Exclusive: MMORPG Astellia Online deep-dives its Warrior and Scholar classes

    
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Korean-born Astellia has been hovering on the horizon for the last few years of its development as Barunson E&A – the majority owner of the studio behind the game, Studio 8 – has guided it through Asia. And now it’s on track to release here in the west this summer, as a buy-to-play title focused on PvE, PvP, raids, crafting, and even un-gender-locked classes (contrary to the Korean version). In fact, we’ve even covered how the studio’s western developers are working hard to avoid becoming a pay-to-win mess or a “smash-and-grab” that so many other ports sadly are.

Today we’ve got an exclusive dev blog from Barunson focused on two of the game’s classes: the sword-and-board-focused Warrior and the priestly Scholar.

Astellia Developer Diary: Introducing the Warrior and the Scholar

Over the course of the next few weeks, we will take a look at the different classes available to play when Astellia launches later this summer. We will kick off this journey by covering the Warrior and the Scholar – one holds the line, while the other keeps its teammates alive. Read on for the details!

The Warrior:

Armed with both their sword and shield the warrior is the vanguard of the group. Taking on the responsibility of the tank they provide their body as a shield for others. Their defensive specialization allows the warrior to command the flow of the battle providing their comrades with a tactical edge. When faced with overwhelming odds they can also call upon their Adamantium Shield skill which increases their defense but prevents the use of other abilities.

Besides sheer brawn, the warriors have additional tools to shape the battlespace. With their Multi-Chain ability, warriors can launch a hooked chain in front of them to impale their targets pulling them in close for the kill. They can also make use of Quake slamming the ground causing an area of effect knockdown with damage.

Calling upon the assistance of the Astels warriors are able to perform powerful combination attacks. Draco, a dragon-like Astel, will perform the Split Breath combo attack. Shooting a frontal cone of flames, causing damage to all targets and dealing increased amounts of damage to targets that are either knocked down or stunned. This makes the warrior’s Quake ability all the more potent. Serpens will empower the warrior’s Multi-Chain ability by creating a Toxic Cloud enveloping chained enemies in a pool of gas poisoning them and inflicting continuous damage.

The Scholar

In contrast to the warrior, the scholar specializes in group support and healing. While the warrior is busy running headlong into battle the scholar is focused on keeping the warrior and the rest of their group alive. Abilities like Bless allow the scholar to continuously heal the hit points of all party members with holy power infused Atra. However, scholars are fully self-sufficient and when not focusing on using their powers to cure or restore others they can twist their knowledge of Atra to create destructive forces and smite their enemies.

The scholar does more than add hit points back to other player’s hit point pool. They too can also manipulate enemies on the battlefield allowing their allies time to regroup or outmaneuver their foes. Hurling a bolt of energy at their enemy through the ability Arc Slow reduces their enemy’s movement speed. Scholars can also call upon their strengths to cast Divine Shell granting a holy barrier to all party members near them raising their defenses.

A few key Astel combos available to the scholar greatly enhance their crowd control and healing abilities. Kitsune will cast Recovery on Divine Shell providing a continuous heal to the party members by infusing them with powers of the moon. Pisces will cast Aqua Bubble on targets hindered by Arc Slow trapping the targets within a water bubble, further hindering their movement and preventing the enemies from using some of their skills.

These are just two of the character classes you can look forward to playing later this summer. Based on classic MMORPG roles, the warrior and scholar are similar to the tank and healer classes you have grown to love in traditional MMORPGs, but each of them has their own unique flavor thanks to the skills and Astel combos that you will only find in Astellia.

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We’d like to thank Barunson E&A for sharing this look at two of the game’s classes with our readers. Hungry for more? Take a peek at some of our past coverage of the game, including our interviews with the studio from January and April.

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Iridescence

Not sure why they are “showing off” two of the most generic sounding MMO classes imaginable but whatever…

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Toy Clown

No open-world PvP? Nice! It’s a nice break from all the PvP gank box MMOs that have been releasing over the past two years.

I love the idea of a crowd control healer, which is my favorite class to play. Curious to see how that pans out, especially since they won’t be balancing the game for PvP.

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Moszerker

No open world PvP? Insta-pass… Don’t the carebears have enough games to choose from yet :(

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Veldara

It’s a very tough year for them with a major mmo release coming in a few months, but I see this game becoming a sleeper hit if they can iron out the performance issues by launch.

This game if it hits all the goals they want can become successful in the longterm. The gameplay is fresh enough to attract a healthy population.

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Matt Redding

I did like the warrior chargen video but it looks like the system is pick your class then make the character … in other words if you’re rolling a warrior you get a buff body frame to start with and can mod it slightly bigger or smaller, but if you’re rolling a mage you might end up with a twig. On the other hand if you want to play a small scrappy warrior you might be out of luck and stuck with a football linebacker. I hope that’s not how it goes but…

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Utakata

“Kitsune will cast Recovery on Divine Shell providing a continuous heal to the party members by infusing them with powers of the moon.”

…that sounds foxy! o.O

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butterpanda888

I’m excited about this game. Don’t care what anyone says.

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Venomlicious

Go watch Lazy Peon play the game and just mute his audio because he bashes it but watch the frame rate oh god the frame rate.

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butterpanda888

I did. graphics look amazing. I can’t wait.

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Castagere Shaikura

I think it’s his system that is the issue with his framerate because I have seen other play the same game with no issues.

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Venomlicious

Save the time showing off anything and tell people its on unreal3 and reveal the cash shop along with the founders packs and optional but not optional sub. Show us the non p2w pet stats and lootbox cards along with combining them for rng better cards. Game will be dead in the first month.

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Melissa McDonald

i think you’re entirely missing the point of playing a game and seem focused on the wrong things.

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Ben Stone

Poor optimisation and shitty payment models are pretty big barriers to enjoyment. And something people want to know before investing time researching or following a new game.

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Melissa McDonald

different strokes…

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Venomlicious

LMAO you are the problem with why this crap happens. Oh look another 12 year old unreal3 candy cane sword game. I can’t wait to b2b then pay a sub then play the rng game in the cash shop in a game that is dead already.

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butterpanda888

Dude calm down, people can have different opinions. The real problem is toxic gamers like you. Notice it is a GAME and GAMEs are meant to be fun.

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Venomlicious

Nope it’s nothing more then a Korean cash shop with some game features. Here’s a little project for you so maybe you can see why 90% of all mmorpg players will never even look at this tripe. Go research every Korean mmo and find just one that does not have more cash shop then game and ties every aspect of progression behind that shop. You get extra points for one that does not run like dog shit.

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butterpanda888

Here’s a little project for you…quit being a condescending jerk and let people play games they wanna play without attacking them for it.

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Utakata

I think you’ll find more progress if you locked yourself in a little room where you can argue with yourself. As your trolling efforts here don’t seem to be bringing in anything in the way of fish. Just saying. o.O

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Excellent summary, Utakata.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

On the other hand, what it does say upfront, solo friendly dungeons, no open-world PvP, pets and more pets, definitely has me interested.

First promising MMO in awhile that isn’t group intensive, OW PVP, survival. Deserves a look.