So we’re a week in to the 4th CBT for ArcheAge, we’ve had chance to settle in and start gathering extensive information to blast out to the Western audiences. As two of the staple pillars of ArcheAge are exploration and creation, we thought it apt that our first guide would be about the most basic of elements in an MMO, Guild Creation.
Firstly I’ll start by saying that guilds aren’t called guilds in ArcheAge, they are called Expeditions and rightly so. You’re charted to explore as a group and so we shall…
So you have a new character, you’ve just hit level 5 and you have you sexy new mount (unless of course you picked Hariharan, awwww “Little Donkey”), what’s the first thing you plan on doing? Well in my case it was to run off and find out how to create an Expedition and invite all my chums, no matter which of the two islands you started on there are 3 NPC’s that will happily accept...
So we're four days in to the 4th closed beta of Korean sand-park MMO ArcheAge, this is quite possibly the longest period CBT that we have played in recent years, especially as closed/open betas are now predominantly seen as a marketing tool rather than a true bug/mechanic test. We here at BOON Control have been lucky enough to be invited to this CBT by the lovely folks over at XLGames for the second time.
We here to help inform you of our experience in-game, get Western audiences excited about ArcheAge (as if we really need to try) and feedback our experience to XLGames - they are very interested gathering feedback from the differing markets (this is a very good sign, compared to other similar games at market).
The second closed beta of NCsoft's up and coming martial arts themed MMORPG Blade and Soul has been running for just over a week, finishing today, and I was lucky enough to again be able to play.
During the first closed beta I played all of the races and all of the classes and generally just played through to the first newbie town. This was to get a feel of all the classes, but also to get some nice YouTube footage to let everyone see what the game is all about.