Exclusive Atlus Online Interview - Unveiling Neo Steam

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Last year, Ten Ton Hammer's Danny "Ralsu" Gourley stumbled onto a little gem of a free-to-play game named Neo Steam and quickly placed the stylized F2P title into his Top Ten F2P Games list. Since that time, however, the original publishers of the game have given up their rights and it's now been announced that well-known publisher Atlus will be picking up the title for its new online gaming portal. Ten Ton Hammer was able to get an exclusive interview with Atlus' Kevin Crawford, the portal project manager, to chat about Atlus' new MMO projects, including Neo Steam. Check out the full press release after the Q&A!

Ten Ton Hammer: Will Atlus' MMO offer gameplay that is similar to what we see in many of its retail products? Might we see another turn-based, tactical combat MMO like Atlantica or maybe something even more "outside the box?"

The phoenix mount will be one of many things players will be able to experience in Neo Steam.

Kevin Crawford:  Our goal is to bring Atlus quality to everything we publish, whether that is for the console side or online.  We are always scanning the market for new titles with varying gameplay styles, including tactical combat MMO’s.

Ten Ton Hammer: Atlus has plenty of really cool properties that they've developed and/or worked on in the past. Why did (or didn't) you choose to go with one of the IPs that you've developed in the past?

Kevin:  Our main focus right now is to bring quality, third-party titles to the portal.  However, that doesn’t mean we’ve ruled out Atlus IPs.

Ten Ton Hammer: What's the best way for Ten Ton Hammer and Atlus fans to get into the beta test and when do you think that will begin?

Kevin:  You can pre-register for the Atlus Online interactive entertainment portal right now at  http://www.atlusonline.com.  The beta test for Neo Steam: The Shattered Continent will be up and running a little later this year, after we put the final polish on it.

Press Release

Atlus Online, a daily destination for community-focused gaming and interactive entertainment, today announced Neo Steam: The Shattered Continent as the first game to kickoff its portal. Neo Steam: The Shattered Continent is the only massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG) of its kind, set in the uniquely creative genre of “steampunk,” where 19th century steam-based technology meets fantasy inventions. 

Neo Steam features a "steampunk" setting.

“With an engaging, steampunk-inspired storyline and aesthetic, Neo Steam: The Shattered Continent is a fresh take on the standard ‘fantasy’ MMO game genre,” said Shinichi Suzuki, president and CEO, Atlus. “Atlus Online is excited to bring this popular game in its new incarnation to a wide range of players around the world. Neo Steam: The Shattered Continent is a great first entertainment experience to lay the foundation of the unparalleled content and unmatched social interaction planned for the Atlus Online portal.”

Developed by JoyImpact and licensed by HanbitSoft,  Neo Steam: The Shattered Continent will be given the same style and caliber of localization that Atlus has been known for over the years.  This fresh version of the game will be published by Atlus Online for players in North America, South America, and anywhere else in the world, except Europe.  In addition to the thorough localization, Atlus Online’s Neo Steam: The Shattered Continent will feature an engaging story influenced by the distinctive steampunk genre.

Players in Neo Steam are fighting over a precious resource known as Neo Steam.

Neo Steam: The Shattered Continent transports players to a world where two nations battle over a precious resource called Neo Steam. From the onset, customization is key to each player’s experience, where they can choose which nation to join and select from a number of specialized classes. As players battle to expand their nation’s resources and protect their borders from invasion, they must learn to harness the Neo Steam technology to upgrade their equipment, learn new abilities, and progress in their chosen class. Each player in Neo Steam: The Shattered Continent also begins with the aid of a pet of their choosing. Pets act as guides as players travel the world, and they even assist in battle with various abilities, such as healing or thievery. A pet’s ability list and appearance can be customized to suit the player’s preferences. Adding to the immersive aspect of the steampunk fantasy world, the game also features various forms of steam-based machines and vehicles for faster in-game traveling.

More information about Neo Steam: The Shattered Continent’s beta and launch dates will be released by Atlus Online in the near future.  Gamers and Atlus fans eager to join the Atlus Online community and be among the first to receive more information on the game can visit the only official website for Atlus Online’s Neo Steam: The Shattered Continent, http://neosteam.atlusonline.com.

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