At the beginning of 2014, when people are celebrating the great success of video games in 2013 and looking hopefully forward to incredible growth of mobile games in 2014, the future of browser based games aroused great debate. Some people think browser games market will crash in 2014 while others predict 2014 to be a big year for browser games market. I think it depends on two aspects, namely, whether old browser games can remain popular and even keep attracting more players and whether there are good new browser games in 2014.[b]
1. Browser Games Market in 2013[/b]
Drakesang Online, Runescape 3, King’s Road, Wartune…, actually, the list of popular browser games in 2013 can be very long, among which Drakesang Online and Wartune has the greatest growth.
Drakensang Online, one of the top MMOs of 2012, proved that browser games still have what it takes to enthrall and entertain gamers in 2013 by attracting over 10 million players. Its amazingly good 3D graphics and fun, classic RPG gameplay ensures its popularity in 2014.
“It’s a fun mixture of action RPG and city-building strategy gameplay along with some extras such as dungeons, world bosses, and even farming.” Ok, it sounds attractive but is actually NOT, at least to me. However, this game has over 100 million players now, which means people love it. And I believe the number will grow in 2014.
Obliviously, though the whole browser based games market is not as cheerful as video games market or mobile games market, it still saw some growth in 2013 and shed some light on 2014.
2. New Browser Based Games to Be Expected in 2014
Duty of Sentinel
This game also shows the mashup feature of Drakensang and Wartune. It’s a role-playing game merged with turn-based strategy, wrapped into an adventure mini-series about the Epic War between Sentinel and Scourge. Cross a vast range of landscapes, chat with smart NPC, recruit legendary heroes, loot mysterious dungeons, refine souls…it's not only a feast for the eyes but also a breathtaking fantasy adventure. The game has what it takes to be a big heat in 2014.
Another game that may rock 2014 is Ballistic, a first-person shooter designed to deliver a mainstream shooter experience on a browser window. “The game’s visuals look like something out of AAA games like Activision’s Call of Duty or EA’s Medal of Honor” said Unity CEO David Helgason.
With Drakesang Online, Runescape 3, King’s Road, Wartune and other mature products, it’s very difficult for browser based games market to crash in 2014. And with Duty of Sentinel, Ballistic and other upcoming high quality browser games, we can expect a good year for browser based games market. read