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After a large burst of hype forged by mentions of a planned release for North America back in January, Ascent: Infinite Realm, the upcoming steampunk themed MMORPG developed by Bluehole and set to be published by Kakao Games has been mainly away from the spotlight. Community Manager Praballo says that “many aspects of A:IR are now in the process of being refined after the first Beta test in Korea” which took place in December of last year. Now Kakao Games has posted a showcase of concept art and the inhabitants of A:IR’s world in hopes of sweetening the wait for news regarding a North American release date.
Take a glimpse into the lore of A:IR and find out the artists’ commentaries on the official forum post. More previews and showcases of A:IR’s world are set to come in the next few weeks. Keep in mind that while it has been stated in an interview with Kakao Games’ Europe’s CEO, Min Kim that Ascent: Infinite Realm is not expected to fully launch until 2019, the game’s project Manager has stated that the first English “test phase will be in Q1 of 2018”.
MapleStory 2 has drawn a lot of attention lately with the highly anticipated English version’s closed beta announced to arrive globally on May 9th. What you may not know is that MapleStory 2 already has two other existing and regularly updated versions; the Chinese version and the slightly older Korean version. Well, we all know where the money is in the gaming industry at the moment, so it’s not too surprising to hear that even the adorable Maple world is set have a battle royale PvP mode.
Nicknamed Mush King Championship, the survival PvP mode will allow up to 50 people to join a special arena where they will eliminate each other until only a single player remains. You can watch the Korean developer’s video below to see it in action (starting at 0:30 in the video).
The upcoming Wuxia-themed MMORPG Moonlight Blade has decided to join the Battle Royale craze with a new PvP map where players can turn into cats to sneak around, fight bosses for temporary powerful items and battle to the death.
While there have been nearly countless clones and renditions of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite created by Eastern game developers, traditional MMORPGs have mostly stayed away from the rapidly-growing Battle Royale craze. However, in the recent few months there is a noticeably large influx of MMORPG developers attempting to catch the eyes of the seemingly overnight success we call the Battle Royale fan-base.
Our friends at LostArkDB have shared with us their translations of the final letter of LostArk‘s Community Manager Risha and it comes with some big news! Lost Ark’s Korean Closed Beta 3 is on its way and sign ups will begin on April 19th! This will be the game’s final Korean Closed Beta before it heads to open beta later this year. Now that it is one major step closer to a Western release, the hype-meter for both its native and overseas fans will surely rise.
The Korean version of Closers has just revealed several exciting news coming to the game in the summer and beyond. Keep in mind that while En Masse’s English version is releasing characters at a good pace with Tina’s release only three days ago, the original Korean version is still more than half a dozen characters ahead with even more coming soon. This is very exciting news and gives Western players even more to look forward to.
Upcoming 14th Character
Closers (KR) as of now has 13 characters and Nexon has revealed that the 14th addition to the roster will be released in July! The class name will be Mystic, but a character name has not been revealed yet. Based on the silhouette below, it’s highly likely that the character is a girl. However I wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s certain since there are existing characters that would be very difficult to label with only a silhouette like Misteltein.
Maewha, the female blader has made her way as the latest playable character in Black Desert Online‘s SEA version. Maewha becomes part of the roster only one week after her male counterpart, Musa was brought in. Both are sword-wielding classes that fight with oriental-styled martial arts to execute chain combos. Maewha is especially powerful in single combat situations.
What’s that? You want a release date? Nope, nothing more than “possibly this” and “probably that” for now. Last we heard of Peria Chronicles, we were supposed to get some important news in December of last year and so far that’s still a no-show. Worry not however, when a date is finally announced for this game, we will let you know right away and swiftly update our Alphas, Betas and Release Dates page.
Now on to the super smart NPCs. ThingSoft, the developers of Peria Chronicles will be applying an artificial intelligence system that is currently being developed by Nexon Korea to the game’s NPCs. This AI will allow the NPCs to automatically generate missions and other content for players.
Details as to how this will work were not mentioned, but I can guess that these smart NPCs may create based on surrounding player activity. This will be a sweet addition to the list of advanced sand-box features of Peria that include player-made dungeons and player-programmed mechanisms like elevators.
Astellia Online is back with another closed beta! Developer Barunson gave word that Nexon has begun recruiting testers for the upcoming CBT2 on March 27. On top of this, Nexon has updated Astellia Online’s website with useful information and fancy graphics regarding classes, game systems and more.