MapleStory 2‘s English global version will start its first closed beta next week on May 9th and Nexon has just sent out the 2nd wave of CBT invitations. Players chosen to participate in the closed beta testing phase will be able to download the game client on May 7, 2018. If you weren’t chosen, make sure you are registered on the MapleStory 2 site for a chance at the third and final round of invitations which will be released before the game client is available for download.
Bless Online New Combat Previews Released For All Classes – Ranger, Guardian, Mage, Berserker, Paladin
Bless Online is getting closer and closer to its Steam beta in May and now Neowiz has shared the current state of the combat for each class that will be playable in the initial Steam version. Familiarize yourself with all of the different combat styles by watching gameplay previews and reading the combat details for Guardian, Ranger, Berserker, Mage and Paladin. Keep in mind that the preview videos were taken in a development environment and does not reflect the final version (e.g. names might differ).
While a specific date has not been mentioned yet for Bless Online’s first Steam beta, many speculate that an announcement will be made for it during Bless Online’s press event that will occur on May 11th in San Francisco, California. It can’t be much later than that anyway, so it’s quite a likely scenario.
Update: The videos are now accessible on Bless’ Pmang YouTube channel.
The Germany-based publisher, Gameforge has just posted a 3 second teaser GIF on SoulWorker‘s Facebook page captioned with “Very Soon” and accompanied with the comment of “Jin?”. We can only assume that this means Jin Seipatsu, the lightning fist character will be added to SoulWorker’s roster as a new playable character soon. Gameforge’s SoulWorker currently has four playable characters and we know that Jin Seipatsu was added as the fifth character for the Korean and Japanese versions of the game.
SoulWorker fully launched just at the start of April which will make Jin the first character expansion for the English version. It is good to see that Gameforge seems to have chosen not to take their time with character releases.
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.
Indie developer Citadel Studios has updated their roadmap and announced that the plan so far for their upcoming sandbox MMORPG Legends of Aria is to move onto open beta in June. Early Access will begin in July and will include the Final Wipe of Legends of Aria. At which point those who backed the game as Kickstarters and Founders will begin their one week headstart and the land rush will begin. The Early Access will not be available on the Steam platform.
A specified month or date for the final Steam launch or big market push is not on the roadmap yet, but their target for that phase is this coming Autumn. That is still an impressive timeline if they release fully in Autumn considering that Legends of Aria‘s Closed Beta was only a few months ago in January.
Wild West Online, the upcoming open-world MMORPG where players roam the untamed and often lawless lands of the American Wild West is finally leaving Early Access and will fully launch on Steam on May 10, 2018.
Wild West Online developer, 612 Games states that the live launch will include the addition of a rival faction global conflict to the world, major PvP events in the open world, more PvE missions and side events. Based on feedback from early alpha tests, the developers have given more structure to the PvP aspects of the game. The rival faction global conflict aims to provide a non-restricted open-world PvP with a defined conflict, so the experience isn’t just players gunning everything down in their paths. More and improved side activities will be seen in the launch version and in updates to come.
Aeria Games currently offers two versions of the anime-styled MMORPG Echo of Soul; a Classic version and a Phoenix version. Echo of Soul Phoenix offers new maps, events and a more update game while the other offers a more old-school experience. On May 23, 2018, all Classic servers for NA and EU will close their doors forever due to technical issues regarding support availability.
WarpPortal Shuts Down All Games In Europe After GDPR Including Ragnarok Online, Rose Online, Dragon Saga
WarpPortal, the online video game publisher known for handling Ragnarok Online, Rose Online and other popular anime-styled MMORPGs has announced that all of their games and services to the European regions will be terminated. As of May 25, 2018, all of the European countries except for Russia Federation and the CIS countries will be blocked by regional IP from accessing their games or accounts. This change is due in large by Europe’s new data protection initiative called GDPR that set into effect on the same day as the announcement.
Some of the games affected are:
- Ragnarok Online
- Ragnarok Online 2: Legend of the Second
- Metal Assault
- Dragon Saga
- Requiem: Rise of the Reaver
- Rose Online
- Record of Lodoss War
- Ragnarok: Restart