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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BLESS Online Japan Is Shutting Down & Global Steam Version Is Still Performing Poorly

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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.

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Bless Online Set To Launch 10-Player Urdaata Raid Dungeon Despite All Time Low Playerbase In 2019

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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.

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Xbox One MMORPG Bless Unleashed Teaser Trailer Shows Off The Five Classes In Action

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Bless Unleashed, the Xbox One MMORPG based on the same world as Bless Online is set to release sometime in 2019. Bandai Namco has released a new teaser trailer to show off the five classes that players will have to choose from; Berserker, Mage, Ranger, Priest, and Crusader. The Crusader is essentially Bless Online’s Guardian class.

Bless Unleashed is said to be built for mature audiences. It will take players on “an epic multiplayer journey across a vibrant persistent world, and tasks the brave with battling – and surviving –vicious, lethal monsters that inhabit this untamed landscape.” It is developed by NEOWIZ and Round 8 Studio. For more information, visit the official Bless Unleashed site.

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Bless Mobile

Bless Mobile is the upcoming mobile MMORPG or ‘mobile massively multiplayer online role-playing game’ set in the same universe as its PC counterpart Bless Online. The game is set in a fantasy world where two factions fight for ultimate dominance over the world. More information on Bless Mobile is coming soon.

Hype Level: 12345 (32 ratings, average: 3.63 / 5)
Korean Title: 블레스
Series: Bless
Developer: ThinkFun
Publisher: Neowiz Bless Studio
Type: Mobile MMORPG
Model: Free-to-play
Platform: Mobile Devices
Engine: Unreal Engine 4
Release Date: TBD
PvP: Duels, Arenas, Battlegrounds, Open-world
PvE: Monster Hunting Quests, Dungeons, Raids, World Bosses

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Bless Online

Bless Online (블레스) is an MMORPG or ‘massively multiplayer online role-playing game’ set in a fantasy world with two factions locked at war with each other for ultimate rule over the world they live in. The Hieron controls the northern lands and the Union controls the southern lands. Tame thousands of creatures from all across the vast lands of Bless Online.

Rating: 12345 (140 ratings, average: 3.57 / 5)
Developer: Neowiz Bless Studio
South Korean Publisher: Neowiz Bless Studio
Russian Publisher: XP Games
Global Publisher: Neowiz Bless Studio
Type: MMORPG
Model: Free-to-play
Platform: PC
Engine: Unreal Engine 3
PvP: Duels, Arenas, Battlegrounds, Open-world
PvE: Monster Hunting Quests, Dungeons, Raids, World Bosses

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