Massively Mobile?June 9, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
Tags: choice, fallen earth, game design
The Fallen Earth Mobile Companion has been unveiled. I first saw it on the splash screen when logging into Fallen Earth last night, and I saw that Dickie has a nice post about it on Rainbow MMO.
It’s a cross-platform mobile app designed to allow players of Fallen Earth limited access to the game when on the move. Chat channels, auction house, crafting queue, that sort of thing. It’s been made by Icarus, Fallen Earth LLC, and AFK Interactive.
I checked out AFK Interactive’s website, and they’re stating it’s part of their M4 Platform, where M4 is short for “Massively Multiplayer Mobile Monetization”. It’s a skinnable/customisable app, which they would like to see used for a variety of differing MMOs.
I’m not sure how you feel about that little word “Monetization” sat there on the end, but it sets off alarm bells for me. I’m not sure I wish to be monetised through my mobile. It sounds vaguely of ladies of ill repute and worse legality leaving business cards in ‘phone boxes to me.
However, sensitivities towards RMT aside, I’m going to give it a go. It’s $1.99, which is less than the price of a pint, and as far as I can see it’s a one-off payment. If it was a subscription that would be something else entirely, but I don’t mind giving a cut of 2 bucks to the people behind a game that I particularly enjoy.
Is it going to be a must-have? I’m not so sure about that.
It gives an advantage to those players who enjoy playing the auction house, those who send a lot of in-game mail, and those who are particularly chatty, that’s for sure. After that, it’s hard to say; the advertising blurb just says, and I quote; “and more!”