Azusa RP Online is the Stardew Valley retro sandbox MMORPG you always wanted

    
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Here’s a new MMO rolling out to Steam today: It’s a Brazilian MMO called Azusa RP Online. If you’re a fan of pixel games or something like Tibia or Stardew Valley, that’s the style of graphics you’ll be looking at here. On the other hand, the “RP” in the game’s name is not a joke; studio Inutaishos – which is actually one man, Victor Luis Santos – likens it to “table top RPGs,” with everything from extensive character customization, multi-generation characters, player-built cities, playable villains, on and on. Also time-traveling because why not?

“Azusa RP Online is a 16 bit-like 2D top-down MMORDG in which you can develop your character as much as you wish and your actions can change everything in the world you live in. Unlock new races, build your playstyle, work in different jobs, train with masters, and interact with other players! […] In Azusa RP Online you start your quest as a civilian, a fighter or a master, and you can end as a king or a god. Drive your hero throughout different dungeons and villages that other users created, and progress through time –you can even play as a next generation of your previous character!”

The game has gone straight to launch on Steam for $18.99 – no early access shenanigans here. The dev also has a Patreon that bestows additional perks in-game.

Source: Press release, Steam, official site
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Schmidt.Capela

In Azusa’s universe villains are also other players, making it even possible to completely destroy a prosperous city, changing the direction of the game’s story!

Thus, not interested in the least.

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Robert Mann

I wouldn’t mind the sandbox side of it, and it doesn’t look so terrible, but those Patreon perks completely kill any interest before I would even consider looking deeper. They are essentially pure buying of power. Not something I tend to want to support.

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Sorenthaz

Looks like something out of BYOND and I’m not seeing any English reviews for it yet. Also the Patron benefits are a bit of an eyebrow raiser.

Overall looks/sounds like it could be fun, definitely seems to have a massive feature list on Steam that I haven’t read through yet. But $19 for what looks like something I could play on BYOND for free… definitely not something I’d jump into grabbing right away without doing what research is possible.

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PanagiotisLial1

Only BYOND based game I had ever bought was NEStalgia

I hadnt regreted either, it was quite fun

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BDJ

I just don’t see the appeal of these games. They would have been amazing back in the very early 2000s. Now? They look horrid and play horrid.

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Armsbend

For me, farming games like Stardew and Harvest Moon are very relaxing. About as relaxing as it gets for games.

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silverlock

Have you checked out My Time at Portia It’s a lot of fun except for combat which is very meh but then you don’t really play this for the combat, also it’s much more focused on building then farming.

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Armsbend

I saw it up as a new game on Steam the other week and added it to my wishlist – but I don’t go on steam very often anymore – so I didn’t feel any pressure to buy it yet.