Bless Online launches free-to-play on October 23, new raid and Halloween event today

    
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If you’re still watching to see how Bless Online shapes up come its official launch, you’ll want to pay attention to today’s announcement: Neowiz just revealed on Steam that it’s gunning to launch out of its open beta/early access phase on October 23rd. It’ll also be free-to-play at that point as promised.

Bless Online will be going Free-to-Play, as we believe that model will provide the best experience for all players at official release,” Neowiz says. “We intend to introduce as many people as possible to the feature-complete form of Bless Online.” Existing players who’ve paid into the game with purchased packs will be granted a ton of rewards, including bundles of premium membership; in fact, if you have the original collector’s edition, you’re getting what’s effectively a lifetime sub to the game.

Launching for current players today, however, is yet another update, this one aimed at endgamers. There’s also a Halloween event kicking off complete with themed quests, costumes, and rewards.

“Today we released a new update containing the completely new Patala raid. In it, a party of up to 10 players can enter and test themselves against the 6 bosses contained within the dungeon. Players must be level 45 and have a minimum gear score of 8913 to enter, and can do so once per week. Rewards for defeating the various mid-bosses include Ananta’s Flame, Contorted Wings of the Beyond, Contorted Chain of the Beyond, and the Animosity armor series. Rewards for defeating the final boss of Patala include the Sword Body of Flogas, the Storm weapon series, and new legendary level 45 weapons.”

Source: Press release, Steam

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Koshelkin

I didn’t expect that. They seemed to do so well. <.<

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Rialto

Not to mention the second class they cut from the EA release, mystic, which was stated to come out BEFORE the full launch (and, along with assassin, had already been available in other versions), which has still not been released, and is not even given the SLIGHTEST mention in the announcement. This is likely mean they intend to to release the class as “new”content post-“launch”. smfh.

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Bruno Brito

I normally jump on any f2p launches to find some hidden gems.

This one really didn’t make me bat an eye. Not interested. Next.

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Alex Hyer

That is one of the laziest trailers i’ve ever seen in my life.

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Brother Maynard

Well, I think that at this point the game, its history and Neowiz’ actions can finally be officially declared a farce…

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Your Honor

Man it must feel pretty bad for the people who bought the $200 super duper edition and now the game is super duper dead and going free to play and that won’t help it.

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Tizmah

Yeah, but can’t say I feel bad for them. I mean the writing was on the wall everywhere. You had to have your head stuck in the sand to not notice.

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rafael12104

Good luck, bois.

Free to play, yes I think that will help. I will give it a look again at that time. But, I have my doubts it will be much better or any better.

Prove me wrong. I have no issue with that.

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I couldn’t help but chuckle at this: “… if you have the original collector’s edition, you’re getting what’s effectively a lifetime sub to the game.”

“Effectively” is the key word. A lifetime subscription just isn’t worth that much on something that will likely shutter within the first year, if not sooner.

Also, sneaky-sneaky doing their release on October 23rd, the day before NCsoft drops their big Aion update for NA.

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partiesplayin

Didn’t they launch onto steam just before or the day of a major mmo release or update as well. I wanna say it was wows Battle for azeroth but I can’t remember now for sure.

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Moolarurka .

Maybe they mean the lifetime of a gerbil ?

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Pepperzine

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Moolarurka .

That didn’t take long . I will check it out ( for lack of anything else that interests me in the genre at the moment )