At the last G-Star 2023 exhibition, the queue at the stands of the MMO shooter LLL reached 2 hours of waiting, as players were interested in looking at the new NCSOFT game. Each visitor had about 30 minutes to get acquainted with the game. In addition to the stands, the game was demonstrated on the big screen, a special screening of the game was held, and the developers also answered several questions from journalists. We have collected the most interesting information from various sources into one article.
The game will have male and female characters available. Each of them will have a small backstory, and the characteristics will vary slightly. Next, you have to choose a combat suit, of which there are currently four: standard, lightweight, with enhanced firepower, specialized for fighting crowds of enemies. Suits can be customized using modules and a choice of tactical paint jobs. After completing the training of our fighter, we leave the Ark located in Earth orbit and land on the surface.
The main events of the game take place in the ruins of Seoul, and the opponents are the “orcs” (오크) who have captured the land. Players will have to complete story missions (orange markers) and participate in dynamic events (blue markers) while shooting a lot of opponents. In the demo version of the game, the developers limited players to the streets of the area where the Ncsoft building is located, but they promise that in the release version the size of the city will be increased, and most buildings will be able to be entered and explored freely. In addition, there is an extensive metro network near Seoul, which can offer unique gameplay.
The systems for changing the time of day and weather will also contribute to the variety of gameplay. There are no details at the moment, but it is reported that these are not only visual changes to the game. According to preliminary information, the night poses even more dangers for players.
At the beginning of development, it was planned to move the events of the game to some city in America or Europe, but it was decided to focus on Seoul, since it was easier for the team to implement it. But the idea of other cities was not completely abandoned. It is likely that new cities will appear later.
The developers have worked hard on shooting: each weapon has different types of projectiles with their own ballistics and bullet range. Some players noted that the weapon’s recoil was difficult to control when firing, but this was partly due to locked control settings. But the sounds of shooting seemed unrealistic and inconsistent with the recoil force. The difficulty of shooting in Lll can be compared with shooting in Valorant and Counter-strike. Five types of weapons could be tested: assault rifles, sniper rifles, shotguns, machine guns and grenade launchers.
One of the disadvantages of shooting, which both players and journalists have noticed, is that the game does not always give you visual confirmation of hitting the enemy. Only occasionally do some sheets of armor fly off from opponents or their suits are destroyed. It is difficult to understand how much damage you caused to the enemy and whether you were able to hit him at all. In the case of some mobs, this can cause great inconvenience.
Special abilities were represented by an invisibility cloak, a protective dome with a radius of 4 meters, an energy wall protecting from bullets, and an automatic target targeting system. In addition, there are utility skills, such as calling a drone to restore hit points or launching a couple of small missiles at a designated area.
The opponents in the game are not the smartest, but they confidently win with numbers. Therefore, in some places it is necessary to resort to the use of skills and the active use of shelters. It is worth noting that the developers have implemented a “kill rating” system. The more “orcs” killed in a location, the higher the chance of reinforcements and bosses appearing. Reinforcements also arrive by helicopter, and the mini-boss is a heavily armored robot. To destroy it, it is necessary to destroy certain vulnerable points, but it is almost impossible to do this alone.
Judging by the reviews, playing in a party to complete quests and events is a very good idea, since the game is clearly focused on the cooperation of players, and it will be difficult alone. This is facilitated by both the number of opponents and the remoteness of control points in story missions. It is also worth knowing that in the game opponents are everywhere and there are no safe areas to rest, except for the “Ark” located in Earth orbit. It is possible that safe zones will appear at release, but judging by preliminary information, the surface of the planet is very unfriendly and will not allow you to rest. Death in battle returns you to the Ark, where you can go into battle again.
To move around the city, players will be able to use land and air transport. In the demo version, players could fly the Little Bird light multi-purpose helicopter and take control of a combat robot with several types of weapons.
Overall, the game received good reviews from both players and journalists. But one negative point was heard quite often from the players – the control and behavior of the character. Some animations look jerky; for some, the character started running a couple of meters above the surface; for others, they simply didn’t like the movement; the lack of damage from falls and some explosions raises questions. Those who have played the game note that there are some inconveniences when playing with a gamepad. We hope that these are just rough edges of the current stage of development and that the developers will solve all the problems and shortcomings by the release.
It is worth noting that the name LLL is not the final name of the game. Even before the official announcement, there were rumors that this was a “new Lineage 3” as it was called “3L” or “L3”. Some players are still confident that initially it was a game based on their favorite universe and with a full-fledged non-target. However, during the question and answer session, the developers stated that the game has nothing to do with the Lineage franchise. And the code name will be changed closer to the release of the game, after large-scale global testing in 2024.
The development team has already received the first feedback from fans after the official announcement in November 2022. And showing a demo version of the game and communicating with players at G-Star 2023 allowed us to collect a lot of first-hand feedback. It is likely that if the test is successful next year, the game will be able to quickly go global, since its release date is 2024.