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Perfect World announced two sunsets yesterday: Four-year-old Swordsman Online and nine-year-old Jade Dynasty will close down in June. Here’s the official announcement for Swordsman players posted yesterday evening.
“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the shutdown of all Swordsman (SWM) servers on June 5th, 2018. On that day, your SWM character will no longer be accessible. This was a very difficult decision to make, but we are grateful for everything that you have put into the game and all the wonderful communities that have come from SWM. We no longer feel there is room for SWM to grow, but the development teams are moving on to bigger and better things! As amends to our most dedicated fans, we are making sure to offer refunds for the last few months.”
The Jade Dynasty announcement is nearly identical, with the same shutdown date and promise of refunds. Cash shop currency is no longer available for purchase; currency purchases made since February 1st will apparently be converted into Arc credit for your account.
It’s been two years since Tree of Savior leaped onto the Steam scene, and the crew is celebrating with a nine-week event that is running through May 29th. This event includes a free DLC present that will trigger a special quest and new costumes. There are additional rewards that can be earned simply by logging into the game and checking a special list on a regular basis.
If in-game events aren’t enough to get your excited, Tree of Savior recently previewed a pair of new classes that are on their way to the game. The Onmyoji Master is joining the Wizard tree, while the Retiarii is coming to the Swordsman branch.
You can check out an early look at these classes in action after the break!
With so many Christmas events popping up this month, there’s no time nor space to spread them out. Perfect World Entertainment seems to think so, too, because it sent out a press blast with a list of what’s going on in all of its MMORPGs. Let’s run down all six live games:
Neverwinter: The Winter Festival of Simril is running from December 14th through January 4th, with free Starlight vouchers, sled racing, ice fishing, bonuses, and the possibility of earning sled mounts.
Star Trek Online: Q’s Winter Wonderland is back through January 18th, giving players plenty of time to compete in crazy activities to earn a free T6 starship and Wesley Crusher’s ski outfit (seriously).
Step aside, turkey and fambly rage: It’s time to buy stuff. Because we don’t already unload our wallets the rest of the year on MMOs! Oh wait, yes we do. In any case, here’s a quick roundup of all the best MMO Black Friday 2017 sales on Steam and elsewhere.
En Masse recently introduced
the newest class coming to Kritika Online
, and while visiting the studio’s offices during PAX West 2017
, I was able to dive in and play it. This Psion class — a combination of swordsman and mage — generates psychic swords to slice, dice, and generally Ginsu her enemies to pieces. One skill even allows her to throw her blades, which combined with her guns (bound to right click) gives her good ranged options during battle. As I am not the biggest fan of in-your-face combat, I appreciated having options to move me outside of melee range and keep attacking.
When I visited the En Masse
offices during PAX West
, it was a crash course in learning how to use a controller — which I haven’t picked up in years — as I was introduced to Closers
, an episodic anime online RPG. The game has five different characters players can choose from from the Black Lambs, each with its own personality and dialogue with all the NPCs. For my hands-on, I played Seha (a melee swordsman), but there is also Sylvi, Yuri, Misteltein, and J.
Devs noted that the story of Closers is very important; the game itself is story-driven. The characters are all teens with psychic abilities brought together as a team to fight back the interdimensional monsters that are pouring into New Seoul (Old Seoul was devastated during the last invasion) through portals.
These portals, of course, need closing.
“Sun’s out, guns out,” a PWE press blast quipped today — all because the MMO studio is kicking off a ton of summer events across its range of games, including some of the more relatively obscure ones.
, for example, the titular city will be festooned in glitter for the 4th anniversary Protector’s Jubilee. Jubilee unicorns were mentioned
. That’s June 20-27, while July will see the summer festival with feasts, contests, and snail mounts.
When the NDA is away, the cats will play — and take screenshots! Bless our dear community for documenting upcoming MMOs as they venture into these virgin territories.
ZulikaMiNam had some fun in one game that I haven’t seen much from readers yet: “Since there are no NDA restrictions imposed for this alpha weekend kickoff over at Shards Online I will post some pics from there. I accidentally healed a skeleton while trying to heal myself. So my name turns grey and anyone can kill me now. Time to lay low for a bit.”
Are you still laying low? You can… probably come out now. That skeleton owes you a life debt for that heroic action.
Perfect World wasted no time in pulling the trigger on its crop of winter holiday events now that December is here. The MMORPG publisher sent out its list of all of the events, both current and upcoming, for its library of titles.
It’s important to note that while some of the events run for an entire month, others are only here for a couple of short weeks. If you’re the type of player who hops between games during the holidays to take advantage of the many rewards available, you’ll want to use this schedule to help you plan your attack.
Check out the full rundown after the jump!
For those of you folks who you somehow have money still burning a whole in your pocket at noon on Black Friday, here comes one last big sale announcement: Perfect World is putting tons of its MMORPGs and in-game stuff on sale. “We’re celebrating the holidays by offering our community discounts on Zen and a huge selection of items for Neverwinter, Star Trek Online, Swordsman, PWI, and Forsaken World. For a limited time, players can save up to 30% off our top-down cooperative shooter, Livelock.” Check out the complete details below!
The latest expansion
should improve any and all of your bird-related adventures with the new Falconer class. Falconers, to the surprise of no one, can use a trained falcon to attack their foes. It’s not like a class named “Falconer” would throw rocks at its enemies or train dogs, after all. The good news is that the expansion includes plenty of things if you’re perfectly happy with your current class and its lack of bird-based attacks.
The Lone Wanderer expansion also ups the game’s level cap to 99 and adds in the Scenery Stone system to allow characters even greater heights of power. There are also new Glass Weapons, which are quite powerful rather than being the sort of sword that shatters the second you swing it at something. Players are being offered a free mount to celebrate the update’s release, with a code included in the patch notes; it’s available until June 30th.
On the way to Swordsman Online
“soon,” the Lone Wanderer expansion introduces a brand-new class: the Falconer.
“These resilient warriors are the last remaining survivors of a blood-soaked massacre that wiped out the legendary Infinity School. Hardened by battle, the Falconers turn to their only companions, eagles that they have raised from hatchlings. The giant predatory birds protect their handlers from enemies and also fly them through the air to help them launch aerial attacks.”
At last, a good reason to shout, “The eagles are coming!” The expansion will also introduce glass weapons, raise the level cap to 99, implement a character improvement system, offer a FFA PvP arena, and feature the usual assortment of endgame content. Check out the Falconer’s screenshots and trailer below!