South Korean MMO Astellia is coming westward in 2019, vows to steer clear of P2W

    
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It’s official: Astellia is launching in the west this year. “Let the Stars Guide You this Summer 2019,” the official site says. As we’ve been covering for the last couple of years, Astellia is a Studio 8/Nexon game under development in South Korea; it’s currently open beta in its home region.

“Astellia Online is a Classical MMORPG striving to return the genre to its roots. That is not to say it is a remake of what has been done before, but instead, a tribute to the original tenants of the MMORPG Phenomena combined with innovation and promise. Set in a vibrant fantasy world, Astellians are heroes blessed by the stars to call upon magical allies known as Astells. Each Astellian is charged with protecting the innocents of the world, a task that will take them through the darkest dungeons and across countless battlefields.”

The game features a holy trinity class system, multiple dungeon and PvP arena sizes (including an RvRvR mode), crafting, companion system, and TCG-like integration that seems to be played down in the western website.

Publisher Barunson E&A (yes, we’ve asked for clarification on the corporate hierarchy here) is revealing more at PAX South this weekend, where it will be delivering a panel explaining just how the game will avoid pay-to-win.

Source: Official site, press release
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jay

I honestly don’t think Koreans understand what constitutes ptw I the west. Bdo made the same claims, and it’s one of the most AAA ptw games in the west.

If the shop has anything other than vanity items, it’s ptw. Pay for convenience is just ptw rebranded.

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Koshelkin

Nexon should be working to get Moonlight Blade over here, not this. <.<

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Mr.McSleaz

The title of this Article is an Oxymoron.

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Greaterdivinity

Looks pretty, but Nexon : |

Looks more than decent enough to give a spin, especially if it’ll be F2P.

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rafael12104

Yeah, Nexon is blinking in bright neon for me as well.

But, sure. I’ll have a look at it.

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Real

It’s being self-published by the developer in NA/EU. Barunson E&A has its hands on all that, not Nexon.

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butterpanda888

Oooh. I wanna play.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

i like that it uses a traditional trinity system and that the trinity system is no longer the tradition. looks cool.

but i mean, it’s just a matter of time before we see their cash shop and it’s 100% p2w and then a bunch of people defend it as if it’s not, right?

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rafael12104

I like the trinity. I can play games without it, but having it sorts out roles right off the bat.

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Toy Clown

I’m intrigued. Pretty graphics, awesome mounts, an interesting blurb for the main story. I’ll put it on my radar.

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Daniel Miller

This is Great! I played since launch and even CBT before then. Game is fun! Appearance is deceiving,, but most who played it enjoy it.

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rafael12104

Cool. So is there a card component for rng? As in, you throw down a card to gain a bonus before combat, etc?

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Daniel Miller

No, its not even a card game. But gamers misunderstanding that it is ia just proof how misinformed the content creator website owners are as they see a pic and assume.

Its more like a ffxi trust and summoner game.

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rafael12104

Ah, ok. Cool. Thanks for the info.

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Armsbend

Better than nothing this year I suppose.

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Loopy

My thoughts exactly. It looks ok, nothing ground breaking, but at the same time it’s something that is:
a) Coming out soon (this year)
b) Not a pipe dream
c) Not a re-work/re-skin/re-release of an existing MMO

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Armsbend

d) not asking for consumer dollars before it gets finished

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Mr.McSleaz

It’s from Nexon which means that “Nothing” would, in fact be better.

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rafael12104

Hmm. Alright. Let’s take a look at it then (if for no other reason than to encourage Korea to publish in the west faster).