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

Mobile MMO Roundup: Flyff Legacy, Ragnarok Journey, MU Legend, Project B, and Archlord Awake

Whether it makes you want to seek shelter or embrace the winds of change, the era of mobile MMOs and spin-offs is upon us. Let’s check in with what’s going on with three of them today!

Flyff Legacy, a successor to the cute online RPG, launched on September 26th for iOS and Android. In this flying-empowered MMO, players can take on the role of a Mercenary, Acrobat, or Magician and learn how to zoom around on a broom, conquer dungeons, collect pets, fight other players, and enjoy the “whimsical style” that is a hallmark of the series.

Another recent launch was Ragnarok Journey, the latest in the long-running Ragnarok Online series. The gameplay should be familiar to Ragnarok veterans, although the studio said that this version has upgraded graphics and offers a “fresh experience.” Players who jump into the launch period will be given a gift pack with a few helpful goodies to send them on their way.

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The MOP Up: SamuTale’s massive new world (July 23, 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!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from AstroneerHearthstoneOverwatchClosers OnlineDragon’s Dogma OnlineMu LegendRagnarok OnlineSoulworker OnlineOrbusVRSkyforgeAge of WushuSamuTale, and Crossout, all waiting for you after the break!

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Battle Bards Episode 101: Ragnarok Online

As the Battle Bards cruise into their second hundred episodes, it’s time to cover a very long-lived fantasy MMO from 2002, Ragnarok Online. The game has an… interesting soundtrack and a devoted following in some circles, but as the crew discovered on today’s show, the score is not without its criticisms. It’s time to kick summer vacation to the curb and trumpet another parade of MMO music!

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 co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 101: Ragnarok Online (or download it) now:

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Ragnarok RE:START progression server closed beta giveaway

Progression servers are the thing to do these days, and old-school MMORPG Ragnarok is getting on board with a new classic experience dubbed Ragnarok RE:START.

“Experience the nostalgia of the classic MMORPG Ragnarok Online with Ragnarok RE:START! iRO takes us back in time to 2003 on their first Progression Server. Experience new content and updates just like the first time! Craft your character as the world evolves by returning to Rune Midgard to party with friends and explore the world with new eyes.”

Want to give it a try? In celebration of the launch, so-and-so has granted Massively OP a truckload of keys for the new server’s headstart. Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!

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The MOP Up: Gamescom’s big opening by Angela Merkel (June 25, 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 MechWarrior OnlineMu OriginDark Age of CamelotAstellia OnlineMarvel End Time ArenaRagnarok Online, and Guild Wars 2, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: Destiny 2’s class roster (June 18, 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 Twilight SpiritsThe Black DeathConqueror’s BladeWorlds AdriftRagnarok JourneyTERA, WakfuARKGuild Wars 2, and Destiny 2, all waiting for you after the break!

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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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