MMO games are big! Not only in their scale, but in their ambition as well. To date it is probably the most popular genre the gaming industry has ever seen bridging together both online and role playing to giving us gamers the closest experience to being in a virtual world. Look no further than China and South Korea (biggest demographic of gamers) to see how big the trend is there.
While we, in the Arab or MENA (Middle East North Africa) region, are still growing it has come to my attention that a company based in both in Dubai and Turkey have decided to take on the mantle to create an actual MMO portal (gasp!).
A company called DOA Games will be licensing from leading global studios (such as ZQGame from China) to provide gamers in our region high quality free-to-play MMO titles. The best part is those titles will be localized in English, Arabic, and Turkish. If you don't feel convinced then maybe this trailer will sway your thoughts.
“We are excited to have The Lost Titans within our portfolio, enhancing DAO Games position as provider of leading innovative titles for the MENA and Turkey regions,” says Peter Kwisthout, CEO of DAO Games. “The Lost Titans will engage players with a fast-paced dungeon crawling experience where its high quality visuals along with fun game-play will appeal to both casual and hardcore players. We are confident the release of the game will quench the thirst of our regional gaming communities looking for a new level of MMO experience.”I have to say, for a free-to-play MMO title in our region, that doesn't look bad at all. If you're intereted in signing up for the BETA then make sure head over to this link: http://thelosttitans.novaworlds.com
Now what interests me more is the fact that the company has created an actual MMO portal called Nova Worlds (think of it like Battle.net) where users will be able to participate in not only The Lost Titans but other MMO titles as well.
While it's pretty clear that DOA Games are still fresh on the block I can feel they're starting off on the right foot. Currently free-to-play games are getting a lot of attention and for it be localized in our territory would definitely give it the edge it needs to compete. However, the fact they are dealing with MMO titles means they will definitely have a huge challenge ahead of them. I guess they want to go with the "Go Big or Go Home" strategy. I'm down with that.