Bless Online looks ahead to new races, housing, and a possible console edition

    
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Three-point landing! Sort of.

Six months. Six months is the countdown timer from the start of Bless Online’s early access to the game’s official launch, according to developer Neowiz. Although with no planned character wipe, the open beta should act more as a soft launch than anything else, especially to fans who have been eager to get their hands on this good-looking title for years now.

The studio fielded another interview about the incoming MMO in which it hedged a bit on the topic of grind, promised improved optimization, and confirmation that there will not be a region lock for the title. Neowiz said that it is planning to introduce a new race as early as 2019 and that housing is also on its way to the game.

Neowiz hasn’t yet locked into a monetization plan but promises that pay-to-win “isn’t going to happen.” Interestingly enough, the studio left the door open for the possibility of a potential console version of the fantasy MMO.

Craving more information about this MMO import? We have our own recent interview Neowiz about the path to this game’s launch. Check it out!

Source: Wccftech

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k2apa

Hype, haHaa…

Yea, lets have people hype up about the 6 month early access with no Wipe.

Yup, not P2W at all….. sure…

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PlayCator .

How is it pay to win? The game isn’t going to be any cheaper after its full launch. The game is buy to play, not just buy to early access. It’s no more pay to win than Ark or any other early access game.

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Celestia

Glad we’re finally seeing the NA/EU hypemonster stirring from its long slumber.

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Robert Mann

This game used to have hype. Now it is just a little dated seeming, and with all the problems from their earlier run in Asia has a ton of revamp work to do to avoid being DOA here. We shall see, but I shall not be holding my breath for something great.

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squid

I swear I remember people hyping this game right around the time Vanguard launched…

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rafael12104

Console edition? WTF? How about you launch here in the west first. Let’s see how that goes.

Console edition…. lol!

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A pretty common buzzword nowadays.
After all, it’s another market. Significantly smaller, and ridiculously in favour of a few countries, but a market none the less.

Not that it ever did any good to MMOs, it’s only useful in Japan because most don’t play on PC.

If they really wanted that sweet money from a market a thousand times larger, they would put it on mobile. That’s the new hotness.
Probably wouldn’t run too well since it’s already a struggle to keep 30FPS in populated areas however.

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rafael12104

Heh. No argument there. But the game has been “fixed” and fps is no longer an issue. Lol!

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squid

Probably do it ESO-style. Shitty, bug-filled PC launch as a beta test for consoles.

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Xijit

You say that like every Zenimax has ever released a PC game that wasn’t a shit show of bugs.

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Xijit

Consoles are just micro PCs now … Hell, you don’t even need to port the code for XBONE releases since Win 10 compatibility is built in & the PS4 run on the same general hardware.

Port code, re-map the UI for controller input, and then turn it over to the QA team to deep tweak the config files till it runs smooth.

Honestly surprised that every new MMO hasn’t been getting Console treatments after FFXIV proved you actually could make money off it.

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RJB

New race you say

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Greaterdivinity

Aight, I can chill until August. Plenty of other MMO’s to keep me busy before then.

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Cosmic Cleric

The studio fielded another interview about the incoming MMO in which it hedged a bit on the topic of grind

Could we get less grind and more exploration/questing please?

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Robert Mann

The mystic 8-ball says ‘unlikely.’

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Toy Clown

Seeing housing referenced caught my attention. Watching the video, I wonder if the game has separate PvP and PvE areas? I’m just not interested in “open world PVP” games anymore. Tired of dealing with the high levels of vitriol that comes from players attracted to PvP-featured MMOs.

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Duey Bear

The open world PvP takes place in contested areas of the open world, so no, most of the world will not leave you open to ganking… at least in the Russian version I played. There are also specific PvP game modes.

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I think it was after level 30, that you would be open to PvP in pretty much all questing+endgame areas.

For no reason too, unlike the other PvP modes it was just a gankfest for the sake of it (and in Japan at least, it was badly, badly received).

Who knows what’s gonna change though.
Can’t see the game lasting a year with open PvP in the West.

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Xijit

Any old school K-Grind player is used to that: it is kind of a basic feature of the sub-genre.

Low level = faction only zones.
Mid level = shared faction zones w/ PVP.
End level = shared faction zones & shared quest objectives.

It honestly does suck, but we are used to it, and it gets less obnoxious once you just accept that faction ganks are part of the game design and go hunting for your own ganks (harder to get pissed off at being ganked when you just spent 3 hours stalking other players).

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Robert Mann

Ew. No thank you. I’m very much not interested in wasting my time stalking people, and would start my uninstall faster than you can say ‘do it’ if that’s required to have ‘fun’ in the game.

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completely reasonable decision, and that is why you should not just follow hype: if you don’t know what you are getting into, you are going to get let down no matter what.

Really, all the bad press around this is probably for the best because so many people who would not have liked the game even if it didn’t have a shit load of bad press, are not going to even bother with it … and those of us that don’t mind the games (clear) rough points, don’t have to worry about defending the parts that are a matter of tastes & can push for fixes on the parts that actually are broken.

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Robert Mann

Aye, if people could be decent about things… then maybe. Sadly, it seems they cannot, so without it being incredibly painful for them to act so I too am mostly avoiding such games.

About the only thing I will support is interesting ideas on that, and/or technology that may have a huge impact upon the future of MMOs. Which does leave me with a couple of games that get some pros from me there… that I don’t really care for the PvP attitudes that are surely being toxic within.