Parlez-vous français? Du sprichst Deutsch? If so, a place is being made for you in Revelation Online
The fantasy MMO announced today that French and German localization is on its way for Q3 2017. Up to this point, Revelation Online has only featured an English version, but it looks as though the team wants to break down language barriers and possibly expand the game’s audience.
“Our QA & Localization teams have already begun testing FR & DE clients via closed servers, giving them a polish and focusing on all the finishing touches required for a quality experience,” the studio posted. “We would also like to give you a small insight of what localization is and how it works. While translating the in-game text is a large localization effort, the project affects many areas of the game that all need to align, this can include: altering art assets, expanding the UI, programing, among other things.”
Chinese operator, developer, and publisher NetEase posted its Q1 2017 financial report this week, and the news is quite good for the company. NetEase made $2 billion in revenue during the quarter, out of which $1.6 billion can be attributed to game sales. This marks an astonishing 78% increase from Q1 2016 and sent U.S. stocks of the company up 3.6% this past Wednesday.
The end result? NetEase is enjoying nearly $570 million in profit thanks to its performance.
NetEase operates many of Blizzard’s games in China and has its own line of mobile and PC games. It attributed its Q1 success to the launch and huge popularity of Onmyoji in Japan, the release of several new mobile titles, and the juggernaut that is Hearthstone. The report singled out the latter for praise: “Achieved record number of quarterly active users for Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone.”
The Immortal Annex in Revelation Online
is a place of boundless learning, a faction devoted simply to studying, researching, learning, and never actually going out to get a job. It’s an undeclared college major’s dream locale, and it’s also the latest spot being highlighted by the game as the place to go
. Not just for Rush Week and the weekly keggers, but for huge amounts of untapped knowledge and the usual mechanics of raising your esteem with a faction.
Secret skills are available to those who take the time necessary to really study the lore lining its halls, while the area has attracted several merchants who happily sell powerful gewgaws to anyone with the Annex’s best interests at heart. It’s a neat place to be if you want to learn more, and so perhaps you’re overdue for a trip back to school. And hey, if you’re already in your seventh year of an undeclared major and still think pizza is the ultimate breakfast food, it’ll feel like coming home. Maybe.
There is a place in Revelation Online
they call the Tower of Pain
. And it’s been the ruin of many an adventuring group, mostly because you’re going into something called the Tower of Pain
. What do you think
is going to happen in there? Foot rubs?
It’s not foot rubs. It’s pain. The guardians of this tower sealed their very essence into the tower to prevent people from reaching the pinnacle on the eighth floor. The doors to the dang thing only open once every thousand years. And yet you’re probably still going to go in there, because… well, it’s an MMO, there’s a tower full of stuff, that’s what you do.
Of course, the climb up the Tower of Pain will not be the same every time, so you can look forward to shifting layouts and guardians depending on how you clear your way up the tower. You can also look forward to hurting. Again, we cannot stress this enough, it is called the Tower of Pain.
Soft-launching today on both the iOS and Android markets is a new mobile MMORPG from Netease dubbed Crusaders of Light. It was originally released as Land of Glory overseas last month (and was tremendously popular in China), but it’s gotten a name-change and a spruce-up for the western market. You’ll notice immediately that it seems to have an awful lot in common with vanilla World of Warcraft, from its stylized graphics to its 40-man PvE raiding endgame. It boasts 25×25 battlegrounds, small-scale ranked arenas, guild ladders, mounts, and loot out the wazoo too.
As I write this, it’s not yet up for download publicly on either platform for me in the US; it looks to be trickling out to Oceania first today, then Europe, Russia, Brazil, and North America in time for the official launch this summer. You can preregister on the official site, and yes it’s free-to-play with plenty of stuff to buy on the side.
You don’t want to walk in Revelation Online
; you want to fly away. (Just like a dragonfly.
) Fortunately, the game gives you wings pretty early on, so you can explore the world from the air as you wish. The most recent preview on the official site
shows several of the diverse wings available to players in the game, ensuring that players of all styles can soar through the air with the greatest of ease.
Wings are available from dungeons as drops, but wings can also be crafted by breaking down unwanted sets of wings. You can also earn specific sets by crafting a new set from several reputation items. In short, you needn’t worry that you’ll suffer from a paucity of wing options, from insect-like dragonfly wings to billowing energy in vague wing shapes. Check out the full dispatch for more information on how to take to the skies.
Your normal skills in Revelation Online
are what you use for 90% of the game, obviously. That’s why they’re normal skills, after all. You rely upon them and they serve as stalwart workhorses. But then there are the Special Skills, detailed in the most recent post on the official site
. You can earn a few of them almost automatically through tutorial quests and consecutive logins, but most of the others must be earned through raising reputation.
The skills themselves have large effects that can turn the tide of a battle in your favor, so it only makes sense that they’d also have entirely independent advancement options for players. You can level up several aspects of your special skills including cooldowns, duration, damage, and cost; higher-ranked skills will obviously take more time to improve than lower-ranked skills. The Special Skills are your big guns that allow you to do things your class otherwise would be unable to do, so it’s worth understanding just how big the guns can be. You can try them out yourself when the game hits open beta on March 6th.
Are you unwilling to pay for beta access but also desperately curious about playing Revelation Online
? You won’t have to wait much longer. The game’s open beta begins on March 6th
, starting in English only with French and German localizations to come afterwards. Early access, however, will start on February 27th, so if you do
own an appropriate founder’s pack you’ll be able to get in on the action this month. Pretty shortly, even.
Players will also be able to access the name reservation feature starting today for owners of the deluxe founder’s pack. Players who own a lower tier will be able to reserve their names starting on February 16th, so you’ll have to let people who spent a little more get first dibs on xX_Naruto_Xx. There’s also a new video showing off the Occultist in action, which… isn’t really related to anything else, but it’s still there for those who want it.
The third closed beta for Revelation Online
has come to a close, and that means it’s time for players to start speculating about the game’s next
test phase. There’s no firm announcements on what comes next, but you can tell the game is approaching its more open stages, as name reservations are opening up on February 14th for players
. There is, of course, the possibility that something will go wrong and the feature will have to be postponed, but the plan is in place.
As for more elaborate testing plans, the developers will be sharing more finalized future plans for the game with a new schedule sometime next week. Considering when name reservation is happening, it seems unlikely that you’ll have to wait long before open testing, but nothing is certain just yet. Still, it’s another closed beta down and another step closer to everyone getting to play.
There’s a bit of a problem with Revelation Online
when it comes to transportation. You get wings, you see, and that begs the question of why you would ever
use another mode of movement to get anywhere if you can fly
. Fortunately, it’s a question that is also answered right away, as detailed in the most recent entry on the official site
. You gain access to your wings at level 29 and slowly gain access to aerial combat skills and upgrades after that, but that’s a lengthy process.
Your first ground mount, however, is available fairly early on and will allow you to get from place to place far more efficiently. You also have access to class-specific mounts at level 69 (nice) that can both walk and fly, and there are mounts that carry passengers such as the mount included in the Founder’s Pack. So there are some situations where you actually will not want to be flying. It might seem strange, but occasionally being on the ground is a good thing.
Look, over there! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the main character an anime that you’d stop watching two episodes in! It’s Akuta
, one of the first storyline NPCs you’ll meet in Revelation Online
, and if you’ve played through the game’s beta tests you’ve probably met him. If you haven’t, though, you can catch up on what his deal is courtesy of the official site.
The short version is that he’s a guy who likes three things: eating lots of food, shooting demons, and being totally extreme and in your face, dude. You get the idea. Despite all of this, there’s more going on beneath his exterior, and you’re going to have to deal with him as you start your leveling in the game. So it’s a chance to peek beneath the surface if you have met him, or just get an idea of who you will be dealing with if you’re not already well acquainted.
The third closed beta for Revelation Online
is running, and you can test out the game’s cash shop right now if you’re in the testing. But maybe you’d like to spend some money on the game while it’s testing? Aside
from buying a Founder’s Pack, or possibly in addition to it. Because the game wants you to spend a bit more money, and it’s enticing you to do so by… giving you money
It’s a very simple promotion at the core. Spend money for cash shop currency now while the game is in beta, and you can spend it freely within the cash shop in this test phase. Since the servers will be wiped, all of that money will be refunded to you after this test, but 15% extra on top of what you would normally get. So you get the money back and more besides, which is a pretty good deal if there’s stuff you already know you want to buy when the game goes live.
You’ll earn experience by doing a lot of things in Revelation Online
, but don’t you wish that you could earn more
experience for doing the same
things? That’s where Aptitude comes in
. Aptitude is a constantly renewing resource, with characters receiving a certain amount of Aptitude on a daily basis, allowing for additional experience gains so long as there’s more Aptitude in reserve to be used.
What if you can’t log in for a bit? Well, your Aptitude continues to accumulate, and any “overflow” accumulated is stored by an NPC who will sell you that banked Aptitude, up to a daily limit. You can also purchase even more beyond the daily limit, but that will cost you. So you can catch up if you’re unable to log in for a little while or you can just enjoy the daily fruits of your login labor. (For a very generous definition of “labor” here.)