Bless Online has had a rocky first few days. I haven’t played it myself, but Magicman has, and his complaints echo what I’m hearing from many corners of the internet: lack of endgame, poor localization, crashes, over-extensive cash shop, and more. Lots of people (including Magicman) have been getting refunds for the game on Steam, even if they played past the two-hour mark. We won’t get into all of that too much here, since Bless isn’t a free-to-play game … yet.

Guild Wars 2, on the other hand, is free-to-play, and fans of that game have been welcoming so-called “Bless refugees” for the past several days. This is especially apparent on the game’s Subreddit, where multiple threads have been spawned, some welcoming new players in general and some specifically calling out to ex-Bless players. It even extends to the viewer count on the side:

People are creating guilds specifically for Bless refugees, helping them find content, and thanking Bless for being GW2’s best “marketing campaign” in a long time. Even ArenaNet probably knows what’s going on, but is taking the high road, in just welcoming a sudden apparent influx of new players, which are totally coming at the game at random and not due to any particular event or circumstance:

Several Redditors, including a few ex-Blessers, are referencing YouTuber TheLazyPeon as a big reason for the recruitment drive. He’s got plenty of Bless hate on his channel and posted a pro-GW2 video earlier this week that even he seemed surprised by, saying that he got into the game and “enjoyed it for the first time ever.” In the video’s description he said that he would “most likely play it as a main MMO for a while after I’m finished with Bless Online.”

An aside: Guild Wars 2 is a fine choice, but if you’re looking for a “new” MMOPRG, there are plenty of options. In any case, maybe the best bet isn’t to go after the ridiculously overpriced early access title that smells fishy all around. Look into an older game, one that seemed interesting but you never got into or one that you tried and it didn’t hook you. GW2 has changed a lot in the nearly six years since its launch, and chances are other games have too. They might be more to your liking now, especially if they just got an expansion, like GW2, or underwent a major reworking, like Secret World Legends, or both, like The Elder Scrolls Online, just to name a few. There’s no big, new, world-altering MMORPG on the horizon, so you’ll have to make do with what you’ve got right now.

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

21 COMMENTS

  1. People say cash grab… but you dont have to buy anything in the cash shop to play or keep up with others. You dont even need the sub. GW2 has a cash shop with the same type of shit if not MORE stuff… lol.
    They are communicating regularly and updating and making balance changes already…

    If this was a cash grab they would have dropped it and said see ya in 6 months… not keep working on it.

    I think everyone jumped onto the hate train to quick. I’m gonna play it casual and see how things look in 6 months but holy shit everyone dropped the game like they cant do updates and fix stuff…

  2. They’ve fixed all the launch day issues. They still need to work on fresh translations to replace the placeholder text, and they need to finish balancing combat. The early access is supposed to last a year and is acting as a time period where the players are essentially acting as QA for the finished game that will be out a year from now. I get the gripes people have with early access games on steam, but there is some miscommunication going on here, with people saying that this was a “launch” of the finished product. They’ve said this isn’t the finished game, and the developers are making a genuine attempt to fix the game into something enjoyable. Unlike FFXIV, which was published by a major company that can fund its game internally, Bless does not have that advantage. As a result, they were left with scant options to fund the development.

  3. GW2 need their player base after a huge amount left after the April due to anet’s spyware, most of the bans where unreasonable and idiotic most people got their ban shorten, due to how bad it was implemented but Anet didn’t want to admit fault or apologize, all the banned players had their gold removed with no reason given people in reddit complain about their support tickets being closed or unanswered even when they got their account backs. A huge amount of players gave up due to this.

  4. GW2 is a very solid choice especially after PoF released if Bless doesn’t improve although I hope they do since MMO genre is kinda stagnant atm with no major MMO has released since BDO.

  5. I remember gw2 getting overhyped as wow killer and I got banned in most sites for honest criticism. Now same knuckle dragging mob goes into bless, last a day, leave. Lol. Good, better keep the failures in gw2, keep the contenders in bless for PvP

  6. I think the game will soon get discounts, free weekends, maybe play once and keep free forever, then eventually will go F2P and then shut down. The developers/publishers seem to have released the game at different periods for different regions to milk it more.

    Asking people to pay money to play a F2P game is just not right!

  7. “Over-extensive cash shop”

    In a game who have supposed leaved the F2P model to avoid that kind of problem, this is hilarious.

  8. I’m still giving this game 4 to 6 months till it dies or go free to play and I don’t know if I even WANT this cash grab MMORPG as a F2P game

  9. Grow up Jason Winter! I have been using this site far before it was mmobomb, but due to all this biased hate against such a great game. I will be finding a new site!

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