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Posted: Apr 11th 2011 12:12PM Daemodand said

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You're kidding about that name, right?

Posted: Apr 11th 2011 12:13PM Daemodand said

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@Daemodand Western MMO goes full Asian. This will end well.
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Posted: Apr 11th 2011 12:32PM Dumac said

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@Daemodand Well to be fair if Asian MMOs can be "westernized", why not ... But i wonder, when (and if) it comes back to the western market will it have broken English... One of the nice things about it was that for once there was a free to play game without retarded quest text.

Personally my biggest problem with it was laggy combat.
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Posted: Apr 11th 2011 12:19PM Rindon said

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The only reason I did not like that game was that the lag made it all but impossible to be efficient as a mage (for me at least)

Posted: Apr 11th 2011 12:44PM Rindon said

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@Rindon
ha, was thinking of the completely wrong game on this one. My bad.
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Posted: Apr 11th 2011 12:27PM Ripper McGee said

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Actually, Sankando signed an agreement to publish the game in Japan before Sparkplay went under, so this isn't particularly surprising. I aslo see the IP as being very friendly to an Asian market.

My *guess* is Sankando--being a publisher--is paying for development, hence the Japanese-only version. I'm curious to see if there are any publishers lined up for other regions or if Turnout Ventures (the actual developers) are considering self-publishing for the Western Market? Self-publishing didn't work out so well last time, but Turnout Ventures is a Time Warner company, so they have much deeper pockets.

I'm excited about the game being reborn, personally, but disappointed it won't be in my language (for now, at least).

Also, in regards to the overall development of the original version, check out this chat log with Shazbawt (formerly of Sparkplay Media):

http://ee.k5p.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=995

~Ripper

Posted: Apr 11th 2011 2:27PM Space Cobra said

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@Ripper McGee

Thanks for the great info. I liked the game, but didn't know about the particulars (and also noted the Japanese company/website link).
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Posted: Apr 11th 2011 12:33PM bobfish said

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The game was alright but it didn't know what it wanted to be. You had graphics that appealed to children but gameplay that was straight out of any mainstream MMO for a more advanced audience.

Hopefully the new owners can give it that definition it ineeds to pull in sufficient players to keep going.

Posted: Apr 11th 2011 12:41PM Ripper McGee said

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@bobfish Agree. I stated as much in my initial beta feedback well over a year ago.

~Ripper
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Posted: Apr 11th 2011 1:54PM tidalkraken said

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Hearing that music just brought back so many memories... I was on the alpha testing team for EE back in the day, and even though it was a broken mess, it had an atmosphere that I really, REALLY want back.
I even like the updated character models / textures, and I can't even stand anime stuff. It looks just stylized enough to pass!
My ONLY complaint is with the site. What's the deal with that blue bunny pushing her butt out?

Posted: Apr 11th 2011 2:50PM (Unverified) said

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@tidalkraken

It's a fox, not a bunny.
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Posted: Apr 11th 2011 2:48PM (Unverified) said

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Yes, let's bring in players to a game hardly anyone knows exists by giving it a name noone outside of obscure Asian villages can pronounce.

"Hey, what mmo do you play?"

"Iki....Ikam...Ik.......WoW."

Posted: Apr 11th 2011 3:18PM Ripper McGee said

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@(Unverified) Considering it's being made for the Japanese, not us, why is that a problem?
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Posted: Apr 12th 2011 2:16AM (Unverified) said

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Then why bother to have it here? Last I checked, this wasn't a Japanese site.
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Posted: Apr 11th 2011 10:25PM raven7680 said

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Hope this game is published again in the US....I loved it! Had so much fun playing as a Frog, was a nice change from the typical fantasy MMO races. =D

Posted: Apr 12th 2011 11:45AM Ripper McGee said

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Because it's:

1) A news update regarding a game previously featured on this site

2) Because it's the first in (hopefully) a series of announcements regarding the game's resurrection. While it may only be published in Asia Pac now, many of us are hoping it'll return for the Western market. As such, any news on it is interesting.
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