Legend of Immortal, otherwise known in China as 星辰变, went into its Open Beta phase earlier today. An interesting note about Legend of Immortal is that the game is a full 2D MMORPG, compared to the usual 3D ones being churned out in current times. Not to mention, the developer and publisher, Shanda Games, apparently spent a bomb in marketing the game. Neowiz Games recently got the rights for the game in Korea as well, with the Korean media touting the game as “reviving the 2D online gaming” market.
At first glance, the game actually looks pretty 2.5D/ 3D to me, especially the character models. It has been ages since I played a 2D MMO, so do pardon me if my poor eyes couldn’t really tell the difference. Players start off the game with a rather lengthy prologue, followed by the usual leveling and choosing from clans and 2 factions upon reaching level 10.
The overall idea story of the game is based on a popular novel in China and mainly about attaining the qualities and overcoming the challenges required to become an immortal. The 2 factions are divided into the… Good immortals and the bad demons, hence there will be much PvP between them. Overall, the features are pretty standard, but with the lower system requirements and epic storyline, Legend of Immortal makes a high quality 2D release in 2011. Continuing parts of the video footage can be found at my YouTube channel.