Jun 28, 2011
Gameloft’s MMORPG, Order & Chaos Online, has finally come to Android, months after launching for iOS devices. The description claims that it’s the only true real-time, full-3D MMORPG on Android” – Pocket Legends would have something to say about that. The game follows a similar structure as World of Warcraft and other fantasy RPGs, as the Elves and Human races fight for Order, and Orc and Undead races fight for the side of Chaos. The game promises a wide variety of character customization, with over one thousand skills, and over two thousand pieces of equipment to use. Players can also make four character slots, so they aren’t just forced to play as one character from the game’s inception. The game comes with a $6.99 price tag, but is also subscription-based, coming with a free 3-month subscription, with additional costs of $0.99 for one month, $1.99 for three months, and $2.99 for six months. Far cheaper than World of Warcraft…and far more mobile as well! The app requires Android 2.2, and likely requires a download of app data to the SD card, as the Android Market install is only 2.3 MB. It’s doubtful that a 3D MMORPG can be contained in only 2.3 MB.
There are two key caveats to this release, however. First is that there is no crossplatform play with iOS players…yet. This is supposedly coming in a future update that will enable iOS and Android users to play with or against each other. This might ultimately be beneficial for those starting out on the Android version, so new players can catch up to their iOS brethren. The second caveat is that the list of compatible devices is both limited and odd. Certain models of the Galaxy S line are compatible, with certain models like the AT&T Galaxy S variant, the Captivate, being incompatible with the game. View the complete device list on the Android Market page, which should be updated as more devices are made compatible, or just search for the game in the Android Market – if it doesn’t appear, then the device is incompatible.
Of course, device incompatibility is a regular part of Android ownership, and it’s likely that Gameloft will work on getting more devices compatible with the game. As well, N.O.V.A. 2 finally released for Android, for $6.99, so Gameloft is really stepping up their releases for the Android platform.