Ragnarok Online II: Legend of the Second – Open Beta SEA 1/3/13

Published January 5, 2013 by Mitsunebewbs

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Wee, so I’ma take a minute here and let some of you in on some recent info I came across that was just the greatest news for me as iRO being my first ever MMORPG. In March 2012 Ragnarok Online II: Legend of the Second was commercially released in Korea.
I try to keep up with Gravity for the most part, in hopes that something as awesome as RO2 makes it’s way to North America. (Or just close enough that NA can connect and it’s in mostly English.)
I had heard of the closed beta for SEA but like all games in beta I didn’t know if it would follow through to open beta. (Talesweaver is a good example of that. It came to North America and was being translated in open beta and then it was scrapped by Game&Game because Nexon. We probably won’t ever see it again outside of Korea and the language.)

“After launching Ragnarok Online II in Korea, Gravity intends to release the game in a couple of overseas markets in 2012.” [source]

Promises are kept! Ragnarok Online II: Legend of the Second has been in Open Beta for SEA since 1/3/13 with no current end date! It is in ENGLISH, except for the voices of course. This is where all the nitty gritty is going down, and the team behind it is getting to know all of its applicable bugs/errors and what not. So that when an iRO2 comes about it will be nearly or as complete as they would like. Which will happen because iRO is immensely popular. International Ragnarok Online, most people are calling it iRO1 now that RO2 is a thing and not just a glimmer of hope.

Now some of you may have heard of Ragnarok Online II: The Gate of the World, it was the RO2 project before RO2:LotS. It was way more chibi and if I remember correctly you started out in the culverts? Well it kinda sucked, loved the /dance emote though. LOL! It was cute and all but it just didn’t make the cut for a true successor to one of the best and renown MMORPG’s, Ragnarok Online. (Not everyone will agree with me, that’s fine but I’ve never liked WoW. So suck on that x:)

I think that Ragnarok Online II: Legend of the Second truly can and will take the crown back and be one of the best. But hey, if it doesn’t it will still have a lot of people playing it. Why? Well RO1 has a lot of systems that a lot of other MMO’s have tried to have, also with way more ‘lore’ if I can use that word. Ragnarok Online isn’t just a game, it’s a world. Anime, games, manga, just everything. So many things going on with Ragnarok and some people are all about graphics but if you’ve ever played a nice WoE or had a mad PvP session you would understand why Ragnarok Online is so great.

ANYWAYS, enough with the glorification.

Exclusive Interview

Gonna copy over an interview that mmoculture.com had with the developers of Ragnarok Online II: Legend of the Second on 12/7/12. [source]
I haven’t seen any other recent interviews other than news the official RO2 SEA site has. Which is the typical stuff. (Maintenance, events, notices, etc.)

Q: How are you guys feeling now that Ragnarok Online 2 has finally gone overseas?
A: We are really excited since it is the first overseas server, and we are hoping the game will prosper.

Q: When did development for Ragnarok Online 2 really started?
A: For Legend of the Second, development started back in December 2009.

Q: What went wrong with the first version, The Gate of the World?
A: There was a big pressure to develop the sequel, and we wanted to put in too many features into the game. There wasn’t enough time as well.

Q: Were there any worries that players from Ragnarok Online will not get used to the full 3D graphics? Or was Ragnarok Online 2 developed for a different crowd?
A: We worried a little. However, with 3D, we can display the world of Ragnarok Online in a way the 2D version couldn’t. We can see the full models now, not just the back and front.

Q: What happened to the Merchant class? How will players set up stalls to sell items now?
A: In Ragnarok Online 2, everyone will be able to trade. Having the trade skills exclusive to Merchant class will bring about imbalance to the game, which is something we wanted to solve. There are the life professions now, chef, Artisan, Alchemist and Blacksmith, each with different functions.

Q: In Ragnarok Online, there were many new classes added over time, including class advancements. Will this be the same plan for Ragnarok Online 2?
A: The job system will be slightly different from Ragnarok Online’s in terms of classes. There will be 2 more new classes coming in Korea at the end of this month.

Q: So that will be together with the Noel race update (developers looked surprised I knew). So what are the 2 classes?
A: *Smiles and waves hand* We can’t tell yet.

Q: Will these 2 classes be available for Noel only?
A: Yes.

Q: Gamers who tried The Gate of the World are missing the Ellr and Dimago races. Is there any chance of them making a return in the future?
A: They will not be returning as they were previously.

Q: So the new Noel race is the mixture of both Ellr and Dimago?
A: *Smiles* Yes.

Q: The card system is back, now equipped on players instead of equipment. How many cards can be equipped on each character?
A: 5 cards on each character is the maximum. (Note: 5 different normal cards can be merged into a special one)

Q: Will all monsters drop cards, even bosses? How many cards are there currently?
A: Yes, the bosses will drop their cards as well. There are about 200 cards currently. (I am guessing for the Korean server)

Q: 1 of the most memorable experience I had in Ragnarok Online was War of Emperium. Any hints if it will appear in this sequel?
A: *Smiles widely* Yes, War of Emperium will be back in Ragnarok Online 2. The Korean server will be getting this content update in April 2013. (I don’t think the Korean media has this info yet…)

Q: Are there PvE monsters on the WOE map?
A: Yes, there will be.

Q: Will there be open world PK or just mutual PvP?
A: There will not be open world PK, it has to be mutual PvP.

Q: What other PvP features will there be?
A: There are 3 PvP features now, the standard 1 on 1 PvP, together with PvP Coliseum and Battlefield.

Q: Seeing how difficult it was getting Ragnarok Online 2 out for launch, will the team be afraid to start on another sequel in the future?
A: We are not afraid to do so, and we are looking forward for Gravity Games to be developing it as well. We will see what players want. Of course, Ragnarok Online 2 just started, this is where we are focusing now.

Q: What will happen to Ragnarok Online now that its sequel is out? Are there still new classes and content planned?
A: Yes, new content for Ragnarok Online will still be developed. These 2 games will run parallel to each other and cater to different gamers.

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