Could League Of Legends Help Sony Or Microsoft To “Win” Next-Gen?
The next-gen battle continues to dominate the gaming headlines across the internet but there’s one area that’s been left in the dark, the massively popular MOBA genre. The MOBA genre is the MMORPG game of today. No longer is the endless slaying of Orcs and Elves the norm in MMO gaming, instead it has become the breeding ground for one of the most competitive eras in video-game history. Some of the most popular games on the planet today proudly hold the banner for the MOBA genre and the increase in popularity shows no sign of slowing.
Defense of the Ancients is the Grand Daddy of the genre, a simple mod idea that exploded into a complex sub-genre before giving birth to currently the most popular platform for online gamers. Since that time we’ve seen big names enter the mix and brand new MOBA games such as League of Legends, SMITE and Defense of the Ancients 2 have come to the forefront. Despite all boasting their own selection of impressive features and mechanics, League of Legends is without a doubt the most popular of the bunch.
In March of this year Riot Games revealed that League of Legends supports 32 million monthly active players, with 12 million playing daily. They also stated that the game has seen more than 5 million concurrent players, which at the time was a massive increase from the 2 million announced just a few months before. Although a dwarf in comparison DOTA 2 has also made a big splash becoming the most played game in Steam history, exceeding 300,000 concurrent players; dethroning The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Hi-Rez have yet to reveal any real data for this third-person MOBA title SMITE but they did release an image on Facebook celebrating the 1,000,000th registered player. Even with a very low retention rate that’s still a very impressive figure for a genre that’s still a newbie when compared to the MMORPG. The next-gen developers have shown their interest in the MMO market with a number of big titles being confirmed on both platforms, but neither Microsoft nor Sony have made claim to the MOBA genre.
You cannot debate the popularity but can the experience port well to the console audience? If one developer is smart enough to attempt it, who do you think it would be?