Scarlet Blade has kicked up quite the controversy lately, with gamers on both sides arguing for and against the Scantily Clad MMORPG. So when we were offered a chance to interview the game's publishers over at Aeria Games we jumped at the opportunity to ask some hard hitting questions regarding where the game is at currently and where Aeria intends for it to go.
MMOBomb: Can you start by telling us who you are targeting as an audience for Scarlet Blade?
According to our Closed Beta survey, our player gender ratio is 85% male and 15% female, but we’re inviting anybody of legal age to play an ESRB M-Rated title to come take a look and give Scarlet Blade a try. Most people who’ve tried it are surprised to find that there’s much more to the game than its pretty exterior.
MMOBomb: What are the major differences between Liveplex's original Korean version of Scarlet Blade called Queen's Blade Online, and the North American version?
Our localization team did an exceptional job with the overhauling the game’s dialog and lore for the North American audience. It’s often funny, sometimes raunchy, and is very much self-aware of the mature nature of the game. Localizing is tricky, so replacement of culturally-relevant content was key. The Commander-Arkana relationship is a little different in Scarlet Blade than it was originally, for example.
MMOBomb: According to players, higher level zones have better graphics than lower level zones, will we see any graphical updates to the game in the future?
As with many MMORPGs, the landscape certainly becomes more awe-inspiring as players progress to reflect the nature of their challenges. Players will eventually fight where the Narak originally landed in an expansive open-world PvP zone. One thing that doesn’t change is the art direction and overall design. In later zones, it gets a little more intense, but even in the early zones there is quite a lot to take in.
MMOBomb: Do you have plans for gamepad support in the future?
There are currently no plans for gamepad support, but we’re always listening to player feedback. If this is a popular idea, we’d be happy to explore it further with our developers at Liveplex.
MMOBomb: Scarlet Blade currently has the fetch-and-bring quests that exist in many MMOS, are there any plans for having more diverse quests types?
We’re the publishers of the game, and have little control over the game’s development. That said, the experienced team at Aeria Games brings a lot of different perspectives to the table, and we’re definitely interested in diversifying gameplay styles and systems in Scarlet Blade as new content is added in the future.
MMOBomb: What unique features does Scarlet Blade's combat system showcase?
Scarlet Blade has a point-and-click MMORPG combat system, with the player-favorite skill bars and hotkeys that you’d expect from a modern game of this type. The most unique part about combat is the Mech system, whereby a player can transform into a giant Mech for a short period of time, which allows them to hit much harder. A wave of Mechs can really turn the tide in an intense battle, and the players really love this mechanic so far.
MMOBomb: The pet system starts out by providing a player with stat bonuses. What do pets provide at higher levels? Do they actively play a part in combat?
The pet system starts out by providing a player with stat bonuses. What do pets provide at higher levels?
Pets can provide a lot of cool buffs by having Datachips slotted into their mainboards. Datachip buffs range from things like increases to CP regen speed or Aggro, to things like increases to Max HP or Max SP. They also get an aesthetic upgrade as they level up, which is pretty subtle overall at this point, but may become more pronounced in future content updates.
They do not fight, but they can collect drops for you, and buff you with Passives and Skills. It also avoids the annoyance of your pet disappearing when you die. In Scarlet Blade, your pets will respawn with you.
MMOBomb: Can you elaborate more on what players can do as a guild within the game?
Any player can create a guild, but they need to increase their guild level/grade to unlock new guild hall designs and increase the max number of members. Players can do this by donating gold, experience, and doing guild-specific quests that give tokens.
MMOBomb: What can players expect from the in-game experience in Scarlet Blade? Will there be meaningful gear progression through things like raids or dungeons?
Besides the normal world gear drops, players get the best gear through random drops in dungeons and from world bosses. There are a number of systems that players can use to upgrade their gear – of particular note is the gear enhancement system, which I think is a great example of a game system that encourages recycling gear and keeps continued engagement throughout the leveling curve. This system will upgrade existing stats on a piece of gear using gems found in PvP, quest rewards, and dungeons. You can then use the lower level enhanced gear as materials to increase your chance of successfully enhancing your higher-level gear.
MMOBomb: Do you want to comment on the item in Scarlet Blade's cash shop that makes an avatar completely nude? Was it a tough choice to leave that item in for the North American version?
The Lingerie Unsealer was an easy choice. Scarlet Blade is a very solid MMORPG with plenty of great gameplay and features, but obviously one of its most unique features is its sex appeal, demonstrated by the ESRB rating M. Keeping this item in the game allows Scarlet Blade to retain that uniqueness to a large degree, and community feedback about its availability has been overwhelmingly positive thus far.
MMOBomb: There have been concerns in the closed beta that the mech suit's active time is not very long before it has to be recharged, is this something you will be looking into tweaking? Or is there a reason why it is so short?
The Mechs are very strong, and can really turn the tide in a PvP battle. Balancing this was a tricky one for the developers, and since certain items can buff your CP regen time, or add CP points via a potion-like item, care and close attention to this system’s limits had to be a priority. Our team is always happy to provide our feedback, as well as our community’s, to the developers for future content updates, and we will definitely be keeping a close eye on PvP balance and the systems which affect it.
MMOBomb: Currently in PvP, those who aren't in mechs seem to be unable to contribute much to the battle. This is due to a mech's increased damage, health, armor and an increase in the rate at which you regenerate CP (meaning the mechs can be out more frequently). How do you balance mech use in PvP for players who wish to use their normal form over mechs?
We don’t intend to make Mechs permanently active, because they give a sizable temporary advantage in PvP when they are used. Like leveraging your class skills, bombs, and vial boosts, they’re a part of PvP strategy, giving you a temporary boost of strength and attack power. You need to choose the right time to use it – do you want to use it for a last-second hurrah? To intimidate an opponent? Get into your mech right away for the start-of-battle clash? With that, there is also the Cyberskin suits, which are an alternative to using the Mech as well, and provide their own unique benefits.
MMOBomb: What plans do you have in store for Scarlet Blade post launch?
Scarlet Blade is the biggest launch on Aeria Games history, and we’re all very excited for its long and prosperous future. Content updates will be rolling in regularly and quickly, and our teams internally are all set up to test new content thoroughly and efficiently so that it can be released to the community in optimal time. Level caps, new PvP zones and modes, awesome new gear, items, and Mechs… There is a ton of great stuff in store for Scarlet Blade this year, and we’re looking forward to rolling it all out.
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