Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (or MMORPGs, to the cool kids) are some of the most popular interactive titles on the planet. And the king of the hill in that contested arena is Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, with millions of active players ponying up for access to the virtual fantasy world every month. There’s no real comparison on the mobile platform at the moment, but developer Veraxon Entertainment aims to change that. Their project World of Midgard aims to bring a “familiar” experience to Android phones and tablets, and it’s in a closed beta right now.
Students of mythology will recognize Midgard as the rough term for “Earth” in Norse lore, and World of Midgard uses the Viking pantheon to populate its levels and dungeons. There’s a surprising amount of story going on even this early in development – the 30-page lorebook is already available on the Kindle. Orcs, dwarves, elves and other playable races make various allusions to WoW, as do their classes and skills. At the moment the game is in a combat-only mode, with no crafting and very little loot. Kill monsters, get experience – that’s how it goes in the MMORPG world.
You’ll need to be approved for early access to the closed beta, but that doesn’t seem to be all that difficult. Support is fleeting for now – it’s entirely possible that your phone/tablet/ROM won’t be compatible with the online game at all, and there’s not a lot that can be done about it. iOS versions are also released, with cross-compatibility. The game has been in active development for most of last year, and Veraxon hopes to release a final version of World of Midgard… eventually. The third version of the beta was released yesterday to testers.