I don't think many of you have ever played the original Japanese version of Fiesta Online called "Bright Kingdom", I never did, but from what I've heard/seen it was fairly similar to what we had with a few tweaks here and there. Unfortunately, for reasons unknown to me, at some point Bright Kingdom failed and its doors and windows boarded up and shut down. This was probably back in 2009 if I remember correctly.
So with great surprise did I find out that "Fiesta" is seeing a revival, or as the trendy Hollywood-types call it, a reboot, in Japan! Going with the new name, Hunter's Kingdom, I'm guessing they kept the "Kingdom" part to evoke some familiarity with their players of old, while changing the name slightly to make it appear fresh, new, and exciting.
So what does this mean for us on OutSpark's service? My hope is that we start seeing more updates and on a grander scale. Looking at the screenshots on the Hunter's Kingdom (I'll refer to it as "HK") website, there are some variants to the game we enjoy, like this update to Roumen:
|Carrier Pigeon system and the New Roumen|
Introduced in HK is also the "Carrier Pigeon" system, known here as the AutoRun feature for the low level questers. Perhaps this feature was developed for the JP market, and just test driven by us. I haven't had a chance to try this feature out myself, but having used it in other MMOs it has positives and negatives. Positives are that you don't have to spend time searching for places, mobs, maps, etc.. just click and you auto-run there. Negatives are that you don't have to spend time searching for places, mobs, maps, etc.. just click and you auto-run there. Haha, no I'm not going mad, yes, I said the same thing twice. Having this feature, in my mind, discourages exploration. We already have a feature that highlights where mobs are on your map, I thought that was enough. Anyway, it's both good and bad, just depends how you want to see it.
|Stat-Bonus Title Sytem|
|Old "New" Charm Icons (bleh!) and Trickster Artwork|
There are several really cool anime-style drawings of each class (like the Trickster [Joker in HK] posted above), but unfortunately, only the Archer looks true to the in-game character. Geez, I wish my Mages looked like that! That Cleric reminds me a lot of Belldandy.... hmm.
So how will their version, as far as skills go, differ from ours? I really have no idea. The previous version, from what I heard, had some skills that we never saw. I don't know if what they are offering is the same or not. We'll just have to wait and see.
Now, I'm sure you're asking if I plan to play there, well honestly, I doubt it. It would be nice to maybe play for a day, or a week, just to see the differences, but the OutSpark servers, and Bijou specifically, will always be home.
Personally, I do think that this launch back into the Japanese market will be a win for us here. With a new influx of players generating more revenue, I'm hopeful that OnsOn can hire more in-house developers to meet the demand. Cynics of course will think that this will just stretch the existing OnsOn staff members more and result in less updates and less fixes, but hey, I'm always optimistic!