Better integrating mobile devices into MMORPGs
Another amazing idea came out of our forums today. Thelg and Lokked get credit for coming up with the idea of somehow integrating mobile devices like iPhones into MMORPG RvR gameplay. The idea makes perfect sense, and for once I’m able to see this type of integration actually happening in a way that isn’t cheesy, gimmicky, or worthless.
What if your mobile device connected you to the realm war? Imagine receiving a push notification from a herald when enemies entered your lands. You could then connect immediately to guild chat and alert your guild or alliance. Your mobile device could act as a real-time connection between you and what is going on in-game on the battlefield, similar to what the DAoC Herald used to provide.
Mobile devices could be connected to a plethora of in-game activities. Tap to upgrade doors, walls, and placements. Trigger oil over doors, fire turrets, or even take control of a turret using the iPad’s gyro controls. Imagine being able to adjust the pathing of NPC guards on the fly to send them in an area where they will be more useful. Crafters could also access their resources in-game and begin repairing walls as if they were there, and they could be represented by an NPC character. Characters who are magical could set up scouting orbs that act like cameras (think Eye of Kilrogg) and maintain a constant watch of a strategic point to alert their friends.
Take the idea even further. What if players could participate in a group with their mobile devices? Let’s say I can’t make it to a siege with my guild because I’m not able to be at my computer. What if I could access my account, log in, and be with my group in some form to still provide some sort of utility? A healer’s whack-a-mole style of healing could easily translate to a mobile device. Maybe your group carries a banner around, or an orb, and when battle starts they place the object and you’re able to micromanage it from your device until it was destroyed or picked up. Logging in would only be possible via one device, so you couldn’t dual-log.
This type of integration gets players involved no matter their location or circumstance. It brings meaningful innovation to the idea of connecting mobile devices to MMORPGs, and actually provides a useful new function. More ideas coming to mind extend mobile connectivity beyond even RvR. Crafters could manage their shops in real-time, interact with customers, create their goods, and integrate with the game with an all new type of asynchronous gameplay. The ideas are really starting to flow.