Take part in a flying raid with Icarus Online

    
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Take part in a flying raid with Icarus Online

Even if they share common lineage, MMOs must have a distinctive angle or face death by mediocrity. For the upcoming Icarus Online, that hook is flying combat — and lots of it.

Icarus Online is moving forward in Korea and Japan and features both ground and aerial combat. In fact, the title even boasts “flying raids,” which is a good indication that the flight aspect is more than a marketing gimmick.

The fantasy title is using the CryEngine 3 and is heading into open beta in Japan on April 16th. While the Korean version has a regional block, it’s uncertain whether Japan’s beta will too. You can check out the Japanese trailer for Icarus Online after the jump!

[Source: Steparu.com #1, #2, Icarus Online Japan]

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MetaDune
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ClassicCrime This game doesn’t use a crappy engine like dragon prophet

Robert80
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Cyroselle Robert80 Damonvile Kherova  LOL!  When your bling is your armor…

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

kgptzac I’m *still* bitter about the flying in Aion.

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Robert80 Damonvile Kherova You could do this with sci fi universes too, have a character nude but for a belt. That belt has a field generator in it, it’s all the armor they’ll ever need, might even contain a rebreather too!

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Damonvile Robert80 Kherova  Suspension of disbelief with cloth, due to magic.  Magically enchanted cloth could protect like that.  I suppose a chainmail bikini could be enchanted to force attacks to target the bikini… but that just seems a little too out there to bother with.  I mean, if the point were to save on materials everyone would wear a tiny little patch of metal with that enchantment.  It does not equate, and the discrepancy is noteworthy.
It just so happens that a few games without magic (in alpha/beta for MMOs) actually account for the fact that cloth does not do much to stop a sword.  In those cases I agree entirely.  Even in traditional current gen MMOs it offers less protection due to the material involved.  However, it is really the magic systems which allow one to consider a war dressed in cloth.
Furthermore, cloth being for casters who then are squishy in melee has long been part of the mechanics on many RPGs and MMOs.  It is something that can be partially justified given magic, and serves as a balancing point.  Some lack of realism may be acceptable for things which serve a balance purpose, where they would not be without that purpose.
I agree that isn’t really what is being argued for the most part.  Which is what my first line was addressing.  I hope I adequately addressed your concerns over not laughing about cloth armor from another perspective!

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Kherova um..I have seen way worse, i wouldn’t really call a lot of it skimpy (some, yeah) but that’s going to be the case in any game, and honestly just so it isn’t over the top who cares? Asian studios tend to care about style, western studios are really, really, REALLY terrible with style…A lot of my female gamer friends prefer the way Asian developers do the armor designs by a long shot.

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf

Carthoris That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

Damonvile
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Robert80 Kherova I’ve never seen anyone say ” hey that wizard robe that covers her whole body is not made for war ” It only seems to come up when it’s skin people are looking at. People laugh about the chain mail bikini and say it offers no protection, but that tiny bit of fabric in a dress that covers her ankles seems just fine……if you actually believe that’s what’s being argued.

Robert80
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Kherova  Considering how Asian culture is… don’t expect a company from Asia to produce a game that doesn’t have this aspect.  It isn’t happening.
Now, there are some other places making games that actually respect the fact that a dress is not made for war.  Just… not really the Asian game studios.

nynjasquirrel
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nynjasquirrel

Kherova Did I miss something?