In celebration of ArcheAge‘s upcoming Echoes of Hiram content update, the ArcheAge Team is holding an event extravaganza on the game’s PTS (Public Test Server). Testers will be able to explore the new Eastern Hiram Mountains and win event prizes for their characters in the live servers. Festivities begin on June 24th 9AM PDT.
Korean developers Barunson and Studio 8 have sent word that the first closed beta test of the fantasy MMORPG Astellia will begin on June 25th and end July 1st. Pre-download of the CBT-1 Client is already available for those who have been invited to participate.
For the first 5 days of CBT-1, players will experience the game in its “default state” so the developers can get data on character and gear progression. After, a Special NPC will appear that will level up characters to Lv. 50.
Phantasy Star Online 2 Is Officially Releasing In The West In 2020 & Will Eventually Launch On All Platforms
During last week’s E3 Premier, SEGA and Microsoft announced that Phantasy Star Online 2, the lobby-based action-oriented MMORPG will finally launch in English for North America in Spring 2020. The game will launch as free-to-play on both PC and Xbox One with cross-platform support.
Just recently, Phil Spencer, the head of the Xbox brand has confirmed that the game will eventually end up on all platforms. Spencer revealed the news to Giant Bomb’s Jeff Gerstmann during the 50-minute interview focused on the PSO2’s exciting Western reveal.
PSO2’s English version has been widely anticipated by fans of the popular Phantasy Star RPG saga since Phantasy Star Online 2 was first released exclusively in Japan nearly seven years ago in July 2012.
Design as a support class, Shai wields a large boomerang that is almost as big as she is to swiftly attack enemies, support allies and evade. She has several unique skills at her disposal such as ‘Play Dead’ to fool enemies, ‘Get Well’ to heal allies, ‘Come Here and Hide!’ to shield her friends, and ‘Found You!’ to reveal hidden foes.
Bless Online’s Global Steam Version Is Shutting Down On September 9th – What’s Left For The Bless IP?
Following the recent closure notice of the Japanese version of Bless Online, developer and publisher Neowiz has officially announced that the global Steam version of the game will also be shutting down on September 8th, 2019. The closure will take place exactly one month after Bless Japan shuts down.
As we reported last week, Bless Online’s Global version on Steam has consistently performed poorly with a current average of 209 players in the last 30 days and similar numbers for the past five months.
When the global version shuts down, Bless on PC will no longer be playable in any region. The fate of the Bless IP will rely on Bandai’s Unreal Engine 4 iteration of Bless on Xbox One titled ‘Bless Unleashed‘. Bless Unleashed ran a four day closed beta testing in April 2019. No word has been given out in regards to open beta testing.
Neowiz‘s BLESS Management Team has announced that the Japanese version of BLESS will shut down on August 8th, 2019. The game lasted for nearly two years in the region since its launch on November 2nd, 2017. Member registration will be disabled on July 10th.
The developers state that they have minimized content updates to be able to focus on improving the game’s performance and gameplay. However, they conclude that further development will not bring satisfactory updates.
NCSoft has announced the upcoming arrival of a large content update to the martial arts themed action MMORPG Blade & Soul titled Empyrean Shadows. This update will have players working together with New Masters in the Empyrean Citadel to thwart Mushin’s evil plans in Act 10 of the game’s epic story.
Warlords Awakening, the re-release of the MMORPG Elite Lord of Alliance will cease service on June 28th. The game launched on Steam as Warlords Awakening less than one year ago on July 26, 2018. Until the official shut down, the game will be free-to-play with all in-game cash shop purchases disabled.
My.com has sent word that Conqueror’s Blade has begun its open beta testing today. Everyone can participate in testing the medieval siege warfare MMO. In the open beta version, players can try out the new Territory Wars feature that allows players and friends to unite as a House and declare war against others warlords for land and a spot on the House leaderboard.