Back in 2014, Super Evil Megacorp launched Vainglory, a mobile multiplayer online battle arena gameĀ featuring streamlined three-on-three battles on a simple one lane map. On February 13 the game updates to Vainglory 5V5, bringing it closer to both its PC cousins and its main competitor, Tencentā€™s Arena of Valor.

Super Evil Megacorp is calling Vainglory 5v5 ā€œno compromises core gamingā€ for mobile devices. With its newly beefed-up graphics engine (capable of running at 120 FPS on the Razer Phone) it looks like a PC game. And with two teams of five squaring off on a map with three lanes and various jungle farming points, itā€™ll play like a PC game as well, albeit with a lot more touching and people hunching over tablets.

Super Evil Megacorp is also teaming up with ESP Gaming, giving Vainglory Esports, now called Vainglory Premier League, a new home in Las Vegas. ESP Gaming has produced high-profile events like the X-Games and the World Series of Poker, so Vainglory 5V5's competitive scene is getting an upgrade as well.

The whole reason I enjoyed playing Vainglory in the first place was it was so unlike games like League of Legends or DOTA 2, but thereā€™s only so much strategic depth one can squeeze from a single lane and tiny jungle. Iā€™m looking forward to seeing what my favorite characters can do given extra room to stretch their legs and more enemy players to pounce on.