Ragnarok Online 2 Surprises Everyone, Announces Global Open Beta Date

Michael Dunaway
By Michael Dunaway, News Editor

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.

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About the Author

Michael Dunaway
Michael Dunaway, News Editor
Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009.

Discussion (32)

dosent matter 10 years ago
Well its not global release anymore they will have IP ban:

Dear Asgardians,

We are happy to announce that OBT will start tomorrow, 3rd January 2013, at 1300 HRS (+8 GMT)! That is less than 19 hours from now!

However, it's with our deepest apologies that we announce we will not be able to provide the RO2 game service to players outside of our optimised countries - Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam - due to our licence agreement with the game's developer, Gravity Co., Ltd.

These aforementioned licence terms will take full effect from the start of OBT tomorrow and we deeply apologise for any inconvenience caused to players. We are extremely grateful for the support you have shown RO2 so far and we thank you again for being a part of this journey. Thank you all!

taken from facebook RO2 Offical

FFSPANNE 10 years ago
When i start up the game it sais it cannot connect to the servers and when i go to the site to check on the forums it wont load the entire site even after reloading it

MMONSTER 10 years ago
I can't even open the website.. It keeps saying error and i've reloaded it quite a few times soo this is one step for becoming a FAIL-GAME when u can't even access the website..

RO2SEA 10 years ago
Nah its IP Blocked as i'm able to access the forums.playpark.net only via proxy.

Armored 10 years ago
Looks like NA was IP-Blocked.....

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katroo 10 years ago
Ignore the people who played this game in private servers way way back in the past bcuz they have no idea the game has changed completely and its clearly not the same game they experience.
I've checked this out already and it still has that RO1 experience I've always had, so definitely looking forward to this.
ooooooh XD Can't wait for this! only just 2 more days to open beta.

mookie 10 years ago
at less you can get a dl of over 50kb
i was hoping maybe there was a torrent

Mr.Scratch 10 years ago
Someone having trouble or long with the patch ?
My patch doesn't working or take to long
Somebody help me.

Canti- 10 years ago
Saw the site and read the the game info. Looks like it might be a game worth trying out

Kingsan 10 years ago
Daaamn this is taking forrever to download. 90kb to 150kb. Still downloading. Like 10 hours. lol

someguy 10 years ago
it's funny i went to the warpportal furoms ( where gravity hosts ragnarok online) and tried to post about this and they deleted my post and messaged me

''The RO2 beta that was linked to is a direct competitor to the service that Gravity US will be offering, so we are removing posts and threads advertising for it.''

thy are tring to hide it from there players lol

some one 10 years ago
Fevalt when you say you played it on a private server are you talking about legend of the second or the gate of the world which was the cancaled version of the game that has private servers of it up.

Flevalt 10 years ago
Played the game on the first of course non-English private server already. RO2 is really not worth the time. Especially if you liked the 1st Ragnarok. They took out everything that made RO special and transcended it onto a generic MMORPG that is overflowing the net already.

DeviLee 10 years ago
lol, and I thought it wasn't available as global yet. so I posted as foreign friday suggestion.
from what I've seen so far, it really isn't that much hype since it seems generic like any other 3d-anime style mmorpg like these days are poping out. don't know if the new feature will be enough to keep the players coming back, riding peco peco ain't enough XD

Gamer 10 years ago
I saw some gameplay videos of this... Not what I expected from a game coming out in 2012... It has pretty much the same system as every other game...

Paybackaiw 10 years ago
Waiting for DarkRO 2. :P

randomguy 10 years ago
As much as i loved the first RO, this looks like a lazy way to milk money off fans. "Lets take the generic mmorpg and slap a famous title on it". Seriously other than having "ragnarok" at the name, its basically the same point-click-spamyourhotbar game as the rest. I was expecting more from ragnarok 2 but oh well.

Though after all is said and done, i'll probably still try the game.

saruder 10 years ago
This is a surprise to me. I've been waiting for this.

AhaA5 10 years ago
i thought it's thai company. never know that the owner is singaporean.
well that doesnt matter. announcing a global server instead on regional server. this is a bold move i hope they put it off.
but now maybe u guys will be much more forgiving to lagger cuz u guys gonna experience 1st hand what it's like when asian/oceanic ppl go play on NA/EU server.

DASHI 10 years ago
RO2 actually was already playable in the private servers(with english translation) a year back, i know this because i played the server for quite sometime, the organizers copied the incomplete version of it, which is in Korean or Japanese as im unable to recall, so its the same case all over again,

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Poring 10 years ago
Don't touch me !!

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Jellopy 10 years ago
I have to give this a try even if they killed the original for me with all the newer stuff they added. I hope it lives up to expectations on my end.

cacalips 10 years ago
SEA and MAlaysia so far and English (like all Malaysiq games) and no IP ban.

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UndeniableX 10 years ago
Wow my prayers have been answered i cant belive it.

Henrique 10 years ago
Omg I was trying to play the asian version for a long time but a Us version is released afterall

montiblanc 10 years ago
playpark good luck connecting from NA their download speeds r liek 38 kb it is sooo slow. English release for not for north america. other than the same kind of monsters...the game looks like the same old nonsense that bad publishers put out dozens of every year

I'm shocked it took them this long to come up with something so utterly devoid of originality. It's basically every other f2p MMO out there but with clunky controls and a terrible camera. Way too many good free or cheap games out these days for them to consider this an appropriate game to release.

Newcomers will find a better game in one like Forsaken World or Edda while old-timers will lament the fact that it's nothing like current RO, let alone vanilla RO.

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Diogo 10 years ago

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