Bless Unleashed, the console MMORPG based on the same lore and world as was in the recently shut down Bless Online, is nearly ready to launch. Publisher Bandai Namco announced that Bless Unleashed will launch on the Xbox One on November 7th. The open beta will run for two weeks through November 21st.
Jason Park, Head of Development at Neowiz’s Round 8 Studio writes in a development letter that “the community was very vocal about its feelings toward the combat system in Bless Unleashed and overall game pacing” and that exciting changes have been made to improve the game for the players.
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.
Neowiz‘s BLESS Management Team has announced that the Japanese version of BLESS will shut down on August 8th, 2019. The game lasted for nearly two years in the region since its launch on November 2nd, 2017. Member registration will be disabled on July 10th.
The developers state that they have minimized content updates to be able to focus on improving the game’s performance and gameplay. However, they conclude that further development will not bring satisfactory updates.
Bless Online is set to release a new content update that will open up the ‘Urdaata War Fortress’ dungeon. On February 20th, 10-player raid groups will be able to challenge the new level 50 dungeon and take on fiery bosses such as Corrupted Aelia, Ikichi, Lava Maglam, and the final boss, Karata. The dungeon can grant players with powerful rare and heroic gear and items, but it has a limit of one entry per week.
According to Steam Charts, Bless Online’s playerbase is currently hanging at 635 average players, which is nearly at the same level as its all-time low in September 2018 when it was still a buy-to-play title. The game managed to catch the attention of some players when it launched as a free-to-play title at the end of October, but the hype seemed to have quickly faded. Perhaps Bless Online’s Urdaata Fortress raid will cause another bump in players, but something tells me it will not be enough to break the game’s current downward slope in population. Keep in mind that Bless Online’s English global version is only playable through Steam.
The yearly list of the 100 best selling games on Steam for 2018 as measured by gross revenue has been posted and as usual, a handful MMORPGs have been included. They are the games that made the most revenue on the platform this year. The list is categorized into tiers of Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.
Likely due to the Summerset expansion in June and Murkmire/Wolfhunter content, The Elder Scrolls Online climbed from last year’s Gold tier ranking to this year’s Platinum tier, the highest level on the list. ESO is joined by Warframe in the Platinum tier.
In today’s Producer’s Letter, Neowiz announced that Bless Online‘s Steam version will finally receive the Mystic as a new addition to the class roster in the first half of 2019. The healer class will be the only other healer option besides from the already playable Paladin. The mystic will act as a healer and support that focuses around HoT’s (Heal over Time) and DoT (Damage over Time).
“As we want to ensure a balanced, enjoyable experience with the Mystic and will put in all the work necessary to achieve that, we don’t yet have an exact release date yet. We will also ensure that all existing classes are properly balanced for the addition of the Mystic.”
Bless Online‘s latest update has brought more end-game content by adding the brand new Ruber Ossuary dungeon. The five-person party dungeon is for Level 50 players only and can be entered once per day.
Two new DLC packs have been released that offer Looting Pets, Lumena (premium currency), Inventory Expansion Tickets, consumables, skins, and more. The new DLC packs are currently discounted for Black Friday sales. On top of that, three new looting pets (The Mirror Ball Watcher, Dragon Sprite, and the Revenant Commander Nale) will now be available for purchase in the Special Currency Shop.
Self-published by Neowiz, Bless Online will exit its early access phase and officially launch as a free-to-play game on Steam on October 23rd. Those who have purchased Bless Online’s early access will receive rewards for their patronage that includes 90 day to lifetime-long premium membership subscriptions, exclusive mount skins, costume skins and more.
A new major content update has also been recently introduced that brings the new 10-man Patala Raid dungeon, new enemies and more. Halloween-themed costumes have been added along with Halloween in-game events where players are asked to defeat pumpkin-headed enemies and collect candies in exchange for rewards.
For more information, visit the official Bless Online Steam page.
Bless Online servers have recently had a large rollback that reset all progress made from 1AM PDT, September 20th through 7:40 PM PDT of the same day. The reason behind the roll back was apparently some unexpected urgent issues that were caused by the latest content patch, the 220.127.116.11 update.
As part of The Bless Team’s apology, all players that have logged into Bless Online will be provided with compensation items such as Lumena, Premium Buff, Combat Points, Dungeon Points, Reign Points and Gold.