Bless Online’s Rebuild Project homes in on character growth

    
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Following the cancellation of the western version of Bless Online, Neowiz surprised everyone by announcing that it would be publishing the game here in the west on its own. Then last week, it announced a “Rebuild Project” for the whole game, which is expected to allow Neowiz giant do-over on everything from making gear feel more important to character progression, plus the revamped combat, unique class skills, better mount and pet content, a non-sucky crafting system, a tighter UI, and new PvP content. We’ve presumed that upgrades to the game overseas will eventually make their way to the version being promised for the west, particularly given that it was supposedly canceled originally over “quality standards” and “technical difficulties [that could not] be overcome.” Indeed, the long delay was at least in part a result of the combat system do-over Aeria said the game needed.

Since then, the entire official Korean site has been taken over with a huge “REBUILD” banner and Neowiz has published a fresh dev blog outlining the project’s seven main goals and homing in on the first: character growth. Google Translate isn’t exactly trustworthy here, but the gist seems to be that the studio finds the leveling up process both opaque in terms of power and limited in that gear capped progress. Under Rebuild, items themselves will pick up durability and reinforcements, what sounds like an evolution system for weapons, plus a disassembly system for junk.

Check out the whole thing on the official site — just bring your Korean dictionaries!

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Suikoden

I think this is awesome. I really wonder if they are taking a tip from ARR; which would not be a bad thing at all. The question is: do they have the funds, and the fan support, to make this happen? I wish them the best. Nothing wrong with trying to come good on something you believe in. Also, having a Yoshi P wouldn’t hurt…

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Francis Baud

Did they ever announce that the western version of Bless Online was canceled? I thought they just said it wouldn’t get published (i.e. distributed and operated by a publisher) in the west.

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silverlock

Aeria is no longer the publisher for it in the west (yeah!), but Neowiz has stated that they will publish it in the west themselves after the rebuild is done.

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Duey Bear

I loved this game on the RU servers. Its a solid game that only needs optimization.

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Daniel Miller

You can play this on kr Aug 1st f you have an account. I have many and will post anything new.

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silverlock

Hey it did wonders for FF hopefully they will achieve similar results. I’ll be happy to give it a go when it finally comes this way.

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Veldan

I like this. It’s too early to say what the outcome of this whole Rebuild project will be exactly, but I’m (carefully) optimistic.