For many, Ragnarok Online 2 was an ill attempt at a proper sequel to the original. The third-person MMO did little to fill the Poring sized hole in player’s hearts that ached for a successor worthy of being called a spiritual sequel to Ragnarok. Well I am here today to say the first trailer for Tree of Saviour might do just that.
Originally codenamed Project R1, Tree of Savior is an upcoming Korean action MMO whose graphics immediately remind us of an updated Ragnarok, and for good reason. The MMO is being developed by IMC Games with the project being spearheaded by none other than Hakkyu Kim, considered by many to be the “father of Ragnarok Online”. Kim actually had a hand in developing Ragnarok Online 2, but parted ways with its developer, Gravity Interactive before its completion.
Tree of Savior features incredibly colorful environments, thanks to a combination of 2D characters and a mixture of 2D and 3D environments, with some bosses also being 3D. The unique artstyle blend helps sell Tree of Savior as an updated take on Ragnarok rather than an entirely different type of MMO. That’s not to say Tree of Savior hasn’t adopted some modern gaming traits. The MMO does feature a non-target based combat system which, when coupled with the camera angle, draws similarities to ARPG’s.
IMC Games debuted the trailer at this year’s G-Star in Busan, Korea. During the presentation, IMC Games stated Tree of Savior Online possessed 80 different classes to play and 200 unique bosses. The first round of testing is scheduled to begin in February 2014, with no word yet on when or even if the game will head to the West.