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Massively OP Podcast Episode 122: This Stormblood’s for you

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree talk about FFXIV: Stormblood’s early access launch, Destiny 2’s PC delay, Elder Scrolls Online’s next DLC drops, breaking up the trinity in MMOs, and more!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Bless Online isn’t canceled in the west after all; Neowiz will self-publish

Last week, both Neowiz and Aeria Games confirmed that Aeria is no longer serving as the western Bless Online publisher — worse, Bless appeared to be entirely canceled for our region. “Gamigo announces that the MMORPG Bless Online will not be published in Europe and North America,” read the formal announcement. “The collaboration had to be cancelled because after extensive testing the game did not meet the quality standards of both Neowiz Games and the gamigo group. […] Together with Neowiz we have come to the conclusion that the technical difficulties cannot be overcome, so we agreed not to complete the game for our respective markets.”

Done deal, right? Apparently not so much. “The game will not be published” turns out to mean “we will publish the game ourselves.”

“You must be curious about future Bless in EU/NA as we ended our contract with AG,” Neowiz told MMORPG.com. “NBS believes the EU/NA Bless fans are very valuable to us so we commit to deliver game updates directly to you. We will surely present you with improved Bless in the future.”

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 121: Tap for Magic MMOs

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree talk about the huge revelation of Cryptic’s Magic: The Gathering MMO, the premature demise of Bless Online, World of Warcraft’s new launch, and more!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Bless Online’s western version has been canceled over ‘quality standards’

The Neowiz statement that Aeria Games is no longer serving as the western Bless Online has now been backed up by Gamigo, Aeria’s parent company, though contrary to the translated reports from yesterday, Gamigo says it wasn’t a unilateral decision by Neowiz — and it appears that the game has been canceled for our region entirely, not simply shelved for a new publisher.

“gamigo announces that the MMORPG Bless Online will not be published in Europe and North America. The cooperation between the Korean games developer Neowiz Games and the gamigo group has been terminated by mutual agreement. Unfortunately, the collaboration had to be cancelled because after extensive testing the game did not meet the quality standards of both Neowiz Games and the gamigo group. Jens Knauber, COO of the gamigo group, regrets this development: ‘Together with Neowiz we have come to the conclusion that the technical difficulties cannot be overcome, so we agreed not to complete the game for our respective markets. This has not been an easy decision for us and we put a lot of thought into this step. On the other hand, we have a number of interesting new releases coming up to complement our already strong portfolio, so our players can look forward to several new games in the near future.'”

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Neowiz confirms axing Bless Online western publisher Aeria Games

Rumors that suggested Aeria Games has been dismissed as the western Bless Online publisher appear to have been confirmed today.

Korean gaming site Inven is reporting that Neowiz, the Korean-born developer and publisher of the MMO, has “canceled the service contract agreement between the two companies […] smoothly after consulation,” meaning that Gamigo and Aeria will no longer be publishing the game in the west.

We’ve seen a few headlines this morning suggesting that Bless’ western service has been entirely canceled, but we cannot confirm that. Neowiz says it will be focusing on the Japanese service “for now,” but does not say whether it has plans to find a new western publisher.

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Rumor: Aeria Games no longer publishing Bless Online for western audiences

Rumors are flying this morning that Aeria Games has been dismissed as the western Bless Online publisher. MMORPG.com reports that it received “fairly substantial information” from an anonymous source to that effect. “Gamigo representatives were in Korea last week where the agreement was cancelled due to quality confirmed,” writes the blog. “This has also apparently been confirmed via internal communication with employees coming from the Vice President of Product Sascha Zehe.”

This is not the first time we’ve encountered rumors about the state of Bless’ import. Back in December, the game’s official teaser site vanished abruptly, causing a panic that the game had been canceled. Aeria, however, said it was just a data center migration. Still, we haven’t seen much public progress on the game since last autumn’s announcement that Aeria was completing gutting Bless’ combat system for a do-over. It was intended to release here this year, but we’ve seen far more movement from the Russian and Japanese branches.

We’ve reached out to Aeria and Gamigo for a statement and will update when we know more.

Source: MMORPG.com

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Jagex leaks ‘Next-Gen’ project slide; is it for RuneScape?

During a weekend stream of RuneScape, Jagex Community Manager Shaun “Shauny” Akerman appears to have let slip a logo for an unannounced Jagex project called “Next-Gen.” The community is more or less united behind Shauny, who expresses concern on the video that he may be fired. He won’t be, by the by; another mod posted,

“Don’t worry, Shauny! Honest mistake, we all make them. This was a slide from an internal company livestream, so there must have been something leftover from that. God bless you Shauny – we just have to teach you to cut feed when a stream is over!”

Other folks on Reddit are a bit more cynical, suggesting that the whole thing was an intentional leak by the studio in the service of starting up the rumormill on whatever Jagex is working on next.

So what the heck is it? It could be RuneScape Remastered, which Jagex confirmed last year. It could be the VR tech for RuneScape the company hinted at earlier this spring. It could be just a throwback to RuneScape 3’s internal name. Or it could be a new property altogether, though it hasn’t had the best track record there (RIP, Stellar Dawn and Transformers Universe).

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Betawatch: Pantheon has a class that’s too cool for you (April 28, 2017)

Remember when Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen bombed pretty badly on Kickstarter? The good news for fans is that the day when that happened is in the past in every way; the game just completed another round of funding, and now it’s on very stable financial footing with its 15-person team. To celebrate, it made a class so cool only the head developer can play it. If you thought that naming your own avatar a lord and the dominant force in an entire game world would be the apex of nerdy self-insertion, you were apparently wrong.

Other beta news does not, however, include quite so much stuff to have a smile and a giggle about. It’s mostly just news. See, we’ll show you.

And, yes, there’s a list down below. There’s always a list. Let us know if something’s missing, jumped phases, or whatever. We appreciate it!

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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.”

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Japanese closed beta starts up for Bless Online on April 28th

Still waiting eagerly on the North American localization of Bless Online? Japanese players don’t have to wait. Japanese players get to take part in the game’s first localized closed beta on April 28th, although that doesn’t help people who don’t speak Japanese. Or maybe it does; we currently don’t know if the beta will have an IP block, so it’s possible that you can slip in and take part in the test despite not being Japanese.

Of course, you’ll still be faced with a game that isn’t translated into your language, but that’s the challenge you live with. The beta should be running until May 4th. Of course, there’s still no news to report on the NA localization, so perhaps slipping into the Japanese test and trying really hard to read that is actually a good idea. You’ve got about a week to learn the language. Study hard!

Source: Bless Source

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Bless Online bribes players to come back

Bless Watch continues here in the west, where we twiddle our fingers and eye with envy the doings of this MMORPG over in Korea. Will it ever arrive and herald the sunrise of our hopes and dreams? Have faith, little one. That day will come. Probably.

In the meanwhile, we can continue to check out how Neowiz handles this MMO property, such as with its new “Welcome Service” event. It’s actually a comeback promotion designed to entice fresh and returning players to log into the game daily in order to, well, you know the drill. Presents, gifts, rewards, and so much bribes.

The promotion is most likely in conjunction with next week’s big Urdata War Fortress content update. Aeria Games is reportedly still working on localizing the game for western release, although there is still no word as to a release window. Reddit is guessing “summer 2017,” so mark that down in the office pool.

Source: Bless via Steparu

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Bless Online’s Korean version is getting a massive content injection

Bless Online’s Korean version is in the midst of a massive content update expected to launch in several waves over the course of the next couple of months and beginning with a preview of the Urdata War Fortress, which itself arrives on April 11th. There’s a giant graphic to accompany the announcement below. More info is apparently due on Friday — and it’s all good news for the Korean edition of the MMORPG, which has undergone multiple rounds of server merges since its launch.

As for the Aeria Games version that we’ll be playing here in the west someday? It’s still under construction – don’t expect it anytime soon.

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Bless Online aids altoholism with free level boosts

Here’s a possible preview of the kinds of promotions we might see from Bless Online when (if?) it arrives here in the west. This month, the fantasy title is holding a “Project Up” event on its Korean servers that will help both new and current players in leveling up their characters to the cap.

Any character that manages to hit level 45 or higher by March 16th will be treated to a nifty gift pack that includes a potion to instantly take a character to 50 and deck them out in purple gear. To get any potential new players to 45, Bless is also gifting lowbies with a gear box and temporary flying mounts to assist with their journey.

Even if you don’t read Korean (for shame), you can get an idea of the leveling rewards from this promotion by eyeballing the following graphic.

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