Vainglory: A Full-Blown MOBA Experience Coming Soon to Your SHIELD Device

By Patrick Shaw - Thu, Mar 19, 2015

Super Evil Megacorp’s Vainglory has been hailed by critics and gamers as one of the best, if not the best, MOBA experiences on mobile. Originally launched back in November on iOS, the game is now officially slated to hit NVIDIA SHIELD and Android.

Designed to deliver a true multiplayer online battle arena experience on mobile devices, Vainglory features MOBA-style gameplay in which two teams comprised of three characters each face off in battle in an effort to destroy the enemy’s base.

“With Vainglory, we wanted to bring the core game experience to [mobile],” explains Kristian Segerstrale, COO and Executive Director of Super Evil Megacorp. “A game where players experience the highs, the lows, the rush and anticipation, and the incredible feelings of both defeat and victory to the next generation of gamers, who are predominantly on touch devices.” Vainglory, currently in beta on Android.

What sets Vainglory apart from other mobile titles of its kind is that the developer didn’t try to make a more casual MOBA game for mobile audiences.

As Segerstrale says, this “is a polished, visually stunning MOBA that gets the controls out of the way so players can focus on insane, addictive, incredibly fun and intense gameplay.”

Vainglory’s rich fantasy visuals take advantage of the graphical capabilities of high-end mobile devices such as the NVIDIA SHIELD as well as Super Evil Megacorp’s proprietary E.V.I.L. graphics engine.

“E.V.I.L makes it possible to run Vainglory at a beautifully smooth 60 fps and boasts fast loading times while maintaining a good battery life,” Segerstrale says.

He adds that the engine, which the development team has spent years building and iterating on, allows them to deliver unprecedented visual fidelity on mobile including everything from highly-detailed plant life and characters to explosion effects, light glare and reflections.

“In a nutshell, the engine allows us to run a smooth multiplayer experience on touch with beautiful graphics, animation and super-detailed heroes,” he says.

While Android owners will have to wait a while until the final version of the game is ready, players can already apply to participate in the ongoing Vainglory closed beta with an open beta set to roll out in the near future, too.

Segerstrale tells us that Vainglory has evolved quite a bit since it debuted on iOS with fresh features on Android like new heroes, social features like chat and even content created by its passionate community of players.

Segerstrale and Super Evil Megacorp won’t release Vainglory on Android until it is absolutely ready, but the team insists it will be worth the wait.

“[We’re] listening to the community very closely as we really want to keep our players happy,” Segerstrale says.