Korean MMO company, Actoz Soft, known in the English market for titles like Latale, has officially announced the first beta test for its new MMORPG, Dark Blood, starting from today till the 19th. The game is actually a remade and enchanced version of Karcass Online, which never actually took flight in Korea or even see light in the English market.
As the name of the game, Dark Blood suggests, it will feature tons of… blood and gore images with a M18-only tag slapped on it. Touted as an action RPG, the game is trying to appeal to the “hardcore” gamers, with exploding corpses etc and more mature graphics.
Is there really any market for adult-themed, violent and bloody MMORPGs? In Southeast Asia, Dekaron was doing reasonably well (in my opinion) before it got canned, with its future undecided as Runup, which is supposedly going to host the new SEA server, letting out no news of confirmation. In the West, there is Gravity’s Requiem Online. From what I gathered, the game ain’t exactly doing too well, with numbers declining steadily. Only time can tell if this niche group of MMOs will work outside of Korea.