May 21, 2011

The Online Gaming Blockbuster Battle

TERA can be expected to remain hot in the South Korean game market throughout this year. This is just why Blade & Soul and Diablo 3, which both strive to conduct OBTs this year, and ArcheAge choose to enter the market almost at the same time. In the second half of 2011, three blockbusters are very likely to shake the South Korean game market, which indeed deserves paying attention to.

As an insider said on May 16, NCsoft's Blade & Soul, XL Games' ArcheAge and Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo 3 are being worked hard on with the goal of performing OBTs or entering the market officially in the second half of 2011.

A fierce fight among Blade & Soul, ArcheAge and Diablo 3 will break out in the game market in South Korea, and a situation of three main forces will be created then. Though the delay in ArcheAge's OBT draws much attention from the public, the intense fight among blockbusters to start in the second half of this year is more concerned about by game experts.

Blade & Soul Spoken Highly Of

The first CBT of NCsoft's Blade & Soul which ended on May 1 was unprecedentedly bustling, and was widely acknowledged by players. The test well interpreted Blade & Soul's charm as a blockbuster, and helped the game show its high-quality graphics and fine martial arts atmosphere appropriately. In particular, most of the game's fist CB testers were very satisfied with the flying skills demonstrated in the sky and on the water surface, and were even immersed in the cinematic game stories.

Additionally, the actions like breaking characters' limbs in Blade & Soul are much different from those in other games. Players are able to experience stimulating and vivid actions that are unreachable in other existing MMOs. Blade & Soul's new round of CBT is set to be conducted no later than Q3, 2011. Hope the game can also make good achievements in the overseas markets which are fond of action games!

ArcheAge, a Realistically-rendered MMORPG

Blade & Soul arouses lots of attention in the game market with super outstanding actions as its selling point, and ArcheAge stands out from the rest thanks to the immensely high freedom it offers. The online game ArcheAge which's being developed by XL Games becomes more famous on account of its development director Jake Song's influence. It's the "Father of Lineage" Jake Song's influence and the emphasis on high freedom that induce South Korean game industry to pay attention to ArcheAge.

Featuring the concept of workforce and the house building system, ArcheAge is favored and thought highly of by players. Players can do quests to level up, and if thinking this no fun, they can also do something else or conduct sea battles to enjoy sea fighting fun.

The game not only guarantees to offer players high freedom, but also integrates large numbers of real-world elements, which's really worthy of anticipation. It also introduces a trial system, a prison system, a siege training center and some other new content. According to XL Games, anyone who commits such crimes as intentional killing in ArcheAge will be called back to trial and accept punishment according to his/her criminal value.

As someone from XL Games said, ArcheAge not only offers basic instances but also emphasizes gaming freedom, and is characterized by its races, sea battles, sieges, and prison system. Players will be allowed to experience all these features in the game's third CBT.

Diablo 3 Expected to Be Released in the Second Half of 2011

After Diablo 3 made its debut at 2008 Blizzard Entertainment Worldwide Invitational in Paris, France, players around the world had great expectations of it. At G-Star 2010 held in Busan, South Korea, the game made open its trial version for the first time, and firmly caught players' eyes.

With the official test schedule announced recently, Diablo 3 is heatedly discussed by players. Michael Morhaime in charge of Blizzard Entertainment disclosed that the game would kick off its beta test in Q3, 2011 and was expected to be officially released this year. Therefore, it can be inferred that Diablo 3 will carry out its beta test in July.

As Michael Morhaime said in a conference on May 10, Diablo 3 is expected to launch its beta test in the middle of Q3, 2011 and official release no later than this year.

Employing a quarter view, ARPG Diablo 3 provides a total of 5 playable classes including Monk, Wizard, Barbarian, Witch Doctor and Demon Hunter. Players got to try out the female Demon Hunter which was first unveiled at BlizzCon 2010 and G-Star 2010.

Credits: MMOsite

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