MMORPG Astellia launches preorders, plans June closed beta, and rejects gender-locking

    
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Upcoming MMORPG Astellia pumped out a ton of information with the launch of its new website and preorders for the game last night. Game packages will run from $40 to $100, depending on how much of a headstart and beta access (as well as cosmetics and other account buffs) you’d like to claim.

“Now some of you may be wondering, what on earth you’re going to do to entertain yourself between now and launch and we’ve got some excellent news in that regard. Our first Closed Beta is right around the corner! You’ll be able to get your first hands-on experience with Astellia through June 25th to July 1st. Participants will get the unique opportunity to help shape the development of upcoming content, as they explore the history of Astellia through the main story quests, along with the rewarding and intuitive crafting system, or crawl through one of the sinister dungeons in search of treasures.”

There are also some new dev blogs, including one outlining all of the game’s classes and utterly committing to the lack of gender-locking in the game once it’s ported westward. “Introducing this level of change affects nearly every aspect of Astellia’s development, requiring a full design phase to implement new character models, animations, and all of the supporting equipment for each class,” Barunson E&A says. “With this in mind, our current roadmap aims to have both the Assassin and Warrior classes unlocked by launch, with the remaining three included as free content releases upon completion.”

Source: Official site, press release
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Bruno Brito

“Introducing this level of change affects nearly every aspect of Astellia’s development, requiring a full design phase to implement new character models, animations, and all of the supporting equipment for each class,”

Translation: We were extremely cheap before, and now it’s biting us in the ass. Of course we’ll spin PR so you forget that this is a common feature present in any respectable mmo, and you also forget all the crunching we’ll force our workers to do this. All while the PR we spin make us look like we’re discovering something new here.

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King King

I stop preorder game pack since $100 archage , $100 Albion online . I learn my lesson , only one worth preorder is from blizzard .

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Solaris

I got my monies worth out of Archeage easily, and even Albion. The main reason I won’t back this game is due to Bless and the bad taste that experience left in my mouth.

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Venomlicious

More p2w Korean cash grab on outdated tech from 2007. Will be dead in a month at most.

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steel hunt

The hate is real!

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Yaner

Call it hate if you want, but search your feelings you know it to be true.

Game looks like it is 10 years old and being a KR game it’s going to launch, get a ton of players, drain their credit cards, then 90% of the people are going to realize it’s p2w and quit. At that point it won’t matter as they got all your money because the NA MMO market is so desperate for an MMO that they don’t do any research and fall for this crap like they do every time.

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steel hunt

Personally I am not against p2w if the gameplay itself is good enough
And I don’t hold any prejudice against Korean games. East has a different mentality than us in terms of p2w but I am willing to stay in this game if contents are good enough even though there is p2w elements.

Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

Then you are part of the problem. Always be against pay to win. Your definition of p2w can differ from others, but as soon as you accept something you consider p2w you are hurting the rest of the MMO community.

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steel hunt

I disagree, I believe certain tolerance of p2w should be encouraged to diversify our genre.
The very reason why we are so hungry for new MMO is because of our intolerance to any p2w elements. This is hurting us more because more and more people will leave our genre in pursue of something more popular. Eventually in worst case, our beloved MMORPG might die out because companies simply don’t find it lucrative enough.

Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

I disagree. If people didn’t accept elements they themselves consider p2w we wouldn’t be in this mess. People letting developers slide on their anti-gameplay and predatory antics is how we got here.

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Bruno Brito

Eventually in worst case, our beloved MMORPG might die out because companies simply don’t find it lucrative enough.

“Bend over or they’ll abandon us.”

Stockholm.

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Tizmah

He is perfectly allowed to like P2W games. I know this may shock some people, but some people like to play that way. Let them. They can game how they want.

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Mr.McSleaz

“I disagree, I believe certain tolerance of p2w should be encouraged to diversify our genre.”

Said the Paid Shill.

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styopa

Meh.
“Rejects Gender Locking”…then just DO it, announcing it is just public posturing.

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ihatevnecks

Hopefully it turns out good, looks like the usual 5 assortment of KR classes I was expecting. I’d love to see a bit of variation – mages who aren’t the same bland elemental casters, for example.