Studio: Perfect World Entertainment
Launch Date: July 2014
Genre: Martial Arts Fantasy Themepark
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
When I visited the En Masse offices during PAX West, it was a crash course in learning how to use a controller — which I haven’t picked up in years — as I was introduced to Closers, an episodic anime online RPG. The game has five different characters players can choose from from the Black Lambs, each with its own personality and dialogue with all the NPCs. For my hands-on, I played Seha (a melee swordsman), but there is also Sylvi, Yuri, Misteltein, and J.
Devs noted that the story of Closers is very important; the game itself is story-driven. The characters are all teens with psychic abilities brought together as a team to fight back the interdimensional monsters that are pouring into New Seoul (Old Seoul was devastated during the last invasion) through portals.
These portals, of course, need closing.
“Sun’s out, guns out,” a PWE press blast quipped today — all because the MMO studio is kicking off a ton of summer events across its range of games, including some of the more relatively obscure ones.Neverwinter, for example, the titular city will be festooned in glitter for the 4th anniversary Protector’s Jubilee. Jubilee unicorns were mentioned. That’s June 20-27, while July will see the summer festival with feasts, contests, and snail mounts.
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.
Perfect World wasted no time in pulling the trigger on its crop of winter holiday events now that December is here. The MMORPG publisher sent out its list of all of the events, both current and upcoming, for its library of titles.
It’s important to note that while some of the events run for an entire month, others are only here for a couple of short weeks. If you’re the type of player who hops between games during the holidays to take advantage of the many rewards available, you’ll want to use this schedule to help you plan your attack.
Check out the full rundown after the jump!
For those of you folks who you somehow have money still burning a whole in your pocket at noon on Black Friday, here comes one last big sale announcement: Perfect World is putting tons of its MMORPGs and in-game stuff on sale. “We’re celebrating the holidays by offering our community discounts on Zen and a huge selection of items for Neverwinter, Star Trek Online, Swordsman, PWI, and Forsaken World. For a limited time, players can save up to 30% off our top-down cooperative shooter, Livelock.” Check out the complete details below!
The Lone Wanderer expansion also ups the game’s level cap to 99 and adds in the Scenery Stone system to allow characters even greater heights of power. There are also new Glass Weapons, which are quite powerful rather than being the sort of sword that shatters the second you swing it at something. Players are being offered a free mount to celebrate the update’s release, with a code included in the patch notes; it’s available until June 30th.
“These resilient warriors are the last remaining survivors of a blood-soaked massacre that wiped out the legendary Infinity School. Hardened by battle, the Falconers turn to their only companions, eagles that they have raised from hatchlings. The giant predatory birds protect their handlers from enemies and also fly them through the air to help them launch aerial attacks.”
At last, a good reason to shout, “The eagles are coming!” The expansion will also introduce glass weapons, raise the level cap to 99, implement a character improvement system, offer a FFA PvP arena, and feature the usual assortment of endgame content. Check out the Falconer’s screenshots and trailer below!
Perfect World is intent this week on rolling out the remainder of its MMORPG catalogue to Steam. Earlier this year, we saw Swordsman take up a place on Valve’s platform; this week, it’s Perfect World International. Coinciding with the Steam launch is Elysium, the game’s 12th (!) expansion, which includes a new housing system for level 90+ characters, a new 10-man raid, new gear, and new mounts.
Elysium’s new Homestead System invites players with characters Level 90 and above to build and customize their very own homes. Hidden in a realm isolated from the rest of the Perfect World lies an exquisite mansion, waiting to be claimed. Players can choose from hundreds of different options to design and furnish these grand structures. PWI’s new Homesteads also give players a new way to interact with one another, as they are able make trades, craft items, post jobs and generate resources.
Enjoy the trailer below!
“Tragedy has fallen upon one of Swordsman’s infamous martial arts schools. The Infinity School, a legendary institution known for training masters of attrition, has been completely destroyed. From its ashes rises a new faction, the Falconers. Each elusive survivor is accompanied by an eagle, who never leaves its master’s side and attacks any oncoming enemies. Together they roam the earth without fear, striking down anyone who stands in their way. When Lone Wanderer is released, players can take advantage of this powerful new class for the very first time.”
“This was a move long in the making, and we would like to take the time to welcome all of our players new and old to our new platform! For those of you joining our amazing community for the first time, Swordsman is a 3D Martial Arts MMORPG based upon the epic novel written by Louis Cha.
In the beautiful yet deadly world of Swordsman, you are a wandering hero in search of justice as you track down the villains who destroyed your village. Your journey will take you to some famous locations such as the Shaolin Temple, Wutang Mountains, Fu Giu City, the Guilded Wastelands and more.
Along the way, you will meet some colorful and unique characters to aid in your journey. Join one of 10 unique schools of Martial Arts including Shaolin, Wu-tang, Five Venoms, Splendor, Infinity, Sun and Moon Cult, Zephyr, House Tong, Harmony, and E’mei! Join a guild and make your own legend. Are you a bandit? A hero? Only you will decide!”
Many gamers are trying to get a handle on what Tree of Savior will offer, an issue that’s slightly compounded by the fact that the beta has only just arrived in the West on Steam. And it’s not an open beta, either; only 5,000 participants have been chosen to check out this game through Steam’s closed beta test, which began yesterday.
MMO Culture has a handy piece dealing with some crucial questions and answers about Tree of Savior. Of particular note is an explanation as to how the class selection works. At six points in the game, players will choose one of 11 sub-classes for their archetype. The combination of six classes (or less but picked multiple times) will ultimately make up the character’s build.
You can check out the Swordsman class in action in the following tutorial video.