Free-to-play is a model that seems to be catching on quite regularly with many developers and another game you might have heard of has just joined the ranks of the free. Gravity Interactive recently announced that it has tossed out the subscription model for its MMORPG, Ragnarok Online, and not the call is out to all heroes to return to Midgard and play for free.
Players will have the option to play Ragnarok Online for free or take advantage of a VIP subscription, which will include increased experience gains, larger storage capacity, monster drops and access to special NPCs and areas. Check out the official press release after the break for more details.
GRAVITY INTERACTIVE ELIMINATES MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTIONS ON RAGNAROK ONLINE!
Ragnarok Online Free to Play launch April 6, 2011
MARINA DEL REY, Calif. (April 6, 2011) The clarion call goes out to all heroes of Midgard to return and play free with their Veteran friends.
Ragnarok Online, the classic fantasy MMORPG, has challenged over 50 million players worldwide. Ranging from epic Guild vs. Guild battles; to hundreds of maps with ferocious monsters; to reaching the pinnacle of achievement in over 70 different character classes; the possibilities are endless. Heroes of Midgard start as a Novice and may progress to be a Sly Ninja, or a Holy Arch Bishop; you can become the ³1-Hit KO² Sura Class or the area buff and disablement ensemble crew of Minstrel & Gypsy. How about becoming a stealthy and fast-attacking Guillotine Cross or a ³Bomb and Plant specialist² Geneticist? There are dozens more classes and specialties you can become while joining with friends to take on more difficult challenges!
Ragnarok Online has traditionally been a Monthly Subscription based game for access to game accounts; but now it will be free from Monthly Subscription with an option for a VIP Package that offers improved experience rates, monster drops, larger storage capacity and access to special NPCs and areas.
Ragnarok Online offers three servers to choose from.
Ymir server is the VIP server containing all Veteran Subscription based characters from 2003 to present. Perfect for those returning heroes that want to rejoin their friends on their adventures and PVP action.
Yggdrasil (once a Monthly Subscription based server) and Valkyrie (a free to play server) will both become completely open to account and character creation for players that want to give Ragnarok Online a test drive; with Yggdrasil being the newest server (launched October 2010). Yggdrasil has the youngest characters and newest economy which makes it the ideal ³fresh-start² server. You can still purchase a VIP package and play on these servers as well.
Special benefits await players that choose to make their account ³VIP² such
· 1.5x Experience rate
· 1.5x Monster drop rate
· Increased Kafra Storage
· Less experience loss upon death
· Access to special areas and Buff NPCs
· Access to create characters on all 9 character slots*
All that is needed to play Ragnarok Online is a WarpPortal Account. You must bind your old Ragnarok Account to it, update the password, then login and play! Any concerns or questions regarding special circumstances can usually be found by searching the Knowledge Base
(https://support.warpportal.com/KB/c2/ragnarok-online.aspx) and asking the Customer Service Team a question via the Ticket System (https://support.warpportal.com/Main/frmNewTicket.aspx).
1000 years of peace have reigned, the world has forgotten the horrors of the age of myth. Such peace can never last forever and evil waits patiently.
The first signs of the evil awakenings were the friendly monsters turning aggressive; followed soon after by demons attacking and the dead rising from their graves. Heroes appeared to beat back the invasions until the fateful day that Satan Morocc destroyed the peaceful town of Morroc, his freedom granted by the insane and corrupt humans of Midgard. The heroes re-gathered themselves and pushed back with everything they had but only a stalemate was possible. The delicate seals that protect the world from spilling into complete chaos weaken and break; only the knowledge and power from the age of myth can save Midgard from certain doom. Are you one of the heroes of legend? Can you and your allies push back the threat of total annihilation and protect Midgard from the final Ragnarok?
Every great adventure starts with a step; take your first step by joining today!
About Ragnarok Online
Ragnarok Online, is a fast-paced, 3rd person, fantasy MMORPG where friends can make parties and groups can make guilds. The powerful can battle for top spots in weekly Guild vs. Guild battle to gain supremely powerful items of the Gods.
There are hundreds of options to optimize your equipment and appearance, along with fully customizable stats and skills to make your adventurer truly unique! With dozens of classes, you can find the one that fits your play style. Join in and play together in parties to fight powerful MVP bosses for unique gear or hunt monsters for cards to get unique and customizable effects for your equipment.
You can sell your newly acquired items or your player-created ones, like potions and weapons, to your fellow adventurers in the player-driven economy. Take your pets out for a walk through the hundreds of areas from lush forests to creepy ruins or even through the bottom of the ocean. Take on quests to hunt the deadliest of creatures, to learn about the lore and history of Midgard, or find a way to journey to new locations that become available with Ragnarok¹s regular update schedule.
Our newest update is Brasilis which will be implemented April 6, 2011.
About Gravity Interactive, Inc.
Headquartered in Marina Del Rey (California, U.S.A.), Gravity Interactive, Inc. was established in March 2003 and is the U.S. subsidiary of Gravity Co.
Ltd. (South Korea, Nasdaq GM: GRVY). Gravity Interactive, Inc. is a world-renowned leader in online game publishing and operates Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs) for the North American casual and hardcore gaming markets. The company¹s flagship title, Ragnarok Online, has over three (3) million North American subscribers (about 50 million subscribers worldwide) and has been joined by other titles Dragon Saga, Requiem: Memento Mori, and ROSE Online. More information can be found at www.warpportal.com < http://www.warpportal.com>
The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a number of important factors could cause this event¹s actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation, product delays, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers, international economic and political conditions. The Company may change its intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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