An MMO set in Ancient China? This definitely sounds interesting, and I got the chance to head into London to test out the game and speak to the publishers about the game. It was a truly enlightening experience and made me rather excited abut it!
When creating your character, you can chose between four different back stories and this will directly influence onhow the story plays out, and how people react to it. However the main changes to the story-line will come when you join one of the eight different schools which specialise in different martial arts such as Shaolin monks.
There are no set classes, it is all dependent on the different schools you join, as they will affect the skills that you can unlock and learn. The learning of the skills is radically different to other MMO’s, this isn’t a grinder MMO. You don’t consistently focus on the skills, you can set them to train in the background whilst you focus on other parts of the game, such as the storyline.
The storyline is definitely one of the best things the game has going for it. It has a storyline which actually has an ending, which will then be added to via updates and DLC. Once the main storyline is over however, it turns into a purely PVP experience, so you can carry on playing after the end of the storyline. When I asked about length of the game, I was given the estimate of around 8 months of game-play for the average gamer. Yes, that’s right, 8 months! This should keep us all interested for a long time! The game is also open world and you can visit various distinct Chinese landmarks, such as the yellow river.
Apart from the main questing, there are various professions that the player can take up as well. These vary from being a blacksmith and woodcutter to being a beggar. All these professions do have a purpose, and once you log-off for the night, your character still does these professions, to earn you money and experience when you’re asleep. This money will be well spent, as there is a hunger system implemented into the game, so you will need to eat every so often otherwise you begin losing health.
Now I know the most important part to some people is – How much this is going to cost you? Well it’s based on the freemium model, so it’s Free! The only parts you pay for are luxury and vanity items. All the parts of the main game are free for you to enjoy. So you only pay for some extra clothing, and more ways to quick-travel across the map! Whilst this may seem like trivial things, the quick-travel would definitely come in handy.
What does everyone think? Will they be checking out this game? Or will you be giving it a pass. I know for one, I will definitely be checking it out, after half an hours play I am definitely hooked!