Asta’s English open beta arrives March 2nd

    
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Korean import Asta: The War of Tears and Winds is just a few weeks away from open beta here in the west.

Publisher Webzen has announced that all gamers with an active Webzen account will be able to play the English edition of the game beginning on March 2nd, with a preload event a few days ahead of that. Webzen says that player feedback during last November’s closed beta led the team to focus its “efforts on voice-over recording, progressing the game’s translation, and implementing community suggestions in anticipation of the game’s release.”

It’ll make for an interesting launch here as the game’s South Korean servers shut down last year.

Check out the screenshots below!

Source: Press release
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cheesybites76
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cheesybites76

Xijit I have to say, that looks pretty neat.  Call me crazy, but I’ve been hankering for a new tab-targeter to play….I know that statement shows my age but I’m OK with that. ^^

TadSaine
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TadSaine

BryanCo yes!!! Asta FTW!

Xijit
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Xijit

I am pretty sure that it is Korean, but the mythology was more Chinese than the usual stuff from Korea, but it also was more fluffed up and flavorful than the hard line chinese fantasy games.
I am thinking that it was korean developers and what they did was mix up their take on Chinese fantasy, mix in some modernish game mechanics like skill chains and cycling open world scripted events, then bake it all in a WoW shaped pot.

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

Xijit It’s Chinese though, no? IIRC it’s nickname was “The Chinese World of Warcraft”, or am I thinking of another game?
Either way, I’m fine with it being just a new coat of paint. At best, it will be something to mess around with while I Netflix, at worst I waste a few hours of my life.

Xijit
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Xijit

It isn’t B&S or Black Desert, but it gets the job done and I don’t actually need breast physics to have fun in a MMO …

Xijit
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Xijit

It is a standard K-grinder, but to some that isn’t a bad thing … Environments are really well done, you get some cool mounts, two factions, each faction has several races, each race has their own starter zone, and there are lots of open world mini-events scattered around that are a lot like “dynamic wotld” stuff in GW2.
Mostly it is new paint on old mechanics, but I had fun with it in the beta and it is one of a couple up coming games that has me thinking about trying to play long term (as opposed to the transient ways I have taken up).

Xijit
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Xijit

They had the text translated, but not the korean VO … The beta had a better turn out than what they expected so management bumped up the budget to include English audio too.

BryanCo
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BryanCo

Xijit  Meh, I only read enough to think about the dog from The Thin Man.

Xijit
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Xijit

FFS, it was the publusher in korea that closed down all of the PC games they had licensed in order to focus exclusively on mobile ganes & this game was only one of the effected titles.
The developer is still open and working on the game / Webzen is just the western publisher.

Xijit
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Xijit

Oh for fucks sake … You read enough to find out that the game closed on korea, how about you read a little past that to the part where the reason it closed was because the publisher dropped all of their PC games and switched to doing nothing but mobile games.
This game wasn’t the only one that got screwed by it.