Kakao will launch Bluehole’s Ascent: Infinite Realm MMORPG in the west

Good morning! Who wants some genuinely good news for the MMORPG genre? Great. Black Desert publisher Kakao is bringing Ascent: Infinite Realm westward. That’d be the Bluehole MMO codenamed Project M as revealed at G-Star this year. The studios are touting the game’s open world, steampunk-cum-fantasy setting, and RvR aerial combat.

Ascent: Infinite Realm takes place in a high fantasy steampunk world where machines and magic rule and everyone is dependent on flight to explore, travel, and conquer. In search of a new home, adventurers take to the skies using a wide selection of airships, vehicles, and flying mounts to traverse A:IR’s open, highly vertical world.”

Beta testing is expected in the first half of 2018, localized for English, German, and French.

Source: Press release. Cheers, Vunak!
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tony quinn

Well as is with any mmo from the east, the eastern to western translation blow period got burned by Revelation on that one, looks interesting but I will wait and see but not gonna get my hopes up. At least they are releasing something all the western side wants to do is moba’s sandboxes that blow and nothing interesting at all mmo wise but oh well maybe one day someone will come out with something unique in the western world that has engrish as its first language

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Tiresias

Looks interesting. I’ll remain cautiously optimistic.

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Alberto

You had me at flying Airships and Steam Punk!

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NeoWolf

There definitiely needs to be more Steampunk out there thats for sure. As to the game..well despite the trailer being like a Game Trailer made by Michael Bay.. all explosions and effects and lens flares I find I am interest piqued.

Provided it has a strong PVE and isn’t just a game that turns into a PVP-fest a la Aion then it should be okay.

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Terren Bruce

Wow, I find that I’m interested. Of course I’m not sure my computer could handle it, it will probably be P2W, and it will probably have gender locked classes… because eastern MMO is an eastern MMO.

But I love the ideas behind the game. They at least have my attention for now.

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RJB

Unfortunately it looks like it’s only human race game i prefer non human races but meh

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Witches

90% fantasy 10% steampunk.

But i guess it’s better than nothing.

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vikaernes

Once can only hope their monetization strategy isn’t “bend em over and deliver right up the bluehole.”

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Grave Knight

Looks like Black Desert trying to be ArcheAge meets Worlds Adrift.

Wish game devs realized just because you have fantasy doesn’t mean you need to maintain heavy armored knights with swords. Like the shield guy would have been more interesting if he had a dragon pistol or a carbine instead of a hammer.

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Veldan

Because guns are more special? Please, so many fantasy games have them nowadays. Even older ones like Aion and Tera introduced them in patches.

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Grave Knight

The problem isn’t guns are more special, it’s that firearms killed medieval fighting. Armor, melee weapons, and bows became more and more irrelevant as firearms became more and more advanced. By the Modern era heavy fighters and bowmen were abandoned in favor of line infantry and dragoons. By the Machine Era, which is what steampunk is based on, rifling was common place, breech loading greatly increased the rounds per minute a single infantry can fire, and repeating rifles were emerging.

And while you could argue that magic makes a difference, the problem is magic might make armor and melee weapons better but magic could also make guns better. There is no way a magic hammer can compete against a magic gun especially if you’re at range for the same reason a hammer can’t compete against a gun.

And then you throw in machine guns that are somehow light enough to be carried. What is even the point of the hammer at that point when you’re getting pelted by 200 rounds per minute? Granted kind of wish they left out the machine guns. They’d be fine as mounted weaponry but not as personal weaponry.

Video games (and other media) just like to maintain tropes at the expense of versimilitude. I mean heaven forbid you have a fantasy setting where firearms make armor and melee weapons irrelevant. Or heaven forbid your stick to tamer firearms more relevant to the time period. Got make sure we have them swords and sorceries and dungeons and dragons and gatling guns carried by little girls.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Huizinga in his The Waning of the Middle Ages mentions as a transitional moment the death of a wandering knight, a flower of chivalry (whose name I don’t recall nor can find online) who was shot death with an early gun in the 1450s.

On the other hand, Scottish bowmen worked as mercenaries in the continent until the very early decades of the 17th century.

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A Dad Supreme

“Bluehole’s…steampunk-cum-fantasy… Ascent

No more internet for me today. I’m seeing pink elephants.

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life_isnt_just_dank_memes

blue hole sounds like a porn genre.

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camren_rooke

Hahaha!

There was a thing and then there wasn’t a thing.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

like tears in rain…,

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camren_rooke

like sands through an hourglass…

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Dug From The Earth

Right off the bat, the combat looks like some of the better action oriented combat in an mmorpg, especially later in the video.

That being said, this game visually and thematically looks like a conglomeration of every other mmorpg on the market except for maybe WoW.

Its like if GW2, FF14, Aion, Tera, Black Desert, etc all had a baby together.

Personally, im not sure thats a good thing… its the definition of homogenization. If you cant get enough of whats already out there, then this probably has you really excited.

The performance issues in the games trailer dont leave a great taste in my mouth either…

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Raimo Kangasniemi

It doesn’t look original in details, true, but then, perhaps that is not what the audience wants.

High fantasy and steampunk are neither, in every format, known for their innovation when it comes to portrayal of their subject matter visually.

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Mush V. Peets

No objections here, honestly. I actually wanted something like a fusion of Aion (magitech, floating islands), GWII (world events, some other things), and ArcheAge (vehicles system, unusually… sane, non-overly-flashy visual effect style for magic and stuff, player factions, open-world player housing, mounts that don’t magically disappear when you dismount, and about 300 other things), and BDO (character models).

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Toy Clown

Sign me up for this one! Gorgeous graphics, skyships and flying in a fantasy-steampunk setting, what looks like raids and group content, housing, crafting! This looks like everything I wanted BDO to be. Definitely excited and keeping an eye on this.

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Louie

That must have been some deal Kakao made to publish this rather than Blue Hole publishing with En Masse AKA the company they own. That’s too bad, but hopefully they don’t screw it up.

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Leiloni

Well Kakao also invested money in Bluehole to not only help develop the game, but also publish it, and a few months ago they signed a deal to publish PUBG in Korea. So they’re more like multi game business partners than mere publishers.

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silverlock

Dammit I’m going to end up preordering this aren’t I. sob.

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Mr Neeo

The game looks really interesting! I love the steam punk vibe and the air combat looks fun! As well as building homes and modifying your mounts?! Of course the game graphically looks amazing, going to need a beast of a machine to run this game!

Sadly, it seems they are going down the route of gender locking classes again! I am just tired of this, especially as someone who enjoys playing more caster/support roles which get locked in as female only the majority of the time.

Currently classes are for male: Warrior and gunslinger. Female: Sorceress, Nature/healing class and Assassin.

Also the lack of playable races is another let down for me, something that also bothers me about BDO tbh. The world is full of all these great races that they have created and walk around etc yet we can only play as boring old humans or elves at best, which lets be honest are only humans with pointy ears! haha

Guess I will wait and see!

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Mr Neeo

https://forum.airthegame.com/index.php?threads/the-a-ir-teaser-faq-is-live.43/ Update to what I said about gender locking classes, it seems that the devs do plan on adding both gender options to each class. Time to wait and see what new information we get from G-Star next week!

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Mush V. Peets

Yeah, I really don’t appreciate gender-locking. >.>

Whyyyy…

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Denice J. Cook

There are way less animations to render, and way less armor and weapon sizes to create, with gender locking as well as with race restrictions/limited races in-game.

The days of MMORPG devs and publishers having zillions of untold dollars to work with to bring their titles to launch with are long over, I’m afraid. Let’s face it, the amount of new AAA MMO titles in the pipeline has almost come to a standstill in recent times.

More classes can debut at a much faster pace with gender (and race) locking.

I see your point, but I can see both sides of this issue.

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Brandon Dickenson

Looks good… but it’s going to expensive to win.

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Mush V. Peets

Looks… relatively promising. I’ll definitely be checking this out.

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Nick

Also known as the “Final Fantasy setting”

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Toy Clown

Final Fantasy with better graphics. xD

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kanbe

Cautiously optimistic. Looks great but I’m not a fan of Kakao’s monetization strategies.

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Arktouros

Trailer looks pretty interesting for sure.

But dealing with Kakao is easily the worst part of Black Desert Online.

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Chris Brown-DeMoreno

I don’t know that I have a major problem with Kakao so much as Pearl Abyss, the developers behind Black Desert. They are the ones making all the questionable decisions about the direction of the game.

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miol

I know, I know graphics aren’t everything, but am I wrong to wish for that same level of production value in new Western MMOs too?

I guess, we all should have been buying way more $1000 spaceships and lockboxes from the start… ;P

In search of a new home, adventurers take to the skies using a wide selection of airships, vehicles, and flying mounts to traverse A:IR’s open, highly vertical world.

You see, verticality isn’t a bad thing in MMOs! ;P

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Raimo Kangasniemi

‘Production value’ is more than great graphics.

The game certainly looks very good – but of actual production values we will know nothing until the game is playable.

It’s open competition: If gamers want what East Asian MMOs provide them, then ‘Western’ MMO developers and publishers will adapt, sooner than later, or their market share will fall.

I hope we will eventually get away from the Eastern vs ‘Western’ MMO division.

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miol

/rolleyes

You talk, as if graphics weren’t actually an important part of production value, which has only indirectly to do with how good the game will be.

Production value is more about know-how!

But way to go to just ignore the disclaimer at the very beginning!

Give me a break!

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Raimo Kangasniemi

At this point the only production value we can realistically speak of is about the production values of the trailer… ;)

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Toy Clown

This is why I’ve had my eye on Ashes of Creation, as they are going with beautiful realistic graphics NA developers shy away from, and combining it with NA-style gameplay. It’s another MMO I’ve been keeping my eye on. It’s nice to see choices in the MMO market once again for the graphic / playstyle I enjoy.

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RJB

eh

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Modrain

Oh, looks promising! Steampunk and air combat, I’m potentially in. I’ll start crossing fingers for a fair monetization.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Far more good than bad things for me in that trailer!

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Veldan

Do I have a dirty mind or did anyone else find this unusual phrasing

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camren_rooke

It’s a BLUE HOLE! It goes straight to the top, right into Sidney J. Mussberger’s hands! Failure to deliver a blue letter is a dockable offense.

Also, you have a dirty mind. I should know cause their name makes me titter.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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A Dad Supreme

Robert Redford remembers.

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camren_rooke

I had to look this up. I always thought this was from Centennial but its from something called Jeremiah Johnson.

But now I wanna see Barbara Carrera as Clay Basket.

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Eliandal

Good news/bad news story! Good news…game looks very fun – quite interesting! Bad news…Kakao. Really?

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Nemui Byakko

Awesome!

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camren_rooke

I like steampunk…

*raises an eyebrow in a slightly interested without appearing to be TOO interested way, while waiting for the cringe inducing news the game will be OWPVP and/or will have lootboxes.

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Stropp

Well, the article does say ‘Open World.’

Are we at the stage where that’s code for PvP Gankbox?

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Ravven

Oh, this looks interesting – so gorgeous!

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Mailvaltar

Steampunk cum Fantasy cum Marvel, it seems. Can’t blame them for wanting to have Rocket Raccoon in their game tbh. :-)

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Duey Bear

Color me impressed. 2018 is going to at least be interesting.

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