Vainglory – the game from iPhone 6's presentation – to finally be available this month. No scarf included


Many of you who watched Apple's iPhone 6 event will remember that the company used a mystery game with heavy graphics to present the new Metal low-level graphics API. The ones who don't will remember a guy with a huge scarf instead.

So, back to the game – it's called Vainglory and is an action-strategy-RPG mix, or a so-called MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), much like the famous DOTA and League of Legends games from PC. It is developed specifically for touch-based controls and it looks very promising, not to mention that such a title has a good chance of taking permanent hold in gamers' hearts, as the number of quality mobile MOBA games is, well... one (Fates Forever – check it out).

If you've been foaming at the mouth, waiting for Vainglory, know now that the game will launch in Europe on November 13 and in the US on November 18 and will be available for iPad 2 and up or iPhone 5s and up. That's right, developer Super Evil Megacorp went out of its way to make an OpenGL-compatible version for the game and support 3-year old iPads, while latest versions will make use of Apple's Metal API and will, most probably, look much better.

This goes against earlier reports that the developer only intends to release the game for the latest iPads, and we are unsure what caused the change of heart, but suspect that Apple may have given Super Evil a nudge or two, since it used the game to promote the iPhone 6 and having it not be available for the phone would... cause a bit of PR problems, maybe. Anyway – the game developer still insists on recommending that you play the game "on the largest possible screen and the newest possible device available to you".

A MOBA is a multiplayer-only game, which, in the case of Vainglory, pits two 3-man teams against each other in a battle to destroy the opponent's base. Every player controls a single hero, which gains different kinds of unique skills and items throughout the match, and the only way to win is to have a good team synergy with your mates and crush your opponents with a mix of smarts, timing, and action skills.

Vainglory is currently in soft launch over in Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, getting a lot of praise from players and critics. We admit, we'd love to give it a spin.

Any MOBA lovers out there? See you in the arena!


source: Super Evil Megacorp via iMore

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14 Comments

1. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

does anyone know good android exclusive games that i can show to friends using apple devices and tease them?...

8. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Just wait until the end of your day and turn on your gaming console or PC. You know, a thing that plays ACTUAL games.

11. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Just wait until the end of the day to multi task on your computer, take amazing photos with your DSLR, call using a land line, save files on a USB stick, browse the web on a laptop, video call with a desktop cam. You know, things that ACTUAL items do. Fanboy.

13. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Your comment doesn't really help if camera and video performance, data storage, web browsing, cellular and data connectivity and multitasking have gone through more refinement in smartphones than modern mobile gaming. Plus you didn't exactly prove me wrong. I play mobile games as well and I enjoy them but come on. The overall technical quality of AAA mobile games is still comparatively low to PCs and consoles (pushing graphics to last-gen level does little to close the gap) and I'm not gonna sugarcoat that. It's even worse when people of different mobile OSs fight over exclusives that gobble up your battery life and internal storage (or a file size cap that stifles content). Smartphones are smartphones first, gaming devices second. What you read was not out of fanboyism, it was out of masterism. Sorry.

14. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I feel bad for you

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

How much is it? Or it is free to play?

5. paul.k

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

It's safe to assume it would be f2p, as MOBAs usually are. We'll see

3. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

That dude in the main page thumbnail looks like a cartoon version of John Legere.

4. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Came here just to say that! LOL

6. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Please, someone tweet it to him!

7. Alan01

Posts: 627; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

John is absolutely cool like that. If someone sends this to him, he will read it and respond.

10. paul.k

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

It's actually Tommy Krul a.k.a. Scarf Guy - the guy, who acted like he was playing the game on stage at the Apple event.

12. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

PhoneArena editors unite :D P.S why do your pictures differ.

9. Singrei

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

looking at the game , i'm assuming this game would be included among the lists of AVG'S battery drainer and storage eater

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