While many of us know Capcom as one of the top console game developers in Japan and beyond, not could foresee the company taking the online gaming industry seriously a few years back. After the success of Monster Hunter Frontier (in Japan to say the least), Capcom is back with its latest MMORPG, Ixion Saga.
Let me briefly describe the game’s plot. Basically, the land is divided into 2 warring nations. The Ixion race, higher beings who are watching over the land, aimed to end the conflict once and for all by creating the neutral faction of Hyperion, which the players will assume. Hyperions are portrayed as mercenaries in the game. Of course, there are more elements to the lore such as mystical powers, auras etc, but I am going to skip that part.
There are currently 4 races found in the game, mainly Human, Demi Human, Hyperion and of course, Ixion. Can you make a guess which race does each piece belongs to?
Well, the superior Ixion race is displayed first, followed by 2 artwork for Demi Human (different species) followed by Human. Hyperion is not shown above. The 3 main weapons currently revealed are sword and shield, rifle and staff. The classes for them are namely Striker, Blaster and Caster. As you can see below, the classes will further advance into new ones in the future.
Here are some character models for all 3 different weapons. In typical Japanese RPG style, the character models are all really cool in design!
So what are some of the basic features Ixion Saga has to offer? There will be a maximum of 8 Vs 8 PvP battles, storyline and quests progress differently as the character grows, guild housing etc. Well, for an Alpha phase announcement, these features are just about enough.
Ixion Saga is currently recruiting players for the Alpha phase beginning at the end of this month and is aiming for the official service to begin in Summer 2012. What is your thought on the game so far through this small preview?