If you were hoping that Moonlight Blade would have taken a second look at its Loli characters and decided to cover them up with a blanket of ignorance, guess again. The upcoming Asian MMO is pumping out trailer after trailer starring the childlike and idolized characters, making for all sorts of uncomfortable reactions in the west.
So let’s use this as a conversation starter. Are sexualized adolescent characters acceptable in MMOs if they come from cultures that are generally more OK with them? Will Moonlight Blade’s Loli keep you from trying the game? Will you do your best to ignore them or shrug and roll up on up anyway?
If you’re the kind of player who won’t play TERA because of the Elin, kindly exit this article because you’re not going to like this either. Steparu has a report out today on Moonlight Blade, which we already knew would have its own version of the sexualized but adorable little girl archetype but now has its own trailer.
“The adolescent character in the Chinese version is supposed to be slightly older and taller compared to the upcoming Korean version due to Chinese people complaining that they wanted a teenish character instead of a very young character,” Steparu explains.
It is still unknown whether the game will ever make its way westward; rumors to that effect from earlier this year have not been confirmed. The trailer is down below.
Before you ask, no, we don’t have a clue whether or when the wuxia-themed Moonlight Blade is coming to the west. It’s certainly a promising Asian MMO, which is why we are eager to lap up any information that we get about the title, such as flying.
Flying is one of the defining features of Moonlight Blade, allowing characters to propel themselves into the sky for a short period of time. What’s even more interesting is that each class has its own style of aerobatic flight.
Steparu posted a new video of the Puppet Master’s flight style and elaborated a little on what can be done while you take off for the skies: “Not much can be done in terms of the shaky camera controls as it’s scripted in the flying animation. However, players are able to control where they want to fly freely at the start, in between, and at the end of each flying animation in action. You can even make a full U-turn!”
Check out the Puppet Master’s aerial moves after the break!
Who needs wings or a fancy mount to experience the fun of flight in an MMORPG? Upcoming Moonlight Blade will give every player clearance for take-off, granted that they’ve reached level 50 and have a supply of flight potions.
As Steparu investigated, flying in Moonlight Blade looks pretty neat, with each class sporting their own unique animations while zipping through the air like Iron Man. There’s a lot of flames, twisting about, and generally looking cool as all get out. But you really do want to make sure you have enough pots on hand, because it would stink to find yourself plummeting to your doom or having to hoof it back to civilization on your own two feet.
Need to see it for yourself? Check out the videos after the break and see if you don’t feel your excitement level rising a bit for this Chinese import!
When the NDA is away, the cats will play — and take screenshots! Bless our dear community for documenting upcoming MMOs as they venture into these virgin territories.
ZulikaMiNam had some fun in one game that I haven’t seen much from readers yet: “Since there are no NDA restrictions imposed for this alpha weekend kickoff over at Shards Online I will post some pics from there. I accidentally healed a skeleton while trying to heal myself. So my name turns grey and anyone can kill me now. Time to lay low for a bit.”
Are you still laying low? You can… probably come out now. That skeleton owes you a life debt for that heroic action.
Remember Moonlight Blade? It’s all right if you don’t, we won’t judge you. After all, the game isn’t out over here and has no announced plans to be released over here. Unless, of course, it does; a recent video from the game includes the promise of English servers, which was later clarified to include servers for the US and points related.
Before you get too excited, it’s worth noting that this is still a rumor sourced by fan translation of the video, starting with the video uploader (YouTube user MMOJackX57) and followed up by several fans. There has been no official press release announcing publishers or any detailed information about what to expect. But if the translation is reliable and accurate… well, you’ll have another game on your list of things to keep track of. And if you’re already a fan of the game’s wuxia stylings, so much the better.
Right now we are in a strange place in MMORPG history. Following the backlash of WoW clones and several high-profile titles that underperformed, major studios are becoming extremely risk-averse to creating big-budget titles the way that we saw not five years ago. Many former MMO teams are diversifying with shooters, MOBAs, and other safer and trendier titles.
Yet all is not lost! MMO features continue to ripple out into all types of game genres and new titles continue to be produced — just not from the usual suspects. Instead, most of what is on our immediate horizon comes from either crowdfunded indie teams or eastern giants. The good news is that 2017 should see the culmination of many of these long-brewing projects and adaptations, hopefully resulting in a bumper crop of interesting online RPGs for us to play.
So let’s run down the list of games that either are or possibly could be coming to you in 2017. We will provide an overview of each title, why you should care about it, and our best guess at the odds of its officially launching during the calendar year. If an upcoming MMO is not on the list, then it is our opinion that while we’ll see it eventually, a 2017 release isn’t happening.
Perhaps you were on the fence with Moonlight Blade, thinking to yourself, “Well, this upcoming eastern MMORPG looks nice and all, but it’s forcing me to play a grown-up with smelly breath and income taxes? Thank you but no thank you.”
If you’ve had fantasies of playing as a tween girl — and we do not need to hear about them in the comments — then Nexon has your back. The studio asked for additional avatar customizations to allow female characters to be a lot smaller and a lot younger. Maybe it’s the appeal of seeing a little girls becoming action heroes, or maybe we just need an element in the game that makes everyone somewhat uncomfortable (see: TERA’s Elin).
Don’t believe us when we say this is going to be a thing? We have the video proof for you after the break thanks to Steparu.
You’d be forgiven if you missed last week’s Moonlight Blade update; after all, it’s currently in open beta only in China, with nary an English patch to be had (though there are no ip-blocks, so you can play if you’re determined enough). The wuxia-themed game’s Romantic Destiny update is set to propel the game’s main storyline along and add a dungeon that requires both PvE and PvP ability.
Expect more on the game later this month; Nexon has promised to debut the South Korean version of the game at this year’s G-Star, which might be the prelude to a port westward. In the meantime, check out the videos below.
Nexon’s MMORPG catalogue is about to get a whole lot bigger. In a press release issued today, the studio has announced 35 new games, quite a few of them MMORPGs and mobile MMOs. Some of them were already known to us, and many are even at the stage that they’ll be shown at G-Star later this month.
Of note, we’re looking at
LawBreakers is also heading to South Korea after its debut here earlier in 2016. And there are a few other MMORPGs with little information available, including Project Meta, Dragon Nest II: Legend, and Durango. Given Nexon’s track record of porting its games westward, we think there’s plenty to be excited about. Check out some of the trailers below!
What’s big in fashion in Moonlight Blade for the new year? It’s not animal prints — it’s animals! From accessories to costumes to weapons, the Chinese-language martial-arts game has a whole new spring line-up of rabbits, monkeys, horses, and pandas for players to adorn themselves in. There’s even a hamster-wheel backpack. Don’t be left in 2015: Peruse the new items modeled in the video below to see what catches your eye. You know you’d totally rock that rocking horse!
And what better way to show off your new duds than by mentoring new players? This new system offers special bonuses to the veteran player who group with new folks while giving the newbie a way to upgrade faster.
So, Moonlight Blade looks pretty awesome. How do I know? Well, because Steparu has thrown a couple of the game’s G-Star videos up on YouTube. Moonlight Blade is a martial arts MMO with plenty of eye candy, including the cinematic stylings of two Hong Kong action masters. It’s developed by Chinese megacorp Tencent and it will be published in Korea by Nexon (hence its appearance at G-Star 2015 this week).
We’ve got two trailers for you after the break. The first one shows glimpses of character creation as well as plenty of wire-fu wuxia stuff. The second clip shows off some spectacular environments as well as — you guessed it — more combat.
Moonlight Blade, the kung fu MMO developed by Chinese megacorp Tencent, will be published in South Korea by Nexon, according to Steparu. Famed martial arts choreographer Woo-ping Yuen (The Matrix, Drunken Master, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and director Chen Kexin were hired to “bring film-like details to the game.”
Steparu says that due to the vast world and the martial arts, Moonlight Blade “is one of the few Chinese games that’s actually worth trying out and playing.”