Korean MMO developer, Dragonfly, is most well known for its online shooter titles, including Special Force and Karma Online. With Kingdom Under Fire Online, the company has basically added a new genre, called AOS (Aeon of Strife), into its stable. The AOS genre basically refers to games similar to Warcraft’s DOTA mod, with a full 3D example being Land of Chaos Online (LOCO). However, despite the franchise’s brand identity, the Closed Beta phase for KUF Online left many players with a bad taste in their mouths.
Similar to games like League of Legends, players will be able to choose from different heroes and separated into 2 opposing teams, Human Alliance and Dark Legion. This is in accordance to the original storyline. New heroes can be bought using in-game or cash points, but if you happen to select the Dark Legion to play in, characters from the Human Alliance will not be available for choosing for that game.
So why are the Korean players giving tons of negative feedback? Being an AOS genre, there is really not much content and storyline players can enjoy, given the lore of Kingdom Under Fire. The gameplay is really monotonous and nothing can be said to be “outstanding” when compared to other games. While this is still the Closed Beta phase, it is handled by the developers themselves, so I am confident some sweeping changes will be made. I will most probably give this game a swirl during Open Beta as I am really too busy these few weeks. Stay tuned!