Super Evil Megacorp announced the full commercial release of Vainglory, its core multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, on iOS and Android devices. The game was originally released on iOS in limited territories in November 2014, and since then it has acquired more than 1.5 million monthly active users. The game is growing in popularity in the world of eSports, and it has partnered with OGN for the first Vainglory Worlds Invitational Tournament in Seoul, South Korea, July 13 and 14.
In Vainglory, players compete in three-on-three team battles, choosing from a selection of heroes before attempting to destroy the Vain crystal in the opposing team’s base. This full launch includes support for more than 150 Android devices, with cross-platform functionality allowing players across all devices to access the same matches.
In addition, this launch update includes casual and ranked queues. In other words, competitive gamers can access ranked matches, which are locked to players who have yet to complete a series of requirements. In this way, ranked games are limited to only those dedicated players with a specific skill level.
A new skins system has also been introduced, with all heroes eventually having a three-tiered skin theme, which impacts the hero’s appearance and visual effects while playing. The first tier of a skin theme can be unlocked using ICE, the game’s premium currency, while the other tiers are unlocked with the random cards received at the end of matches. Players can also use both free and premium currency to instantly purchase additional card packs.
Finally, Vainglory has received a new hero, Rona, a berserker who “is best played in the jungle, pairs well with protectors and works well with both weapon and crystal builds.”
In a statement, Bo Daly, CEO and co-founder of Super Evil Megacorp, commented on the game:
Our players and community have always come first, and we’ve taken the past eight months to listen to feedback, develop a robust set of features, heroes and content and ultimately deliver an unforgettable MOBA experience for touch, just like a PC title would do with a beta period. Today is all about celebrating our players and the continued growth of the Vainglory community.
Vainglory is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play. New players are encouraged to check out the in-game Academy, which includes 30 videos of information and tips on how to play the game. A cooperative mode is also available, allowing players to become comfortable with the game while playing against bots.