NHN Corporation has confirmed today that following a period of intense development, the Karos Online team has met several key milestones and the next closed beta weekend for the free-to-play fantasy MMORPG will take place from the 23rd to 25th of October. Many changes have been made to the game, including a significant change to the player-killing system that was spurred by comments from players. "We received a lot of feedback that being subjected to player-killing in the early levels of the game was a problem for new players," said Heejin Jeong, Senior Overseas Sales Manager at NHN Corporation. "We want everyone to be able to enjoy Karos Online from the beginning, so the game has been changed to restrict player-killing to characters of level ten and above. We believe this will ease many of the issues for new players while still retaining the competitive spirit of Karos Online."
In the next Karos Online closed beta weekend, players will be able to progress to level 35, explore the new region of Peltrok, and try a new character class: the Mystic. The Mystic joins the previously announced classes of Blader (two-handed melee attacks), Rogue (dual-wielded attacks) and Bowmistress (ranged missile attacks).
Members of the graceful, half-elemental Seroine race, Mystics are an alluring and powerful class of female warriors who use nature magic to launch ranged attacks on opponents. The Mystic's skills enable her to be very helpful in mass PvP, as well as a valuable addition to adventuring groups. Like the other classes in Karos Online, Mystics can specialise twice during the course of play: at level 15, she can become either a battle-focused Mage, or a Cleric who provides allies with a variety of vital buffs and healing.
Beta signup is now open at the official website and players who have signed up for a previous event are permitted free access to future ones.
More details and features will be revealed as the closed beta continues. Karos Online is scheduled to be released in English during Q4 2009, with versions in German and Turkish to follow later.