Hack-n-slash MMOARPG Guardians of Ember launches today

After wandering the lands of early access since last December, the Runewaker-developed hack-and-slash Guardians of Ember has now gained enough confidence, experience, and (most importantly) development to officially launch.

Even better, the release of the MMOARPG is being treated to a large patch but not a wipe from beta testing. “This patch will be unlike the others as it seeks to bring quality of life to the citizens of Olyndale. You can expect to see changes to the loot orb system, shared XP in group play, free reskill, Spanish localization and the much-requested nightmare mode,” the team said. New and updated since early access are arena battles, a wave-based Horde Mode, a guild skill system, crafting upgrades, an enhancement system, new mounts and pets, and alterations to the cash shop based on early access feedback, including those free respecs up to level 25.

The basic edition of the game is $20 on Steam, although you can pick up the deluxe edition and the deluxe DLC package for 33% off through September 27th. As we’ve previously covered, the game ran a small ($10,000) Indiegogo campaign for German localization but actually secured $77,000 and put the extra money back into the game with a hardcore mode and launch event.

We’ve got the launch trailer, pics, and a roundup of all our coverage to date for you down below!

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Jeremy

I’m enjoying it. It’s fun. /shrug

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Alex Hyer

“Diablo meets WoW.”

Ya lost me.

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Alexander Smith

Downloading again now but imagine it will be quick. The combat just doesn’t feel right for an ARPG.

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Paragon Lost

I’m always annoyed when a game developer doesn’t show how the UI looks. I can’t get a feel for how game mechanics/play might work or not work for me. So then I have to take the secondary step of doing Google searches to find game play videos, which tend to make me motion sick which then further irritates me.

Whereas gameplay videos from the developers tend to be smoother and easier for me to watch. Just putting that out there for game developers. Want to make me more interested and less annoyed with you? Don’t make me have to see out amateur game play videos that more often than not make me want to go lie down or puke. ;p

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Jeremy Barnes

The combat felt clunky to me.

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Dug From The Earth

The game is 90% flashy youtube trailers, and 10% actual fun game.

Its got the worst level/area design ive ever seen in an ARPG. Narrow, linear maps. Like walking from one end of a hallway to the other.

Combat feels very out of sync with the actual controls and responsiveness.

The Abilities and skill trees give an initial false impression of being in depth and full of choices. The reality is much more limiting and bland.

Itemization is still horrendous

If you play and enjoy PoE, Grim Dawn, Titan Quest, Diablo 3 or hell… even Torchlight 2, you are bound to be disappointed in this game.

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Greaterdivinity

Still pretty deep into PoE at the moment, but it’s great to see that this one made it through Early Access pretty quickly (and from what I can tell did a pretty good job of it). Keeping it on my radar for the next round of sales, may as well give it a go!

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Bree Royce

In the PR, they were saying they had been in EA a long time, and all I could think was, it was less than nine months, that’s fast nowadays. Which I guess really shows how bad most EAs are.

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thickenergy

Last time I played was many months ago, but I’ll have to jump back in and check out all the changes since I’ve been away. I enjoyed the game well enough and didn’t want to burn out on it while it was still in early access. Its real weakness is that it doesn’t do anything better than any games that are similar, and mostly relies on being a unique mix of action RPG and MMO.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Entertaining MMO if you only play one class. The problem is all the classes play exactly the same. They all have essentially the same mechanics and there is a set of skills and stats far better than any other. Once you get that, there’s no point to playing more than one class except to find out which avatar or skill visuals you prefer.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Bree, how you guys dont cover amazing Lost Ark, whose CBT2 is in full force now and there is alot of new info about it. Its one of the most anticipated MMORPGs afterall

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Kayweg

Sorry ?
MOP has plenty of articles on Lost Ark, 5 of them in the past 2 month alone.
The most recent one last week on sept 11th.
May i suggest using the search window maybe ? :)

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Oleg Chebeneev

Yea, a post with official trailer. CBT2 started few days ago, adding tons of new content and there is alot of fresh info. None covered by MoP.
But seeing only 3 comments under last post I guess community here is more interested in inferior western MMOs.

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Solaris

Inferior Western MMOs? I mean, I’m looking forward to Lost Ark, but other than FFXIV, there hasn’t been a great non-Western MMO for a long long time.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Age of Wushu, Black Desert, Blade & Soul, TERA, Archeage to name a few. But I was talking more about upcoming games and other then Star Citizen, I dont see anything among western MMOs that is comparable in quality to Lost Ark, Monster Hunter: World or Moonlight Blade.

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Kayweg

I for one am most definitely interested in Lost Ark, if it makes it here.
The thing is, nobody knows if it’s even going to be released in the west.
Now, while MOP certainly is a globally accessible MMO site, odds are that korean/asian gamers use other (more local) sites to inform themselves about LA.(Steparu springs to mind)
Considering that, i feel MOPs coverage is more than sufficient for now, seeing as the bulk of their readership might never get to play the game.
I rather suspect, the day LA is confirmed to come to europe and/or the US, MOPs coverage will change accordingly.

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Solaris

I’m not getting my hopes up. I was excited for Bless too.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Lost Ark developers said they are aiming for global market.

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Kayweg

I’d be surprised if they weren’t, but that will depend on how successful LA becomes in their home market first.
No reason to believe it won’t, i assume, but until then we don’t know for sure.
I expect it to come to the west eventually too, i just don’t feel i need more extensive MOP coverage on LA until then.
Let’s agree to disagree on that point. :)

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Denice J. Cook

I’ve been interested in this one since I first heard about it on Massively, however, “aiming” and “doing” are two different things. They’ll need a local publisher and lots of localization work, not small feats for any game dev.

When or if closed or open beta for Lost Ark ever makes it to these shores, we’ll be anxiously awaiting more info, and I’m sure Massively will happily oblige. At this point, though, all we can do is keep our fingers crossed.

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Dug From The Earth

I think they want to mostly cover games that are planning on being released in the West sometime before 2024. :P

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Oleg Chebeneev

Well, they do cover Star Citizen :D

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Dug From The Earth

Touche’

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Wanda Clamshuckr

Ooo! I’ll have to take a look at this later in the winter. Right now I’m giving Grim Dawn another playthrough, after a 2 year break.

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Dug From The Earth

Grim Dawn has a big expansion coming out soon, might wanna put that 2nd playthrough on hold for a bit.

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Wanda Clamshuckr

Just took a peek. Looking forward to that necro class. Thanks for the heads up!

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shibby523

Needs one miracle of a patch to bring the players back.

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