Calling All Angels: An Interview with Angels Online Product Manager Dica Huang


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by Karen "Shayalyn" Hertzberg style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">
by Dica Huang, Product Manager of
style="font-weight: bold;">Angels Online

Okay, so you're not an angel in the real world; you can still play one
of the Heavenly
host in a virtual world. Angels Online, a free-to-play title by IGG,
gives you the opportunity to do just that.

While AO's cutesy graphics and angelic theme may not be for everyone,
there's more to this game than meets the eye. Players can
participate in PvP league skirmishes, craft, develop a pet with unique
traits, and own a mount. The game's recent expansion, called Eden,
gives players the opportunity to strive for a level cap of 80.

If you're in the market for a F2P game with a little more depth read on
to see if Angels Online might be worthy of a download. You can learn
more about Angels Online at href="">Ten Ton
Hammer's AO portal or visit the href="">official website.

Q: style="font-style: italic;">Angels Online has
a theme and cute graphics which would likely appeal to a
younger audience. Yet it also has PvP league skirmishes, which seem
better suited to an older one. What sort of player does style="font-style: italic;">Angels Online

style="font-weight: bold;">A: AO’s players are
usually either teenagers or adults. We give our players a comfortable
playing environment and perfect service. We don’t like to try and group
our players into certain age groups and demographics. Instead we try to
think of them as a whole gaming community and target that. The
different aspects of AO means that we attract players from different
age groups for different reasons, so to define or concentrate on a
single target age group of players may affect our game’s overall

Q: Pets seem to be an
important element in Angels
, so much so that pets develop a relationship with
their masters called "intimacy." Can you tell us a little more about
how intimacy works?

style="font-weight: bold;">A: Intimacy stands
for how close pets are with their masters. Intimacy can be reduced when
pets assist their masters in a fight or die protecting their masters.
But pets’ maters can increase intimacy by using special items.
Certainly, once pets are summoned, intimacy will keep increasing when
they spend time with their masters.

Q: Can you explain this
pet development process?

style="font-weight: bold;">A: AO’s pet system
is quite distinctive. The same pet will have different growth
development when growing with different masters. Whenever pets level
up, they will give their masters a quick quiz. Their masters’ answers
decide the pets’ development direction. It is the masters’ choices to
make their pets become either fierce fighter pets or pets possessing
dangerous spells. Even the same two fighter pets will have different
attributes if they belong to different masters.

Q: Characters improve
their rank in Angels
by earning "Angel Credit." What can you tell new
players about this process?

style="font-weight: bold;">A: Players can win
Angel Credits by completing quests, manufacturing, PvP or killing
BOSSes. Angel Credit represents the players’ popularity in the faction
they join. That is to say, the more contribution players make, the
higher the player’s popularity will be. Players with high popularity
can enter high level scenes and accept high level quests or find high
level items.

Q: Given that players
need to work completing quests, crafting, and/or entering PvP
skirmishes to earn Angel Credit, it sounds like being successful in style="font-style: italic;">Angels Online
take some work. Is the game still something casual players will enjoy?

style="font-weight: bold;">A: For casual
players, they can still obtain angel credits by manufacturing, fishing
or collecting. They can collect items first, and then make items by
using materials they have collected.

Q: PvP skirmishes seem to
be an important part of game play in style="font-style: italic;">Angels Online
. What
sort of systems does Angels
have in place to help players find or build leagues
so they can compete?

style="font-weight: bold;">A: AO’s league
system helps players find or build leagues. However, games like AO pay
much attention to interaction between players. Our game has another
system called the Social System to help players interact with each
other in a more comfortable, clear way. It should become rather easy
for players to find or build leagues with these two systems.

Q: style="font-style: italic;">Angels Online
allows characters to attain mounts. Do mounts offer any advantages
(such as a run speed increase) or are they all about status?

style="font-weight: bold;">A: Mounts in AO
raise the value of some player’s attributes, such as weight, speed,
attack or defense while making players look cool. Different mounts will
raise different attributes value for players.

Q: For the uninitiated,
what is the role of crafters in Angels
? It seems that it's crucial for a league to have
crafters as members.

style="font-weight: bold;">A: Crafters are
important in game. They can forge high level equipment for players. So
if a league possesses skillful crafters as its members, it will become
formidable. Items forged by crafters will help leagues level up and
improve their defense. At the same time, AO offers players a function
to reset their skills. 

Q: style="font-style: italic;">Angels Online
recently launched a new expansion. What is the title of the expansion?
What does it add to the game?

style="font-weight: bold;">A: The new expansion
is called Eden, and it has many new features, including the brand new
marriage system and brand new copy system to give players more new
equipment and pet options. Players can upgrade to level 80 on this map,
which is rather attractive to players currently stuck at level 60.

Q: There are a number of
Free-to-Play (F2P) MMO games available to gamers. What makes style="font-style: italic;">Angels Online
out in a crowded game market?

style="font-weight: bold;">A: I believe people
asking this question must have a certain understanding of style="font-style: italic;">Angels Online.
First of all, I think AO lets players match different skills freely.
With nearly 40 skills, and many, many spells to choose from, players
are free to create their own ideal profession. Apart from that, mounts,
Robots, Pets, and various system designs in mini games add much fun to
game play. We also have other unique and fun systems:

  • Paper Moppet System: Equipment in AO can wear Paper Moppets
    to change their style while keeping the attribute stats unchanged.
    Paper Moppets can be tried on when purchased in the Mall.
  • Stall system: Normally, each player owns 5 stall slots.
    Slots can be increased with props. Players can buy or sell items with
    the stall system.

We also will launch some newly released systems in the coming style="font-style: italic;">Angels Online

  • Copy system: Parallel space theory is applied to design our
    copy system. Players must challenge in party.
  • -Marriage system: Players will wear rings after they get
    married. The “Ring” has the function of teleporting and summoning.
    Players who are married can talk to each other on the exclusive
    marriage channel, while our game system will inform players when their
    spouses get online.

Q: Thanks for your time.
Is there anything else about Angels
you'd like to share with us?

style="font-weight: bold;">A: Apart from the
prominent features of the game, AO also offers their players the best
customer service and many chances to interact with other players and
our GMs. Many captivating online events are held every day, and players
can interact with the GMs freely. AO offers these and other services
24/7, so players can always feel free to contact us if they have any

To read the latest guides, news, and features you can visit our Angels Online Game Page.

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Karen is H.D.i.C. (Head Druid in Charge) at EQHammer. She likes chocolate chip pancakes, warm hugs, gaming so late that it's early, and rooting things and covering them with bees. Don't read her Ten Ton Hammer column every Tuesday. Or the EQHammer one every Thursday, either.

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