Monthly Archives: October 2009

Hero Online Interview: The Old and the New

Hero Online Interview
Written by Jeffrey Kerkdijk, Onrpg Journalist
Answered by
Flarry Henry , Hero Head GM

Onrpg: What is new in the world of Hero Online? What has been added since the launch of the game?
Hero: Our most recent addition to the game has been a new map called Celestial Mountain which consists of a lower and upper level. New story driven quest can also be found here with a number of new items.  We have added tons of content since the initial release that include maps such as Stream Flow, Soft Shoulder, Tiger Castle, Dime Desert, and a couple others. All of which introduced new items and quest to our community.

Explore Cities and Maps

Onrpg: What feature does you like the most? Please motivate your answer.
Hero: I would have to say my favorite feature would be the faction wars. The tides of the wars are always changing and they are very exciting to both participate in and watch. I’ve seen a couple of these wars really come down to the wire and its very thrilling to watch the strategies that each faction put into play.

Onrpg: How do players get involved into the story of Hero online?
Hero: We have a line of quest called Cryptic Tales that are directly tied to the story of Hero Online. Players will discover the current mysteries surrounding Dragon Castle and how it progresses as they venture further into the game.

Wild Beasts

Onrpg: How do you stand against exploits and bots, and what are you doing to prevent them from getting into the game?
Hero: We are always looking for ways to prevent bots from entering our game by updating our security system and making it more difficult if not impossible for future bot updates to be used. We have never really had a serious problem with exploits so we hope to keep that going and keep our players happy

Onrpg: What is done to get players into understanding the game? Is Hero Online friendly for newcomers?
Hero: The first few quest of Hero Online introduces players into a couple of features and get them into the swing of things. There are also lots of tips that periodically appear in the players chat window that has lot of helpful information for new players.

Onrpg: What sets Hero Online apart from the rest of the MMORPGs at the market?
Hero: Hero is unique from other MMORPGs do to the skills in the game. A player will feel as if they could take on the world when fighting though a horde of monsters and they will enjoy looking at the animations that have been created for these skills as well.

Onrpg: What future content is there planned for Hero Online? Is there anything you can reveal for us?
Hero: There are future plans to implement a new war which involves castle siege type warfare. One side will of course defend and the other will be attacking. There is no set date for this content yet but are players can be on the lookout for it in future announcements.

Hero Online Martial Armor

Onrpg: How is the character customization in Hero Online, and what kind of additional customization and features can be found in the Cash shop?
Hero: Hero’s main customization can be found with our Hero Tavern Robes. Players can use these items to mix and match if they please or go with a full set for bonuses. There are also a few face designs along with mask and fun costume helmets.

Onrpg: How does the PvP work in Hero Online and what makes it stand out from other games?
Hero: There are a few ways players can go about PvP in Hero Online. They can join the various wars to compete for victory alongside their faction or they can go around to one of the open PvP maps such as Mudo Island or Dime Desert. There is also a Bounty system that allows players to place gold up for grabs for anyone who is willing and capable of taking down the targeted player.

Hero Online

Onrpg: How does the community get involved in the game? How do you communicate with the players and do you have any special events in store for them?
Hero: The community controls a lot of aspects in and out of the game in a couple of ways. The first being the players actions in game and what I mean by that is we try and look at what players enjoy the most in game and focus our new efforts in that direction. The second is listening to their ideas and opinions on the forums. We try and keep a good eye on our forums too see what the community is currently focused or not so focused on and work with that information.

Onrpg: Thank you for your time!
Hero: Thank you and we hope to see you all in Hero.

Maestia

Maestia takes place on an island deserted by God. A human has turned on God claiming himself as king! The ‘Maestone’ contains the power of the vanished God. Among thousands of Maestone pieces, the hero who collects all seven of the most powerful Maestones will be allowed to stand on the Island of the Heaven.

Features

1. You can enforce skills by merging Maestones and wearing them besides default job skills. The Maestone System will enable you to cast powerful attacks to your opponents at an early stage.
2. The new Enchant System can be enjoyed depending on options and rank.
3. The Enchant Transfer System will allow the players to move the enchant information to stronger and better items as the character grows.
4. To the controls at the tip of your finger to brainy strategies, enjoy the boundless possibilities of the Skill System never seen before in any MMORPG.
5. Easy to browse interface for first time MMORPG players
6. Various battle modes (RvR / GvG / PvP)
7. Instant Dungeons on all maps.
8. User communities such as Guilds, Add Friend utility, and Chat System.
9. Fun quests to collect all seven keys to unlock the scenario.

MapleStory: Cygnus Knights start-up changes and guns and dungeons added with content update

Another massive content update has hit the world of MapleStory, full of new characters, items, and events that are sure to hold players’ attention for rest of the year.  This time around, joining the ranks of the Cygnus Knights has been made easier, and a new boss and mini-dungeons have been added. Here’s a rundown of what is in the update:
Cygnus Knight
The Cygnus Knight can now be created from a clean slate, which means that players will no longer need to 20+ level character in order to create the stellar Knight.
Find Party Member Updated
To accommodate the new availability of the Cygnus Knight, the Find Party Member window has been enlarged to allow players to add the Knight into their parties.
New Tutorial
A new tutorial has been added for the Noblesses which is CK-specific 
New boss added with many new quests
11 new quests have been added in order to give players the opportunity to fight against the new Balrog boss. Along with these new quests and boos comes new maps and items to be dropped.  To add a bit of variety, there are two difficulty settings to choose from: Easy and Normal.
Talking bosses
Now players aren’t the only ones to speak their minds in world of MapleStory. Bosses have now been given the ability to talk, just like all the other NPCs in the game
More titles to give players benefits
Many new titles have been added to give players more perks for accomplishing different tasks. Some new titles to try and obtain are the Outstanding Citizen, Lovely Pet Owner, Monster Expert, and a lot more.
New mini dungeons
Two new mini dungeons have been added to the map, one in Drake’s Blew Cave in Sleepywood, and the other in Red nose Pirates’ hideout in Herb Town.
There are a couple new events going on that will give players the chance to obtain lots of new items, and keep them busy for the time to come.
The Gold Richie events (10/22/2009-12/08/2009)
Gold Richie will be sending players through a few new events which will give them some valuable items to use at their disposal. The first event has players looking for parts to help Richie complete his Golden Compass. Once that is complete, players will then be able to go to his treasure island where they will have to collect golden eggs. Doing this will grant the players the chance to obtain many scrolls, belts, equipment, and the like. But if players find a certain type of golden egg, then they’ll be able to trade Richie the egg for EXP instead.
The second event is one where on certain days, Richie will give out the chance to trade him for odd items. If players are lucky, he might even give out two valuable chairs: the Star Chair, and the Red Chair.
Witch’s Tower event (10/22/2009-12/08/2009
The Witch’s Tower event will give players the chance to win two new items: the Pink Bean Hat, and the Pink Bean Suit. The tower has two difficulty settings: Normal and Hard, but either way, players will get the hat and/or suit by completing it.

MapleStory - Witch Tower

Eudemons Online: Prospective Quest II – Heart of Satan

The lovely people over at Eudemons have send us the following news:

It’s been a while since the appearance of Spellbound Trees. Investigations and research is ongoing but little progress has been made. More and more people cannot suppress the rising panic in their hearts and the situation seems to be getting worse by the second.

According to Cronus Express Vol.2, Mad Bulls and Green Giants have started to get spellbound too. Therefore, another round of investigations into the spellbound creatures in Cronus is under way. Your to help with it will be invaluable in ensuring we get to the bottom of these events.

As usual, the Whim Fruits will be dropped from the Spellbound Trees during 18:00 to 24:00. And this time, the Mad Bulls and the Green Giant may drop the Devilish Crystals! Go collect some Whim Fruits and Devilish Crystals, and then hand them to those researching the problem. It is said that 10 Devilish Crystals can be forged into one Devilish Heart, which is endowed with dynamic dark powers. Kelly wants some Devilish Hearts for further research, so help her get some as well!

Duration: Oct. 30th – Nov. 5th

Rewards: Exp Fruit, Devilish Heart, New Hairstyle, 1 Day God’s Blessing,  A Wisdom Pack, which will give you 1-hour EXP.

Location: Cronus

Key Items:
Cronus Express, Vol. 2: Right click for the latest news about Cronus.
Whim Fruit: Collect a certain number and exchange them for EXP, Devilish Heart and new hairstyles.
Devilish Crystal: Fused with unknown dark substances. 10 Devilish Crystals can be forged into a Devilish Heart by right-clicking them.
Devilish Heart: Forged from Devilish Crystals, they are endowed with dynamic dark powers unknown to man.

Key NPC:
Zog (Crnous 298,420)
Hawker Freud (Cronus 334,354)
Kelly (Crnous 258,480)

 

Eudemons - Heart of Satan Expansion quest

Onrpg Weekly News Roundup: October 19 – 26

By Joshua Temblett (Dontkillmydreams), OnRPG Journalist

Well here’s another roundup of MMORPG news. Nothing really exciting this week, I guess everyone’s just gearing up for Halloween events and the big Winter rush of games, however there might be some big news next week with regards to Final Fantasy XIV and some other games.  Anyway back to the present, here’s what we’ve got this week. 

Final Fantasy XI

A Shantotto Ascension

You can now buy the new mini expansion, “A Shantotto Ascension – The Legend Torn, Her Empire Born”.  You can only purchase the game online, like all of the other mini expansions, however as mentioned last week there will be an “Ultimate Vana-diel” package which will feature all of the content so far, including the mini expansions.

Once you’ve bought the new mini expansion you’ll have to wait until November 9th, which is when the next Final Fantasy XI version update will occur.

 

Final Fantasy

 

Job Adjustments and Additions: Part II

Another round of Job Adjustments is scheduled for the November Patch, this time for the beastmaster and summoner classes.  Some very cool skills for both of the jobs have been added, you can view the whole thing here.

Runes of Magic

The Pumpkin Festival

“The night of the nights begins: high up in the Forsaken Abbey the old nightmare of Taborea comes to life and sends its minions to celebrate this special night! Undead crawl out of the cold graves, ghosts leave their paintings to haunt the living and all kinds of monsters and undead brood crawl howling through the alleys.

It’s Halloween!

The taborean inhabitants face this awakening of the once living in their very own way: they disguise themselves and join their ranks in haunting the streets. Join them and take part in our Halloween event starting this week. Collect candies, hunt the pumpkin or take part in monster parades.” So here are the details:

On Halloween a tasty in-game pumpkin-based event will launch in Runes of Magic. On 27th October, every player of the online role play game will be able to experience the Taborean Pumpkin Festival. The high point of the Halloween festival will be the event zone at the Oblivion Shrine. This is where there will be an exciting challenge to master:

Players are going to meet up with some wild Pumpkin Monsters along with some crazy Demon Pumpkins as well. Only those who are able to skilfully use the captured seeds to defend themselves against the superiority of the Halloween fruit will be credited with points. At the end of each round, on the basis of their points, all participating players will be awarded the so-called Mad Fire. Adventurers can then exchange this Halloween currency for gifts within the context of the event. The Mad Fire can be cashed in for parts of a special Pumpkin Festival set, from transformation drinks right up to small companions. Whoever is especially successful at bagging the Mad Fire will also secure up to two rare titles. ‘Let’s Rock! Kaz!’ and ‘Kaz Madness’ can be earned exclusively during the Pumpkin Festival.

The event will run up to the 10th of Novemeber this year.

For those of you who are looking for something extra special this Halloween, this event seems to be for you. 

Halloween RoM

Lord of the Rings Online

Developer Diary: SoM Skirmishes: Skirmish Soldiers

You can find new details about the new skirmish system coming to LOTRO here.

Ask the Development Team, Part 2

Yet another series of questions (written by players) have been thrown at the developers.  There are actually some incredibly interesting questions and answers here so I really do suggest that you check it out if you’re a LOTRO fan. 

You can view the whole thing here.

Champions Online

Blue Moon Trailer

You can find the new trailer for the new content update (and event), entitled The Blood Moon, here.  I hope that gets you all excited for the new content!

 

Blood Moon

 

Free Retcon!

Due to last weekend’s server issues the lovely developers of Champions Online are giving all of their players a free Retcon!  Yay!  You should be receiving this bad boy on the 27th of September.

Here’s a reminder about Free Retcons: “Keep in mind that free Retcons do not stack, so players who have not used their previous free Retcon before tomorrow morning’s maintenance will not receive a new one. Also note that free Retcons do not impact purchased ones in any way.”

Zombie Apocalypse PVP

“The Hero Games Zombie Apocalypse map is a player-versus-player scenario map. The heroes stand against an unending army of (NPC) zombies and one former hero, a player whose character has been “zombified…”

You can read more here.

Aion

October Aion Community Address

The development team have written an article which covers various aspects such as RMT organisations.  You can read it here.

An interview with the first players to reach Level 50

You can tell how good a development team is by how much they integrate with the community.  Aions’ developers show their greatness in an interview with the first two players to reach Level 50, Drno and Almisaela.  There are some interesting little facts in interview and it’s a good read. You can read it here.

Eye on the Community

Some more player questions to the developers have popped up in this community roundup.  One of the answers addresses the issue of the “Crysystem.dll error”, and how the development team is working hard to solve the problem. For more information, click here.

Dungeon Fighter

Halloween Event!

Things included in the event are a quest chain with Seria, which should help to get you some spanking new items and if that wasn’t enough, you also have the chance to win some awesome DFO character figurines. You can view details about the event here.

Important Notice Regarding NX Cards

Just a small heads up: “We’ve been alerted that some 10,000 NX Nexon Game Cards purchased at 7-Eleven are not working correctly. We are working with our vendors to ensure these cards work as intended by the end of today, Monday, Oct. 26. We know players are eager to use the cards they’ve purchased, so should we not be able to resolve the issue by today, we will provide another method of redeeming your card through the support ticket system. So please do not go back to the store for a refund, we’ll save you the trip!”

Non MMORPG News

Modern Warfare 2 Petition

A petition, which asks Infinity Ward to put dedicated servers into their new title for the PC version of Modern Warfare 2, has received 162,000 signitures.  If you haven’t signed it already, click here.

Borderlands Goes Gold!

Borderlands was released on the 26th October America, and the 30th October in Europe for the PC (the console versions were released a few days ago).  If you haven’t picked this baby up, make sure you do so, I know I will, as it’s looking to be one of the big hitters of 2009.

Michael Jackson cat game for the iPhone

I think all I can really do is point you to this link.  That should explain it all.

That’s it then guys!  Look forward another news roundup next week!

Altis Gate: First Dev Diary

The always pleasant folks at IGG have sent us this Developers diary in which David tells us about Altis Gate:

Dev Log: Diversification and the Birth of Altis Gates
Welcome to the first installment of our Altis Gates  Development Log. I’m David, one of the developers working on Altis Gates. I’m looking forward to giving people a glimpse into the development process behind Altis Gates. To start things off with a bang, I’d like to share some insights about IGG’s decision to introduce some groundbreaking diversification features to the game.
From the very beginning, we were determined to develop a game that could be both original and popular with gamers of various backgrounds and interests. There are a lot of MMORPGs on the market. What kind of game would stand out among so many others? The question puzzled us. One thing we realized was that most young gamers are tired of boring level grinding, unchangeable character graphics, stereotypical PvP and other unoriginal features that have become standard in the industry. To us, it seems young gamers want more freedom and a chance to showcase their personalities. They hate to be confined. To address all these concerns, we felt a highly diversified game would be very attractive to our target audience. As a result, we adopted the idea of diversification as the driving force behind everything we put into Altis Gates.
The first element of the game we wanted to make more diversified was a character’s appearance. Players will spend a lot of time to achieve a look that speaks to their personality, but because of the limitations of a 2.5D game, slight changes in appearance such as one’s figure, facial features or stature might not be all that noticeable. How could player characters be diversified and attractive? One day, we suddenly saw the light. If a slight change doesn’t work, why not let players change their characters dramatically? By letting players make bold changes to their character’s looks, we can give them many different options rather than slight variations on a few basic forms.
Once we made that decision, we designed 4 options for player character customization. The first is to change appearance using a shape-shifting card. While fighting computer-controlled enemies in the wilderness, players have the chance to loot shape-shifting cards that let them assume the appearance of the specified creature while also benefiting from a double experience bonus for 10 minutes. We currently have 60 types of shape-shifting cards, giving players 60 different creatures they can mimic.
The second option allows characters to assume the appearance of certain NPCs using shape-shifting potions. Among the many NPCs in the game is a cute duck-like character known as Tracy. After completing a particular Storyline Quest, players receive a vial of shape-shifting potion and one containing a reversion potion. Players can use these to copy Tracy’s shape and then revert to their normal form later. Our goal is to design and release many more shape-shifting potions in the future.
Since neither the first nor the second options are usable in combat, we wanted to add an option allowing players to enjoy shifting their shape in combat, too. The result was the Berserker, a special class that is able to take Tiger Form, Bear Form or Cheetah Form in combat.
The final shape-changing option is available to those who sell items from a stall. While running a stall, players can turn into a cute miniature snowman, which gives them the chance to add some fun to the activity of selling one’s spare items.
We don’t stop at characters when thinking about diversifying looks and abilities. Pets can also be customized using 60 different pet shapes, 42 character types, 9 talent types, plus stat points to create a unique pet unlike any other. Players can feed their pet an Evolution Crystal to alter its appearance, or accept a specific combat challenge to see their pet change before their eyes.
We want to make Altis Gates an original and diversified turn-based fantasy game that players will really enjoy. The player community will help define how the game evolves, so please post ideas and feedback on the official forum at http://forum.ag.igg.com to help us make it the best game it can possibly be.
An Alpha Test launch date will be announced very soon. Keep an eye on OnRPG for the latest details and news about Altis Gates and its upcoming Alpha Test.

Altis Gates - First Dev Diary

Grand Fantasia

Grand Fantasia is an anime-themed MMORPG by X-Legend and Aeria Games. Set in an expansive and carefully crafted fantasy world, Grand Fantasia offers players a variety of innovative and engaging features.

Features:

Exploration: Level up your character as you progress through the various quests in each region. Gather some friends and attempt to conquer some of the challenging instanced dungeons.

Branching Class Trees: Begin your adventure as a Novice and quickly gain the option of branching into one of the four adventuring classes. Select specialization classes at level 5, 15, 30, and 65 to ultimately choose from a total of 8 character classes.

Sprite Companion: Create your very own sprite to travel with you. This companion can harvest raw materials for you and even craft weapons and armor.

Mounts: Choose from numerous mounts, each with unique requirements so characters of all types can get their own sweet rides.

Mercenary Wars: 2 Day playtest of new content coming up

Uforia launched a content update play test for Mercenary Wars today. 

The short two-day beta test starts today, October 26 at 2 PM Pacific Daylight time and runs through 9 PM.  The game will again be accessible during the same hours tomorrow, October 27th.  Anyone with a current or new registered Uforia account will be eligible to play in the beta.  The game will officially launch later this fall.

“The testing phase as we lead up to launch is very important to us so we are looking to our community to come and check out the game and give us their feedback on things we can improve upon,” said Mike Min, Creative Director of Uforia. 

Unlike other first person shooter games available today, Mercenary Wars features a unique stat system that players can use to upgrade and customize their lifelike characters.  The combat in the game is designed to feel very realistic, while also allowing players to adjust their speed, accuracy, and health stats.  Mercenary Wars is set in the not so distant future in a world where order and society as we know them are a thing of the past.  The economies of the world have crashed and have been replaced with total chaos.  New alliances have been forged and the world is now controlled by well-trained groups of mercenaries.  Players must determine who to swear their allegiance to and fight side-by-side to the death, if necessary, in the quest to ensure becoming the new global powerhouse.
 
Mercenary Wars will also feature an innovative Artificial Intelligence system where computer controlled “bots” can be used in several ways ranging from practice to enhancing game play.  Via four difficulty modes, players can select their desired skill level no matter what their previous FPS experience might be.  Other features include multiple gameplay modes, a variety of character types and races, extensive ranking system including more than 50 different character ranks and title, an expansive number of weapons and equipment available for character customization and a built-in player-to-player audio communication tool for enhanced real-world combat simulation. 

Mercenary Wars - Guerilla Tests