Yesterday, we reported on industry experts predicting a difficult year for the mobile gaming market. Although the mobile platform is strong at this time, it could potentially struggle in 2017 due to a lack of diversity and poor sales.
However, there is potential for the MMORPG genre to thrive on mobile this year, with alterations being made to the platform to accomodate certain games such as Lineage 2: Revolution, which will be released by Netmarble and recorded W7bn on its first day of release according to reports.
There are a lot of factors to consider in order for MMORPGs to make an impact on the global mobile market. Given the size and popularity of the games, consistent and stable communication will be required, as well as continuous networking being required compared to other mobile games. Not to mention connectivity playing a key role to intermediate servers, which will be an essential part to play if its to be successful. Another issue could be battery life, given the size of the upcoming games, which could prove to be draining on the power source.
These are just a few of the obstacles that will need to be overcome in order for the MMORPG genre to boost mobile sales worldwide. Given its popularity on PC, you would expect there to be some form of transition of fan base that could flock to mobile if they are well represented on the handheld market. With some major companies focusing on releasing these kind of high-end online games on mobiles this year, we will know once and for all whether it will be a success or not.