We’re sorry to report today that Square-Enix is sunsetting Lord of Vermilion Arena. We first covered the MOBA, which was based on the Lord of Vermilion card game, almost exactly a year ago, just before it hit open beta in Japan.
The Google-translated official site says that “in view of the current state of the service situation” it is “difficult to continue” the game, and so it will end on June 30th, 2016. Purchases will end on May 26th, but the team is planning a final campaign toward the end of the month.
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It’s been a busy week for the folks at Blizzard. We’ve gotten a quartet of videos for Overwatch characters showing off early gameplay, and Heroes of the Storm slipped into that fabled open beta state. Then NCsoft goes and makes a big splash by announcing that Blade & Soul is finally coming over here after an enormous delay. I tried it out and thought it was pretty cool.
So what else happened this week? You know, this and that.
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Square Enix, come on down! You’re the next contestant on Make Your Own MOBA! Lord of Vermilion: Arena is based on the Lord of Vermilion CCG, and it’s scheduled to hit open beta in Japan on June 4th.
The beta will purportedly offer 15 new summons, a revamped tutorial, story mode content, and more. In terms of gameplay, MMO Culture boils it down to creating RPG-style characters, forming card decks with summons, and using said summons to fight. Lord of Vermilion: Arena features seven-vs.-seven battles.