I feel like developers have been making the promise of fully featured MMORPG’s for mobile forever, and it’s rarely realized to an extent that compares with the pre-launch hype. There’s a few exceptions out there for sure, namely Gameloft’s Order & Chaos (Free) series and a few other games that offer large multiplayer experiences, but none of them ever really make you think, “Alright I’m done with playing MMORPG’s on the PC, this is it." It’s possible that NetEase’s Crusaders of Light might change that. If nothing else, the trailer looks awfully cool:
As far as features are concerned, NetEase is boasting some pretty impressive stuff including integrated voice chat which really isn’t something you see too often:
Crusaders of Light delivers an authentic PC-quality MMORPG for mobile phones and tablets with over 300 hours of available gameplay at launch! Featuring dungeon raids of up to 40 players, Crusaders of Light bands adventurers together with their friends in real-time to beat epic bosses and unlock legendary gear. Those who enjoy cooperative play can engage in ranked 1v1, 3v3, and 5v5 PvP arena battles, while sharpening their skills in 25v25 battleground fights. Guildmates can also take advantage of the Integrated Voice System as they climb the ranks by battling other guilds for glory and work together to enlarge their territory.
The game just soft launched this morning in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and the Philippines with a North American (and worldwide) release coming later. If any of this sounds at all interesting to you, it’s probably worth signing up for their pre-launch thing which apparently gives you $50 worth of free in-game stuff when the game actually releases worldwide. We’ve got a thread in our forums too which hopefully will start filling in with some first impressions.