Clash of Clans players will finally be able to change their village name in the upcoming update that was recently announcement by Supercell. This development addresses a longtime complaint by loyal fans (a.k.a Clashers) over the lack of such a feature in the popular mobile strategy game.
"We've heard you -- we've heard you loud and clear. All Clashers want a village with the best possible name, and so many of you have written in to ask for a chance to change the name of it," the official Supercell press release said.
"So, that's why we're currently working on a feature that will let you (yes, you!) change your village's name in-game, in case you're unhappy with your current username and would like a new handle."
Supercell also added that players will start seeing the name change update soon. Even so, the Finnish game developer did not give a specific launch schedule.
The addictive nature of Clash Clans stems from its gameplay mechanics. Clash of Clan's objective is to raid other player's bases while maintaining the home base. Players are encouraged to stay online longer because logging off increases the vulnerability of enemy attack. Besides defending their own territory, they are required to assist in the defense of their clan allies' castles. Enemies consist mainly of other clans, who share the same objective of pillaging and destruction.
To combat opponents, players have at their disposal multiple specialist creatures such as archers, giants, barbarians, skeletal wall breakers, and hog riders. Other playable characters include heroes with special abilities and powers. Naturally, heroes are harder to destroy.
Since its debut in 2012, Clash of Clans remains the highest-grossing app game so far. Besides Clash of Clans, Supercell has had success with two other titles - Hay Day and Boom Beach. According to Reuters, Supercell reported an operating profit of 515 million euros ($564 million) from 243 million euros (roughly $260 million) in 2013. The company's revenue increased from 1.545 billion euros to 519 million euros.
"Our goal is to do games that people could play for years," Supercell Chief Executive Ilkka Paananentold had told Finnish publication Helsingin Sanomat. "It is extremely difficult to come up with new games."
Sanomat also admitted that his company cancelled four other games that were under development last year.
All three of Supercell's successful app titles including Clash of Clans are free to download. The company draws its revenue from players who buy perks and customization options using real money.