Doesn’t it seem as if we’ve been watching Tencent’s wuxia MMO Moonlight Blade for half of forever? Keep watching, but maybe watch a little closer, as Nexon’s South Korean edition of the game is finally launching open beta in the region on January 25th following the closed beta that’s run off and on this fall. According to Steparu, who broke the news for English speakers, the game has undergone intense localization, specifically with Korean-language voiceovers.
Nexon has previously hinted that it’ll bring the game westward with English servers, and though we don’t have details or even confirmation yet, it seems likely that Nexon might turn its gaze toward us once its home region is settled.
What do you guys think – will Moonlight Blade or Bless give Black Desert a run for its money, or is it all about A:IR?
For those of us in this part of the world, this has been a quiet week of little news, because, well… Thanksgiving. (That is, a quiet week of little news for betas. Everything else has been exploding and on fire at the same time.) But Moonlight Blade has gotten plenty of new videos released into the wild, because it’s not Thanksgiving in South Korea. Moonlight Blade badger don’t care. Moonlight Blade badger does whatever it wants.
Other beta news? Oh, of course! It’s still been out there in the trenches.
- The third alpha test for Prosperous Universe kicked off, and at last report everything was running smoothly. If something broke horribly during the holiday, well… these are the breaks.
- There’s a new slot machine in FreeSO, if you want to watch your Sims watch things roll around in a circle and then not give them any money back. Living on the edge!
- Magic: the Gathering Arena, the online version of the real card game, is kicking off its beta testing on December 4th. You could also probably test the game by actually playing the card game that’s been around for nearly three decades, although we suspect the beta test will be more focused on “make sure the software works right” and less on “do the tapping rules make sense.”
- If you were worried about the future of Fortnite’s PvE mode (aka “the mode the game was actually sold on before someone realized they could tack on a battle royale version”) we have good news. It’s getting some love in December and January, so it shan’t end up like, well, Just Survive.
- Oh, hey, speaking of Just Survive, it got some maps! And some free reward crates. That’s cool.
A full list of games in testing? What do you think this is, Betawatch? Because you’re right. Like always, do let us know if something skipped test phases without us noticing, we really do appreciate it.
Wait, which one is Moonlight Blade? Oh, it’s the one where gravity doesn’t appear to exist for special individuals who flit through the air like martial arts Mary Poppins. Shouldn’t be hard to remember.
As Moonlight Blade continues to wind its way through the beta testing process in Korea, all we in the west can do is wait and watch some of the gameplay videos in envy. It’s a good-looking game, although that comes standard with Korean development, right?
Steparu snagged a few videos from Moonlight Blade’s recent appearance at G-Star, including more flying moves, character creation, and some fashion. Check it out below!
The team behind Star Citizen is on the floor at Gamescom talking about 3.0, which would be pretty awkward if that update wasn’t already playable. (In other words, yes, super awkward.) The good news is that they can explain, apparently. At least the team brought part of the patch with them? And they’re confirming survival mechanics? And you can catch up on their live presentation?
Aw, heck, let’s just move on to other beta news, all right? Yes.
- The recap for the first OrbusVR beta is now available, delayed slightly by massive flooding issues. In the real world, just to be clear. The next test is planned for September 15th, so get your headset ready if you have one. (If not, well… as you were.)
- Bad news for The Repopulation fans; after everything the game has been through, the new developers are struggling to get the game’s next content patch together. This story needs a happier present, much less a happy ending.
- Eugh, let’s get some good news. How about Dual Universe kicking off pre-alpha on September 30th? Yes, “pre-alpha” is kind of ridiculous, but it’s something.
- All right, that’s not washing the taste out of your mouth? How about Moonlight Blade hitting its final closed beta test? That’s not actually a release date or anything for a localized version, but it’s closer, right?
- This just isn’t being optimistic. Let’s all sit down in Ever, Jane and enjoy a relaxing game of cards instead. Yes, cards. That’ll fix everything.
Perhaps we’ll all have better fortune down in the list. You remember the list, don’t you? It’s a list of games in testing, but there’s always the chance that something has jumped phases without us noticing, so we encourage you to let us know in the comments. Seriously, we appreciate it.
It’s the final countdown to the final closed beta for Moonlight Blade! Right now, Nexon is laying the groundwork for the game’s final beta test in Korea. And you know what that means: launch and hopefully movement toward the western shores!
Right now through September 3rd, Moonlight Blade is accepting sign-ups for the test. Following that, the closed beta will run from September 7th through the 20th. There’s even a brand-new website up to make the whole deal look that much more official and bump up the hype somewhat.
Go flying with all of the classes and their styles after the break!
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.