German-based publishers of free-to-play online games, Gameforge have announced that their popular space-themed MMO, OGame is coming to mobile. The classic browser-based, money-management, and space-war-themed massive multiplayer online (MMO) was released back in 2002, and the game celebrates its 20th Anniversary in October this year.
Highly anticipated Space War MMO OGame is coming to Mobile devices
OGame is a text-based space simulation strategy MMORPG available for browsers only as of now. Players begin with a basic planet that has nothing and is given the freedom to manage resources, build infrastructure, and then, eventually conquer other planets in their galaxy and become a colony. The game was instantly popular in the budding MMO community because of the easy controls, the feature to make alliances, and the strong PVP-oriented game style.
After completing almost 20 years, Gameforge is now bringing OGame to mobile, but it doesn’t end there, OGame is also getting major expansions for the first time in ten years. The game will be available for both Android and iOS by the end of this year, and an open beta test for all enthusiastic fans will be starting at the end of May this year. Gameforge made the official announcement about this on its website.
The open beta test scheduled for May will aim at receiving feedback from enthusiastic gamers which will help the developers make necessary changes and flexible improvements to the game. The major expansion coming to the game is called Lebensformen which will bring four new life forms to the game, namely Humans, Rock’tal, Mechas, and Kaelesh. Apart from this, the game will also be introduced with 48 new buildings, 72 new species technologies, and two new resources.
GamingonPhone reached out to Gameforge to ask what the dev team thinks about the mobile expansion and in response, Martin Liedtke, Lead Product Manager of OGame answered the following questions.
What did it take to port this classic MMO to mobile after so many years?
While it was always possible to play OGame as a browser game on your smartphone’s web browser, having a dedicated mobile application was always one of the top requests from our global communities. To fulfil this request, we went through a lot of research, tested different technologies and approaches to offer the best possible game and user experiences and worked together with key players of our communities to get their direct feedback on our designs and development steps. This way we can be sure we get it right and are able to offer what our player really wants to have.
Since this is a really old MMO, what are the plans to compete with the existing top tier mobile MMOs in the app stores?
With celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, OGame is a true classic. We are backed by a tremendous community and are working closely together with them. On the development of our mobile application, as well as on our just announced biggest content expansion ever – “OGame Lifeforms”. We have something to offer – and our communities know that. With the news out now, we are also seeing many players excited to come back now that they can access the game any time, anywhere from the palm of their hands through their mobile devices.
Gameforge’s OGame has accomplished something that a lot of other franchises dream about, and now with the mobile port, it only means that the game is going to stay here for much longer for hardcore MMO fans to enjoy. Users can stay updated about all the information by visiting the official OGame website or following the official social media handles.
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