PS Vita entry in long-standing MMO franchise to be developed by Lunar and Grandia creators.
The Ragnarok Online series, a popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game released in South Korea in August 2002, was so popular that it received its own animated series based on the game's universe, along with a DS and mobile spin-off. GungHo Online Entertainment, the main host of Ragnarok Online's Japanese server and developer of the DS spin-off, has now announced that a PS Vita spin-off is in the works, slated for release February 2 next year.
The company is sharing development duty with Gamearts, known for developing the Grandia and Lunar series. The game's director is Kazuhiro Irie, and the composer is Kumi Tanioka, known for his music in the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series.
Ragnarok Odyssey is billed as a "hunting action" title that tasks gamers with hunting a variety of beasts and using different weapons and skills to take them down. The title offers a four-player co-op mode via ad hoc. Character classes include the melee-focused sword warrior, the speed-focused assassin, the long-ranged hunter, the spellcaster mage, the tanklike hammer smith, and the healer-buffer cleric.
The retail version will be priced at 5,980 yen (US$77), while the downloadable version will be priced 4,800 yen (US$62).
I was never a fan of Ragnarok and didn't understand why it was ever as popular as it was. But as a lot of people here seem to be noticing, this is an obvious Monster Hunter cash-in. But maybe it'll be a good game. Gears of War really made cover-based, over-the-shoulder gameplay popular in FPS games, and now a lot of FPS games use similar mechanics. So maybe other MMOs copying Monster Hunter isn't such a bad thing. After all, the MMO world needs refreshing.
Cashing in on the fact that Japan loves "Monster Hunting" type games eh? From a consumer's standpoint, that's just plain greedy. From a business's perspective, nice move there by GungHo Entertainment. As a big fan of RO however, even this cash in got me a bit hyped up.
Now this could be a reason for me to buy a PS-V. Well,if the game appears outside of Japan that is! I loved the Grandia-Series(PS and DC) and the Lunar-Series(Mega CD,Playstation,PSP) so cant wait to see how much "Gamearts" is in a munster hunter game like this.
not a fan of monster hunter so who knows if its for me I guess I'll follow the game to see what it becomes.
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