Blizzard has announced that World of Warcraft Classic’s Arathi Basin battleground will be unlocked on March 11th at 3PM PDT. The date was revealed by Community Manager Bornakk via a forum post. Battleground Holidays will start later that same week which will give players more honor and reputation from battleground participation.
Bandai Namco has announced that the closed beta testing of the upcoming Japanese anime MMORPG Blue Protocol has been delayed. Testing was supposed to begin in March 2020. The developer wishes to “prevent the spread of the new coronavirus and to ensure the safety of operation and development staff.”
Bless Unleashed is Bandai Namco’s Xbox One MMORPG based in the same universe as the now-shut down Bless Online. The developer has released two new blog posts that shows a sneak peek of the game’s cash shop called the Lumena Shop. The first post shows the cash currency rates, a mount skin, and a costume. Lumena, the game’s cash shop curerency will be purchasable through the Microsoft store at the following prices:
Blade & Soul is set to patch in a new update titled Shroud of the Assassin that will add a third class specialization to the Assassin class on February 19th. Level 55 and higher players who have completed the Legacy of the Hongmoon Class Awakening quest will be able to opt for the Way of the Phantom specialization. You can use new “phantasmal energy with the new Phantom skill or surprise your opponents with an attack of Shadow Stalkers as you display your newfound expertise with the Twilight Slash ability”.
Korean MMORPG Astellia is set to launch on the Steam platform on January 30th. The buy-to-play game is already downloadable and playable from the web-based service. Players form both the web-based service and Steam platform will be on the same regional servers.
Pearl Abyss has released a new trailer for Black Desert showcasing the combat style of the upcoming Guardian class. The video was posted on Black Desert’s Korean YouTube channel. The Guardian is seen using several AoE attacks, grabs, and a teleport skill as a gap closer.
On January 20th, PvP-oriented MMORPG Albion Online will launch its biggest update since the game was released in 2017. Titled Queen, the update will bring the new Hideout system that lets guilds operate in underground bases within the Outlands. An entirely new faction, the ancient Avalonians will also be added to the game. Players can fight against them in the new Elite Randomized Dungeons for powerful week-long buffs and Avalonian Shards (used for crafting the game’s most powerful Artifact Armor).
Gameforge has taken over the publishing duties for classic Korean MMORPG TERA in Southeast Asia. On January 9th, the local SEA server launched and became accessible for players in Malaysia, Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Brunei, and Vietnam.