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).
A little less than one month from now on May 24, the upcoming multiplayer co-op monster hunting game Dauntless will finally head into open beta. To get ready for that and bolster up the amount of content that a large initial burst of players will be basing their judgement on, Pheonix Labs will be releasing the ‘Seeking the Horizon’ update on May 2. The update will come with several new features such as the redefined progression system, a reputation system and more.
The new feature that stands out above many is the addition of ‘hunt’ choices. When it comes to hunting behemoths players will be able to choose between the challenges of a ‘Patrol,’ ‘Expedition’ or ‘Pursuit’.
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.
The Italian indie development startup Dynamight Studios is nearly ready to start their crowd-funding campaign for Fractured, the upcoming class-less isometric MMORPG with a fully interactable open sandbox environment. Their long-planned Kickstarter campaign will start on June 1, 2018. Just last month, they have also managed to raise over $100,000 from private investors to fund the development of the game.
In preparation, the team has shared Fractured’s first pre-alpha gameplay video as seen below. This is the product of the work of a 7 person team with SpatialOS and Unity.
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
We first heard of news regarding RaiderZ‘s revival quite suddenly in the last stretch of last year. Its new developers at Masangsoft started this year nicely with a development roadmap that revealed information about planned changes for the game. Now Masangsoft has shared more information about the upcoming re-launch and released a survey via Facebook asking fans of the game where they live.
The survey will be used to help the publisher choose which regions RaiderZ will be available for. It is a Google form where you answer only a single question. If you are interested in playing the re-release of the game and want to help ensure that your region will be supported, here is the survey. There is no account or additional information required.