NCSOFT held a LAUNCHING SHOWCASE event, where it answered questions from players and announced the release date of MMORPG Throne and Liberty in South Korea. The release will take place on December 7, 2023, and pre-registration is already started. Apparently, it is only available to residents of South Korea.
In the opening remarks, Jongok Ahn, the game’s producer, reminded that the game world is huge, and the weather and time of day are dynamic and affect the gameplay. In addition, he mentioned the ability to use two types of weapons, which allows you to diversify the game and create various combinations of skills.
Among the innovations that will appear at the release, group dungeons were named, which are designed for a party of six people. Each group dungeon will have its own unique mechanics, and players will have to show skill to complete them.
Next, the developer answered the most interesting questions.
Game monetization is based on 4 elements:
- Battle Pass. The first pass (Growth Log) contains rewards that will become available as your character develops. A second battle pass that allows you to complete special missions every 4 weeks. Passes mainly contain cosmetic items and consumables that help develop your character. The developers handled rewards responsibly to avoid p2w rewards. It is worth noting that if you have completed all the tasks of the battle pass and continue to play, you will be awarded a special currency for which you can purchase certain goods. “The more you play, the more you get!”
- Skins and cosmetic items. This includes cosmetic costumes that do not affect the character’s stats. Players will be able to customize the patterns and colors of purchased costumes.
- Auction. Exchanges between players take place through a special trading platform where premium Lucent currency is used.
- Amitoy dolls and character transformations. Amitoy dolls are designed to collect loot dropped from mobs and heal the character, and character transformation is facilitated by movement around the game world. They will not be available through gacha or loot boxes and will be sold as cosmetic items. The purchased versions do not have any unique characteristics of the version, and will not differ from those that can be purchased through play. The game provides collections of dolls and transforms, when filled, players will receive useful buffs. You can collect collections with both free and paid dolls and transforms.
The cancellation of auto-fight (auto-hunting) initially came from the South Korean community, and only then there was feedback about this from Amazon. Disabling auto combat allowed us to reduce the amount of experience required to reach new character levels. Even those who play 1-2 hours a day will be able to reach the maximum level within a month. In addition, the developers have lowered the character level requirements for some activities in order to balance character development.
Raids in the game are divided into 2 types: PvPvE (bosses and arch-bosses in the open world) and PvE (guild bosses). The main difference is that the reward from PvE raids is not transferable and is tied to the player. Thus, the developers plan to avoid the dominance of individual guilds and give all players on the server the opportunity to develop.
Work on the user interface continues, as testers have repeatedly criticized it as “too mobile”, and work is now underway to optimize it for PC and consoles. Previously, the developers planned to release the game on mobile platforms, but abandoned this idea. And this decision fundamentally affected the game, forcing the developers to fix and rework mechanics and content.
Every year the game will receive three major updates. In the first update, which will be installed 3-4 months after launch, a new mountain region, Talandre, will be added.
The second region will be Dracoryft. Its peculiarity will be that some of the locations will be cross-server. Up to 12 servers will fight for control of these locations. Players will be able to experience “Guild Alliances” and “Higher Level Guilds.”
In addition to new regions, the game will feature new bosses, events, captureable objects, weapons, and peaceful activities.
The nearest event at which I will show Throne and Liberty is the South Korean exhibition G-Star 2023. Visitors will not only be able to get acquainted with the game, but also ask questions to the developer.
Let us remind you that we previously prepared an article with an overview of the content that was available in tests and will be available at the release of the game. We also invite you to join the Russian-speaking discord serverwhich collects all kinds of information about the game.