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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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MMORPG News: Black Desert RU Shut Down, MapleStory 2 Launch, New World MMO, Blade&Soul Mobile

Black Desert RU Shut Down, MapleStory 2 Launch, New World MMO, Blade&Soul Mobile

Quite a bit of news has circulated its way around the internet this week and I plan on covering as much of it as I can in this video. So sit back, grab a slice of pizza from the fridge and let’s jump into this weeks’ Weekly Byte of MMORPG news.

MapleStory 2

Let’s start this off with some news that I’m sure Nexon is happy about: MapleStory 2, the highly anticipated sequel to one of Nexon’s most successful games, Maplestory, finally launched a couple days ago as a free to play MMORPG both on Steam and through the Nexon Launcher.
The game had originally launched its Headstart for Founder’s on October 1st but this marked the first time free players could join in.
According to Steam, the first day of its launch MapleStory reached a concurrent player number of 22,000, followed by 30,000 on its second and a monstrous 33,000 on its third.
While not groundbreaking numbers alone, a large majority of players play Nexon’s games through their official launcher, so showing 30,000 players through Steam alone is quite impressive.
While no concrete number is given for the cumulative concurrent player number for both Nexon’s Launcher and Steam, we can expect it’s at at least 50,000, if not more.
This marks well over a hundred thousand players actively playing – maybe even a few hundred thousand, something Nexon is no doubt gleefully reveling in.

Black Desert Online

GameNet has been the local publisher for Black Desert Online in Russia until recently – Pearl Abyss chose not to renew their license with GameNet, however both companies vowed to work alongside one another to transfer over all player data.
GameNet closed down the servers this week as planned however left an ominous note stating that “all responsibility for the future” was on Pearl Abyss.
Pearl Abyss went on to state that they were “making every possible effort to solve the problems” they were experiencing.. without elaborating on what those “problems” actually were.
Shortly after, Pearl Abyss sent out an email to players stating that they had “failed to acquire their game data from GameNet”.
This means that negotiations to acquire player data fell through and all data would be lost to the void.
Pearl Abyss have since blamed GameNet for the loss of data, with GameNet rebutting that with claims that they were ready to transfer all player data, and Pearl Abyss themselves were at fault.
According to GameNet, Pearl Abyss wasn’t going through the correct legal route to manage personal information in Russia, resulting in the failed transfer of data.
Pearl Abyss have stated that they won’t have their Russian servers up immediately as they lost access to GameNet’s localization, requiring they localize the game fully from scratch.
There is no ETA on when the Russian version of the game will be back up, Pearl Abyss merely providing a vague “we’ll work on it” for all Russian players.
Quality work as always, Pearl Abyss.

Bless Online

In lieu of Bless’ upcoming free to play scam-I mean, launch, Neowiz released a “Road to Bless Online” press release on Steam.
They went on to state that the reason they’re going free to play is for the community, not themselves. They want to make sure the game can provide an amazing experience for all players, but also that it can reach as many audiences as possible.
Neowiz stated that the “player response to Bless coming to Steam was initially very positive”, further claiming that “there was a mismatch of expectations between the development team and players”.
“Despite this, the team saw Early Access as a success, collecting important data and feedback from players” – and doing absolutely nothing with that data and feedback. That last part wasn’t a quote, just a general statement.
Finally, Neowiz noted that they are aware of what players want, but what players will get remains to be seen. “The Bless team isn’t ready to talk about all of the details”, they said in a finishing statement.
So.. mark your calendars. Bless is almost here.. again.

Legends of Aria

Citadel Studios are proud to announce that their flagship title, the upcoming “living, breathing” classic sandbox MMORPG Legends of Aria is finally launching into Early Access through Steam on December 4th, 2018.
They went on to detail Founder’s Packs – which cost $29.99, $49.99 and $89.99 respectively.
All players that pre-order the game between now and December 3rd will have the opportunity to participate in a 7-day Head-Start while obtaining each Founder’s Pack bonus associated with the pack purchased, including the chance to lay claim to your very own plot of land and have the ability to build your home before any other player.
Legends of Aria is being touted as the “spiritual successor to classic MMORPGs”, having a “massive, player-run world in a modern and beautifully realized setting”.
Citadel Studios are promising a “return to a setting where giving the player choice and freedom is paramount” and having a game-world where “hand-holding and gear scores have no place”.

Blade and Soul: Revolution

Netmarble held its media conference for Blade and Soul: Revolution on October 11th, and had quite a bit of information to divulge regarding the upcoming free to play MMORPG. Blade and Soul: Revolution, powered by Unreal Engine 4 is based on the popular IP from NCSoft, “Blade and Soul“, released on PCs with a console port in the works, was revealed to have finally been given an official launch date for South Korea: December 6, with pre-registration beginning yesterday.
Blade and Soul: Revolution, following in the footsteps of NCSoft’s other mobile adaptation, Lineage 2: Revolution, will follow the original game’s story, including the conflict with Jinsoyun and the search for Twilight’s Edge while aiming to stay as true to the original PC game as possible.
Key features from the PC iteration of Blade and Soul are making its way into Revolution, including the glide and sprint mechanics which are said to be a requirement to explore the 5 massive zones that comprise Blade and Soul: Revolution. Additional features include large-scale real-time 500 vs 500 clan battles that make use of watchtowers and cannons to provide strategic elements to the game, and over 150 high-quality cinematic cutscenes that are completely voice-acted.
There are 4 total races announced to be making their way into the game, the Jin, Gon, Yun and Lyn.
There are 4 classes associated with each of those races, having the Blade Master and Kung Fu Master (JIN), Destroyer (GON), Blade Master and Kung Fu Master (YUN), Machinist/Force Master (LYN).
The Machinist for the Lyn is actually supposedly a new class but is reminiscent of the Force Master as it makes use of elemental spells.
This is actually a downgrade in terms of what is available on PC, as the PC version has access to Assassin, Blade Master, Destroyer, Force Master, Kung Fu Master, Summoner, Blade Dancer, Warlock, Soul Fighter, Gunslinger, Warden.
Although these classes are all that is available right now, this does not mean NCSoft has no plans of introducing those classes as the game continues to receive updates.
While there has been no confirmed English release for Blade and Soul: Revolution as of yet, Lineage 2: Revolution had a rather fast Western release so we can expect Blade and Soul: Revolution to hit Western shores sometime in the near future!

ArcheAge

ArcheAge 5.0, which is still somehow alive, has a new major content expansion on its way. Trion have announced that the 5.0 update, titled “Relics of Hiram” will be arriving on October 24th.
Relics of Hiram will add the Malediction skill set, meaning players will gain the ability to play with a total of 45 new class combinations.
Trion are merging servers together prior to Relics of Hiram’s arrival to attempt to combat the lack of a semblance of a playerbase.

EverQuest 2

EverQuest 2 is launching yet another expansion: Chaos Descending. The expansion is available right now for pre-order and will launch officially on November 13th.
Players that pre-order the expansion can begin playing the beta for it as soon as their payment clears.
There are three different versions of the expansion on sale – the Base game going for $34.99, the Collector’s Edition going for $89.99 and the Premium which goes for a whopping $139.99.
Chaos Descending brings with it expanded lore, a new mount equipment feature, and additional dungeons, zones, adventure quests, raids and more. While the game itself is free, expansions are required to be purchased to play.

New World

After what seems like an eternity of waiting for news on Amazon’s upcoming full-loot open-ended sandbox PvP MMO New World, a video was released on October 11 showcasing some beautiful Alpha footage of an area we’ve already seen enough of – Windsward, a region “composed mostly of grasslands and forests that are packed with harvestable resources”.
We can clearly see abandoned crates, farms, windmills, cottages, wagons and more along the side of the road, with lit torches and railings.
However that is pretty much all we see.

Happy Halloween!

Finally.. I’d like to take a quick moment to wish everyone a Happy Halloween!
Every MMO ranging from WoW to Final Fantasy XIV to Guild Wars 2 to Elder Scrolls Online are launching their very own Halloween events in-game, so make sure you log in to your favorite game to participate!

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