Kamis, 24 Mei 2012

Eligium: The Chosen One Is Coming!

Eligium - The Chosen One is coming to the Philippines! During Domination 6 (April 21, 2012), the mmorpg from Shanda Games (the same guys who brought you Dragon Nest), has been revealed.

Level Up! by Playweb Games together with Shanda Games and Goldcool Games will bring the massive PVP fantasy game locally. Like what I've said before, one of the greatest features of this game is its unique pet & mount system wherein players will have to take care of their pet eggs in order to have a good mount (ala tamagotchi). Another feature that everyone should look out is its guild vs guild and faction vs faction where 200 players can wage war (rumored).

Eligium: The Chosen One is an MMORPG with very unique elements and guarantees several hours of enjoyable gameplay. Its massive Guild vs. Guild and Faction vs. Faction PvP battles, enormous world map to explore, several instances and a large amount of quests make Eligium a game which will keep you absorbed and entertained on your path to become “The Chosen One”.

Behind Eligium’s average looking graphics and generic combat are some truly interesting and unique features to be found in the game. A few of the aforementioned features include: a unique mount- and pet-system which lets you raise your mounts and pets from infancy, after hatching them from their eggs, a skill mastery system which makes your skills stronger every time you use them, several class advancements (called class tiers in the game) and large Guild vs. Guild or Faction vs. Faction PvP battles.

Download the Eligium PH CBT Client today via the link below courtesy of Level Up! and Playweb Games:
Eligium Philippines Closed Beta Test Client Link: ftp://ftp.levelupgames.ph/Eligium/EligiumPHFTP

Note: Wait for further announcements about the CBT date. Gamers are advised NOT to install the game client until CBT date is announced. Stay tuned for more updates!

Download and get your beta accounts soon here

Credits: Samhok, Codamon, MMOhuts
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Rabu, 09 Mei 2012

Port MALAYA Brings Pinoy Theme in Ragnarok Online

Philippine Ragnarok Online (pRO) goes local this summer as Level Up! unveils the most awaited patch since the game was introduced to Filipinos almost nine years ago. The patch, called Port Malaya, is the first Philippine-themed RO game map featuring myths, legends, places and situations that are all uniquely Pinoy. The patch is already available today, May 9, and will be rolled out globally within the next three months.

I heard about this new expansion the world of Ragnarok a couple of months ago. I'm always excited and happy to find out whenever I hear that creatures from Philippine myth are being used in stories, shows, games that are made by foreign companies; like the time a suspect in CSI was said to be an aswang and those episodes when Blade came over to the Philippines and fought a giant manananggal.

So, it's great to see how players here and around the world will learn more about our myth and folklore. Check out the Malaya map of Ragnarok, that's filled with tikbalang, mananaggal, bangungot and a bakunawa.

There is a place of legend, where the spirits of nature mingle with the stuff of fairy tales. The people of Port Malaya have lived in peace for a long time, but a dark force is slowly creeping in, corrupting everything and turning once harmless spirits into fearful monsters!

The citizens of Port Malaya need courageous new heroes to combat this threat and rid their once-peaceful land of evil once and for all. Will you answer the call?

Get ready to go on an adventure closer to home as Philippine Ragnarok Online prepares to launch its most anticipated update, Episode 25: Port Malaya! Explore a whole new world and battle monsters based on our own Philippine folklore and legend!


“Port Malaya brings a new world for gamers to explore,” says Roy Inciong, Playweb Games Inc. Brand Group Head and RO1 Senior Brand Manager. “We’re keeping the fun of the game alive in RO and we hope to stoke gamer interest by infusing characters and scenarios that show all these interesting aspects of Philippine culture and beliefs. Something that all pRO players will be familiar with.”

Imagine playing RO and entering a haunted hospital where rest will not come easy unless you defeat the dream monster, “Bangungot.” Expect the fierce-looking but benevolent horse of Filipino folklore, the Tikbalang, to make an appearance and play tricks on those that pass its way. Then there’s the gigantic bat-like creature feared by children in Cebu called “Wak Wak.” According to old folks, the “Wak Wak” has long sharp claws and a pair of wings that make noisy flapping sounds when it flies, hence its name. When one hears the “Wak Wak” loudly, it means it is far. But when it is near, you will hardly hear a sound especially when it is about to attack, using its claws to slash its prey across the chest area to feed on the victim’s heart.

Port Malaya has contemporary characters like the imp called Bungisngis or the playful and sometimes annoying “Jejelings,” inspired by the “Jejemon phenomenon.” There are also references to popular spots in the Philippines like Pagsanjan Falls and Luneta, the new Prontera, where one will meet the amiable Rodel, who drives a jeepney.

Inciong says Level Up! has high hopes for Port Malaya in terms of encouraging more RO players to play the game and attracting new players. “Over the years, RO has been able to keep fresh with regular content updates and strong gamer community involvement. It’s unique because it has managed to retain a solid gamer base in the Philippines ,” he says. “The community has grown so much as well.”

A very scary looking bakunawa

The Bakunawa trying to be cute

A very kawaii bangungot

a jejeling ... probably the scariest monster from Philippine myth

the manananggal that's also a nurse

this tikbalang looks tough

psycho tiyanak

Credits: TreseKomix, Codamon
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Dragonica SEA Closing Down Soon

Dragonica SEA publisher IAH Games announced that they will end the game's service and close Singapore and Malaysia Server on May 30, 2012. The closure of the game is due to the licensing contract with Gravity is about to expire, said IAH Games.

It is with deep regret to announce that your IAH family and Gravity Games come to a mutual agreement not to renew the licenses of two regions - Dragonica Singapore and Malaysia Server. All services for Dragonica Singapore and Malaysia will be ceased on 30th May 2012.

Dragonica SEA started open beta in May 2009 and then released several updates including Chapter 2: Revenge of Paris, Chapter 3: Reign of Frost and Chapter 4: Elga Unleashed. The game is available in English and Chinese language.

IAH Games will host series of events (see below) to show their appreciation to the gamers. Besides, Dragonica players can leave their messages here to share their thoughts and bid farewell to their friends.

5th May 2012 13:00 (GMT+8)
- All items in the Cash Shop will be reduced to 1 Cash Points.

23th May 2012 15:00 (GMT+8)
- Dragonica gamers who have remaining Cash Points in their account will be able to get exclusive starter package to 3 games of IAHGames. (Fifa Online 2, Granado Espada and Counter Strike Online). Codes will be distributed via eDM (To registered email from IAHGames passport)

25th May 2012 12:00 (GMT+8)
- For gamers who top up from 28th of April 12:00hrs to 5th of May, 12:00hrs, the amount will be returned and credited to iWallet on 25th May 2012

9th -29th May2012
- Online Events (Crazy Hour Exp Boost, Upgrading / Item Enhancement Event)

30th May 2012 12:00 (GMT+8)
- Countdown to the final hour of Dragonica
- End of online service.

Credits: MMOsite
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Level Up and E-Games: Merged to Expand Market

Two of the Philippines' leading online game companies - Level Up! Inc. (LUI) and IP E-Game Ventures Inc. (E-Games), have formally merged their respective online gaming businesses on May 8, 2012. As the most dominant publisher in the Philippines - Playweb Games Inc. (PWG), the union of the two now establishes LUI's associated game publishing company, accounting for nearly 80 percent of the Philippine online games market with 41 million registered users and 3 million active users. The online game business of them is expected to double the distribution capacity after merging.

The merging of the online game businesses of LUI and E-Games is expected to double the distribution capacity for the already ubiquitous Level Up! pre-paid card. The wider reach and unparalleled availability of the Level Up! pre-paid card has prompted LUI to open up its doors to more payment gateway partners. Due to the low penetration rate of credit cards in the Philippines, pre-paid cards remain to be the preferred mode of payment for Filipino gamers.

"By joining forces with IP E- Games Ventures, Level Up! can now present a more comprehensive online gaming experience to players, which is always our top priority," said Ben Colayco, founder of Level Up! "This newly merged entity will push our online game business further into the global games market and cement Level Up! as the partner of choice, not only for publishing, but for payment channeling as well."

Hopefully along with the goal of expanding their market is their commitment to eliminating third party programs and providing quality customer service.

Credits: MMOsite
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