Ragnarok Online 2 had a rocky start in late December, with publisher Asiasoft having to delay the open beta date due to high server congestion which caused the game to be unplayable for most. The new open beta date was set for today, January 3rd and as promised Asiasoft has released RO2 into open beta, but with some changes that have the community absolutely furious.
Originally Asiasoft had marketed their release of Ragnarok Online 2 as the first English version of the game with fans being led to believe they could access the game in the west despite the actual servers being located in the SEA region. In a quick turn of events however, Asiasoft released a message yesterday via the game’s Facebook page stating that the game would only be available to gamers from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam due to “Asiasoft’s “licence agreement with the game’s developer, Gravity Co.” Which means unless you are from those areas you wont be getting in.
There is no question that it was a severe oversight on Asiasoft’s part to not announce the change in service areas sooner, especially since the company seems to pride itself in being the first ever publishers of an English version of the game, yet the largest English speaking areas cannot actually play!
The question as to whether or not Ragnarok Online 2 would actually be a subjectively good MMORPG is a whole other topic. If Duke Nukem has taught us anything, the wait can often times be more memorable then the game itself.
Editors Note: Some players have reported that despite the official FB announcement, the game appears as if it hasn’t implemented any IP block. Perhaps the company was alluding to just player support and payment options. Nevertheless, don’t be surprised if an IP block is implemented soon.