Project TL “The Lineage” Closed Beta Tests Will Be In 2018 & Release Is Expected In 2019

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Project TL or Project “The Lineage” is NCSoft’s newest venture with the 20 year old Lineage franchise. The in-development project will be the remake of NCSoft’s unreleased Lineage Eternal game and will act as the sequel to the original Lineage game. While not much is known about Project TL’s gameplay, we know that it will offer a single character system that Lineage Eternal lacked and will be an MMORPG created with Unreal Engine 4.

NCSoft released their first quarterly earnings performance report today which is paired up with a lengthy Earnings conference call. In this quarter’s call, Jae-Soo Yoon, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of NCSoft has stated that Project TL is running very well in terms of development and NCSoft has a very positive evaluation of its development team. As a result of that, they believe that they would be in a position to conduct Closed Beta Testing for Project TL within the second half of 2018! Of course, this will most likely apply to Korean players only.

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Ascent: Infinite Realm Previews Ferocious Beasts & Bosses With “Creatures of Nousgard”

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Ascent Infinite Realm, the upcoming steam-punk themed MMORPG broke silence last week by showcasing the inhabitants of its game world in People of Nousgard. As promised, Kakao Games Community Manager Praballo has shared another lore blog post. This time he has showcased the ferocious Creatures of Nousgard. As a disclaimer, he states that some of the artwork are still works in progress and may be different later on in the game.
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Worlds Adrift Will Launch Life-Size Skyship In London To Celebrate Early Access On May 17th

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Worlds Adrift, the upcoming “community-crafted MMO” will launch into Early Access next week on May 17, 2018. In celebration, indie developer Bossa Studios has arranged an extravagant way of “launching” the game by having guests play the game 150 feet above the ground. They have created a life-size skyship that will be propelled above the Chelsea College of Arts in London that will be fully decked out with twenty game stations.

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TERA Presents “Claw & Order” Interactive Online Murder Mystery

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Two days from retirement and a not so unlucky Aman policeman catches the biggest case of his career. The Lockhart heiress, Analee, at age 18 has been found dead in an alley at the edge of Bastion. En Masse Entertainment is putting the case forward to the entire TERA community to solve the murder mystery.

Titled Claw & Order, a spoof of the long-running Television series Law & Order is an interactive murder mystery that follows an original storyline set in the world of TERA. Fans are encouraged to follow the clues online and share theories in the official En Masse Discord server or other gaming communities.

Watch the video below and go to the official TERA site for more information.

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NCSoft Q1 2018 Earnings Report Shows Blade & Soul As Strongest Non-Mobile MMO While Aion Sales Increase

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NCSoft’s quarterly earnings report for Q1 2018 have just been released and while the company’s giant spike in mobile games revenue continues to even out, several MMORPG titles appear to be making a comeback.

Guild Wars 2 sales dropped by 32% in comparison to the previous quarter. This is to be expected considering the stabilization after the success of the Path of Fire expansion in Q4 of 2017. Aion’s sales jumped by 48% which was fueled by the change in monetization scheme. Comparing the sales of NCSoft’s top PC games, Blade & Soul is leading the way as their highest source of income from PC games. As a speculation, this could be the result of the combination of a large number of updates done to Blade & Soul in the recent months and the hype from Blade & Soul Mobile at the end of last year.

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Closers Will Add Harpy the Rogue As A New Playable Character On May 22nd

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En Masse Entertainment has announced that Harpy the Rogue will be added as the latest playable character in Closers on May 22, 2018. Harpy was previously beaten by the portal summoner and gun wielder Tina in a contest for which character will be added to the game first. Harpy’s combat is all about powerful kicks and energy-laden card attacks. Her life as a professional thief titled “Phantom Thief” came at a halt when she was caught stealing from the Vulture Corp. and convinced to join the Wolf Dogs team.

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Blade & Soul Will Convert To Unreal Engine 4 – Graphic Change Looks Fantastic

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Blade & Soul‘s PC version is finally upgrading its graphics and converting to Unreal Engine 4! The highly rated action combat MMORPG has been played publicly on the dated Unreal Engine 3 for over seven years while its more recent mobile and console counterparts are being developed in Unreal Engine 4 already. Here is to hoping that NCSoft will take full advantage of UE4’s graphical additions and cinematic options.

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Bless Online Steam Update Suggests At Least 3 Founders Packs Will Be For Sale & Chinese Regions Are Restricted

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The latest update to the Steamdb page of Bless Online suggests that the game will initially have at least three different packages available for purchase on top of the base game. Bless Online is still set to be playable as a buy-to-play game in May and so far, there has not been an official announcement stating a specific date for the start of the upcoming Early Access. This latest change can be seen as another indication that Neowiz still plans to release the game within this month and that they may just be keeping us on our toes until the very last minute.

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MapleStory 2 English Closed Beta Begins Today With Special Events – Players Experience Launch Issues

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The closed beta testing phase of the English version of MapleStory 2 has begun for those who have been accepted to participate. CBT will run for one week from May 9th to May 16th. Nexon has prepared a wide array of special events to keep players busy in that period. We’re talking about attendance check events, level-up events, world boss events, pet fishing and more. Some of which will give rewards that can be claimed in future betas and when MapleStory 2 is fully released. Check out the official page for a full list of CBT events and the rewards you may or may not be missing out on.
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Black Desert Online New Lahn Class Will Be Released On May 23rd

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The latest class addition to Black Desert Online named Lahn is coming to Western version in two weeks on May 23, 2018. With this update, the Western version will be fully caught up to the Korean version in terms of character availability. Pre-creation of Lahn characters will be available one week prior on May 16th.

The upcoming female class uses an exclusive new weapon type called the Crescent Pendulum which is a moon-shaped blade at the end of a very strong piece of cloth. The Lahn class utilizes dance-like combat movements to perform devastating mid-range AoE combos and her Nimbus Stride skill to glide through the air.

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