PAX East 2017: Hands-on with the surprisingly fun Kritika Online

It's pretty much a rule of nature that at least one game is going to be far better and more fun to play than I expected on the PAX East show floor. This has been true every year, and while the past couple of years have involved my spending a bit less time on the show floor overall, I've still walked away with some surprises. This year, it was Kritika Online.

What I expected from Kritika Online was... well, nothing particularly impressive. I didn't expect it to be bad, but that was because I didn't expect much from it at all. It was a game that En Masse was bringing over that sounded, at a glance, like the sort of game which fades from memory shortly after you play it. What I actually got was a game that has a clean purpose and remarkably fun mechanics, like the pure product of an MMO marrying a Dynasty Warriors clone.

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En Masse is bringing Kritika Online to the west in Q2 2017

The explosive and hyper-kinetic Kritika Online has been confirmed for a 2017 release in the west. En Masse Entertainment, the publishers of TERA, announced yesterday that it will be releasing the cel-shaded anime MMO in the second quarter of this year.

Kritika features four classes and an over-the-top combat system that utilizes intense visuals, high-powered combos, and fast-paced play. The MMO is structured more like the original Guild Wars, as players will share questing hubs but will then go into instanced zones for their missions.

The title was developed by Korean studio Allm and is currently accepting closed beta signups on the website. Check out the game announcement trailer after the jump!

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The MOP Up: Ingress players show love for Orlando (June 26, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Following the June 12th attacks in Orlando, MMO players have shown support and love for those affected by the tragedy. Reader Nordavind pointed out that Ingress players have worked together to create a virtual heart over the city by capturing select portals. How cool is that?

We’ve got plenty of other news tidbits for you after the jump, including patches, MMOs in testing, videos, and more!

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Kritika Online heads into open beta next week

Kritika Online is one of those MMOs that seem to take the "action" label very, very seriously, as it's always portrayed to be in hyper-motion. The game's development is moving forward as well, with an open beta test scheduled to start next week.

Steparu's keen eyes spotted a notice on the Japanese game's Facebook page announcing the OBT date as June 8th. He said that there was an English version of the closed beta, so hopefully that will be making the jump to the open beta test too. Kirtika recently conducted a southeast Asian CBT in late May.

Check out all of Kritika Online's playable characters in the video after the jump.

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