Ascent: Infinite Realm Showcase Game Lore “People Of Nousgard” While Devs Refine Gameplay

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After a large burst of hype forged by mentions of a planned release for North America back in January, Ascent: Infinite Realm, the upcoming steampunk themed MMORPG developed by Bluehole and set to be published by Kakao Games has been mainly away from the spotlight. Community Manager Praballo says that “many aspects of A:IR are now in the process of being refined after the first Beta test in Korea” which took place in December of last year. Now Kakao Games has posted a showcase of concept art and the inhabitants of A:IR’s world in hopes of sweetening the wait for news regarding a North American release date.

Take a glimpse into the lore of A:IR and find out the artists’ commentaries on the official forum post. More previews and showcases of A:IR’s world are set to come in the next few weeks. Keep in mind that while it has been stated in an interview with Kakao Games’ Europe’s CEO, Min Kim that Ascent: Infinite Realm is not expected to fully launch until 2019, the game’s project Manager has stated that the first English “test phase will be in Q1 of 2018”.

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TERA x Attack on Titan Crossover Lets You Hunt “Big Ass Monsters” For New Costumes, Items & Emotes

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Just last week, game publisher Pmang released a cross-over event between TERA‘s Japanese version and the popular Japanese manga and anime series Attack on Titan. Now the North American PC version published by En Masse Entertainment and European version by Gameforge will run similar events to allow players to obtain Attack on Titan themed “special emotes, tasty potatoes, special keys, and scout outfits for every race and gender.” The items can be obtained via the in-game cash shop and by attacking specific monsters.

North America: May 15 at 10 a.m. PDT until Tuesday, May 29 at 10 a.m.
Europe: Now to May 17

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Amazon’s New World MMORPG Has Apparently Begun Sending Invites For Play Testing

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By the looks of it, we may be hearing more about Amazon Game Studios’ in-development sandbox MMORPG named New World in the near future. Twitter user and New Worlders Discord Admin by the name of “Lethality” has tweeted that he has been invited to Irvine this week, where Amazon Game Studios is located to play test New World.

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Jade Dynasty & Swordsman Online Shut Down All Servers On June 5th, Development Teams Are Moving On

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Jade Dynasty and Swordsman Online, two martial-arts themed MMORPGs based on popular Chinese novels will be playable for the last time in the first week of next month. All Jade Dynasty and Swordsman Online servers will shut down and all access to in-game characters will end on June 5th, 2018.

Jade Dynasty stood for over nine years and is considered by many as one of the classic Chinese-setting MMORPGs. On top of the typical MMORPG gameplay features like questing and PvP, the game introduced some unique features when it released like the Espers/invigorating system that allowed players to automatically attack enemies in a bot-like manner. Swordsman Online has been up for three years and will not get to see its fourth year anniversary.

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Gloria Victis Adds Passive Abilities Skill Tree Update To Allow More Diverse Player Roles

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Black Eye Games has been hard at work on polishing the medieval MMORPG Gloria Victis in the past several months with changes to the game’s open-world PvP, new animations, controller compatibility/synchronization and more. First-person view was introduced along with new locations for players to fight over and siege each other for. A new duel arena was also added recently that allows players to practice combat near their nation’s capital city without having to risk all that they’ve worked for.

Now an extension to customizing one’s character has been added in the form of a huge passive abilities, trigger abilities and top tier passives update. Passives are expanded by investing progress points to unlock new skills. Trigger abilities are skills that initiate special moves when a specific requirement is met. For example, if a player successfully blocks with a shield 3 times in a row within 30 seconds, the shield’s resistance loss is reduced by 2% per level and additional 10% at level 10. This abilities update lets us see the first version of viable support trees that allow players to improve first aid skills.

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MapleStory 2 Download Will Be Available For Closed Beta On May 7th, 2nd Round Of Invites Released

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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.

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SoulWorker Will Add New Fist Brawler Character Jin Seipatsu “Very Soon”

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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.

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Dauntless Will Release Seeking The Horizon Update On May 2 In Preparation For Open Beta

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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’.

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Legends of Aria Aims For Open Beta In June & Early Access In July

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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.

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