Pre-Registration for Ragnarok Online Mobile Begins Nov. 29

Aaah, the spicy notes of nostalgia. It’s thick in the MMO gaming air, whether we’re talking LotRO’s Legendary Servers or WoW Classic, or even Old School RuneScape on mobile. Now, another elder statesman of the MMO genre is heading to mobile phones: Ragnarok Online, or more specifically Ragnarok M pre-registration.

ragnarok m pre-registration

Ragnarok M: Eternal Love (yes that’s it’s full title) is described in the press release as “a faithful mobile adaptation of the long-beloved MMORPG” specifically designed for mobile devices. The game has already earned some impressive success in Asia, topping download lists for both iOS and Android games in several regions.

Fans of Ragnarok can expect all of the usual bells and whistles in Ragnarok M, including several classes to choose from, over 40 different maps, guild and group gameplay, and pet and cooking systems among other features.

Interested fans can head to the official site in order to pre-register for the game on their preferred platform this coming Thursday, November 29th.

Our Thoughts

Hm…we’re not sure how big the market for a mobile Ragnarok Online is, but then again there’s always a devoted fanbase out there somewhere, niche though it may be. Here’s hoping this mobile edition of the classic MMORPG lives up to those fans’ expectations.

Source: press release

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Ragnarok Online EU Servers Are Shutting Down Very Soon

You may have noticed a bit of an influx of emails and updates relating to changes to Privacy Policies and how various companies store your data recently, particularly if you’re in Europe. This is all because of a change in EU law known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Sadly it seems this law change will be affecting more than just the amount of emails Twitter sends you as WarPortal have opted to shut down their Ragnarok Online EU servers, effective May 25th, 2018.

Ragnarok Online EU Servers Are Shutting Down Very Soon

WarpPortal’s statement from their Facebook page reads in full:

“Dear Ragnarok Online Players,

Due to the changes of our company’s service policy for the European regions, we are saddened to bring you news that all games and WarpPortal services to the European regions listed below will be terminated on May 25th, 2018.

The following European countries will be affected by the termination of service: All the European countries except for Russian Federation and the CIS countries.

All WarpPortal game access and account access will be blocked by regional IP. Refunds will be gradually sent for purchases made from February 1st 2018 to April 30th 2018 to those affected by this service termination.

We have updated our User Agreement and Privacy Policy to reflect the new changes going forward.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

User Agreement: http://www.warpportal.com/policy/useragreement.html
Privacy Policy: http://www.warpportal.com/policy/privacypolicy.html

The basics of the GDPR are detailed on this rather handy site, but in essence, the new update to the law requires all companies that handle data from within Europe, whether they are based within the continent or not, to comply with tighter restrictions on data protection and consent, failure to do so can result in massive fines. This would mean having to submit extra paperwork and upgrading storage security throughout Europe and it seems that WarPortal have decided that it’s not worth it and so they have pulled the plug on one of the longest-running MMORPGs in Europe, with regional IP blocks to be placed on game and account access.

If you made any purchases between February 1st, 2018 and April 30th, 2018, make sure to request those refunds and then come commiserate with us in the comments.

Our Thoughts

Well crap. Ragnarok Online has been running since 2004 in Europe and still had a pretty solid community. It’s super sad to see this one close down in this way, and so soon, too.

Source: Facebook, EU GDPR

 

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