Bandai Namco has announced Bless Unleashed, a free-to-play MMORPG that is set to be released first for Xbox One in early 2019. The game is being developed by Round 8 Studio of NEOWIZ using Unreal Engine 4.
Bless Unleashed is stated to include combo-driven MMORPG gameplay with both PvE and PVP modes in a persistent open world. Five classes will be available for players, with the example classes announced being Mage and Berserker. Bless Unleashed hands-on demos will also be on-hand during PAX West at Booth #2323 & 2335 throughout the 4-day event.
NEOWIZ, a Korean publisher, released Bless Online in Early Access on Steam earlier this year. Unlike the newly announced Bless Unleashed, it's worth noting that Bless Online is not free-to-play and is developed by Neowiz Bliss Studio rather than Round 8 Studio. Also unlike Bless Unleashed, Bless Online was made in Unreal Engine 3. It's a bit unclear how exactly how the two games relate other than by franchise name.
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Bless Unleashed is the first free-to-play MMORPG from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., coming first to the Xbox One video game system. Built with the hardcore MMO gamer in mind, Bless Unleashed takes players on an epic multiplayer journey across a vibrant persistent world where gods exist, and mythical beasts are a constant threat. Adventurers will battle – in hopes of surviving vicious, lethal monsters that inhabit the untamed landscape.
- A Visually Stunning MMORPG Experience - Utilizing the Unreal Engine 4, the game brings unparalleled visuals and deep gameplay mechanics which offer one of the most beautiful MMORPGs built for a console platform.
- Combo-Driven Gameplay - Survive a menagerie of mythical beasts and other players with deep and rewarding combat system that features skillful combo mechanics coupled with action-oriented combat with dodging. A progression system handcrafted for online play and an integrated players-vs-player (PVP) mode provide added challenges and rewards at every turn.
- An Immersive Fantasy World - Dive into an open persistent world with a rich backstory and an intricate plot as players uncover divine secrets on their journey to defeat the return of an evil goddess.
- A MMORPG Built for Modern Consoles - Built from the ground up to be a comprehensively and robustly supported live service, every aspect, from story to combat to skill progression, has been carefully crafted with the console experience in mind.
- Classic Fantasy with a Twist – Choose between five classic fantasy jobs, including the arcane wielding Mage or the bloodthirsty Berserker. Travel the world in search of the truth about the gods with other adventurers and experience a personal brush with divinity.