Originally I was quite confused with the announcement of Moonlight Online: Global. Here it was a vampire/werewolf influenced MMORPG, yet I had never heard of it. What’s more, after doing a little digging I find this MMORPG was actually originally launched in 2012 after taking quite a long time to develop. So why the reboot? The news I found on the website didn’t offer much insight, but after perusing a few sites I gathered the game’s original aesthetics where geared towards fans of the Twilight series of Edward and Jacob fame. It appears as though that style didnt quite work out for the developers over at IGG.

Thus, the developers decided to close down the MMO and focus on altering its art style to better match the more traditional vampire and werewolf designs. You know the original one with sharp teeth and large claws.

They actually sum up the change in style quite nicely:

Best of all, we’ve done away with all the mushiness and shininess of any tween pop movies.

Players can play as boring humans, but why would you when you can be the infinitely better werewolves and vampires? There aren’t many MMORPGs these days that deviate from the standard Fantasy or Sci-fi theme so it’s nice to see an MMO in a new setting. I couldn’t find any indications as to whether the actual gameplay has changed, but you only need to wait till March 20th and download the game here to find out for yourself.

38 COMMENTS

  1. This is what took so long to develop? Seriously? Ew. Just..eww. Aesthetics aside, the combat looks so damned sluggish..ugh. This is about as exciting as Flyff..just awful.

  2. No objection! But I still hold the point that MMO without charater-level makes me more excited. For example, Age of Wushu, EVE Online, City of Heroes…

  3. I think this game is no challange at all! Simply follow the steps to forward? No! I quit! I’d rather play Age of Wushu.

  4. I wanna say, recently comes some weird games, for example Age of Wushu, even with low configurations can we run this game. The dynamic sunlight and shade…the shaking tree leaves…everything looks awesome and amazing!

  5. The original was a Browser Only title on FaceBook, this launch seems to be a Client version. I thought the original was still up? It’s still listed as up on FaceBook but I haven’t tried to play for some time to know really.

    I don’t really see much difference in the style of the graphics. The original advertisements were geared towards Twilight people – the new ones are geared towards people who dislike Twilight, but the graphics of the game seem to actually be the same (only looking a little bit better in the client version than the browser one). It seems they only really changed the advertising and not the actual graphic style.

    Other than the Werewolf / Vampire gimmick, the game didn’t offer anything new or different. It was a very base game the same as hundreds of others that use the WoW type formula.

    And while there are good and different ways to do PvP, this game was a pure unregulated open world gank fest after level 20. People begged for a PvE option or an update to the PvP system. They were ignored. That’s a huge part of why the game failed and isn’t going to do well again – IGGs stubbornness in keeping the game an open world PvP gank the lower players festival while not adding anything new, different, or fun to the genre.

    Huge numbers of games have transformations. There are many better PvP games out there if they’re banking on some type of PvP gankers coming to play, and there were no PvE options past 20 (and no warning before hand that that’s what the game turned into). I haven’t read that this client version is going to be any different.

    It was somewhat unique as a Browser game back before there were many full RPGs like this in browser games but it still took up a client sized folder on your system anyway and as mentioned, wasn’t that fun after 20 when it turns to gankers paradise.

    • Agreed, all these people posting; “this was a game?”, so out of touch mmorpg community lol! Yes it was a game, announced for several months on almost all mmorpg websites. And flashed as an ad in most other media websites. Any ways,
      It launched as FB game but I never saw as twilightish. They never did anything in game really geared towards twilight, they just had some ads suggestive to the movie. It is kind of egotistic to say your piece of crap mmorpg resembles a popular movie. That is like me saying LoTRO represents…oh wait….that ugly game does represent an epic multibillion dollar budget movie with top special effects…so I guess it sort of works like that, add vampires you have twilight.
      Like other people hint at, Forsaken world does it, well…TRYS it, and almost wins. They had a serious theme, darker, eviler…but it is forsaken world…the lore and story is over at level 2, and it is just a farm for cash game in carnival events sooooo….pass that up. No one seems to do vampires right, so if these guys just copy and pasted typical mmorpg and added vampires and warewolves…ok, so be it… Im still having fun in the graphically well presented (with amazing story and gameplay) TERA! but I Can see the dial up kids with VGA cards enjoying this title.

    • They’re are 2 types of mmorpg players ones that like pvp ones that dont. IF you dont like pvp especially open world pvp then why bother starting on that game in the first place just to go to forums and gripe and whine about open world pvp? For me if a game does not have open world pvp I will not even bother trying it pve is easy if I just wanted pve I would stick to console games I like a challenge and real life players offer that pve does not. So as I said dont like pvp then dont bother playing the game just to be a whine bag on forums about it. Its not like they hide what the game is all about and you have to play it to be surprised by this “open world gank fest” as you called it.

  6. Graphics aren’t nearly as important as gameplay and @Graphicswhore : Your comment about rocking a gameboy is so beyond weak. Gameboys don’t have co-operative third person shooters, mmorpgs, online FPS games and the list goes on. Many people look to PC for it’s variety and versatility. Sounds to me like you’re just trying to justify your empty sense of gaming where as long as it’s shiny it’s great. You probably liked Final Hallway 13.

  7. First off, if you don’t think graphics matter, why even own a pc? Go rock a gameboy from 87 or bust out your Comador 64 and play some Zork. Or hell get rid of all ur rigs and just play games on ur cell. I’m sick of all these hipster nerds so hung up on retro gaming. It’s 2013. If a dev team can’t make a game with both amazing graphics and gameplay then they should change professions. Free to play has nothing to do with this either. For the original price of a ps3 you can build rig that can max all setting even in planet side 2. Free to play games also make a crap ton more money than p2p games. ps2 gw2 vindictus and dcuo are perfect examples. So again, that logic isnt logic at all. But then again….. Average American iq is 100 so who exactly understands this. Here, in lame mans terms….. If graphics don’t matte as much as gameplay, sell all ur tech, buy a dungeon masters guide, and go live the basement dream.

    • Graphicwhore stop playing video games and just watch Blue ray movies that way you’ll get your fill of AMG amazin graphics…

    • I’ll take gameplay over graphics any day of the week. Having pretty graphics is great, sure, but the novelty wears off soon enough, and unless you have solid gameplay backing up those pretty graphics of yours, you’re screwed.

      What do you consider “amazing graphics” anyway? Personally, I consider Arma 3’s graphics to be pretty f’ing great, but should I assume that every developer can make games like that? Can a lot of their players afford a computer to run a game like that online? Probably not. So I’ll gladly take a game with slightly worse graphics but better gameplay. Nothing wrong with trying to maximize the amount of people who are able to enjoy your product.

      And I own a pc to, among a great deal of other things, have fun gaming. If I really wanted AMAZING GRAPHICS, I could just look out the window. So yeah, I’ll stick with good gameplay, thanks.

    • Not sure if you’re in any place to insult someone’s intelligence with this comment.

      It can be 2013 or 2020, if the gameplay and storyline sucks and the only thing that it has going for it is graphics, then you’re basically owning a 20+ gb slide show. No, graphics don’t matter, you’re just spoiled by those big titles who so happened to have both graphics/gameplay therefore you think every game has to be that way, but it doesn’t.

      A company can make the most fun game in existence and the graphics would be unremarkable, bet it’d do just as wel as those titles.

    • Like the others said. Neverwinter wont rape anything. Just an avarage game that will be P2W. Never played in Beta Meanwhile? Run around in the Town. Everywhere u look, u see “Zen” and this game is just in Beta. I expect more from a D&D game.

      • off topic of the game in question,
        but sadly agree, I only played a few hours of the last beta but I didn’t find that Neverwinter raised the bar at all (damn running here, then running there, then running back…..and what is with seeing distant scenery yet I have to get to just outside long range attack to see mobs?????).
        Maybe GW2 has set the precedent for me (even with all the things that are bad with it), so for me in this genre I think ESO is the next thing to look forward to.

        • get past level 15. Only advice I can give in all honesty. If you find the game to easy the difficulty starts to take a steep climb at 20. At 30 you’ll need climbing gear, for the dungeon delves more so because the damn things work more like raids than any 5 man you’re used to starting at that point and it’s just the half-way mark. It’s a good game, good lore, good combat. It’s still an mmo none the less and despite what some people would like to think I never found anything amazing about GW2 despite having two max characters.

          It does pretty much everything other MMOs do just in a different/more free form manner. But in the end, it’s the same crap. -.-

      • Graphics aren’t going to be computer breakingly good, the entire point of a F2P title is to be played by everyone and anyone, so putting up a graphical barrier would’ve been a terrible idea. As for the combat, out of personal curiosity what do you find annoying about it? o-o

        • Trust me I realize that graphics aren’t everything, I’m not too demanding on that point either. I’m just saying, graphics isn’t something that the game has going for it.

          As for the combat, it might very well just be my personal opinion. I didn’t enjoy the fact that a lot of the skills require you to aim at the enemy to be used, it made it feel like something in-between action combat and tab-targeting to me.
          Overall it’s not a bad game by any means, but it certainly doesn’t live up to the hype IMO

          • I see, well to each there own I suppose 🙂 though I can’t leave this without stating my opinion that, if you didn’t have to aim your skills at the enemy then it would be a tab-target MMO as opposed to action combat. Just my two cents.

  8. Wow…So they originally planned on making an mmo with shiny, sparkling vampires? Huh. Well, I mean, with all of the sexual themed mmos out there aimed towards the male audience, Scarlet Blade being the most recent, throwing one geared towards women might not be a bad move. But really? A Twilight themed game? I gotta go with the guys down at IGG. It’s probably going to be a better game this way. I’ll be sure to try it out come the 20th.

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