Krafton’s Elyon officially launches in the west today, F2P under Kakao’s banners

    
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It’s not every year that we get a whole bunch of MMORPG launches, but Elyon will help make 2021 a special year by adding to our pile of plenty. Yes, Elyon launches today, and we’ve been watching this one a very long time: It was originally set to be called Ascent: Infinite Realm, and it was a highly anticipated MMO for a couple of years, especially when Krafton-Bluehole was still promising a glossy steampunk-fantasy title that would revitalize the Western MMORPG market.

Of course, that was 2017, and a lot has changed since then, including the game’s name and theme, as well as its planned buy-to-play monetization under Western publisher Kakao; indeed, one of the big MMO stories this fall has been the game’s delay and swap to free-to-play, which ought to be good news for anyone anxious to play today, though of course there are plenty of things to splash out on even if you missed preorders and the headstart. Players should definitely take a peek at the day-one update, which updates attendance rewards and fixes multiple bugs.

MOP’s own Chris scoped out Elyon during its summer beta and found a mixed bag; he called it a “boring world with compelling gameplay and customization systems” and found the combat, progression, and customization “crunchy in the best way, providing what feels like a wide variety of paths for creativity when it comes to character builds” – even if the world itself was a bit generic.

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raistlin-nahum

I played the beta for a few hours, there was no challenge, it was linear and boring without any complications in combat, I didn’t even get 10% of my life taken away for a few hours.

How can the developers think it’s fun to play a game without having to pay attention to what you’re playing because it’s impossible to die or have any challenge?

It also felt extremely generic, linear and as I said boring as hell.

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Bruno Brito

Honestly, this game seems way more ready than NW.

That being said, from what i watched, it has this “Korean Neverwinter” vibe, without many instanced solo content.

Man, i would kill for a modern take on DDO, full instanced questing narrated and focused on being an actual PnP-like gaming experience.

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Hikari Kenzaki

It has quite a bit of solo content. Especially during the leveling portion.
Of course, it also has a lot of team dungeons, world events, and PvP in areas where you might not always want to PvP.

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Bruno Brito

and PvP in areas where you might not always want to PvP.

Yeesh. I’ll take a look later but i feel like i’ll just not find it up to my wants.

Am i asking for too much when i want SSG to make an DDO-like game with the Shadowrun IP?

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Hikari Kenzaki

I mean… probably?

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Neurotic

Chris’s assessment of a boring world with crunchy bits has me intrigued, I must say.

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velimirius

will give it a shot during the weekend

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Billy Tweed

I’ll be trying it tonight. I will say, I actually care more about Elyon than New World. I don’t expect it to be perfect, but it still seems fun as a f2p at least.

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Tizmah

Eh..NW is flawed but it also has a more unique hook overall. Elyon is just…typical korean grinder all over.

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Adam Russell

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Greaterdivinity

Most of what I know about this game comes from /r/MMORPG apparently hating every line of code in this game and it’s the literal worst thing and the most P2W thing and awful and they haven’t played it but they know how bad it is.

I’m going in blind with low expectations. If it’s a handful of hours of fun in a pretty game, I’ll say I got my time/money’s worth (in that it was free).

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Hikari Kenzaki

Yeah. It’s Kakao. It’s going to have some pay to advance faster stuffs, but it’s not as bad as people make it. Like BDO, the game throws free stuff at you.

But people love to look for one thing and say “YOU SEE! THAT PROVES MY BIAS!”

People really need to learn how to just have fun in video games.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I played a couple hours. Had ‘0 fun’, if it could be quantified.

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kvlt_vonnegut

This feels like it should be a bigger deal after the better part of a decade wanting something, anything new. New World bigfooted these guys hard

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Bhagpuss Bhagpuss

Too much going on in the genre to do much more than note this one exists and file it away for whenever time permits. Weird to have too many mmorpgs to be able to try them all, isn’t it?