Bless Online hits Steam early access in May – here’s the new trailer

Thanks to an unfortunate leak, it’s almost old news now, but we can now officially confirm that Bless Online is launching in the west this spring: Specifically, it’ll come to Steam’s early access program in May, with its website now live.

Neowiz has further announced that the game will be buy-to-play with a cash shop selling “cosmetic equipment, skins, awesome mounts and pets, and consumables that give services and boosts,” but it also vows it won’t be pay-to-win, so wrap your brain around that one. Founder packs will eventually be on offer as well, and the team is currently hunting for “player emissaries” to assist with game promotion and wiki work.

We’ve got a batch of fresh questions out to the devs now, so stay tuned for more details on the stuff you’re probably most curious about having read and watched all this!

Source: Press release, official site
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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

Bless PR April 2018: “It won’t be p2w.”
Players in May 2018: “This seems like p2w.”
Bless zealots May 2018: “IT’S NOT AS BAD AS ARCHEAGE OR BDO SO ITS NOT P2W!”

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Grave Knight

My big concern is that female armor is going to consist mostly of plate armor bikinis.

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Dug From The Earth

Its sad when the main thing players are trying to emphasize to the devs during a games development is “No pay 2 win”.

It means other game aspects take a back seat, that should matter just as much. The industry has just royally screwed over mmorpgs especially over the last few years, and the result will be enduring mediocre mmorpgs released, as long as they arent P2W.

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Venomlicious

early access was 8 years ago but still for sale. The cash shop in this game has never faltered in those 8 years though. yes people did say this about Black Desert and its as dead as it was in the first year but now more p2w. If you want to buy an old game for more then something new is up to you but i don’t like getting kicked in the happy place by Korea.

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Dug From The Earth

8 years? Thats explains why the graphics engine looks like its from Tera

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Ssiard

But that gfx look so good and I didn’t play black desert due to the p2w. And, probably above all, it is the dead time before the next wow expansion!

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Dug From The Earth

Dont confuse artistic design and style with actual 3d rendering capabilities.

The art design of the game is certainly high quality, but the engine suffers from many outdated roadblocks. Probably because the engine they are using the unreal 3 engine which is pretty freaking dated.

– Blocky, jittery shadows
– Low draw distance, especially for shadows
– Flickering distant textures
– The excessive use of blur and depth of field to cover up low quality details of things more than a stones throw away

All of these things you can see in the video above, they just cut to non-gameplay scenes so much, that they are only noticeable for a split second.

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Terren Bruce

Every time words flashed on the screen I felt as if it was vaguely hinting at a feature without telling me what it was.

The problem with this trailer is that it was neither a story trailer nor a features/game play trailer. As someone who hasn’t been following Bless I still have no idea what makes it unique among MMO’s and what I’m supposed to care about.

This trailer seems to be aimed at people who already know what it is. That makes no sense for a game that hasn’t launched for the targeted audience yet.

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Bryan Turner

Same here, looking at the art assets I almost wondered if they ripped off GW2, and FF14 a little bit as well.

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Duey Bear

YES! Finally!!!
As an aside, to all those folks saying “Make it B2P because F2P is just nickle and diming!” Guess what buckaroo, B2P, P2P, F2P, all of them have microtransactions. How egregious the monitization is depends on the policies of the company and has nothing to do with the pay model.

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camren_rooke

I’ve always liked being called ‘Buckaroo’. ‘Kiddo’ is another one.

I do like their character models but I suspect it is still heavy pvp so … meh.

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Matt R

this game will need a blessing to still be relevant after a month

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Lethality

That’s what they said about Black Desert…

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Arktouros

BDO really has been the exception to the rule regarding most KR games so far. Most of those other titles (Revelation, ArcheAge, etc) are all but a fraction of what they had towards their releases where as BDO actually grew quite a bit over it’s first few years and is now slowly starting to come taper off.

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arimer

Well That trailer literally tells you nothing about the game besides it consists of cut scenes of people going Ahhhhhh.

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BalsBigBrother

It kind of reminded me of this for some reason

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MrApples

Well apparently this has the trinity system which I like. This doesn’t look all that impressive though. There needs to be a demo/trial or I won’t be bothering with it.

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Ssiard

I do like the trinity system but the classes are limited, at least in this western release. Only 5 classes: Guardian, Berserker, Ranger, Mage, Paladin
No mystic or assassin like in the east version.

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Matt Redding

WHAAAT? Well forget that then.

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Ssiard

Trailer was meh but I can’t remember a trailer of any game that was informative or made me want to play it.

a cash shop selling “cosmetic equipment, skins, awesome mounts and pets, and consumables that give services and boosts,”

boosts are pay to win so meh.

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Heliton B. Amorim

Are boosts pay to win?

Never knew WoW was a P2W game. Funny.

Double Standards in a nutshell.

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Ssiard

That is boosting up to the current starting level of an expansion. In Bless, that would be boosting to level 0, or nothing.

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Bryan Turner

I’ve bought numerous lvl 80 boosts in GW2 and haven’t felt like much of a winner, I just wanted to get a jump on what ever Elite Spec I was interested in and went about business as usual doing map completion, and Open World Metas.