EDIT: The information you are about to read has been given permission by the GMs of Philippine Ragnarok Online to be blogged that’s why they called ALL guildmasters AND BLOGGERS to come and join them in the Midgard Congress.
Here are the contents and photos of the recent Midgard Congress of Philippine Ragnarok Online for the year 2013, held at Jollibee Makati. We were served with meals as we went through the updates for this year (yes! a meal! cause we had spaghetti, chickenjoy, softdrinks, fries and sundae @_@)
Just to clear things up there’s no announcement of P2P going to happen, just merging between Valhalla and New Loki.
B. CONTENT PIPELINE FOR 2013
Episode 27: Bifrost
Date of Release: January 23, 2013
Phase 2: The New Hypermarket Shop
Episode 27.B: Meow Meow Island
-Also called as the “Malangdo Island”.
-Accessible by Premium accounts.
-According to GM Aeon, if you’re into making money, chances are you’d earn a lot from the loots from this island.
-There are special cash items in this island that cannot be found on the Hypermarket Mall.
Episode 28: Rise of the Ninjas
Target Launch Date: June 2013
Sakray Launch Date: April 2013
-Formerly known as “Eclage” based on my previous post regarding Midgard Congress (see Midgard Congress 2010)
Episode 29: The Valkyrjas
Phase 1: The Opening of Bio Labs (Lighthalzen Biolabs 3)
-The strength of the bio labs monsters depends on your party (I just overheard this).
Phase 2.A: Level Expansion
-From Base Level 150 to Base Level 160.
-New yellow aura for Base Level 160 achievers.
-There will be a deduction of 1% exp for every time you die in leveling maps if you’re already base lv. 160. (No deduction of exp in towns of course).
Phase 3: Tutorial System for New Users
-A much improved and user friendly tutorial system for first time players of Ragnarok Online. There will be more quests added to the usual tutorial.
Phase 3: Upgraded WoE
-Limited siege war between 1st and 2nd job characters of base level 1-99.
-Map structure will be same as with Valkyrie realm.
-There will be rental items for low level users who are in need of good items.
-Original WoE TE only God Item creation quests are available.
-Will be integrated in the next RWC as well.
*if you like the idea of the upgraded WoE, it is advisable to keep a lvl. 99 character ready 😉
Coming Soon: Sakray F2P Server
C. DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR 2013-2014
1. Cash Item Expansion
Heads up for those who like their characters to kick ass on WoE or PvP or just show off their characters’ costumes! Gravity is planning to improve the costume system—but right now they’re still developing the costume headgears. Sweet right? I wonder if there will be costume scarves like the Gryffindor scarf soon? :3
Target Implementation Date: 4th Quarter of the year or 2014.
2. Phase 2.B: Level Expansion
BLvl. 160 ain’t the end yet folks! Gravity is planning to do a 2nd level expansion: BLvl 160 to 175 and JLvl 50-70. There will be new skills for each job to be added as well.
3. Hero’s Trial Introduction
Remember the Ragnarok Manhwa by Lee Myoung Jin that we used to read? Well Gravity’s bringing back our beloved heroes on this episode in continuation of the story. There will be 3 phases in this episode; all containing quests and well, 3 kinds of memorial dungeons.
4. New Class Introduction
Upon the arrival of the 3rd jobs, the ninja, gunslingers and soul linker classes have faded into the background due to the imbalance of the skills— but then here’s a good news to all le gunslingers fanatics out there! Gravity has unveiled the 2nd job of Gunslingers called the Rebellion (which has a totally badass sprite don’t you think?)
Target Implementation: 2014
5. UI Upgrade
Phase 1: Quest Alarm – modified quest interface that will remind you of your unfinished and ongoing quests.
Target Implementation: 2013
Phase 2: Improve graphic engine
Target Implementation: 2013
Phase 3: New system interface
6. Raid System Introduction
If you’re familiar or playing with other MMOs out there you might like this new raid system wherein high level players (over lvl. 150) can raid castle nightmare dungeon. There will be two modes: wave and nightmare mode and will encourage party system.
Regarding the suspended cards issue, there won’t be any compensation according to GM Aeon, since all other LU! games are affected as well and not just pRO. If you wanna follow up with your suspended cards, you might as well file a ticket via their Customer Support so as to replace your suspended pin with a new one.
As for korean rice cakes, they will be account bound for F2P servers.
Meanwhile on the international players’ issue with connecting in the game cannot be disputed since due to license issues.
Lastly, as for RO2: Legend of the Second, we might as well wait on LU! Live according to GM Aeon. (Hmmm.. are they planning to unveil it there?)
To cap off the meeting, the new pRO GMs are unveiled (and a shocking revelation that GM Aeon will be saying goodbye to the Ragnarok community this year)
The new pRO GMs are: