunch of fan-run servers and we are expecting to start seeing new content from the largest of these servers sometime this year. But, that isn’t the reason City of Heroes makes our list. Despite the game being 15 years old and not having any new content for a number of years thanks to it having been offline, it is still one of the most playable MMORPGs on the market right now. This is thanks to the massive amount of content that already existed for the game and just how alt friendly it is. It is also a fantastic game for roleplayers, something of a rarity these days.

 

5. Runescape

This year Runescape is 19 years old but it is still going strong. In fact, 2019 was the best year the Runescape games have ever had! Jagex is also planning something big for the big 20th anniversary next January. So, if you want to try out the game that introduced a large chunk of the internet to MMOs, now might just be the best time to give Runescape a try. Throughout this year Jagex is also going to be hiring 100 new employees, which means that the new content is going to keep rolling in for a long time.

 

4. EVE Online

EVE Online is another one of those games that just keeps getting better with age. This year they’ll be celebrating their 17th birthday! Sure, if you ask the player base there might be some concerns about the game growing stale and yes, the population of the game has been declining. But behind all the current drama there is an incredibly solid game and there is nothing else on the market quite like it.

 

3. World of Warcraft

“Don’t ask what happened to the first one — Mechagon Technology is still Gnome technology!”

When it came to picking the top 3 MMORPGs in 2020 it wasn’t easy. The three games are all on pretty equal ground and it really just depends on personal taste which one you like more. For the sake of this list, however, we let the general hype levels of the game decide. World of Warcraft is still going strong and, while the hype may not be quite as strong anymore for WoW Classic, there are still oh so many who swear by it. 2019 may not have been an amazing year for WoW but it is on such a high pedestal that it can afford to have a bad year and still be one of the best.

 

2. ESO

If you think back to the launch of Elder Scrolls Online it might come as a complete surprise that ESO has come so far. Despite the rough launch, the game has jumped from strength to strength. It’s a solid game through and through that somehow gets forgotten fairly regularly. Right now is a great time to jump in as they’re starting a year-long story that will stretch over several DLCs released throughout 2020.

 

1. FFXIV

2019 was an amazing year for Final Fantasy XIV. Even if only one thing had happened in the game the entire year, the release of Shadowbringers, it still would be number one. Why? Shadowbringers has often been praised as the best MMO expansion of all time. The fact that six months on from the release of the expansion players are still singing its praises is also something of a wonder these days. There is no doubt that as of the time of writing it, in January 2020 Final Fantasy XIV is the best MMORPG, period.

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Runescape Had its Best Year Ever

2019 was a record breaking year for Jagex as Runescape had its best year ever with memberships at an all-time high. But that wasn’t the only milestone they reached last year. Old School Runescape achieved its highest ever daily active player count. On mobile, it had more than 8 million installations. They also streamed a record breaking 11.3 million minutes of content from RuneFest.  A quote from Jagex CEO Phil Mansell about the record breaking year can be read below.

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“Putting Jagex on track for its most successful year to date, 2019 was a record-breaking year for Jagex and our RuneScape communities. We hit exciting milestones, welcomed more members and players to the games than at any point in their 19-year history, achieved significant success on mobile and saw notable industry talent joining our established teams to steer the future for our living games. We’re delighted and deeply appreciate the dedication of our staff and fans.

This level of success only comes with the passion of huge player communities, who engage with our games because of the amazing craft and care from our talented teams. It is thanks to these efforts that we’ve been able to greatly increase our investment in our existing games, new product development and the broader business with more than 100 new hires coming onboard in the last 12 months. This includes senior leaders joining from EA, Blizzard, Activision, Ubisoft, Riot and more, adding more than 250 years of cumulative games industry experience to the Jagex team.”

 

Runescape is also getting ready for its 20th anniversary which isn’t until January 4th 2021 but from the sound of it they are going big. Jagex will have a series of initiatives that celebrate the community. More information on those will be coming at a later date.

 

Source: Press Release

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Games Like World of Warcraft in 2019

For more than a decade now World of Warcraft has dominated the MMORPG genre and helped shape the development of the entire genre. But nothing gold can stay. The bad news is that there are very few AAA MMORPGs being developed anymore. The good news is that there are still quite a few amazing ones out there you can play right now. Below is a list of games like World of Warcraft that you can download and jump into right now. It isn’t in any particular order, we wanted to mix in a variety of options to try to cover what everyone might be looking for. We did a similar list back in 2015 but felt it was time to give the topic another look.

 

Final Fantasy XIV

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Final Fantasy XIV (FFXIV) may very well be the best MMORPG that is currently available on the market. It has had three amazing expansions, the most recent being Shadowbringers in July 2019. Shadowbringers was praised by many fans of the game to be the best MMORPG expansion there has ever been. On Metacritic the expansion has a critic score of 91 (out of 100) and a user score of 8.9 (Out of 10). This puts it in the number one spot for best PC game of 2019 on Metacritic.

Something that makes FFXIV stand out from other MMORPGs is that you are able to level all classes and jobs on one character. So, if you’re the type of person who enjoys trying out everything you won’t have to roll up a new character to do it. On the other hand, if you like having a lot of alts FFXIV may not be for you. This is a dungeon-based game and getting through the storyline will require you to complete dungeons.

 

Tera

Tera is a fantasy MMORPG that came out in North America and Europe in 2012, then released on consoles worldwide in April 2018. It uses action combat and a non-target battle system. This basically means that you have to make sure you’ve got your enemy in front of you in the cross-hair cursor in order to execute an attack. For anyone who is used to the old fashioned tab targeting that is usually found in MMOs this can be a difficult hurdle to overcome. Those that do get past it enjoy Tera for its many unique and interesting classes and the constant updates that are coming to the game despite its age. It’s clear that Tera still has many more years of life left in it so don’t let its age scare you away.

 

Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2 is without a doubt the most beautiful MMORPG there has ever been. It is absolutely gorgeous and the developers at ArenaNet know it. Fashion is a big part of the Guild Wars 2 experience, so much so that the game has the nickname Fashion Wars. It is broadly considered a more casual friendly MMO than most but that doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges to be found. It’s a great game if you prefer to play your MMOs solo. The story is designed with a solo player in mind but there are still tons of opportunities for groups to play together too.

So far, Guild Wars 2 has had 2 expansions but it also gets content updates every 3 months. These include a brand new zone, another part in the ongoing story, and lots of beautiful weapon skins It also has a lively PvP scene with two different types of PvP to pick from.

 

Runescape

For many MMO players today Runescape was their first love. The game has been around since 2001, making it even older than World of Warcraft. But, just because it’s nearly 20 years old doesn’t mean it is slowing down or that it looks 20 year old. It has had a number of updates over the years as technology has advanced.

Runescape isn’t for everyone though. The game puts a big emphasis on grinding which can be really unattractive to a lot of people. A lot of people also say that the community isn’t very newbie friendly. Which can be quite difficult to overcome if you’re looking for a communal experience from your MMORPG.

 

Blade & Soul

Midnight Skypetal Plains Raid

Blade & Soul is sometimes called the World of Warcraft of Asia and despite its massive popularity in the East it rarely grabs headlines in the West. Which is unfortunate because it is a very good game that is a blast to play. It has been so popular in Asia that it had a 13 episode anime series adaptation. There is also an incredibly popular mobile version of the game. It stands out on this list for being more martial arts focused with classes like Kung Fu Master, Zen Archer, and Blade Master. If you’re looking for a completely unfamiliar MMORPG experience then give Blade & Soul a try.

 

Elder Scrolls Online

Despite its rough launch Elder Scrolls Online has gone on to become one of the most successful and most popular MMORPGs on the market right now. It is without a doubt one of the top 3 MMORPGs you can play right now. It is full of content that is accessible to both groups and solo players alike. It is still getting regular content updates with new expansions and DLC. For those familiar with Tamriel and the Elder Scrolls universe, the game takes place a millennium before Skyrim, 800 years before the events of Morrowind and Oblivion. If you’re looking for an MMORPG that is guaranteed to still have a long life ahead of itself then ESO may be the game for you. In a recent panel at PAX Australia ESO’s Creative Director said that Zenimax is planning to continue to support the game for a long time and that they have development plans through 2020 and beyond.

 

Rift

When it launched Rift was aiming to be a WoW killer and they weren’t shy about it with their advertising either. It is perhaps the most World of Warcraft like MMORPG that’s on the market without being a Chinese clone. Unfortunately it has had its share of struggles through the years and it has been relatively quiet since Gamigo bought it and developer Trion Worlds in October 2018. However, the core game and its expansions do still exist and it is all extremely playable. The playerbase may not be what it once was, but for a game that is 8 years old and has moved on to an entirely new developer it is still going strong.

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Runescape Double XP Weekend Announced

Do you remember when double XP weekends were happening all the time? These days they are few and far between so it is well worth mentioning when one is coming up…and well… a Runescape Double XP weekend is on its way.

The event will run from July 26th to July 29th, for a full 72 hours. During that time Runescape members will be able to enjoy a 100% boost to experience earned while free players will have a 20% boost. There are a few exclusions to what you can earn double XP from, actually it’s a pretty lengthy list. Here’s the full list from the website:

 

The Double XP Weekend boost is not applied to the XP earned through the following items or activities:

Assist system
XP lamps
Tomes of experience
Ectofuntus
Cremation
Dragon rider amulet
Auto-sanctifiers
Goldsmithing gloves
Brawling gloves
Player-owned house altars
Wilderness Chaos altar
Dungeoneering wildcards
Sacred clay
Urns
Ancient effigies

 

It also does not apply to XP rewards given on hand-in for the following activities:

Quests
Daily Challenges
Jade Vine
Strange and golden rocks
Other Distractions & Diversions
Harvesting animal produce from Player-Owned Farms

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It does not apply to XP awarded on hand-in of points or tokens. Examples:

Slayer point rewards
Brimhaven Agility Arena tickets
Dungeoneering tokens

 

The Invention skill benefits differently to others:

Item XP is gained at +50%
Making items on a workbench (charge packs, siphons etc) gives +50% improved XP
Disassembling random items (logs, potions etc) will give +50% improved XP
Disassembling/siphoning equipment does not give improved XP
Ironman accounts do not receive an XP boost on Double XP Weekend.

Finally, while stored Bonus XP itself is not boosted, it is still awarded alongside the boost from Double XP Weekend. So a member training a skill with stored Bonus XP on Double XP Weekend will receive +200% base XP.

 

From the sounds of it there are also going to be a number of events and competitions taking place. The details for those are going to be located on the various Runescape social media accounts, the Runescape Discord, and the Runescape Subreddit.

 

Source: Official Site

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RuneScape Winter Weekends to Boost Various Skill Lines

Whether you’re the sort to improve your Slayer skill or would rather just head out into the world and reel in all the fish, the upcoming RuneScape Winter Weekends will help you ramp up your skill line earnings with boosts to various playstyles over the next month or so.

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Every weekend (that’s Friday to Monday) from November 30th to January 7th, players of RuneScape can enjoy various boosts to specific skills, whether that’s 25% more XP for Slayers or higher yields for Farmers. Here are the complete dates and details:

  • November 30 – December 3: Elite Dungeons & Dungeoneering
  • December 7 – December 10: Deep Sea Fishing & Fishing
  • December 14 – December 17: Combat & Slayer
  • December 21 – December 24: Gathering & Support Skills
  • December 28 – December 31: Minigames
  • January 4 – January 7: Player-Owned Farms & Farming

In addition to these weekend buffs, the Violet is Blue seasonal quest is also arriving on December 17th. This quest will introduce players to a young girl who was raised by yetis and task them with helping her achieve her dream of visiting the annual yeti festival.

Full information on what each weekend’s skill boost will be can be found on the RuneScape website.

Our Thoughts

The Violet is Blue quest sounds pretty dang adorable, and we’re sure there are more than a few players of RuneScape who will appreciate seeing boosts to their favorite skill lines. We hope every player of this particular MMO has a good time over the winter months.

Source: press release

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RuneFest Unveils World Event, RuneScape Mobile Beta and OSRS Polls

This past weekend saw a bunch of reveals for both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape at RuneFest 2018, including the Members Beta for RuneScape Mobile and new content details for both OSRS and RuneScape.

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Starting today, subscribers to RuneScape can download and play the special members-only beta of the mobile edition. As with the mobile version of OSRS, this will feature full cross-platform and cross-account integration with the PC version of the full MMORPG. It’s currently available for Android only, but will release for both Android and iOS devices. Speaking of releases, OSRS Mobile is due to fully launch on October 30th.

As for the games proper, it wouldn’t be much of a RuneScape convention without a round of announcements for those. RuneScape players can now take on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in the ‘Til Death Do Us Part event, which starts today and runs all through October. There are also updates due this Winter like a rework of mining and smithing, the new Needle Skips time-looping adventure, and the last part of the Elite Dungeons trilogy.

For Old School RuneScape players, polls will run that offer up the elven city of Priffdinas and the introduction of the continent of Zeah. If these polls are successful, both pieces of content should arrive to the MMO by next year.

A more in-depth rundown of all of RuneFest 2018’s reveals can be found right here.

Our Thoughts

As ever, RuneFest looked to be pretty jam-packed with new shiny things for all things RuneScape. We’re looking forward to further information for both the content updates and RuneScape Mobile’s progressing development.

Source: press release

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RuneScape and Old School RuneScape Release their Soundtracks

Wow, Jagex, you’re perhaps a little late to the soundtrack release party, huh? Still, news that two RuneScape soundtrack releases are coming will very likely delight fans of the current RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, so better late than never as they say.

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The releases in question come in two flavors. Runescape: The Orchestral Collection will include rearranged tunes from the MMORPGs by BAFTA award-winning composer James Hannigan, with compositions recorded by the London Philharmonic and Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. RuneScape: Original Soundtrack Classics will take a more nostalgic turn meanwhile, with a selection of original songs from OSRS and the early days of RuneScape.

Both soundtracks will be available in digital and physical releases, with CD and double-deluxe vinyl available for pre-order and the digital versions up for grabs now. The digital and CD versions will include 19 bonus tracks, while those who pre-order the vinyl editions will also get free digital copies of the albums as well.

Jagex plans to further release additional albums featuring the series soundtrack. Considering the title holds a Guinness World Record for most original pieces of music in a video game, they’ve got a lot of material available.

The announcement also came along with a video that offers a look at how the game’s music is put together, which you can watch below.

Our Thoughts

These tunes very likely carry lots of nostalgia for a lot of MMORPG fans, so it’s pretty surprising these songs weren’t released in an album sooner. Like we said in the opening, however, it’s definitely better late than never and we hope fans of the RuneScape series enjoy these new releases.

Source: press release

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MMOMoney: THQ Nordic Acquired Project Copernicus, Jagex Breaks Records

This week we’ve had some interesting and surprising acquisitions in the gaming world that are shaking things up. THQ Nordic acquired Project Copernicus, Pearl Abyss grabbed CCP, and Superdata was bought be Nielsen. Find out the details of all of those stories and more in this week’s MMO Money.

 

Jagex Has Another Record-Breaking Year

Runescape, a 17-year-old MMORPG continues to be the major driving force behind its parent company’s record-breaking profits. Jagex posted revenues of £84.9 million in its last financial year, which is an increase of 14.2% year on year. Profit is also up this year to £43.5 million, making it the best year in the company’s history. Jagex CEO Phil Mansell spoke with GamesIndustry.biz about the success the company has had this year. “2017’s growth came from focusing on nurturing our RuneScape communities and finding innovations that keep long-established games fresh and exciting for all types of players.” He went on further to say, “We’ve talked about our living games vision that’s driving Jagex’s future. The heart of that vision, and where we focus the most, is creating deep engagement between our millions of players and our games. The financials are the consequence of our players enjoying and valuing that engagement.”

With Old School Runescape about to launch on mobile, it looks like Jagex has a solid future and millions of fans to help keep them going.

 

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

 

Nantworks Invests in Daybreak Games, Creates New Joint Publishing Division

Nantworks, a holding company run by LA Times owner Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong has invested in Daybreak and together they’re creating a new publishing division being called NantG Mobile. Projects that NantG Mobile will work on include mobile versions of H1Z1 and Everquest. It will also be taking over H1Z1’s Battle Royale mode on PC. As if this weren’t all enough Nantworks is also in the planning stages of a new LA Times Center space that will serve as a venue for esports events headed by NantG Mobile.

For some who have been following the news recently all of this may come as a bit of a surprise. It previously looked as though Everquest was winding down and may be coming to an end. But with a new mobile version of the game coming out, there may be new life for the 19-year-old game.

 

Source: Press Release

 

CCP Acquired by Pearl Abyss

The makers of Black Desert Online have purchased the makers of EVE Online, CCP. The acquisition is being made for $425 million and it is expected to close around October 12th. CCP will continue to operate independently from Iceland with offices in London and Shanghai.

It was just a few months ago that CCP announced a mobile game and the possibility of a TV series while teaming up with NetEase. Last month the deal with NetEase was expanded even more to include the expansion of EVE Online’s reach in China.

CCP appears to be doubling down on their MMO since they abandoned their virtual reality aspirations when the technology didn’t take off like so many thought it would.

 

Source: Press Release

 

Roblox Raises $150 million for Global Expansion

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Roblox is looking to expand internationally and thanks to a recent funding round they’ve got $150 million to do it with. The funding round was led by Greylock Partners and Tiger Global Management. Altos Ventures, Index Ventures, and Meritch Capital Partners who are already existing Roblox investors. With the money, Roblox will be able to support more languages and currencies while hiring new talent from around the world.

 

Source: Gamesindustry.biz

 

Superdata Bought By Nielsen

For the last few years, Superdata has been the gaming industry’s go to market research company for information on game sales and performances. Now they’re going to be part of Nielsen Holdings. Nielsen currently operates in more than 100 countries and employs somewhere around 44,000 people globally.

Chris Morley, Nielsen Global President of Games and Esports said this, “We recognize the growing importance of the digital gaming ecosystem, and the combined strength and expertise of our businesses will deliver best-in-class solutions and services to games and esports clients around the world.”

It’s nice to see the rest of the world catching up with what games have known for a long time, games r srs bznz.

 

Source: Press Release

 

UK Charts This Week

What will come as a surprise to absolutely no one who has spent 5 minutes online this week, the new Spider-Man game is at the top of the charts this week. In fact, in the top 10, there are 3 new entries this week, including Destiny 2: Forsaken. Check out the top 10 UK gaming charts for this week below.

This Week Game Last Week
1 Spider-Man New Entry
2 Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age New Entry
3 Grand Theft Auto V 3
4 F1 2018 1
5 Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy 4
6 Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 2
7 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe 6
8 Destiny 2: Forsaken New Entry
9 PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds 7
10 LEGO The Incredibles 12

 

Source: Press Release

 

THQ Nordic Acquires IP Rights to Kingdoms of Amalur

THQ Nordic has finalized the deal to get the right to the Kingdoms of Amalur games, which includes 38 Studio’s MMORPG Project Copernicus. The exact details of the acquisition weren’t published unfortunately so we don’t know how much was paid for the rights. Does this mean we’ll see Project Copernicus after all? That actually seems a bit unlikely. The MMORPG genre as a whole is on the decline. It seems much more likely that THQ Nordic will create other games with the IP.

 

Source: Press Release

 

EA May Take Belgium To Court Over Lootboxes

EA is currently under investigation for their failure to remove lootboxes from Fifa 18 and it looks as though they won’t be removing them for 19 either. Based on previous statements from those in charge of EA it looks as though the company is getting ready to take the Belgian Gaming Commission to court rather than caving in and removing lootboxes. The other companies that were found to be in violation of Belgium’s anti-gambling laws, Blizzard and Valve have both taken steps to remove lootboxes from their games for Belgian players. If they did go to court, there is the possibility that the court sides with EA, which would allow lootboxes to make a return.

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MMO Money: Why Amazing Eternals Stopped Development and Runescape Brings in $800 Million

For some reason, this week was the week we found out how much a bunch of games have made since they launched. In some cases like Pokemon Go, it’s an anniversary that passed by while for other games it’s breaking an incredible milestone. Then some games…well they seem to be just because. It’s a little bit of a weird and random week in MMO Money. But, at least we get a break from lootboxes!

 

Amazing Eternals Shelving Explained

The Amazing Eternals Video Why Amazing Eternals Stopped Development

Digital Extremes have explained one of the things that contributed to Amazing Eternals being put on a shelf was watching how much LawBreakers was struggling. “The competitive landscape at that time was pretty hefty. We just saw LawBreakers not do so great, and it was a fantastic game, so that was sad. That happened right when we were starting our closed beta for [The] Amazing Eternals.”

It was also noted that it was just a bad time to be working on another game as Warframe’s Plains of Eidolon update needed a lot of resources. It was the perfect storm of things going wrong so it seemed like a good time to put the game on a shelf for a while. The good news is that the studio is still very much interested in picking it back up at some point in the future.

 

Pokemon Go Brings in $1.8 Billion Since Launch

Pokemon Go is two years old this month and thanks to intelligence firm Sensor Tower we know that the game has brought in $1.8 billion since it launched. $607 million of that coming from the United States while Japan is the second highest at $500 million. The game has continued to be incredibly successful even after the worldwide hype died down. This summer has been even better than usual thanks to the heatwave taking place all over the northern hemisphere getting people back outside and the update to the game that brought trading and so much more to the game. We recently did an article that looked into why now is the best time to go back to Pokemon Go, be sure to check it out if you’re interested in the game.

 

Overwatch Players Raise Nearly $13 Million to Fight Breast Cancer

It’s always a beautiful thing when a game’s community comes together to raise money for charity. Well, this time around Overwatch players went above and beyond raising over $12.7 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The event ran last spring and was called the Pink Mercy charity campaign. The BCRF told Blizzard that this was the largest donation by a corporate partner in one year that they’ve ever had in 25 years of being in operation.

 

The Sims Mobile Brings in $15 Million in Four Months

If you’ve not heard about The Sims Mobile, it’s ok, you aren’t alone. Sensor Tower estimates that The Sims Mobile was EA’s eighth highest earning mobile game in June across both platforms. It does trail behind the other mobile games based on The Sims, The Sims FreePlay. That game was the third highest earning for EA in June. 59% of revenue from The Sims Mobile comes from the United States. The next highest is Great Britain which makes up only 8% of earnings. While the game is doing incredibly well it does have a long way to go to catch up to the much older, much more established mobile game based on The Sims.

 

Runescape Has Brought in $800 Million in its Lifetime

Why this week was the week of “Look how much money these guys have made” I have no idea, but we aren’t done with it yet. Runescape is 17 years old and in those 17 years the game has brought in 800 million dollars. It has even been reported that the game is still growing. Runescape currently has 250 million accounts. Many of those accounts are certainly inactive, but on Twitch it’s one of the most popular games being watched. It’s in the top 40 for most viewed and in the top 20 for most relevant.

Earlier this year Jagex announced they would be shutting down Runescape Classic because of the growing difficulty of supporting it. Old School Runescape, also known as Runescape 2 remains active alongside Runescape 3 which is the newest version that is simply called Runescape. Old School Runescape will actually be expanding, it’s currently in beta for Android and an iOS release is planned for later this year.

 

EA Executive Sells $1.5 Million of EA Stock as Value Continues to Decline

It is thought by many that this year’s E3 was EA’s weakest in quite some time. Since E3 EA’s stock has also reflected that with a steady downward trend. Well, thanks to SEC filings last week we’ve learned that Blake Jorgensen, COO and CFO of EA Games sold $1,503,967 worth of stock. Games Industry executives are known for doing this kind of selloff when they predict a future drop in value.

If this is the case it isn’t entirely unwarranted. The only Star Wars game that has been announced is just that, it has been announced. We’ve not seen what it looks like and we don’t know much about it, which means that it isn’t coming out any time soon. There are concerns that Anthem will be a hollow game that amounts to little more than a Destiny-like clone. But perhaps the biggest slap in the face is Commander & Conquer Rivals. C&C fans have been waiting a very long time for a new title to be released and when one finally gets announced…it’s a free to play mobile disappointment and it’s only in alpha. It’s not looking great for EA right now, though you won’t see many tears shed by gamers.

 

Clash Royale Exceeds $2 Billion Since Launch

Clash Royale

Yes, we have another one of these, but I promise it’s the last one this week. Supercell has become the first publisher to operate two multibillion-dollar mobile games now that Clash Royale has breached the $2 billion mark. Clash Royale launched in 2016, while Clash of Clans, Supercell’s other megahit, has brought in $6 billion since it launched more than 6 years ago. Unsurprisingly, the United States accounts for the largest share of revenue at 30%. Germany is the second highest with 10%, followed by France, China (iOS only), and South Korea. Amazingly, despite China only having the iOS version of the game revenue is almost even between iOS and Android. Android accounts for 51% while iOS accounts for 49%.

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OSRS Mobile Opens Beta to Every RuneScape and OSRS Subscriber

The population of the Old School RuneScape mobile beta is about to balloon by a pretty significant factor. Jagex has just announced that all Members (AKA subscribers) to either RuneScape or Old School RuneScape who have an Android device can now join in on the sandbox MMO’s testing.

old school runescape mobile beta

OSRS Mobile will roll out a staggered release for every Member of RuneScape and OSRS on PC right now, bringing in approximately 250,000 people over the next few weeks. The so-called “members beta” will be for Android devices.

“Since announcing our plans to bring both RuneScape games to mobile, the community has been clamoring to get their hands on the titles,” claims director of game development Conor Crowley. “Old School RuneScape Mobile has been running 24/7 in invite-only closed beta for the past couple of months, and, with development progressing really well, we wanted to share this progress with the most important people: our members.”

Rollouts for the mobile edition of OSRS beta are starting today and fans should keep their eyes on the game’s website for details. And if you’re among those looking to play on iOS, then the devs want you to know that they’re working on it. Meantime, bear in mind the beta build of the game is functional on the following devices:

  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2XL
  • One Plus 3
  • One Plus 3T
  • One Plus 5
  • One Plus 6

Our Thoughts

That’s most definitely a significant ramp-up in testing scale! Of course, whether all of the current Members take the invite or not is entirely up to the players, but it certainly sounds like the mobile edition of Old School RuneScape is very nearly ready for prime time.

Source: press release

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