Bless Online shuts down Russian beta for revisions, preps Japanese test

There’s something a little hinky going on with Bless Online’s beta test over in Russia. MMO Examiner reports that 101XP was not pleased with the game, deciding to shut down the Russian beta servers and send it back to the devs for revisions.

According to a translation of the announcement: “Last year, we launched in Russia the anticipated MMORPG Bless. Players and the company has pinned high hopes on the game, which unfortunately did not materialize in full. After discussion with the developers, we have come to a decision to close the Russian-speaking servers May 25, 2017. The game will go into development for an indefinite period to return in the future in an improved form.”

Meanwhile, the Japanese closed beta test of the MMO is scheduled to commence in just a few days on April 28th. Perhaps that publisher should touch base with the Russian operator to see what the issues it had with the beta? Just a suggestion.

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draugris

tbh not very surprising. I played in the russian beta and the experience was very poor. It was laggy as hell and the combat system felt super clunky and definitely not fun to play. This game is based on unreal 3 engine so what can you expect in a massively multiplayer environment, This engine is simply not capable of doing that with proper performance. It makes me really sad because the game itself, the classes, the world etc. is really interesting imo.

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Solaris

Ouch.

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Koshelkin

“Last year, we launched in Russia the anticipated MMORPG Bless.”

This sounds like proper Russian.

pepperzine
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pepperzine

Didn’t they just do some sort of special offer involving free end-game characters to get players to return (or something like that). I can’t remember if that was for another version other than the Russian, but either way, the combination of the two does not bode well for the game in my opinion. The only time promotions like that aren’t a negative indication of the player population is when a level-cap increase or expansion is on the horizon, and the developers just want to catch players up so everyone can enjoy the new content.

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loudriot

That was the Korean version, but yes it’s still an indicator that the game is having troubles. In my opinion what I think happened is they released the Russian version in the state the Korean version was for the most part. However, the western version is supposed to have quite a few improvements such as combat and questing updates. 101XP probably saw this and was like hey we want those same improvements so they are going to back to the devs.

It kind of sucks too, because I played the Russian version and while yes the combat could use some up to date improvements, it’s still a really fun game.

Line
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Line

Can’t say that I’m waiting for the game, it kinda plays like pants and the last thing we need is another gankbox.

But I’m gonna admit, I’m impressed: I’ve never seen a game close down so many times before it even reach release.
How many “revisions” does that make? Like three in Korea, the still un released version for the West, the Russian one now…

This thing has to be a money laundering scheme at this point. Where do they even find the money?

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thickenergy

We need a cage match between Bless and Hellgate.

camren_rooke
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camren_rooke

I’d play Hellgate. I loved the setting.

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camren_rooke

I learned something today. What ‘like pants’ means.

Thanks Line!

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