Throne and Liberty Could be 2023's Biggest MMORPG Release
Throne and Liberty is a gorgeous upcoming open-world MMORPG developed by NCSoft, the studio behind the old Lineage MMOs, the newer Lineage MMOs, Blade & Soul, Aion.
They’ve had their hits, but they’ve also suffered severe misses. Throne and Liberty, however, looks to change their recent track record for the better, by creating an MMO on a much larger scale than they ever have before.
This is an MMO with an enormous, completely seamless, open world. There are no loading screens separating anything from players, and allows for players to move from one side of the continent to the other in a way only Black Desert Online has allowed for in recent memory.
This is an MMO designed with an emphasis on class fantasy, and not limiting players to a specific class. Instead, opting to allow for players to design and play their character in any way they want.
We’re not presented with a singular, defined class, instead, much like in Guild Wars 2, we’re given the chance to equip 2 weapons that have drastic alterations on our playstyle.
Allowing mages to run in and melee with close-proximity to enemies, archers to shoot fireballs, warriors to self-heal and healers to tank. The options are limitless, and this depth is going to provide us an experience we’re not typically familiar with.
There will be functional zone-wide PvP, with dynamic PvP events, dynamic PvE events, PvPvE World Bosses – but players won’t be forced into open-world encounters. Instead, players can proactively choose whether to participate or not.
And that’s just the surface of what was explained in the 10-minute Director’s Preview that came out yesterday. Let’s take a look at that in real time, and talk about it as it becomes relevant.
Throne and Liberty is planning a Global release in the first half of 2023. The game will be fully accessible on PC and consoles, but as they detailed in the trailer, you’ll also be capable of streaming the game to mobile devices – probably through the cloud. But the game itself is not available on mobile devices, nor is it built for mobile play in mind.
Throne and Liberty looks like it has the potential to provide players something truly grandiose in terms of scale. An MMO of incomparable quality to anything released in the last 5 years.
While I have high hopes for Blue Protocol, Throne and Liberty is going to give it a run for its money, and could potentially end up becoming the biggest MMO release of 2023.
Unfortunately they haven’t outlined a specific Closed Beta period yet, but that will no doubt be something they expand upon over the course of the next few months, as we inch ever closer to a full release.