Asta kicks off its first beta test in the West

Will Asta be a success here after its poor fate in its native land? It’s too early to say, but you can start making that decision for yourself. The game’s first beta starts today, running until Tuesday, November 10th. And it’s open, too; all players with an active Webzen account can sign up and download the game to start playing and seeing what the game’s all about.

If you’d rather have some idea of what the game’s about before you start playing, the game is based heavily on Eastern mythology and the battle between two factions, the Asu and the Ora. Players have access to talent trees for the game’s five classes, along with the Divine Spirit system to further specialize character attributes and abilities. Check out a trailer for the game and some artwork just below, and if you want to see what the deal is, jump into the test.

Source: Webzen press release
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Silverlock
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Silverlock

I can’t try it because my Webzen account is locked for some reason. I can reset the password but they wont let me in and they wont say why not.

ClassicCrime
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ClassicCrime

Played it for a while today. I don’t think it’ll be hugely successful here, but it’s definitely polished. It handles wonderfully.

Translation really needs some work though. Hopefully they’ll get that fixed before launch or that alone will kill it imo

CloakingDonkey
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CloakingDonkey

Quest based single player leveling?

Bazgrim
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Bazgrim

All these years and massively still doesn’t post links to anything other than their own articles.

MetaDune
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MetaDune

Sorry forgot where I was posting at.

Xijit
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Xijit

Hounddog74 Perfect Hero 
So long as the cash shop isn’t too bad, it should stick around for a while … it takes a major stinker like Archlord 2 for Webzen to close down a game that isn’t 10 years old.

I mean, it will tank majorly with the US audience, but EU and BR will keep it alive.

now that I think about it, I am just going to make my characters on the EU server when it hits open beta. I cut my MMO teeth on the Codemasters games (back when they were trying to do MMOs) so I am more comfortable with the international player base even if the US server doesn’t turn into a ghost town.

Xijit
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Xijit

MetaDune 
Hush, speak not logic.

Hounddog74
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Hounddog74

Perfect Hero

It’s good to know that all you need to do is watch a couple of compressed videos to have this game all figured out, congratulations!

The game actually looks great graphically, btw, both in terms of art style and fidelity, so I dunno what potato you were watching these videos on but you couldn’t be more wrong. As for what it brings to the genre, how exactly do you know? Please link to me the video that shows all the features of this game, because I’ve been looking for one and all I can find are dubbed videos from Korea that I don’t understand. And in this video it clearly shows mounts that look like they do in every other MMO, clearly not floating above the ground. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvzhrHlHsyU

I honestly hate defending what will actually probably turn out to be a failed game that isn’t that good, but it annoys me when people criticize and berate things when they have no knowledge of them whatsoever. I’ve actually been playing the game to get my impressions and outside of localization issues, and the usual beta stuff like names being way too large, etc, it’s actually been pretty decent to play, and at 4k resolution it’s nothing short of beautiful to look at and runs great to boot.

MetaDune
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MetaDune

How many western mmo does subs? Not many. Anyways the publisher in KR is moving to mobile so dropping all its pc games

DugFromTheEarth
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DugFromTheEarth

nuallo DugFromTheEarth Wait… you are comparing an expansion for ANY game (and specifically WoW) to the mass amounts of mmo clones produced in the asian game market?

Last I checked, a good majority of expansions for western mmos, try to spice up the game by adding all sorts of new and unique elements to the game. (sometimes good, sometimes bad.) Most recent examples of this are the Swtor expansion and the Guild Wars 2 expansion. Both make some serious core element changes to the game, and change things up quite a bit from what players were used to. 

Then you have games like Asta, which is in every aspect like every other asian mmo you have ever played all rolled into one. There is ZERO learning curve because its all been done before. These mmo companies have this mmo template that seems to be shared by most stuidos. One that they just slap on different graphics and then shove it out the door. Every so often you get one that tries to expand beyond this (such as archage) but the fact that the core of the game is still that “typical asian mmo template” usually ends up being the “Arm tied behind its back”

Asta is such a generic asian mmo that its a horrible bore to play, especially if you have put any amount of time into any past asian mmo.

WoOpin
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WoOpin

Xijit zyrusticae Perfect Hero Whats wrong with Java Minecraft is doing quite better than FarCry or any Cry Engine game.

dustbunnyb
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dustbunnyb

I tried it out this morning, and yes the localization is still very rough, but I liked the art style and music. I thought it was refreshing to see a game where the characters were not super sexed up.

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf

DugFromTheEarth

nuallo
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nuallo

I have played almost every mmo under the sun, and ASTA to lvl 10 so far is very well polished. the game truly feels like a triple A tittle, there are some minor personal choice things I do not like but over all I would compare the quality to WIldstar and WOW.
 While there might not be anything game changing about it, if looking for a good distraction I would recommend it as a casual filler.

nuallo
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nuallo

DugFromTheEarth  Well by your logic then do not bother playing Legion or any other expansion of any current game … I see this a lot, people saying a mmo has nothing new to offer, However no one says this for first person shooters or racing games!
 Truth is a mmo can be action / tab target / or a hybrid and about that’s it. I don’t know what ” revolutionary ” changes you are waiting for but I fear you will never be happy then cause mmo’s are pretty much type ( x ) formula with different art styles and stories.

Omedon
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Omedon

Damonvile Omedon

I fixed it with this: http://userscripts-mirror.org/scripts/show/177226
But yeah, precisely.

Xijit
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Xijit

Zarconius Xijit Dystopiq 
How many Korean players read MassivelyOP?
How the hell could anyone on this site have been burned by this game’s closure in Korea?
Webzen wasn’t the publisher in Korea, so no one got burned there, and since the developer is still trying to support it, I’m pretty sure that they are not the ones who wanted it closed in Korea.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Omedon exactly. I come here to read about games. The last thing I want them doing is decided what I like and only reporting on that.

There will always be someone bitching about a game no matter what it is. They’re just background noise to the people that like it.

DugFromTheEarth
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DugFromTheEarth

After playing for about 2 hours, I can safely say “If you have played most asian mmos, then you have already played this game”. Bland, mediocre, and basic are all words id use to describe it. 

I almost feel bad about the times in the past that I claimed western games were just “wow clones”. Asia’s mmo market takes the clone concept, and super sizes it.

Zarconius
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Zarconius

Xijit Dystopiq If this wasnt a failed MMO Im sure the anger towards it wouldnt be so bad.  And you have to admit the industry has been trying to force this freemium crap on us for a while and it started in asia. I dont feel bad ranting against this type of behavior. I dont want anymore asian  fp2 games. Give me a 50$ initial buy followed by 15 a month.

Xijit
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Xijit

Neo_Wolf Xijit 
Exactly: Simple and Playable.

I like a lot of import Asian Fantasy stuff, so it works for me and I have no problem with the engrish. I just hope they keep the Korean instead of trying to re-dubb it with some flat / unprofessional voice acting.

(I would rather not understand the VO than have to shut off the voices completely due to cringe worthy english)

Xijit
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Xijit

zyrusticae Perfect Hero 
Better than Java or some half assed in house engine that crashes all the time / still only supports DirectX 9.

Neo_Wolf
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Neo_Wolf

Xijit I’ve been playing it most of the day so far and I don’t dislike it.
Its clearly an early beta and the translations and texts have a long way to go, but the actual visuals and gameplay are fairly standard and solid.  The actual story may not gel well with a western audience without some tweaking but that’s not a problem for me as I liked it.

I’ve definitely played FAR worse.

Xijit
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Xijit

Also worth note is that it isn’t at all Anime / Chibi.

Xijit
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Xijit

Dystopiq 
You are aboslutely right.
Fuck diversity.
MassivelyOP needs to do nothing but write about Everquest 2, WOW, and KTOR.

Xijit
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Xijit

Well, it is not secret that it is not the special-est of snowflakes, but it is clean.
I wouldn’t call it high quality, but the art isn’t rough and the game is playing with out any graphical glitches (no flickering shadows, no rubber banding).

Simple tab targeting and follow the trail game progression, but at least the fetch and return quests have you working in the same area as the NPC you need to return to (instead of on the other side of the fucking city *glares at Allods*).

There is a bit of WOW-ness to it with the simpler textures / cell shaded look, but the art style is had got a nice “Classical Asian Oil Painting” tone to it so it doesn’t come off as too bland.

The music is the high point so far and a welcome departure for the crappy heavy metal that a lot of imports seem to think is mandatory in a fantasy game.

Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

What are we, a landfill for MMOs?

zyrusticae
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zyrusticae

Perfect Hero And to think they licensed Cryengine for this crap… 
Just goes to show that technological prowess means nothing if you don’t know how to use it right.

Xijit
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Xijit

Well, unlike everyone else on here; I am actually trying it out to see how it is instead of just whining.

Omedon
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Omedon

“All we do is talk crap-”
Aaaand this is MOP’s thing to remedy why?…

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

Zarconius Gotta fill the day with news, so sometimes it’s less exciting news than others. There are still some folks who want to hear about this stuff, so Massively covers it.

Zarconius
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Zarconius

Perfect Hero Zarconius All we do is talk crap about how bad most asian games are. Its pretty much feeding the trolls. But hey I like to rant :)

Perfect Hero
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Perfect Hero

Zarconius They shouldn’t stop reporting on anything. How would we know to watch for the sunset if they didn’t report on it’s release?

Perfect Hero
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Perfect Hero

After looking at the videos on youtube I can see why this game failed. It brings nothing new to the genre. It follows the same formula used by every other generic eastern mmo that released and quickly shut down in the last 15 years.

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