- Release Date: 2012
- Publisher: SOE
- Developer: Gamepot
- Genre: MMORPG
Wizardry Online is a free-to-play MMORPG being developed by Japan-based Gamepot for Windows PCs, the closed beta is firstly available in Japan and the international version will be launched in 2012. It is based on Wizardry RPG series 30 years ago. The series have undoubtedly achieved a phenomenal success both in Japan and North America, thanks to its team-based combat, open-world exploration and intense storyline
The intensity of its suspenseful plot and the stimulation of its cutthroat combat are shown in a two-minute-long advertising trailer, which takes you to a gloomy yet horrifying dungeon. A heavily-armed warrior wakes up from a coma, only to find his companions’ corpses scattered on the cold floor. Apparently, they all experienced an agonizing death during the last confrontation. Still, there is a fearless soldier who is now challenging a gigantic and muscular donkey-headed monster. Within seconds, he is torn apart, blood spattering in all directions. Seeing such a dreadful scene, the warrior is horror-stricken and runs away for his life with the ruthless monster chasing at his heel. Fortunately, there is a door ahead, so he gets out and closed the iron door without hesitation. But a much more tremendous and ferocious monster is waiting outside…..
Compared with other MMORPGs like Trinity 2 and Red Blood Online, Wizardry Online is harsher to players. Instead of indulging players in easy quests, this game seems to take delight in making players get killed by providing extremely perilous dungeons and utterly formidable enemies. The dark dungeon is usually strewn with dead corpses of your allies as well as hidden traps, ranging from toxic gases to sharp spikes. It may lead to irrevocable doom if you adopt a rash move, so you should think twice before taking action. Better safe than sorry.
The most prominent feature is that death in Wizardry Online is permanent. After being killed, you will lose your body and live as a ghost. There is still a chance to lay hands on your corpse and gain a resurrection, but it is not easy. A failure means everlasting suffering in the form of an apparition.
To evade such a hopeless fate, you are advised to team up with powerful allies and take part in an impenetrable guild. If you are confident about your charisma and leadership, you can also create your own party which may include up to 100 players. But remember: you have only yourself to trust in this relentless world. Even your best friends can turn against you during combat, so it is important to equip yourself with the most advanced weapons and outfits.
Three-decade-long experience is an unquestionable proof to Wizardry Online’s high standard in all aspects. If you are looking for some hardcore games, Wizardry Online definitely qualifies as a prime choice. Let’s wait and see!
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