Astellia Online is launching on September 27 – here’s what to expect

    
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[Now confirmed – see update at the end!] German website Mein MMO has a Gamescom interview up that seemingly announces the launch date for Astellia Online. “The release of the western version of Astellia will take place on September 27th,” Barunson reportedly told the website. “There will be no beta tests before, but a headstart for pre-orderers is planned.” MMO players will recall that the company originally suggested the game would launch here in the west this summer, and it appears it will miss that technical window by only a few days.

Most of the interview rehashes what our readers will already know, though it does appear the studio will be making some specific changes for the game ahead of launch, specifically the addition of new skills, an adjustable and more intuitive UI, a better tutorial, improvements to the in-game help journal, and more achievements. Post-launch, players can expect the requisite Halloween and Christmas events, the opening of specific endgame dungeons and PvP, advanced classes, and the last few gender-unlocked toons.

We took a look at Astellia during its first closed beta test, finding it to be a surprisingly respectable fun romp, though it didn’t wholly astonish us. “My first impression wasn’t that this is the Next Big Thing to hit the market or that it’s going to blow people away who never would have believed in it before or anything of the sort,” MOP’s Eliot Lefebvre opined. “It is a solidly designed game of its subgenre that does a few things differently and a lot in a familiar fashion, and it is ultimately notable as much because of the care taken in its design as anything else.”

Source: Mein MMO via Reddit
Update
Now it’s official: Barunson’s just sent ’round PR for the launch date, along with the newest gameplay trailer.

“Barunson E&A is pleased to announce that Astellia is heading for launch on September 27, 2019! Those who preorder Astellia will be able to participate in a headstart event that begins as early as September 20th. Best not tarry, however, as pre-orders end on September 19th! Players with eligible packages will be able to reserve their character names and pre-download the game client starting September 12th. All these activities pave the way for a successful start to Astellia on launch day! Launch day will come with a number of new additions to Astellia that have been made since the end of beta testing. Players will be able to create female Warrior and Assassin characters as part of Barunson’s commitment to a tailor-made version of Astellia for western audiences. In addition, players will find a number of in-game events with GMs actively participating with the community for tons of fun.”

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Rees Racer

I had a go in both CBT’s, and I found the game generally agreeable, if you are looking for a tab-target theme park.

The game runs smoothly, the localisation for the west appears to have been done with care, and there is certainly some fun to be had, if this is the sort of MMO that appeals to you.

As for the comments regarding “loli” astels…please keep in mind there are a great many to collect, and you may choose from any number of male and/or anime animals to adventure with your character as well…if that is less offensive…or simply more pleasing for the aesthetic. Choice is good, right?

As far as I’ve read, the classes will no longer be gender-locked, which represents progress as well.

I don’t know If I’ll actually even play the game when it officially launches, but I despair upon evaluations based on 10 minutes of play, or unsubstantiated rumours.

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NeoWolf

Its a very visually attractive game but from what I played during beta its also fairly generic and grindy.

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Castagere Shaikura

Just play Aura Kingdom on the private server. And having some little loli girl follow you around is a huge game killer.

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Skardon

I downloaded it, as I am interested in an old school style mmo, which this seemed to be. As I ran around the starting point with my new hero character fighting bad guys, I realized that this little girl doll was going to follow me everywhere with a hoola hoop. My whole Astellia experience lasted under a minute.

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Arktouros

Guaranteed not to be pay2win…

…Until the money dries up.