First announced last week by Bandai Namco, many more details were revealed earlier yesterday about the new PC action MMORPG, Blue Protocol. Crafted using Unreal Engine 4 by 2 internal teams, namely Bandai Namco Studios and Bandai Namco Online, the first official game trailer was made public, showcasing actual gameplay and what kind of combat players can expect. It definitely reminds us of Project BBQ, the action MMORPG which Korean developer Neople is now making using the same engine as a sequel to Dungeons & Fighter. And of course KurtzPel as well. What is your very first impression of Blue Protocol?
As mentioned, Blue Protocol is developed for the PC system, which is definitely a surprise since the Japanese headquarters of Bandai Namco normally deals with console games as far as we can remember. Blue Protocol is entering Closed Alpha in Japan from 26 July to 28 July, with the servers opening at designated times. Just 5,000 slots are made available!
Next, let us look at the system requirements, which are quite alright. Do note that these are for the current Closed Alpha version, and they might change as Blue Protocol gets optimized prior to official launch. There are still popular PC online games such as TERA in console-dominated Japan, so there should not be an issue finding interested players.
Finally, let us talk more about the game. Blue Protocol takes place on a planet known as Regnus, which was said to be once ruled by a “divine” tribe thousands of years ago. This tribe worships an entity simply know as “a mystical light.” Fast forward to the current setting in Blue Protocol, this mysterious tribe has since vanished, leaving behind ruins, artifacts, treasures, and apparently a “dark secret.” While not specifically mentioned, it seems that one of the key tasks for players is the find out what happened to this tribe.
The tagline for Blue Protocol’s combat system is “Multi Action” and “Fight Unique. Band Together,” which sound pretty cool and really gives players a sense of what to expect. There are various weapon types and playable classes, and the first 4 to be revealed are: Aegis Fighter, Twin Striker, Blast Archer, and Spell Caster. These are playable in the Closed Alpha, and expect there to be more classes as the game progresses towards official launch.
Unfortunately, Bandai Namco did not give out any deeper details for Blue Protocol, such as is it a massive open world or are maps instanced like Dragon Nest’s. However, we can see from the screenshots provided that the environments are absolutely gorgeous, and there seems to be at least a common hub in the form of towns. The effects are so gorgeous! Blue Protocol is not announced for any overseas countries yet, so stay tuned for new updates.