Following the global iOS launch of Rival Kingdoms: Age of Ruin, Space Ape games can reveal that the studio’s second release has received one million downloads in its first week, with an astounding three quarters of a million downloads in its debut weekend alone.
The game has also proved to be a sensation over social media, with an army of YouTubers posting ‘lets plays’ gaining as many 120,000 views over the past few days and generating thousands of tweets.
Space Ape’s first release, Samurai Siege, was a worldwide success, achieving over $20m in aggregate revenue and over 10 million downloads in just over a year. For their second game, Space Ape Games has built on Samurai Siege’s strategy gaming roots, to deliver a deep gaming experience set in an immersive fantasy world created with the help of award-winning games writer Rhianna Pratchett.
Rival Kingdoms is a bold new take on the mobile real-time strategy (RTS) genre with a heavy emphasis on explosive action, intense multiplayer combat and collaborative guild-based gameplay.
John Earner, CEO of Space Ape Games commented: “We’re thrilled at the overwhelming response we’ve had to the release of Rival Kingdoms. We’ve spent a lot of time exploring why players love the strategy genre so much, and we’ve seen fantastic reviews come in, with the game achieving over 2,000 reviews clocking in at four point six stars.
Many mobile strategy games offer a satisfying loop for a few minutes, but lack depth and sophistication. And, on PC and console, depth and sophistication come at the cost of convenience and time. We wanted to build a game that can scratch the gaming itch at a bus stop or checkout queue, but also offer hours of base development, alliance building and combat, with great music, better-developed characters and narrative and beautiful graphics using the latest version of Unity, with Support for Apple’s Metal Graphics”.
We believe that Rival Kingdoms offers the best of both worlds – and that players are going to react very well to that.”
Rival Kingdoms is currently Editor’s Choice in the AppStore available on iOS now. The game is set to be released on Android from late May 2015. For more information on Rival Kingdoms visit www.rivalkingdomsgame.com