With Trion being the Western publisher for this it's now looking like we'll be seeing this a lot sooner than others anticipated.
Trion aims to launch the game later this year in North America, Europe, Turkey, Australia, and New Zealand.
So figured it was time for a catch-all and start dishing on what we know about the game. Any inaccurate info i'll change as i find out about it. Most of this will come from the updated English website (there's a TON of information out on the web for the Korean version but some just doesnt line up with what the EN site shows):
The Lead Developer on this project is Jake Song. He's the gent who created Lineage. This is being created using the Crytek 3 engine. It's an open world sandbox game which features a half-open PvP system.
It's been in development for 6 years in Korea and in Closed Beta for 2 years. Open Beta just started recently and the retail launch. All in Korea. No info on NA beta yet.
Nuian (Western styled humans)
- Resurrection buff is more effective
- Can build houses and castle related buildings faster
- Underwater breathing time is increased by 20 seconds
- Your swimming speed is increased by 5%
Hariharan (Eastern styled humans)
- Cool down on your recall ability is reduced by 30%
- Tree-felling and herb-collecting gathering time is reduced by 10%
Ferre (cat like humanoid)
- Damage from falling is reduced by 20%
- Climb trees and ladders 30% faster
There are 4 additional races revealed to be released later:
From what i've seen coming out of the betas is that you can pick 3 schools out of a list of 10 and this determines your 'Class'. Leveling is quest based. Max level is 50.
When creating a character, the player can choose one from the four basic skills trees (Wild, Magic, Devotion, Combat).
After reaching level 5, the player is able to choose the 2nd skill tree, and at level 10 to choose the 3rd skill tree.
Here's an English version of a skill calculator: http://archeagedatabase.net/us/calc/
You're able to build and use ships and have naval combat. (you can also become a pirate!)
Player Housing is available, but supposedly not open to everyone due to limited space. There is a family system setup though and family members can share the same house. Families aren't the same as guilds(expeditions). Expeditions can build castles, but have to be prepared to defend them because others can attack it and bring it down.
The reason they call their pvp rule-set a 'half-open' system is that when a player murders another their is a pool of blood left behind which can then be collected by witnesses. The same goes for stealing (yes there's stealing). When done you leave behind foot-prints that can be picked up. The blood and footprints can then be used and reported on. When a person gets too many strikes against them they're hauled off to court and possibly jail for a major debuff. If you do this too many times you'll become a pirate.
** Listed as a Korean OBT option, but not on the EN site.