ragnarok online

Official Site: Ragnarok Online
Studio: Gravity Interactive
Launch Date: August 31, 2002 (KR); June 1, 2003 (NA)
Genre: Fantasy Sandbox
Business Model: Hybrid F2P (VIP Sub, Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

The MOP Up: ARK's console editions get a hair-do (March 26, 2017)

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!

This week we have stories and videos from Destiny, Eternal CrusadeElder Scrolls LegendsHearthstonePokemon GoMU LegendLineage IIARKUltima OnlineSword of ShadowsGhost Recon WildlandsRagnarok OnlineHeroes and GeneralsElsword, and Dota 2, all waiting for you after the break!

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Check out Ragnarok Online's mobile port in action

If you were first getting into online games at the right time, it is eminently possible that you have a variety of warm and fuzzy memories about Ragnarok Online. The game's mobile version is currently in testing, and Steparu took a look at it to see whether it delivers nostalgia in a pocket-sized package or just bitter disappointment.

Good news! It's the former, and it's also pretty playable even if you have no idea how to read Chinese. You can check out videos detailing character creation and the early gameplay experience if you want nostalgia in a form that doesn't require you actually trying to play a game that's not in your language, or if you just want to see how it looks in action.

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The MOP Up: Hearthstone cruises down some Mean Streets (December 4, 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!

This week Hearthstone released its Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion, making all of us wish that World of Warcraft had a town like this. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from VaingloryIngressFinal Fantasy XI, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Ragnarok Clicker brings the gameplay of Ragnarok Online to the not-gameplay of clicker games

Did you ever feel like the gameplay in Ragnarok Online came down to just clicking on enemies over and over until they died? If so, good news; that's exactly the gameplay in Ragnarok Clicker. Until you start leveling up your passive DPS heroes, of course; then the gameplay is "sit there and watch numbers go up." It's a clicker game, but using terms, sprites, and concepts from Ragnarok Online as you watch your money catapult upward into exponential digits.

The game itself is fundamentally a reskin of Clicker Heroes from the same developer, with all of the same core mechanics. Of course, since Clicker Heroes itself is a charmingly fun take on clicker games, this is not perhaps the growling indictment it might seem at a glance. You can download the game for free on Steam if you feel like clicking away at the game in an offline form right now.

Source: Steam page; thanks to Kanbe for the tip!

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Ragnarok Mobile shows its stuff at ChinaJoy 2016

Are you an old fan of Ragnarok Online desperate to bring the game along with you on your smartphone? The bad news is that you're a fair way away from being able to do that, but the good news is that Ragnarok Mobile is currently in development. The title was shown off at ChinaJoy 2016, optimized and improved for mobile devices while remaining faithful to the desktop version.

The game is currently planned for release in China, followed by South Korea and Japan, with later markets to be considered in the future. Still, the mobile port is well on its way to existing, so that alone should be good news to fans of the title. We've got two videos for the game just below if you're eager to see what the game looks like in motion.

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Soul Ark is being developed based on original Ragnarok fiction

Were you aware that Ragnarok Online was based off of pre-existing fiction? Because it totally was. You can read about it, if you're so inclined. Why is that relevant now? Well, Lee Myung-jin, the creator of the fiction, is now working with the nascent Bluestone Soft to build a completely new game, Soul Ark, which appears to be about... beating up cybernetic minotaur? Let's be real, the trailer does not actually offer a whole lot of insight for those of us who do not speak Korean.

If you do speak Korean or just have a great love of watching people in hoodies beat the tar out of cybernetic minotaur and snake-headed monster-things in power armor, well, the trailer down below is going to be absolutely everything you could hope for. No word on any sort of localization or game mechanics, but the current build will apparently be playable at G-Star 2016 in November.

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Jukebox Heroes: Wild West MMO tunes

"Wait a minute," you say out loud to your computer. "Western MMORPGs aren't a thing, except in my fondest dreams. How can you write an entire column on music from these imaginary games?"

It is true, there really aren't many (if any) "wild west" MMOs, but that isn't to say that we are lacking for western areas and themes in our games. The American west makes for a great backdrop when its fictionalized into games, whether they be fantasy or sci-fi, and composers do love to sneak in a western-sounding track or two into their albums as well.

Today we're going to be listening to a wide range of MMORPG soundtracks that would be comfortable on the frontier. So pull a log up to the fire, take our your harmonica, and think of a home on the range!

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The MOP Up: Mark Hamill's new tour of duty (May 22, 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!

This week in our roundup, we'll touch base with Mark Hamill's "other" science fiction tour of duty, discover Saga of Lucimia's pillars of gameplay, celebrate Memorial Day in Dark Age of Camelot, and more!
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The MOP Up: Blizzard's mobile prospects (May 15, 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!

This week we'll search our feelings about Blizzard possibly taking some of its IPs to mobile, grapple with Lineage Eternal's delay, find out what Saga of Lucimia defines what an "epic adventure" is in an MMO, discover the launch date for Chronicle: RuneScape Legends, and more!

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The MOP Up: Demons invade Skyforge (April 10, 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!

This past week Skyforge shared some of the workings behind its worldwide demonic invasion, Diablo II got a surprise patch, the 2016 Olympics welcomed esports, and Saga of Lucimia shed some light on its darkness system. Read up on these stories and more after the break!

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Perfect Ten: MMORPGs with huge class rosters

After talking with Mark Jacobs the other week about the difficulty of balancing Camelot Unchained's 30 classes, it got my mind thinking of MMOs that don't merely stop with a half-dozen or so classes in their roster. It seems like having a wide array of class choices used to be in vogue early on in the industry but has since been abandoned for a smaller field of archetypes that are easier to manage.

Me? I love choices, particularly with classes. My interest in a game gets a shot in the arm if I have a lot of prospects for alts -- the more, the better. So I started drawing up a list of MMOs with large class rosters and decided to make it into a full-blown column.

For the purpose of today's list, I'm not counting skill-based MMOs (which could be considered as hosting infinite classes). Also, for games that allow a measure of mix-and-matching between classes, I'm counting only the actual classes or powersets available, not the total number of permutations that could be created by their merging. So which MMO has enough classes to satisfy your appetite?

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Battle Bards Episode 71: Ragnarok Online 2

Let's get this out of the way up front: No, Ragnarok Online 2 isn't the type of game that you'd think would have a terrific soundtrack, and yes, it totally has a terrific soundtrack. On this episode, the Battle Bards skip through renowned Japanese composer Yoko Kanno's score, picking out their favorite tracks from this fantasy MMO. Will they convince you that this is a hidden gem? Listen and see!

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin Olivetti co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Player.FM.

We’ve got Episode 71: Ragnarok Online 2 for you after the break!

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Jukebox Heroes: Six forgettable MMOs with unforgettable soundtracks

I have often thought it grossly unfair that a video game soundtrack is linked, for better and for worse, with the popularity of the game in which it appears. Sure, music is a crucial part of the experience and in many ways emblematic of it, but only recognizing an OST because the game has hit it big is a burr in my saddle.

Let me put it plainly: There are terrific MMOs with terrific soundtracks. There are great MMOs with subpar soundtracks. There are plenty of terrible MMOs with what I can only assume is a serial killer's recording of chalkboard scrapings for a score. And -- in light of today's topic -- there are quite a few incredibly good soundtracks that came from MMOs that are somewhat forgettable.

Maybe these games are far past their prime or only really took root in a certain region, but I keep coming across titles that have surprisingly robust soundtracks that get (pardon Rodney Dangerfield) no respect, no respect at all. Today I want to share with you six scores I've unearthed from games that have been all but forgotten by the modern MMO community.

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