A while back, at the end of 2016, we had the opportunity to try the first closed beta of Durango: Wild Lands, a survival MMO where you have to thrive on an archipelago of islands packed with dinosaurs. After a few more tests and the final release in Asia, a new English version of the game was recently released that can now be enjoyed on Android. However, in order to play, you’ll need to use a VPN or emulator since it is limited geographically.
The game from NEXON has been enormously publicized, and in fact, it’s currently one of the most profitable games from the company. The version that’s currently available is a soft launch limited to Indonesia, with the incentive that English is one of the available languages. In order to run it without any limitation, all you have to do is use a VPN app that includes Indonesia as one of its options to mask the network and, if you’re using a smartphone, disable the SIM during signup. Obviously, if you’re using a tablet without a SIM or any emulator for Android, this won’t be necessary.
The game has you explore enormous islands while you defeat wild beasts and collect raw materials to create better equipment, and improve your own shelter. Now, it may sound simple on paper, but the interaction possibilities are enormous given the wide variety of tools you can create and crafts you can learn. Using contextual menus, you can interact with the elements you find, while making sure you pay special attention to your food, fatigue, and even your personal hygiene. Beyond that, the real-time PvP and PvE combats are typical, making the game feel somewhat less automatized than other similar games.
In some aspects, you could feel like you’re playing a sort of Last Day on Earth on steroids, but in reality, this game has much more to offer. Whats! Studio, the development company under the sponsorship of NEXON, has been working on the project for three years, and this is clear in the both the production values as well as the depth of the storyline. While it may be the umpteenth freemium MMO that we’ve see on the platform, its mechanics are so well-oiled and satisfactory that it’ll be a long time before you want to put this game down.
As we’ve already said, the game can be played without any limitation beyond having to sidestep the regional block. However, one important fact to keep in mind is that the studio has already confirmed that the characters won’t be reset once the game is opened to other geographic areas and different servers. For anyone who can’t wait any longer, you can set out on this epic Jurassic adventure right now.
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