Zarksoft have submitted their massively multiplayer iOS sci-fi 4X to Apple for approval. This is the third trip up the mountain for Empire of the Eclipse, and while a post on their forums suggests confidence (“Hopefully everything will sail through this time with no issues”), Zarksoft must feel like Sisyphus at this point.
Zarksoft’s Lee Dotson reached out to tell me that he expects EotE to be up on the App Store this week if the approval process goes as planned. Empire of the Eclipse is a ambitious game that will truly merit being called “massive” if it does everything the devs say it will: multiplayer competition will play out across a dynamically-generated game universe containing hundreds of thousands of planets. And unlike the dozens of IAP-driven shovelware MMOs clogging up the App Store, Empire of the Eclipse promises to be a “play to win, not pay to win” game.
EotE will be the first subscription-based game on the App Store, mirroring the model that PC MMOs like World of Warcraft have followed for years. The game will be a free download and will require a $1.99 recurring monthly subscription to play.