Bless Online is set to release on May 30th and Neowiz’s announcements regarding the founder’s packs and game access have been hot topics for fans to mull over. Bless Online Community Manager Penta the Panther has written an open letter to address concerns throughout the fast-growing Bless Online community and to clarify some misinformation.
Unfortunately, the prevalent concerns regarding the cash shop, founder’s packs and in-game content were not addressed in this open letter. However, Cheshire, also a Bless Online Community Manager has stated on the Bless Online official Discord that they “hope to have more details about what is in the cash shop to share soon” and details on exactly what “premium membership and premium customer service” are.
We last heard of Final Fantasy XI Mobile, the collaborative project between Nexon and Square Enix quite recently in Nexon’s Earnings Report for Q1 2018. The report showed that the game is expected to release in Q2 2018 & onward in Japan & North America. Now it seems that a member of the FFXI sub-reddit community has stumbled upon a set of screenshots that shows off the graphics and world of the upcoming mobile game.
Pearl Abyss and NCSoft had their turn of revelations and now it’s Nexon’s turn to show us how their games performed in Q1 of 2018 and what they have in line for the months ahead. The Tokyo-based developer and publisher raised a record-breaking ¥90.5 billion in revenue for the quarter that was “primarily driven by strong performance of Dungeon & Fighter in China around the Lunar New Year season”. PC revenue (84%) outperformed mobile revenue (16%) by a mile. China is responsible for a whopping (67%) of their total revenue for this quarter and Korea behind it with (22%). North America and Europe/others are far behind with a whopping (4%) per recognized region.
Lord of the Rings Online released a massive update (Update 22.2) on Wednesday, May 9th that comes with major changes to six classes in the game and extensive changes to the tactical relics system. The classes that recieved significant changes were the guardian, hunter, ministrel, warden, champion and lore-master. Tactical Relics which are items used for inserting additional bonuses to their users have been re-balanced to correct a mistake in their design.
Overall, the LOTRO community’s reception of the update is positive. It is apparent that many believe the update to be long overdue, but Standing Stone Games has a long way to go with re-balancing the rest of the game’s class roster. You can read the full list of changes that came with the Bullroarer Update 22.2 on the LotRO forums.
During the Bless Online press event in San Francisco on May 11th, the release date of the early access of Bless Online on Steam was finally revealed to be on May 30th with a 2 day head-start for Founder’s Pack purchasers. The event showed two new trailers to those who attended which were broadcasted on Twitch by several streamers. Neowiz has posted the two trailers on the Bless Online YouTube channel to be viewable to all in HD instead of low resolution Twitch VODs.
Bless Awakens is a cinematic trailer about the two warring nations of Union and Hieron. The second video shows samples of the combat for each of the classes that will initially be playable in Bless Online’s early access. While an explanation to why the new combat system is better than the old would have been a great pair to the Before & After video, there are obvious changes in the new combat such as a cleaner combat UI, lower cooldown durations and faster casting/animation.
Check out our previous post to see longer videos showcasing the new combat of all of the initial Bless Online classes (Berserker, Paladin, Ranger, Mage and Guardian).
Final Fantasy XIV Lodestone has posted a new Developers’ Blog in regards to the upcoming Under the Moonlight update that will come on May 22, 2018. The new update will bring “quality of life improvements that will surely enhance your FFXIV experience”.
- If you’ve ever been locked out of a boss room, then you know how frustrating it can be to stand behind a gate and listen to your team-mates beat the final dungeon boss. Now players will be able to force entry into boss rooms.
- Pets will no longer have the same marker as party member characters and will receive a unique new marker.
- A new Achievements tab will now show any achievements that are near completion and achievements that can be achieved within the character’s location.
- The warning message that is shown when a party leader queues for savage raid content that is past the party member’s raid progression will receive an additional confirmation prompt.
Pearl Abyss held their Q1 2018 earnings report conference call on May 11th and has made several announcements in regards to the future of Black Desert Mobile, the mobile rendition of the popular PC MMORPG Black Desert Online. Inven global reports that Black Desert Mobile will receive new PvP content including Conquest War and Battlefield in the coming months and is working towards the global version.
Neowiz has finally broken their silence in regards to the release date of the early access and founders packs of Bless Online. The game’s Early Access on Steam will be playable on May 30th at 10:00 AM PDT. There are three tiers of Founder’s Packs available as we found previously that are priced at $39.99 for the Standard Edition, $69.99 for the Deluxe Edition and a whopping $199.99 for the largest pack, the Collector’s Edition. Each of these packs will include the base game and and those who purchase any of the Founder’s Packs will receive a two day head start that will start on May 28th 10:00 AM PDT.
On top of this, we also now know that the base price for Bless Online’s early access will be $29.99 (prices may vary per country). All of these prices and items included are confirmed by information given in the Bless Online press conference that occurred today in San Francisco, California.
Netmarble has released the latest major update for Lineage 2: Revolution, their open-world mobile MMORPG and it comes with a new massive PvP mode and other new content to the game. The new 200-player Castle Siege PvP Mode will allow three clans to work together in attempts to conquer an opposing clan’s castle. The biggest motivation to win will be the Castle Conquer Shop, the Conquer Buff, and the Trading Post Tax Reward. The castle siege pre-season has already begun along with Castle Siege Festivities that grant players increased EXP rates for all characters.