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New and Upcoming MMORPG Roundup: Arcane Legends, Armed Heroes, and Heroes of OnC

As always, Massively Portable has their eye in several upcoming games that might be of interest to fans of pocket-sized MMORPGs. This week, we’re taking a look at recent developments concerning three of them: Arcane Legends, Armed Heroes, and Heroes of Order and Chaos.

Arcane Legends Trailer

This week, Spacetime Studios released a “cinematic trailer” for their upcoming MMORPG Arcane Legends. Take a look:

The trailer, to me, strikes a tone very similar to Star Legends. That’s a good thing, as Star Legends is arguably the best of the Legends series. Most important, to me, is that they’re returning to a class-based system, unlike the generic Vampires of Dark Legends. Warrior, Rogue, and Mage would seem to line up well with Pocket Legends’ Ursine, Avian, and Enchantress, too, so I’d expect some similarities between the two systems of play.

The blue-eyed pup in the video is the first look we’ve seen of “battle pets,” companion characters that will fight along side of heroes. Adorably vicious, no?

In a recent interview with Gamesutra, the head of Spacetime Studios said that they intend to release a new game in the Legends series every six months. While that seems a bit like overkill, it certainly makes me curious about what genre they hope to explore next. A Western themed MMO, perhaps? Regardless, Arcane Legends is expected to release soon.

Armed Heroes Returns

Armed Heroes, the Chinese MMORPG caught stealing assets from PC dungeon-crawler Torchlight this past summer, has returned to the App Store in altered form. EGLS, the game dev, has said that any game assets “resembling” those from Torchlight have been removed, and that the game is now an original production.

Now fully titled Armed Heroes: Roar of Ice and Fire Armed Heroes(3D MMORPG) - EGLS Ltd., the game’s look has become less realistic and more animated since its summer iteration. In fact, it feels reminiscent of the kind of look we see from Spacetime Studios. From some quick spot-checking of early game assets previously flagged as stolen, it does indeed look like EGLS has altered the offending elements.

Regardless of the game’s level of originality, a quick playthrough of the opening levels left me unimpressed. It feels a lot like a Diablo or Dungeon Hunter clone in it’s style of play, but the controls are loose, the graphics are uneven, and the English is poorly scripted. EGLS has a lot of work to do if they hope to make this game a successful MMO.

Heroes of OnC Coming Soon?

I don’t know about you, but my excitement for Gameloft’s Heroes of Order and Chaos has been high ever since they released this interview video a few weeks back:

Gameloft has a track record of doing three things well: (1) Order and Chaos Online, (2) multiplayer battle arenas [as in NOVA and MODERN COMBAT], and (3) successfully cloning successful games. Heroes of OnC seems like a perfect storm of these: an OnC-themed multiplayer combat game that clones League of Legends. As such, I fully expect it to be great.

There’s been no firm release date announced for Heroes yet, but back in August it was announced for an October timeframe … which means we may very well see it as soon as this week. Rest assured, we will be reviewing the game when it hits!

For all the latest news about pocket-sized MMORPGs, be sure to check out the Massively Portable podcast.

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