Blue Protocol’s new trailer shows a vibrant world of adventure

    
20

Could Japan be making the next great MMO? It’s hard not to feel a spark of hope flare up when watching the debut trailer for Blue Protocol, Bandai Namco’s newly announced sci-fi title.

The world of Blue Protocol is easy on the eyes, with a cel-shaded anime style layered on top of landscapes that are at once both familiar and alien. In fact, it’s hard to determine how much of this game leans toward the science fiction genre and how much borrows from traditional fantasy, but there does look to be a mix of the two in play.

Bandai Namco is currently assembling 500 players for a closed alpha test. You can watch the debut trailer after the break!

The studio also demonstrated the character creation sliders for those looking to min/max their proportions:

Source: Twitter via Eurogamer
newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
Reader
Fenrir Wolf

I’m learning to resent the lack of diversity in modern MMOs.

It’s not that old MMOs were much better but it’s as though modern takes aren’t even trying, which just makes them look jaded and exploitative. It’s meant for only a specific subset of people—those who want to play as thin, beautiful, very young, and usually only white people.

Forget about those who have serious trauma, bodily dysmorphia, and use public identification as non-human characters as a coping mechanism to deal with their anxiety and help them with being more social (which counts for my partner and I in equal measure).

Even ignoring us, though, you’re unlikely to be able to play convincingly older, overweight, less able people. Even slight “ugliness” (from a disappointingly extraverted perspective) is an admonishable sin of the highest order.

It’s “offensive” to want diversity in these settings. It’s one reason why MMOs are retaining their notorious levels of toxicity despite making strides in other quality-of-life areas (such as respecting one’s time and autonomy).

So this is another MMO that isn’t for me. Any MMO that’s just about beautiful people isn’t one that I can—in good conscience—enjoy. It has nothing to do with hand-wringing, pearl-clutching sanctimony and everything to do with knowing first-hand how it feels to always be excluded.

I hold no one else to this standard, but I value empathy. Inclusion is very important. This is why I’d prefer to see niche MMOs that target people who’re so often left out. There are so many of them, and they have a lot of money.

It seems like good business to be inclusive from where I sit, but what do I know?

Reader
Dug From The Earth

This is like a candied apple that fell in the mud.

You know what goodness lies within, but you dont want to take a bite through all the grime and mud and dirt.

Thats most asian made mmo’s these day, primarily due to their focus on a completely different gaming market preferred gameplay, and the use of just atrocious pay models.

FF14 is one of the few deviations from them, but even that still has remnants that still exist that I find myself having to shove to the back of my thoughts.

I had sorta hoped this game would have just been another grand single player rpg, because those dont seem to suffer quite as bad.

Reader
Matt Genaro

Nice! Can’t wait to play it on global servers on 2034!

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Vunak

Looks beast from the trailer. Hopefully its as good as it looks.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
NeoWolf

It looks like thier attempt at a dauntless/Phantasy Star sort of game. Need more info before I can decide anything.

Bandai’s visuals are always great but as I’ve stated before their games also tend to be very shallow, and little more than button mashers..

If they can give me MORE than that then this may be promising.

Reader
Venomlicious

Shut up and take my money. If this is a seamless world mmorpg with a cash shop similar to ff14 then ill buy it now.

Reader
Robert Mann

The biggest question here is whether B-N can manage something on the scale of an MMO without getting lost. Their games have tended toward the more simple, and the few efforts beyond were not exactly stellar.

Reader
Schmidt.Capela

Apparently it’s a team-up of two internal teams at Namco, the one responsible for their previous online games and the one responsible for the Tales series of games.

Reader
Robert Mann

Ah, that might give it a lot more potential. The Tales series is generally pretty solid beyond the rest of the stuff they have done, and the online part of their online games isn’t the weakness.

Reader
IronSalamander8 .

Could be good. Hard to say from this intro. I wanted to like Soul Worker which has a similar graphic style (anime cell-shaded) but it just didn’t quite work for me and the guitar character, who I wanted to like as the idea of using a guitar with dark/demon powers is so metal, but I didn’t like that character so never played much.

Worth a look at least when we know more.

camren_rooke
Reader
camren_rooke

I played Soul Worker just a bit. Made a guitar character named RAWKSANNE.

I didn’t play too long. :/

Reader
Utakata

This could work…

Bluerock Depths
Bluewing Lair
Upper Bluerock Spire
Lower Bluerock Spire
Blue Temple

…sounds more inviting. o.O

I still much prefer they use pink instead though. :(

camren_rooke
Reader
camren_rooke

Coral Bay of Doom,
Fuchsia Depths
Roseate Crystal Dungeon
THE SALMON CAVERNS OF BLUSH!
The Pink Grotto

That could work.

Also I’m out of pink synonyms.

Reader
Robert Mann

Rubberband descent, Jellyfish cove, Grapefruit Haunted Tavern, Seashell cliff, Twisted Tongue Turnpike, Eraser headland, Azalea side park… I’m sure if we all wanted to we could get really silly and make a ton.

Reader
Utakata

I need that related “Now we’re talkin’!” gif from Mr. Schlag! <3

camren_rooke
Reader
camren_rooke

I saw something for just a second in the first video that might have been a really angry dark-colored tardigrade.

My hope still stands for hyper sentient space tardigrade invaders!

>.>

That said, I am no longer impressed with flyovers and slow pans of empty towns, fields, lava mountains , etc… in these games.

Show me that the mmo has a story, some unique gameplay, has something to it besides JAGF (Just Another Grind Fest).

The trailer was kinda boring.

Reader
tiltowait

Agreed. Pretty graphics are a good starting point, but game mechanics are what’s interesting. Also I think I’d call that much more fantasy than sci-fi.