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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.