Neowiz has shared a preview of the next big PvP content coming soon to Bless Online called Siege of Castra. Siege of Castra is a large-scale 70 vs 70 faction PvP battle that all players over level 25 can participate in. Players begin in their respective faction’s military headquarters with one primary goal of defeating the opposing team’s faction commander who is located in their opponents’ military headquarters.
Infiltrating a base will not be easy and failure to eliminate the opposing faction’s commander will result in a tie. Neowiz states that “the key to victory is to adapt a unified yet swift attack tactic through forming a raid party and appointing a leader who will lead the faction.”
Neowiz, the developer and publisher of the recently launched Steam version of Bless Online is dealing with a crazy turn of events and community uproar. Pitch forks are being raised as players make their way to the end-game content of the current build.
Lag issues and poor server and graphic optimizations are common concerns raised by those who have played the Early Access. On top of this, as players reach the current max level (level 45), they are quick to find out that much of the end-game content that defines Bless Online’s gameplay has yet to be implemented or are very incomplete. That includes the PvP Ranking system, arenas, battlegrounds, Skill Gem acquisition, Royal Quests, Honor Quests and the popular PvP map called Basel Canyon. Granted, Neowiz did state that some of these features will be added in future updates in an old FAQ.
Bless Online has finally opened its gates to Western players with the start of the Founder’s headstart for the early access. Neowiz initially launched the game on Steam with one server for each region and both of which took just a bit less than 30 minutes to be completely full. To combat the queue, additional servers were quickly added for both North American and European regions.
As is typical for an MMORPG launch, Bless Online has started a set of Level Up Events to reward players for progressing their characters. For every 10 levels, players will receive Support Boxes that contain Collecting Bags, Baguettes, Taming Scrolls, Peace Declarations, Lumena (premium currency) and other consumables. You can read more details about the events on the official site.
We have recently given away 5 Standard Edition Founder’s Packs for Bless Online and now we would like to grant you another chance to play the soon to be released buy-to-play MMORPG. In exchange for checking out our website, we are giving away Bless Online game access keys for free to three lucky gamers. The Bless Online Access key codes will grant you access to the game starting on May 30th, 10:00 AM PDT. These are not Founder’s Packs and will not grant you access to the Founder’s head-start.
The Bless Online Team has posted a brief Q&A on the official Bless Online Facebook page that reveals information on the game’s upcoming early access and Founder’s Packs. There will be no pre-download before the game is live for Founders on May 28th.
There will be one server for each region that will offer multiple channels. (NA: 3 channels, EU: 2 channels) This is subject to change. The exclusive skins in the Founder’s Packs will be bound to whichever character you claim them with.
For those of you that are uncertain and waiting until the last day, Neowiz assures that the Founder’s Packs will be purchasable on May 28th. You can participate in our Bless Online Founder’s Pack giveaway for a chance to play during the Founder’s head-start.
One of the largest and most complex systems in Bless Online is its taming system and Neowiz is quick to draw attention to the extremely wide array of pet and mounts that are tamable in the game’s open world. Neowiz claims that when early access begins, players will find 660 unique creatures available for taming. Does that include the humanoid NPC enemies that are tamable as minions/servants? Who knows? 660 is a hard number to verify. Granted, in my experience playing Bless I would say that I have tamed at least three or four hundred different creatures, so the number isn’t far fetched at all.
To play the Steam version of Bless Online as soon as possible on May 28th, you will need access to the head-start that can only be obtained by purchasing a Founder’s Pack. Last week, the prices for the three different Founder’s Packs were revealed to be $40 for the Standard edition, $70 for the Deluxe Edition and a whopping $200 for the Collector’s Edition. Many in the Bless Online community had complained that the biggest package was overpriced and now Neowiz has announced that the Collector’s Pack will now be sold for $150 (149.99 to be exact) instead of the original $200. The controversial “Premium Customer Service” that came with this Collector’s Pack will no longer be included as a direct response to user feedback.
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.
Bless Online is on the horizon and we at MMOPulse would like to provide you the chance to play the upcoming buy-to-play action MMORPG. In exchange for checking out and helping our site grow, we are giving away Bless Online Founder’s Packs (Standard Edition) for free to five lucky gamers. We’ve made sure to provide plenty of entry options from following us on social media to simply checking out our website’s new features.
The Founder’s Packs will be sent through Steam’s gifting system (other methods can be discussed if the winner wishes). Winners will be contacted via the email addresses that they use to enter the giveaway. If a winner does not respond within 7 days, a new winner will be randomly chosen from the pool of entries in their place.
*Note: The Founder’s Packs will come as a Steam key code.
- The giveaway has ended.
- Winners have been contacted via email. We are awaiting their responses.
- 4/5 packs have been claimed by the winners.
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).