Hand on heart, I had forgotten that MU Legend was in open beta, so imagine my surprise when the full MU Legend release was announced today, which is bringing the MMOARPG lots of new content as part of its most recent update and bringing it all to Steam.
MU Legend’s full release will include the Noria expansion, which is ramping up the game’s level cap to 70 and introducing a titular new continent full of new quests and dungeons to take on. The Noria update also brings a smoothed leveling curve, a pet system, a new Talisman system, and an Airship Defense encounter. MU Legend has also made today’s launch the date of its first-ever arrival to Steam.
In celebration of the game’s final launch, a number of in-game events are being kicked off. Players who complete a series of Noria-related quests can unlock a variety of in-game items, while Steam users who can get to the highest Soul Level between now and September 4th will be rewarded with lockboxes full of goodies. There’s also goodies for new and returning players and an overall XP buff for everyone.
A new landing page has all of the details on the various events, while the latest patch notes can be read here and a launch trailer is below.
MU Legend is most certainly kicking off its full launch! We’ve been away for a while ourselves, so it certainly seems like the right time to hop into this bit of solid MMOARPG gaming and see what, if anything, has changed. Here’s hoping those who hop in enjoy themselves as well!
For those who are ready to support their party with magic or make PvP’ers frustrated with crowd control, today’s MU Legend Spellbinder release is a good day. The latest update to the MMOARPG has brought the potent new caster to the game along with a brand new dungeon encounter and other features.
MU Legend’s fifth class has abilities that dish out wide areas of CC and potent direct damage. According to Webzen Dublin’s COO Dennis Czybulka, the new class was already rocking faces during testing and development. “The Spellbinder’s strength in PvP battle and its capacity to be the linchpin of any band of heroes battling their way through PvE dungeons really stood out. The Spellbinder is truly one of a kind,” remarked Czybulka.
In addition to the new class, the new Lupa’s Ancient Archive dungeon has also gone live, along with five new difficulty levels for existing Epic dungeons. Players will also get to chase new Set and Mythic items, new achievements, and a new Faction War season.
The Spellbinder’s release also comes with a variety of special events in-game, which are all detailed on MU Legend’s website. There’s also a trailer of the Spellbinder class in action that can be seen below.
Hurray for crowd control! We’re certain that the Spellbinder will be very beneficial to the party, particularly since it appears that the vast majority of her abilities cover lots of on-screen real estate if that highlight reel above is any indication.
A new MU Legend class is on the way to the MMOARPG, and apparently she’s good at binding and spells. That’s about the best guess we’ve got regarding the Spellbinder, which is due to make her arrival to the monster-loaded continent of MU next month.
Of course, we actually do have more details than just that in the announcement we’ve received. The Spellbinder is a support mage that leverages psychic power to attack with levitating swords and throwing weapons. The Spellbinder operates best at long to mid-range and offers wide-area crowd control to baffle foes, making her both useful to parties and capable in 1v1 fights.
While specifics on just when the Spellbinder is arriving are not fully firmed up yet, the update to MU Legend that will introduce the class is on track for a release sometime in March. Fans can expect to see additional details about the Spellbinder over the coming weeks, including a developer’s note that will feature concept art and details of the class’ creation.
Until then, you’re invited to take a very brief look at the Spellbinder – or at the least her back – in the teaser trailer below.
We do love us some crowd control classes. On paper, it sounds like the Spellbinder will be a pretty useful addition to party-based and group-based actions in MU Legend, which could see her becoming a quick favorite in the game. We’re looking forward to learning more.
Why can’t we all just get along? Because having guild beat up on each other is more interesting, I suppose. MU Legend’s latest Faction War update will let player guilds band together and face off in PvP combat.
The Faction War is a tournament that guilds can enter themselves into through the use of Guild Tropies, a currency that is found in various Cubes dropped in dungeons and by boss monsters, or purchased from Dukan and Trilgard from the Commercial District.
Naturally, entering a PvP territory game mode will come with rewards, and Faction War offers unique ones such as the ability to imbue equipment with Transcendent Stats. The process of doing so is rather involved and those who are looking to participate in Faction War need to arrive ready to go at a certain time, so be sure to read this developer’s note for all the specifics.
The Faction War update is now live and is the final update for the MMOARPG’s open beta. The next update for the game will herald the title’s official launch, including the addition of the new Spellbinder class, which is set to arrive sometime in the first quarter of 2018. As for the here-and-now, you can check the update’s patch notes on the forums.
The entire process surrounding Faction War seems convoluted at face value, so that might deter some players from wanting to jump in. Then again, ARPGs are all about collecting as many shiny trinkets as you can, so perhaps it won’t be quite so restrictive. What do you think about the whole process? Let us know your thoughts below.
A year’s worth of development time and two closed beta tests have all culminated in this. The MU Legend open beta launch is now officially live today, granting all players their opportunity to check out the online ARPG for themselves.
Webzen Dublin’s COO Dennis Czybulka described the devs’ emotions for MU Legend’s open beta launch as “an exotic diversity of exhilarated states of mind”. “Now, the fun starts for the fans, and our attention is focused entirely on making their game experience the most unforgettable yet,” said Czybulka.
Open beta, for all intents and purposes, sounds like a soft launch of sorts as all character data and progression will be retained from now on, even beyond full launch. Those who have participated in the CBTs and other test phases prior to open beta will be receiving their special titles this coming Tuesday, November 14th.
Additional updates are planned for MU Legend through the open beta period, including 3v3 PvP and a territory wars feature. 3v3 PvP gameplay will arrive in an update sometime before the end of the year.
For those looking to hop in, you can head to MU Legend’s website to sign up and play. A trailer for the open beta can also be seen below.
Congratulations once more to the MU Legend team for reaching open beta. It’s clear that many people were looking forward to MU Legend and we hope that open beta and beyond lives up to everyone’s expectations.
Another work week has come to an end. Time to celebrate! How, you might ask? How about beta testing a game? Sadly there aren’t any new games to add to the MMO Alpha and Beta list this weekend but next week, on November 7th, MU Legend will enter Open Beta. This is effectively a soft launch as there will be no further character wipes.
If you don’t mind waiting a little bit longer, in 2 weeks Life is Feudal will go into Open Beta and Ironsight will start Closed Beta.
Life is Feudal
If you’re looking to support an upcoming MMO, Adult Vampire-themed Shadow’s Kiss is holding a Kickstarter campaign throughout November. You may recognize it as the game that has been on Patreon for some time. They’ve already made their goal of $25,000 and have started into stretch goals.
We’re just under 2 weeks from G-Star when we’re looking forward to hearing about a couple of new MMORPGs. Just have to hold out until then. But you know, this list is massive and there are still tons of games you could be playing until that time.
Take a look at the lists below for more games currently in some stage of testing. Keep an eye out for the new flag which will show you what was newly added this week.
We finally return to our regularly scheduled quiet period on the MMO Alpha and Beta List. Though this week we did see two games leave the list and launch, Raiders of the Broken Planet and Guardians of Ember. You can find both of these on Steam if you’re curious.
PvP brawler Blast Out started Early Access this week.
Webzen announced that MU Legend’s open beta would begin on November 7th, after having been delayed earlier this year.
Speaking of delays, Dauntless has delayed their open beta until the beginning few months of 2018.
And this week there were two newly announced games. The first is Ironsight, a first-person shooter from Gamigo. The other is Pantropy another FPS, but this one is all about the mechs and keeping the limited resources. Pantropy will be having a Kickstarter in early November, so we’ll be keeping an eye out for more on that.
Just to let everyone know, there will not be a Beta List next week. I’ll be spending the time working on making sure each and every game on the list is correct and up to date. So if you know of any games I need to add let me know in the comments!
As always you can find everything I listed above and so much more in the lists below. Keep an eye out for the new flag which will let you know what is new this week.
For fans of the MMOARPG, the MU Legend open beta date has been a topic of consistent conversation. Now, perhaps, that conversation can go into a more positive direction as Webzen have officially locked down a start date for the game’s global beta.
While we did learn from the game’s producer that beta would be held back until November, today that November date was locked down: Tuesday, November 7th.
According to the announcement, the previously assumed three month-long dev cycle for localization and QA was able to shrink down to two months as a result of the team’s hard work. “Our people at Webzen are like our fans: actual gamers and with a great passion for videogames, and I can guarantee you that they are all committed to the November 7th release date,” reads the statement.
In addition to the confirmed open beta date, MU Legend will also have a day-long server stress test on Saturday, September 23rd. Players are invited to “kill the servers” in order to make sure MU Legend’s infrastructure is up to the task of OBT.
Players who are eager to start testing the MMO are invited to download and install the MU Legend client from the game’s new website. Further details for the game, including specific information on the stress test and other game-related updates, will be announced there as well. A trailer for the upcoming stress test can also be seen below.
There’s definitely been a lot of anticipation for this announcement, so we’re glad that MU Legend fans can finally mark a date on their calendars. Two dates, even! Here’s hoping that the upcoming stress test provides valuable data for the devs and players have a great time in OBT.
September is here and I hate to be THAT person but that means there are only 4 months left in 2017. We can see this reflected in the news about upcoming beta events, even. Studios have been announcing games that will have betas in 2018 with more and more regularity. With that said, let’s get into the MMO Alpha and Beta list for this week.
This week’s example of that is Fringe Wars which is set to go into beta Spring 2018.
Vermintide 2 was announced this week, more information is expected in October so it’s a pretty safe bet that testing will stretch into 2018.
This week Hyper Universe and JCB Pioneer: Mars both started Early Access.
Dead Alliance launched.
And MU Legend’s Open Beta has been delayed again, this time until November.
Finally, Ashes of Creation announced that you will be able to play the Alpha starting December 15th.
As always there is all of this and much more in the list below. Keep an eye out for the new flag to find everything that was newly added this week.
It’s been a long wait for the MU Legend open beta test, but it looks like that wait is getting at least a few months longer. Webzen has confirmed that the next phase of the game’s development is being delayed for additional balancing and adjustments.
The news comes by way of producer Pierre Vandenbroucke, who wrote a letter on the game’s Facebook page discussing the delay and explaining the reasoning for it. According to Vandenbroucke, open beta needs to be held back until sometime in November.
Why the delay? According to the letter, feedback from Korean players is making the team think twice about a September launch.
“With the extra content, these required changes (derived from the feedback of the Korean users and the developers themselves) also impact mechanics balancing, and we do not want to simply postpone the fixing of current known issues that we are able to fix for the OBT version of the game.”
Despite the delay and in the face of potential frustration, Vandenbroucke has asked for a bit more patience and has outright committed to the November release window. “We truly love our game, and our whole team has put so much effort into making the world of MU Legend the best it can be,” writes the producer. “We have been expecting this new MU release for more than 15 years, and all we are asking from you now is your continued support for three more months.”
With such a long development cycle, three more months doesn’t sound like it’s too much more to ask, particularly if the end result provides a much stronger and more polished experience. While we’re curious what these adjustments involve, we’ll simply just have to wait a little more before this MMOARPG arrives to the West at long last.