Astellia Online Prepares For English Closed Beta Testing On June 25th

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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.

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Monster-hunting Co-op RPG Dauntless Is Coming To Nintendo Switch In 2019

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Nintendo Switch players are getting another monster-hunting action co-op RPG! At E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo), indie developer Phoenix Labs announced that Dauntless will be playable on Nintendo Switch later this year.

Dauntless is a free-to-play game and is currently available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Phoenix Labs’ vision is to provide full cross-play between all consoles. Players will be able to continue their journey on the Nintendo Switch when it releases for that console.

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Phantasy Star Online 2 Is Officially Releasing In The West In 2020 & Will Eventually Launch On All Platforms

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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.

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Play Sea of Thieves Before June 14th For A Free Halo-Inspired Ship With A Master Chief Figurehead

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In partnership with Halo developer 343 Industries, Rare and Xbox Game Studios are giving Sea of Thieves players a chance to get their pirate hands on a Halo-inspired Spartan Ship Set.

To get the free ship with Halo-themed Sails and a Master Chief figurehead, simply play the game in either Adventure or Arena mode before the end of the event on June 14th 3:59 PDT. The ships will be sent out within three days after the end of the event.

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Last Oasis’ E3 2019 Trailer Teases Mounted, Long-range & Close Combat

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During this year’s E3 Premier (Electronic Entertainment Expo), indie-developer Donkey Crew released a new gameplay trailer for the upcoming survival sandbox “nomadic” MMO Last Oasis. The video shows how players travel around the world and fight in close-range, long-range and mounted combat. Last Oasis’ release date on Steam is planned for September 3, 2019.

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Heidel Ball Stream Reveals Shai, Black Desert Online’s New Boomerang Wielding Healer Support Class

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During Pearl Abyss‘ Heidel Ball Event on June 8th, Black Desert Online‘s 8th class, Shai was revealed and showcased for the first time.

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.

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Bless Online’s Global Steam Version Is Shutting Down On September 9th – What’s Left For The Bless IP?

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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.

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