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MMORPG News: New MMOs Last Oasis, Ascent Infinite Realm, Pagan Online, Astellia, Pantropy & More!

MMORPG News: New MMOs Last Oasis, Ascent Infinite Realm, Pagan Online, Astellia, Pantropy & More!

I feel like every week since 2019 began has gotten progressively more news. Like, I’m not even kidding.
The last few weeks I’ve been sitting here writing these up like “Wow… that’s an absurd amount of news, and that isn’t even everything, I’m sure.”
So, guys, I hope you’re buckled into your stroller because we got a helluva ride this weekend.

Ascent: Infinite Realm

Yes, we finally have new information on Ascent: Infinite Realm. It’s brief, but it’s here. The team behind A:IR have taken the time to show us screenshots of the new “city in the sky”, “Inventus” – a large ship that was initially used as an evacuation ship.
Additionally, a Youtuber called Ser Medieval – who actually makes pretty entertaining content, so small shoutout to him managed to record some gameplay of the Assassin, Gunslinger, Mystic, Sorceress and Warlord from PlayPark’s South East Asian version of the game.
That’s where the footage you’re seeing originates from.
The combat, although not as smooth as I’d like seems like a vast improvement over what I saw last year and I’m hoping they continue to work hard at it because after the debacle that was Bless Online.. a lot of work needs to be done to earn our trust back.

MapleStory

Before MapleStory 2 there existed a cuter, side-scrollier version of MapleStory called.. well, MapleStory.
For players that opted to remain in the original game, and there were quite a few, trust me, you may be excited to learn that the Black Mage: New Beginnings actually launched earlier this week and brought with it the traditional Lunar New Year events and other goodies.
So if you’ve been waiting – quick, jump back in before the event ends!

Pagan Online

For those of you unaware of what Pagan Online is.. well, think Diablo or Path of Exile. Yup. We got another competitor ready to enter the ring and from what I’ve seen Pagan Online looks pretty damn cool.
They’ve had a few little issues recently after launching their “stress test” for their servers, what with their servers crippling under the pressure, but nevertheless the team behind Pagan Online are working hard behind the scenes!
I’ll be ready during their next stress test and hopefully get some footage for everyone interested! Otherwise.. see you guys in there!

Warframe

I’m not sure if fans will be happy they’ll be receiving more frequent content or upset that it won’t be of the same caliber in this update from the team behind Warframe.
They went on to state that the studio will have an “increased focus on on-going shorter turn-around content” for the game as opposed to their well-received “slower, larger content updates” players have become accustomed to after all this time.
This doesn’t mean that the content itself will suffer as a result, just that it will come in faster, smaller doses.
They also went on to elaborate on the new trio of Warframes being added into the game, two of which are named the Hildryn and the Wisp along with new types of dailies and weekly challenges, the Planes of Duviri – bringing with it a new area and faction, a remaster of Gas City and New War, their next cinematic quest, a new “Melee 3.0 revamp”, better player experience, honestly, so much is being added to the game that it’s probably more worth it to just watch the video yourself.

Tree of Savior

I’d neglected to mention this update the last couple weeks purely because I’d forgotten about it, but everyone’s favorite MMO to hate on, Tree of Savior, rolled out their Re:Build update earlier this month.
Re:Build was a tremendous update – adding with it large overhauls to both the game’s current class and rank systems which is actually far too much information to accurately go into, new endgame content in the form of two raids, Bortuos Kapas and a new raid within the Astral Tower.
For those of you on the fence about trying Tree of Savior out, now is the opportune moment to jump right in!

Last Oasis

I’m not 100% certain what to classify this as. The Steam page and the devs behind the game list it as a “Nomadic Survival MMO”. But survival games and MMOs are usually very different from one another.
Regardless, Last Oasis is a clan-based survival MMO that “combines a global player driven economy, an innovative vehicle system as well as complex combat and war mechanics, all working at an MMO scale.”
I’m not sure what to make of this as I couldn’t imagine a game like ARK or Rust but on a scale comparable to an MMO. Thousands of players all trying to build, tame, conquer and subsequently vying for control in huge PvP skirmishes?
I’m going to add this to my list of skeptical-ARK-clones-that-could-maybe-perhaps-even-be-potentially-alright-some-day.

World of Warcraft

Regardless of whether or not you love or hate Battle for Azeroth, Blizz have launched their new Battle of Dazar’alor raid – finally, for Normal and Heroic raiders to tackle, along with season 2 PvP, Mythic+ dungeoning and ultimately provided an all new incentive for new gear hunting.. kinda.
Dazar’alor actually looks like it could be highly entertaining – I’ve begun attempting it in Normal right now as I’m definitely not capable of a Heroic without having first cleared it on Normal and I gotta say.. it’s a blast so far.
The raid, that is. The rest of the game is the same. So if you hated it a week ago – other than some cool new bosses and fights… it’s the same game.

Rebirth M

For fans of Mobile MMOs you may be happy to know that yet another MMORPG, Rebirth M, launched onto iOS and Android devices on the 24th.
Like all Mobile MMOs, Rebirth M is free-to-play and is more or less the same as every other Mobile MMO on the market. They claim that they are “redefining the MMORPG genre” but they still offer auto-combat, pathing and lock boxes.

Anthem

In Anthem-related news.. or EA-related news, rather, Anthem’s VIP demo went live yesterday and apparently they weren’t quite prepared for the influx of players, with EA apologizing for the server capacity errors.
Thankfully, the players that managed to get in are singing the game’s praises, so word of mouth is mostly positive. If EA can get their shit together.. well, maybe not considering they didn’t even anticipate how many servers would be required to run the demo.
But either way, EA have assured players that they are working hard on adding more server capacity to the demo right now. Hopefully they learn from this and take preparations for launch, which is probably going to have even more players.

Astellia Online

In Anthem-related news.. or EA-related news, rather, Anthem’s VIP demo went live yesterday and apparently they weren’t quite prepared for the influx of players, with EA apologizing for the server capacity errors.
Thankfully, the players that managed to get in are singing the game’s praises, so word of mouth is mostly positive. If EA can get their shit together.. well, maybe not considering they didn’t even anticipate how many servers would be required to run the demo.
But either way, EA have assured players that they are working hard on adding more server capacity to the demo right now. Hopefully they learn from this and take preparations for launch, which is probably going to have even more players.

Project Genom

Project Genom is a sci-fi MMO that was announced and released a while back.. to very lackluster sales. Project Genom was riddled with bugs and was considered by many to not even be close to being in a fully playable state.
This prompted the team behind the game to announce their plans to temporarily close the servers while they take appropriate measures to improve the game.. all on a $500 per month budget.
So, credit where credit is due. Good on you guys for pushing through even with the state the game is in and even with such poor sales and earnings.

Red Dead Online

Not much in the way of Red Dead Online, but, their Battle Royale – the mode that every developer and their mother seems to want in on these days has received some updates to assist in matchmaking.
Furthermode, Rockstar are working on a content update with a large variety of changes and improvements to the game.
Finally, if you’re in the mood for some free gold bars – now’s the time to log in!

Path of Exile

Path of Exile’s latest patch introduced various bug fixes that have plagued the game since the launch of their Betrayal update while providing a few quality of life improvements like a reduced cost of hideout decorations.
But that’s not what’s important about this entry – instead, the team announced that they are already hard at work preparing an early look at their next expansion that will accompany patch 3.6. This early look will likely be sometime mid-February.
The PS4 port of Path of Exile will also be launching around the time 3.6 hits so get ready to welcome our console cousins!

Pantropy

Pantropy, for unaware fans is another sci-fi themed MMOFPS. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the team behind Pantropy have been hard at work preparing the game for Early Access, which is slated, actually, for next week on January 31.
They’re currently putting the finishing touches on server performance and networking right now in hopes that the Early Access will be as smooth as possible. Because you know if it isn’t the Steam launch is going down the drain, along with its future.

Star Trek Online

I believe this is the very first time I’ve ever talked about Star Trek Online in a news video, which is surprising. Equally as surprising is the fact that any of Perfect World Entertainment’s games are still alive.
But, I digress. Star Trek Online released its new Mirror of Discovery update earlier this week that brought with it two new featured episodes, improved hair and skin textures, new anniversary challenges and more.
They’re also holding a week of free giveaways for players interested – and who doesn’t like free stuff?

Black Desert Online

Black Desert Online will finally be launching onto the Xbox One on March 4th.
Pre-orders are available via the Microsoft Store and players will be given Early Access if they pre-order through it. Packages range from $30 to $100 and feature various differences in rewards offered.
I’ll be there recording footage for the game before it launches onto the Xbox One officially, so keep an eye out!

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Return of Warrior Game Review

Alternate Title: Risk Your Life
Developer: Youxiland Digital
Publisher: Youxiland Digital
Type: MMORPG
Model: Free-to-play
Platform: PC
PvP: Open World PvP
PvE: Monster Hunting Quests

Return of Warrior Review – Is It Worth Playing?

I know, I know. This is an interesting looking one.
I was a little on the fence with regards to accepting this when I was approached to do a video on it as well because we’re so used to flashy, breathtaking graphics in this day and age that when something looks less than what we would expect, we automatically jump to the conclusion that it must inherently be bad.
Return of Warrior just launched into open beta on January 10th and naturally, when any MMO launches I feel an innate need to jump right in and see what it’s like.
Originally, the game released way back in 2004 under the title “Risk Your Life” – It was, and still is a 3D action MMORPG that, in all honesty.. plays surprisingly well.
Yes, Return of Warrior lacks the fast-paced action combat of something like BDO but I’m gonna be real with you all here… the game’s action combat is better than the vast majority of MMO combat systems from the early 2000s.
There are two races in Return of Warrior: Generic Humans and Cat people also known as the Ak’Kan. I wanted to go as generic as I possibly could so I opted to go for a.. gelled back, heroic looking blonde knight- not at all reminiscent of Jaime Lannister.
I turned out looking pretty awesome. Well, except for that hair. I wouldn’t expect them to have the product to achieve such a marvel in that day and age.
There are two different modes employed in-game: Mouse mode which offers players the ability to point-and-click to move and cycle through monsters using your mouse to fight.
Then you have Keyboard mode, which offers a faster, non-targeted combat mode allowing for you to AoE and mow down enemies without the need to have a target.
The latter mode can admittedly lead to a variety of awkward situations, admittedly.
The game utilizes a “stat” system that allows you to input the stats you want and craft your character how you want them.
It also uses an older inventory-style where gear actually took up more than a single slot per piece – often taking anywhere from 1 space for items, 4 for helmets, gloves and boots, 6 to 9 for armor and 6 to 12 for weapons and shields.
I’ll admit that I actually miss that system just a little bit… then I recall how bad my inventory management is.
As I mentioned earlier, the action combat allows for both the grouping of and massacring of monsters just like this.
I’ve always loved AoE classes, so knowing I can run head-first into a horde of monsters and wreck them all makes this class an instant-like for me. Even if occasionally.. I might bite off a little more than I can chew.
Speaking of classes, Return of Warrior actually offers several base classes that each diverge into additional “advanced classes” as you continue to level through the game.
This makes for a hefty sum of customization.
From what I experienced over the course of playing the open beta up until level 20, you can take quests but questing isn’t the primary way you should be leveling.
The XP gain isn’t ideal if you compare the substantial difference between grinding monsters, which often net you anywhere between 200-800 XP per kill, and quest completion that rewards roughly the same XP as a single monster kill.
Thankfully grinding isn’t an issue for me, I’ve done it many a time in older MMOs and BDO is actually completely focused on the grind so clearly players aren’t averse to having to.
I was also surprised by the large selection of monsters I came across. Every 30 seconds I’d encounter new models, not the same, recolored, renamed monsters in each new area: Fresh, new monsters ready to tear into my ass.
And that happened often. The tearing into my ass, that is, as the monsters, if more than a few levels ahead of you are quite formidable. So most encounters actually left me running for my life.
Now, I’ve touched on the combat, and I’ve noted that you shouldn’t judge the graphics at first glance because it actually looks pretty good for a game released back in 2004 – like the Lineage games.
But one thing I haven’t made note of yet is that the game is actually heavily focused around PvP. Return of Warrior has open-world PvP, meaning players are fully capable of engaging one another in unrestricted PvP.
That means while out, questing, farming, grinding or whatever it is you wanna do, you’ll have to keep an eye out for potential competition as PvP is a crucial and very prevalent part of the game.
I never got to participate in it myself unfortunately, but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to explore the game more thoroughly and bring some fun PvP content for everyone to view next time.
Anyway guys, that’s pretty much it. I had a lot of fun: Return of Warrior isn’t a flashy, breathtaking MMORPG released in 2019.
It’s an old-school MMORPG for players that enjoyed their games more difficult. Things were difficult back in the early to mid 2000s and the popularity of Lineage 2: Classic and WoW: Classic is proof old school MMORPGs can do well in this day and age.

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Minimum System RequirementsRecommended System RequirementsMinimum System Requirements

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Direct X: DirectX 8.1 or higher
CPU: Pentium 4 1.6GHz
RAM: 1GB or more
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 4MX/ATI Radeon 9500 or better
HDD: 4GB or bigger

Recommended System Requirements

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Direct X: DirectX 8.1 or higher
CPU: Pentium 4 3.0GHz
RAM: 2GB or more
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7600/ATI Radeon X1600 or better
HDD: 4GB or bigger

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Ragnarok Online 2 Ceasing Development In 2019

Ragnarok Online 2 Ceasing Development In 2019

Ragnarok Online 2 was a terribly received sequel attempting to bank on the popularity of the Ragnarok Online MMO gaming series.
Ragnarok Online was widely known for offering players a large plethora of classes and jobs, some of the most in-depth gameplay at the time and overall a very intricate class system. Ragnarok Online 2 was the complete opposite of Ragnarok Online, being a carbon copy of every other Anime MMORPG released up to the point Ragnarok Online released back in 2012. The game offered had no originality and as such saw little in the way of population.
Nothing really stood out about it and therefore it died as rapidly as it released.
Now, in 2019, WarpPortal have announced that they will be completely removing the development team assigned to the game. What this means is that no additional content will be added in the future and all future plans for the game have been scrapped. No further support will be offered to players and all in-game events will cease.
However, all is not lost. The game itself is not shutting down. Instead, they have plans on keeping their single server up but they also plan on leaving the cash shop in operation. Meaning that at the end of the day, WarpPortal would rather not put any further work into the game while hoping players continue to pay them for no effort.
It is always a sad day when an MMO shuts down but at least fans of the game (all 20 of you) can continue to play the game until WarpPortal no longer sees any return on investment and shuts the game down.

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MMORPG News: New ArcheAge Scam, Upcoming MMOs Astellia, AxE: Alliance vs Empire English Launches

MMORPG News: New ArcheAge Scam, Upcoming MMOs Astellia, AxE: Alliance vs Empire English Launches

I honestly didn’t think that there could be more news this week than there was in last week’s Byte of MMORPG News video but boy was I wrong. And I hate being wrong.
But yes, there is even more to get through this week – some good, some bad and some.. strange.
So, I hope you’re ready.

Ragnarok Online 2

Let’s start off talking about Ragnarok Online 2.
If you weren’t aware, Ragnarok Online 2 was a terribly received sequel attempting to bank on the popularity of the Ragnarok Online MMO series.
Where Ragnarok Online had a plethora of classes, depth and a very intricate class system, Ragnarok Online 2 was the complete opposite, being a carbon copy of every other Anime MMORPG released in 2012.
Nothing stood out about it and therefore it died as rapidly as it released.
Now, in 2019, WarpPortal have announced that they will be completely removing the development team assigned to the game – meaning no additional content will be added, ever. No further support will be offered and all in-game events will cease.
However, don’t worry. The game itself is not shutting down. Instead, they have plans on keeping their single server up and leave the cash shop in operation. So, y’know.. if you wanna continue to spend money in the game, you still can!
Support the company that doesn’t want to offer any further support to its playerbase. I don’t know what WarpPortal are smoking but it’s clearly affecting their decision-making skills as this is a ridiculous thing to do.

Shot Online

I bet you haven’t heard of this one.. and if you have, you’re older than I thought! Webzen’s unique golfing MMO, Shot Online, is actually launching on Steam on the 22nd.
Yes, it is a golf MMO. Golfing. These exist. Shot Online, in fact, has actually existed for 14 years. Yup.

Ashes of Creation

In new Ashes of Creation news.. Intrepid Studios have announced that the next round of beta testing for their Ashes of Creation MMO, wait, sorry, Ashes of Creation: Apocalypse battle royale will be running from January 24th to the 27th.
The battle royale is free to play and Intrepid have made sure to inform the playerbase that Apocalypse is definitely a large focus right now, saying they’re working on network issues, bug fixes, server performance, stability and the game mode itself.
For those of you that didn’t think they’d devote time and effort to the battle royale.. you may want to re-evaluate.

ArcheAge

Now in ArcheScam news, many players thought, wrongly I might add, that Gamigo purchasing ArcheAge would mean that Trion could no longer scam them out of money with their pay to win BS that had plagued the game up until this point.
However, in their latest shiny new update, Gamigo listed a large selection of updates to whet player apetite. They detailed these updates in their patch notes. Although, Gamigo neglected to mention a teeny tiny little alteration: Mount normalization.
Many mounts have been rescaled back down to the base speed for mounts in-game. This includes various very expensive mounts that players thought would retain their increased movement speed.
Mounts that were even advertised and sold with a higher base movement speed for several weeks. All of this without any warning or even acknowledgement from Gamigo themselves.
This is the exact same thing that Trion did back in 2017 – so guys, it’s good to know that ArcheAge has a new publisher.. but employs the same shady money making tactics. Expect a new cash shop mount in the future with increased movement speed!
Oh, if you hadn’t already.. then I would advise bailing on ScamAge and going on over to the ArcheRage private server where the majority of the community went when Gamigo bought rights to ArcheAge. Link will be in the description and pinned comment.

Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online has a large patch incoming that is going to shake up the way Racials are handled.
Zenimax have stated that they believe the current system severely limits players’ freedom to create and play characters the way they want.
Many fans of ESO have likely experienced this personally in-game, where you get kicked due to playing a race with marginally lower capabilities due to what they deem to be a mathematically-inferior class to race combination.
Such as healing as a Khajiit as opposed to an Argonian, or playing a non-High Elf or Dark Elf sorcerer.
This change to racials will essentially homogenize the racial ability system all together giving players more freedom to play the race they want as the class they want, which is Zenimax’s primary goal.
Additionally, Zenimax revealed that Elsweyr, the homeland of the Khajiit is actually their next chapter. It will bring with it the new Sunspire 12-man raid, new dungeons, large PvP updates and over 30 hours of main scenario questing.

Legends of Aria

The developers behind the upcoming MMORPG Legends of Aria have announced that their planned Early Access will be targeting a Spring 2019 release.
The game has a large content update scheduled for January 30th that will include a large selection of dungeons, but their goal is to launch their game onto Steam with as little issue as possible.
Some people are upset with the delay but honestly, Steam users love leaving negative reviews purely for the sake of leaving a negative review. This will hopefully dissuade some of them, which is ultimately a good thing for the longevity of the game.

Blade & Soul

Blade & Soul, which is still alive and *BARELY* kicking is celebrating its third anniversary with in-game events and free costumes. So if you haven’t already, and want to nab it while you can, log in!
And yes, the game is still alive, even after three years. Whales, man.

TERA

A Blade & Soul AND Tera update in one news video? Wow!
In TERA’s latest update on the 15th, En Masse released quite the sizable PvP-related update.
A large 7v7 battleground called Shore Hold that takes you into a smaller-scale battleground with faster queues, because let’s be real here.. the population is so low that the lower team size means you might actually be able to participate now.
There’s also new Disciplinary, Harmonic and Impregnable PvP gear for players to purchase. On the PvE side of things, a new PvE Training Ground has been introduced as a solo-instance for level 65 characters to jump into and practice in.
Although this update doesn’t really do anything to aid in the lack of endgame content, it’s nice that they’re trying to keep PvP alive by allowing less players to participate in battlegrounds at a time.

Lost Ark

If you want more Lost Ark information to drool and ultimately cry in a corner over due to no confirmed Western release date then I got your back!
Last time I talked about Lost Ark I mentioned that they had already worked on the next large patch which was soon to be released.
The new patch featuring the continent of Rohendel will actually release this month on January 30th providing players even more to do and even more to explore.
However what was most interesting was that they’re already hard at work with the next large content update after Rohendel which will be introducing both a new guild system into the game and a functional battleground.
You jealous yet? Russia will be getting Lost Ark soon and we.. we’re still left in the dark. #feelsbadman.

Closers

I think we’re half way through. Are we half way through? Jesus.
For fans of the Anime MMO Closers, you’ll be saddened.. or maybe happy? To know that En Masse have confirmed due to overall low population on both the North American and European servers, they will be holding server merges in an attempt to combat further declines.
The merge is scheduled to take place on January 29th and will last roughly half a day.
En Masse have also confirmed that only a maximum of 20 character slots will be given, so if you have more than 20 characters, they are advising you delete unwanted or unnecessary characters.
As for character names, En Masse have stated that there will no doubt be naming conflicts once the merges have been completed.
In light of this, players in the North American region will be given priority, which means European players will be forced to rename their characters after the merge is complete.
Where the “World server” they have plans on making will be held is unconfirmed, but due to North American players receiving priority.. it’s likely European players will be forced to play on North American servers with increased ping in the future.
Which is why I play on the Code Closers private server anyway. Further ahead, healthier population and no issues like this. Like ArcheRage, link will be both in the description and pinned comment.

AxE: Alliance vs Empire

Nexon announced earlier this week that it has plans for a Western release in mind for AxE: Alliance vs Empire, an upcoming mobile MMORPG that focuses on an “epic war” between two conflicting factions: The Galenos Alliance and Darkhaan Empire.
According to Nexon, the game is a “next generation fully-featured MMORPG on mobile devices with a sprawling and ever-changing open-world” that features “console-quality HD graphics.”
AxE supposedly has a large focus on PvP, including large 150-player battiefields and more traditional four vs four player Arena matches.
But that doesn’t mean PvP is its primary focus, the game offers various dungeons and raids as well, like most MMOs including mobile MMOs do in this day and age.
My main concern is whether or not it’ll be auto-play or not.

World of Warcraft

On the 22nd, the new Battle of Dazar’alor raid will open for both Normal and Heroic difficulties, the new Mythic Keystone season will launch, and players can begin battling one another for the 2nd PvP season.
Not much in the way of fixing current issues players are having but Blizz have promised the Rise of Azshara update will fix a lot of the problems players have with the current systems as they are.

Bless Unleashed

Here’s a game I bet you’d all forgotten about until now: Bless Unleashed.
You know, Bandai Namco’s free to play version of Bless Online when Bless Online was still buy to play? You know, before Bless Online went free to play and ultimately scammed everyone out of their buy to play money? Yeah, Bless Unleashed.
Glad you’re all caught back up. Anyway, Bandai Namco released a new video earlier this week detailing the five classes found within Bless Unleashed: The Berserker, Crusader, Mage, Priest and Ranger.
Bless Unleashed is still scheduled for a 2019 release on Xbox One. You guys ready to spend your hard earned money in the cash shop for Bless 2.0? Let’s fund Neowiz’s Bless Mobile game that’s in the works, hell yeah!

Astellia

PAX South is set to have a pretty sweet reveal this year, with Astellia – a AAA MMORPG that provides players the ability to collect dozens of magical companions known as Astells and take them into both PvP and PvE combat set to make an appearance.
The team behind Astellia are very excited to be able to fully show off Astellia, claiming that they are creating an “MMORPG for fans of the genre”, going as far as claiming it will be a “place they will be proud to call home later this year.”
Whether players will receive the game as well as they are hoping remains to be seen, but nevertheless, Astellia does have several beta periods planned over the course of 2019.
Astellia features the holy trinity class system, providing players the ability to play the Assassin, Mage, Ranger, Scholar and Warrior. The game also features both traditional group dungeons along with solo dungeons for players to tackle alone.
Astellia is definitely promising but we’ll have to wait and see.

Dark and Light

If you weren’t keeping up to date with Dark and Light then allow me to quickly catch you up:
Dark and Light launched to a concurrent player count of over 14,000 in 2017. As of right now, the game is sitting at less than 1,000 concurrent players.
Snail Games, the terrible publisher behind Dark and Light recently revealed that they are going to be merging servers together to attempt to combat the death of the game: Stating that they will be merging over 70% of their servers together.
Good job, Snail Games!

Atlantica Online

Yes, this game is still alive and online. Actually, and this may surprise you, Atlantica Online has been online for 11 years now.
In celebration of their 11th anniversary, Atlantica Online will be providing players various large events and updates that will be rolling out all month long.
Updates and events include the Mentor and Mentee system, a level cap raise up to level 200, a new PvP mode called “Chaos Ladder”, 13 level 170 talents and an update to ranked battles.
I actually miss Atlantica Online – it is by far one of the most unique tactical MMORPGs out there. You should check it out if you haven’t already or at the very least, check out one of our videos on it.

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Bless Unleashed Debuts New Footage

Bless Unleashed Debuts New Footage

Here’s a game I bet you’d all forgotten about until now: Bless Unleashed.
You know, Bandai Namco’s free to play version of Bless Online when Bless Online was still buy to play? You know, before Bless Online went free to play and ultimately scammed everyone out of their buy to play money? Yeah, Bless Unleashed.
Glad you’re all caught back up. Anyway, Bandai Namco released a new video earlier this week detailing the five classes found within Bless Unleashed: The Berserker, Crusader, Mage, Priest and Ranger.
Bless Unleashed is still scheduled for a 2019 release on Xbox One. You guys ready to spend your hard earned money in the cash shop for Bless 2.0? Let’s fund Neowiz’s Bless Mobile game that’s in the works, hell yeah!

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MMORPG News: WE GOT NEW MMOs, BOYS! Talion, Aion: Legions of War Launch, New Perfect World MMO & More!

MMORPG News: New Talion MMORPG, Aion: Legions of War Launch, New Perfect World MMO

So it’s been a couple weeks since my last MMO news video. Christmas hit, New Years hit, and then.. well, there was a general lack of news in the genre.
Which makes sense. Nobody really wants to work during that time of year. Everyone wants to spend it getting fat with family and friends.
However with a new year comes new information – and let me tell you.. a lot has happened over the last couple weeks.
So, unbuckle your belt, let your New Years gut hang over, and prepare yourself for the first of many Weekly Byte’s of MMORPG News.
Also, do note that I currently have a cold, so if I sound kinda.. nasally? Yeah, you know why. Nevertheless I shall push through this because I must – I absolutely must bring you all the news because it has become – essentially – my duty as your #1 source of MMO news.

RuneScape

We’ll go ahead and start this off with some good news – news that I believe every fan of the genre needs to hear.
While games like World of Warcraft are losing players, and other games are shutting down, RuneScape is boasting its highest-ever paid membership and active monthly players.
This is in part due to the game recently launching onto mobile devices – Old School RuneScape alone crossing over 5 million downloads since it launched.
The active subscriber-base numbers over an entire million thus far – more than even an MMO like Final Fantasy XIV has currently.
See, guys? The genre isn’t dying. They’re just flocking to other games.

Rose Online

In sadder news, Rose Online will be shutting down on February 11, 2019. WarpPortal, the publisher behind the game announced the closure via their official Facebook page.
In preparation for the shut down, WarpPortal have since shut down the in-game store – with players able to transfer any remaining premium currency to WarpPortal’s other games free of charge.
WarpPortal’s other games include Ragnarok Online and Ragnarok Online 2, Dragon Saga and the recently released Record of Lodoss War Online.

Aion: Legions of War

Next up we have a juicy new release from NCSoft. Actually, this is their very first mobile RPG released in the West thus far but from what I’ve learned.. mobile games, especially MMOs are all the same so it really isn’t likely to be much of a challenge.
Do note that Aion: Legions of War is a sequel to the Aion PC MMORPG, but at the same time isn’t classified as an MMO itself, instead, NCSoft call it a “strategic narrative-driven RPG that exudes depth of gameplay with MMO-level complexity.”
Yup. Players collect various heroes and participate in dungeons, PvP and intense action. Seems MMO-y to me but hey.

Breach

QC Games, the team behind the upcoming ARPG “Breach” have announced that the game is currently purchasable via Steam starting at $25 and finishing at $100.
The packages will include unique bonus items like Hero packs, skins, digital artbooks, sprays and emotes along with a 30-day gold and XP boost.
I’ve seen some Youtuber’s do videos on Breach and honestly, it looks like it could be a pretty solid game.
They go on to say that Breach is supposed to “Disrupt the traditional action-RPG genre by fusing explosive combat, RPG-like depth, and a flexible, customizable open-class system”. Players will also be allowed to build their own custom heroes, so.. cool?
Regardless, Breach hits Early Access on January 17th, so if you’re looking to get into the game, there’s your chance.

Black Desert Online

With the ridiculous success and popularity of the Battle Royale genre, every game developer seems ready and willing to suck that dick dry. Black Desert is the most recent MMO to fall victim to it and although I’m sure some people are anticipating it… I’m just not.
But I mean, hurray, instead of fixing Black Desert’s current issues.. we’re getting an in-game Battle Royale mode. Woohoo!

Ashes of Creation

So Intrepid Studios and the entire Ashes of Creation game itself have come under fire recently due to a lack of communication. Their Apocalypse Battle Royale being temporarily shut down without warning, their forums going down and remaining down during this issue.
Fans have every right to be upset, especially since Intrepid have done absolutely nothing to calm the playerbase down. Until now, that is.
Margaret Krohn has been appointed as the new community manager and both her, along with Intrepid have plans on providing better communication with the playerbase going forward.

Final Fantasy XIV

January 8, 2019 marked the conclusion of Final Fantasy XIV’s Stormblood expansion’s story with the introduction of patch 4.5, A Requiem for Heroes.
With a plethora of updates including the new main scenario quests, new furnishings, glamor items, the Mahjong game mode, and.. a truckload more, there’s plenty to enjoy while eagerly anticipating the new Shadowbringers expansion!

Lost Ark

While the West is still enjoying games like Path of Exile, South Korea is enjoying the recently released Lost Ark. And Smilegate are showing no signs of slowing down updates, either, with the large, new continent of Rohendel, new race and more.
There is still no confirmed Western release date for the game but the success in South Korea and the anticipation of the game over here looks promising for its future.

Perfect World

This is a title I never thought would ever make it into a news video. But here we are, 2019 has just begun and I’ve already been proven wrong.
Recently, ArchoEyrda uploaded a video that supposedly shows leaked footage of an in-development console port of the PC MMORPG Perfect World.
The game is being built on Unreal Engine 4 and has plans on being released onto both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One in 2019. When exactly is unconfirmed.
Now, whether or not this is 100% legit remains to be seen, but, the game looks to incorporate an entirely different combat and graphical system. FPS issues aside, at least it isn’t on mobile.

Talion

This is the first I’m hearing of this but.. Gamevil announced yesterday that they have plans on launching their popular 3D open world mobile MMORPG “Talion” in the very near future, beginning with Australia in January, then further expanding into other Western territories.
Registration for the game is currently available if you reside within Australia – and weirdly enough, Gamevil have plans to support Australia and the Australian MMO playerbase by opening up Australian servers and providing Australian localization.
The game boasts some very serious character customization, especially considering it’s a mobile MMO.
Other than that.. it looks pretty generic. But we’ll have to see once it launches later this month. Wiggy will likely have a video up for it after it launches if you want to see how it plays.

Bless Online

I know there are still a few of you out there that play this.. and according to Steam, there are a few thousand of you still enjoying it. So, for those of you.. you’ll be happy to know that Neowiz, yesterday dropped a patch featuring a new endgame dungeon.
Honestly, adding a single dungeon that has a 24-hour lock on how often it can be run doesn’t really seem like it’s what the game needs to be revitalized but hey – what do I know. I’m not a game developer.

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13 Anime MMORPGs You Should At Least Try In 2019

13 Anime MMORPGs You Should At Least Try In 2019

Back in October 2018 I did a video titled “The Only Anime MMORPGs & MMOs Left Worth Playing In 2018 And 2019”.
It ended up getting over 320,000 views, over 5 and a half thousand likes, and thousands of comments.
I noticed some of the games in the comments I hadn’t played very much of, if any at all, and came to the conclusion that I’d included a few games in that list that honestly aren’t worth populating a list of Anime MMOs currently worth playing in 2019 with.
So allow me to provide you all with a slightly larger, more inclusive list of Anime MMOs now that I’ve had the opportunity to play through each and every one of these in more detail.

Burning Soul Worker

I include this game in every single video I do about Anime MMOs because to this day – it is still the very best Anime MMO released in the West.
Note, the game in question isn’t Gameforge’s Soul Worker but rather – the Burning Soul Worker private server.
Burning Soul Worker is further ahead than Gameforge’s version by many, many months, having significantly more content – both custom and official.
The population as of January 2019 is higher in comparison as well – although admittedly a lot of these players are at higher level content.
This makes it easier for players to find parties and actually participate in the content the game offers – especially without all the bullshit modifications Gameforge made to the game to promote purchasing items via the cash shop.
Burning Soul Worker is by far the most visually pleasing Anime MMO released in the West right now. It also has, arguably, one of the best action combat systems in an Anime MMO.

Phantasy Star Online 2

I haven’t included Phantasy Star Online 2 in a “top” video in a very, very long while. This is because the game, although incredible.. just isn’t as readily available as the other games in this list.
This is because PSO2 never officially launched in the West. Instead, to play the game you need to download third party software that isn’t officially supported by Sega to translate and play the game.
You also need to navigate their website – completely in Japanese, to sign up. This is somewhat of a nuisance for people that don’t even know if they want to play it or not but it is fairly easy if you Google around for a guide.
Nevertheless, after a tremendous amount of you were surprised I opted to not include PSO2 I chose to this time because let’s be honest here.. not many games come close in terms of quality.
Its population is off the charts, having over 10 different servers, all with hundreds of channels that are filled with tons of people.
Graphically, yes, Soul Worker is the most.. crisp? I’d say, but you don’t get any Anime-er.. than PSO2. It does it better than any other MMO out there.
Its combat is a little clunkier though and definitely shows its age, but the amount of features the game has completely trumps any other Anime MMO out there.
If you want to get into Phantasy Star Online 2, you can find a guide for it on our website: mmobyte.tv

Eden Eternal Vendetta

Aeria Games is one of the worst publishers in the MMO-sphere. They take good games, make them heavily pay to win, unbalanced pieces of garbage and then eventually shut them down when people stop playing them.
So when I initially played Eden Eternal.. and saw the desolate wasteland the game had become, I’d lost all hope in ever really progressing through the game.
Then I came across the private server: Eden Eternal Vendetta. If you’ve watched us in the last year or two you’d know we’ve tried out quite a few private servers for a large variety of games.
Eden Eternal Vendetta is actually one of the better ones out there, providing players with the opportunity to experience the game, sans the pay to win that Aeria Games introduced into it.
The population is also several times larger than Aeria’s version as well, especially after they sold their company to Gamigo.
Eden Eternal takes place in the complete opposite spectrum of the Anime niche: chibi-inspired Anime graphics, and gives us one of the last older-gen Anime MMO feels left.
It’s beautiful, as are the skill effects and honestly.. with FlyFF, Fiesta and other games like them all hopelessly clinging to their last breaths of life, Eden Eternal Vendetta might be our last refuge.

Dungeon Fighter Online

Like PSO2, a lot of you guys were really upset when I didn’t include Dungeon Fighter Online in my previous video. I get it. I played through a good amount of the game over the last month and I can see why you all enjoy it so much.
Dungeon Fighter doesn’t really look very “Anime-ish” as opposed to other titles in this list but there is no denying it is Anime-inspired. I’ve played my fair share of side-scrolling MMOs like this and I gotta say.. Dungeon Fighter is one of the better ones.
It’s fast, very fast. Overflowing with story, and probably has some of the best combat effects in a game of its kind.
Seriously, if combat is something you’re interested in then let me reassure you right now – Dungeon Fighter Online is at the top of its game. You won’t find better combat in a side-scrolling Anime-inspired MMO.
The game has tens of thousands of active players as well, so there’s always someone to play with.
And yes, I’m aware Steam lists a mere 500 concurrent players, so before claiming I don’t know what I’m talking about, note that I’m referring to the players that don’t play through Steam as well.

Mabinogi

Mabinogi was once the “king” of the Anime MMO genre. It used a graphical style that I hadn’t seen present in other MMOs. It offered players the option of playing the game in an unconventional way: Living your life.
You could fight monsters, level, craft, farm, fish, quest, explore, just socialize, age up.. like, I’m still of the opinion that Mabinogi is still unrivaled in the freedom it gives you.
I’ve seen other games like Black Desert try and do something similar but nothing comes close to offering what Mabinogi did- or, still does, rather.
The combat is very dated, granted, and uses a very.. I guess confusing for first-time players system. The population is also on the lower end of the spectrum, unfortunately.
If you’ve never played Mabinogi.. I recommend you try it out if solely to experience what the game has to offer that no other game does.

Code Closers

If Blade and Soul were to take place in an instanced, hub-based side-scrolling reality, then Code Closers would be it.
They’re both comprised of mostly.. tits. So if you’re a prepubescent boy, a closet perv, or.. just, generally interested in titties, then Closers is one of the few MMOs for you.
Again, Code Closers is actually a private server – a more densely populated, more actively updated and further ahead in content alternative to En Masse’s version.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: En Masse Entertainment aren’t a bad publisher. Quite the contrary. They’re actually one of the better ones out there.. one of the only decent Western ones.
I mean no company is infallible so naturally people will find fault with them but Code Closers is just.. further ahead, has less content in the cash shop and more available to obtain in-game, and has custom content and events that go on every month.
This, coupled with a more free-to-play friendly playstyle makes it the go-to for me and hopefully anyone that wants to level the characters faster than on the official server.
It’s one of the more beautiful Anime MMOs out there – especially if, once again.. you like titties, and the combat is pretty good, to boot!

Tree of Savior

I know I’m gonna get some mixed feelings on this one as I’ll be honest here.. there are some issues with Tree of Savior. But, in the grand scheme of things, Tree of Savior is probably the only good Ragnarok-like MMO alive right now.
It has some of the best sprite graphics and offers some of the highest quality spell effects I’ve seen on a mage, as that is what I play, but I’ll tell you now.. people either love the game, or have an almost unparalleled hatred for it.
The combat is fantastic – it’s fast, feels great and the classes have varied enough playstyles to warrant playing.
The world is perhaps one of the most aesthetically beautiful Anime worlds I’ve seen in an MMO and that’s saying something.
Unfortunately the population isn’t nearly as high as most of the other games in this list but who knows.. maybe this will.. change some people’s opinions and they’ll give it a solid try.

NosTale Vendetta

I never had the opportunity to play NosTale when it was still technically considered “popular,” so I didn’t have very high hopes going into NosTale Vendetta – the private server based on the same game.
I tried NosTale out over a year ago and the game.. was dead. NosTale Vendetta though – I have to give them credit here for revitalizing the population of a dead game.
NosTale Vendetta had what I can only explain as one of the most densely populated towns I’ve ever seen. Outside of Final Fantasy XIV or World of Warcraft – back before they begun cross-server instancing.
The game had a very traditional “point-and-click” to move and fight system in place but at the same time.. it didn’t feel clunky at all. Instead, it felt pretty damn good.
A little slower than I’m used to but still good. Graphically, it is probably one of the more adorable looking games in the list, and we need those. There aren’t enough cute MMOs – and especially cute Anime MMOs left.
Again, the player population is.. absurdly high. You’re missing out not trying this out.

KurtzPel

KurtzPel has yet to actually release officially but they recently held a small beta for us Westerner’s to try out.
Although I didn’t get to participate personally, as I had honestly been too busy to, a friend of mine did and he spent hours recording content for us.
If you’ve ever played a game like.. Vindictus or Dragon Nest, then you’ll know exactly what kind of game this is. I mean, Closers and Soul Worker are more or less the same as well but KurtzPel seems a little.. smaller? Perhaps.
It offers some fantastic character creation options – one of the most extensive, actually, for an Anime MMO.
However, I did notice some of the movements were a little.. off. Which is fine. It was a beta after all and they have room to improve.
Combat though looks like it could actually be even better than Soul Worker’s when it finally launches, being comparable to Black Desert if Black Desert were an Anime MMO.

Pokemon Revolution Online

Pokemon Revolution Online isn’t an official game by any means. It was created by fans, just like every other Pokemon MMO out there.
However it provides us the ability to play Pokemon games like never before: With other people. A large group of other people. Together. Something Game Freak never did and still has yet to do.
It is probably the most complete, closest thing you’ll ever get to an official Pokemon MMO so honestly.. if you’re in the mood to be the very best, like no-one ever was and feel like enslaving adorable little Pokemon to murder one another.. look no further.
It looks like Pokemon, it feels like Pokemon. I still play it and still love it, even with other, visually superior alternatives like PokeOne.
Maybe with more work PokeOne will end up superior but right now.. nuh-uh.

Void Elsword

I know this might come as a surprise to some of you because Elsword is still pretty popular. But KOG Games ruined Elsword and ruined any chance for people to enjoy it.
I’ve played through quite a few hours of the official Elsword game and Void Elsword both. Void Elsword is Elsword’s private server alternative, if you hadn’t caught on yet, by the way.
Although they don’t differ terribly in regards to content, Void offers much of what KOG gate behind their cash shop, are less pay to win and overall more up to date with the Korean version of the game.
And while Elsword’s population continues to dip.. Void’s stays strong. But I feel like this is a common theme amongst private servers. They seem to continue to go on and long outlive the game they were spun off from.
Elsword itself is a little older than some of the games in this list but that is by no means a drawback. The game is actually more complete than most of the other Anime titles here merely because it’s been around so long.
Similarly to how World of Warcraft is so much more complete than other, newer MMOs in the genre.
Combat and graphics still look and feel great, but they’re noticeably less polished than games like Dungeon Fighter and Soul Worker.

Kritika Online

Kritika is a unique one. It’s pretty much a carbon copy of Soul Worker, but it was released before Soul Worker was.
So if kawaii teenagers in a post-apocalyptic world aren’t your thing, maybe Kritika will be. It’s got a more mature, adult theme going for it and like Blade and Soul.. has quite an emphasis on boobs.
But I feel like every “mature” themed game does.
Combat is noticeably worse than Soul Worker but still better than most other action games of its kind. Graphically though, the game is good. The environments are okay but the character models are fantastic.
And let’s be real here.. you all know that dressing up your character is part of every game you play, so character models matter!
Population.. probably sits at around a thousand or so concurrent players. Definitely worth trying if you haven’t yet!

Final Fantasy XIV

I was kinda.. on the fence about including Final Fantasy XIV in this list. Why? Because it doesn’t fit the traditional look of an Anime MMO. It looks like a 3D fantasy MMORPG, but, everyone refers to it as an Anime MMO so here it is.
Final Fantasy XIV – the king of the Anime genre. If any game deserved that title, it would definitely be it. Or PSO2. But Final Fantasy XIV because it’s released in English, is more polished and plays in an open world as opposed to quest hub.
At later levels the combat is actually pretty good – think Rift or WoW. Graphically, the game is one of the most beautiful MMOs I’ve ever seen, especially the further you progress through the game.
And its story? Man. If you were to try any game, once, then it should be Final Fantasy XIV.
Population is huge, numbering in the hundreds of thousands of active players still, and with their new expansion on the horizon, you can expect that number to increase back into the millions.

So.. that is pretty much my list of Anime MMOs and MMORPGs to play throughout the year of 2019. Yes, I opted not to include MapleStory 2 because it has had a plethora of complaints and I found myself bored, not having anything to do the further I got.
I know some of you enjoy MapleStory 2 and it’s a good game. But the population has dropped by 80% in a few months and a lack of content is why.
Regardless, hopefully this list helps you find that special “Anime MMO” that you’ve been looking for.

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