KOG Games, a leading developer and publisher of popular free-to-play action MMORPGs, today debuts a new video series, Elsword Insider, to introduce Elsword content changes and explain the new direction developers are taking.
Frank Kim, CEO of KOG Games says, “Once the content went live we thought a fun and educational tutorial was needed to show the change in development direction that we are taking. We have listened to our players’ requests as well as added many new features.”
This update includes:
Mentor Pupil System – A mutually beneficial system for both new and vet players with unique prizes like system exclusive quests, prizes, XP bonuses, achievements, and most importantly, Unlimited Stamina while partnered!
B-Slots and Additional Quickslots – The B-Slot is a second action bar that is needed to double the number of skills in a player’s hotkey/casting UI. In order to be competitive in PvP and effective in PvE, the B-Slot unlock is mandatory. Additional Quickslots are needed to casts potions and other Dungeon crawl essentials. However, until now, the only way to unlock these features was with Cash (K-Ching). Now, there are repeatable, in-game quests that unlock both features for free.
Tome of Amnesia – The vast majority of Combat Skills in a Character’s Skill Tree have “Traits” that can be applied to customize a player’s combat experience; letting players tailor the skills to their preferred combat style. If a player chose a Trait that didn’t work for them, a Tome of Amnesia was needed to remove the previously selected Trait. This Tome used to be a cash-only item. With the recent update, the Tome of Amnesia can now be crafted with materials found in-game for free.
Professions – Professions have been completely revamped to be made easier to use, streamlined and provide better bonuses and materials. Previously, if a player decided that they didn’t care for a particular Profession, the only way to change professions was a cash-only item ticket. With the recent update, players can use in-game currency to change their Profession for free (up to 3 times).
The Elsword crew explains, “Changes like this take a lot to set into motion, the impact on the overall game design, player progression and code can be daunting. And they can’t happen overnight without a lot of consideration and planning, but we are always doing our best to not only hear our players, but as gamers ourselves, we can empathize and listen to what our players have to say, and make changes that make sense. We’re changing our culture.”
Many additional changes and updates are planned in the coming months for the free-to-play MMORPG. In the meantime, the developers want players to know they’re working around the clock to make those changes happen.