So, Mabinogi Heroes (China) went into Open Beta a few days ago and luckily, there is no IP block. Which is of course the opposite of the English server Vindictus, restricted to only players in North America. From what I know, the European English server should be ready by year end, but then again it is hosted by Nexon, thus there should be yet another IP block as well.
The game looks and plays awesome, even though I find the characters’ facial expressions a little creepy. Back then, I played Vindictus for a short while using a proxy and there wasn’t a jump function. This was only added in Mabinogi Heroes Xtreme Edition, which I suppose the China server is using. Is there a jump feature in Vindictus now?
The China server will also be adding in some oriental flair to the game, which you can see below. Some of the characters are dressed in various eastern armors and garments. I am guessing these will be cash shop costumes when the game goes commercial.
Having been in the industry for over a year now, I got to know some restrictions and concerns when publishing games. For example, bringing Mabinogi Heroes to other regions. There will be talks of profits, how much royalty Nexon will be getting, if Nexon sees the region as a profitable one, is it cost efficient setting up a new team to cater for that region and lots more. Mabinogi Heroes is a good game, but I do hope there will be a server for the Asia Pacific region in the future.