Ragnarok Online 2 Surprises Everyone, Announces Global Open Beta Date
Whoa when did this happen? In a move that many in the west were not expecting, Asiasoft Online announced the open beta date for the first English language version of the widely anticipated sequel to everyone's childhood MMORPG, Ragnarok Online.
The sequel which fittingly bears the title of Ragnarok Online 2, has been available in the East since March of this year, but there had been no news of a western publisher for the MMORPG. That is until Asiasoft Online (which is based out of Singapore), announced they would be publishing the game worldwide for English audiences.
The open beta is set for December 27th and will mark the official release of the English version of RO2, but with no word yet as to whether or not the English version will actually have servers based in English speaking areas (notably NA/EU). Fortunately the game will not have any IP restrictions, so players will be able to play the game regardless of the servers location. Unlike the original Ragnorok Online, RO2 will not be P2P nor will there be a P2P option. Instead the game will follow the traditional F2P model supported by an in-game cash shop.
The original English version of Ragnarok Online was released back in 2003 and quickly garnered a cult following. The MMORPG was famously known to have more players playing on unofficial private servers then on the actual official P2P servers themselves, essentially making the game "Free-to-Play" before it was actually Free-to-Play.
More details can be found on the official site here.
Where you a fan of the original Ragnarok Online? Will you be giving RO2 a try? Let us know!
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