Ah Christmas, the most magical time of the year! Gifts are exchanged, families reunited, and unrealistic goals set for the coming year. With all the traveling and festivities it’s easy to forget the original religious meaning behind the now secular holiday.
The real cause for celebration on Christmas is the birth of the prophet Jesus, top dog of the Christian faith. You might not think there’s much in common between Jesus and free to play MMOs and MMORPGs, but you would be wrong! Among his many miracles, perhaps the most famous is his resurrection after three days. A tough feat to pull off for a mere human, but not so for an MMO or MMORPG! To celebrate Christmas in our own special way, let’s run through 6 MMO titles that, like Jesus, died only to be resurrected.
Originally released as Hellgate: London by Flagship studios, the Diablo inspired hack & slash MMORPG soon ran into financial trouble. The B2P (buy to play) model and repetitive nature of the game made it a difficult sell in an oversaturated market. Luckily, HanbitSoft picked up the rights to the game and it was eventually resurrected as Hellgate London: Resurrection. Publisher T3 Fun brought the game to America as a free to play game under the shorter title Hellgate.
Despite its massive success, few studios try to emulate the popular Grand Theft Auto series. One of the reasons why may be APB: All Points Bulletin. It was one of the most expensive video games to develop of all time and offered a huge open-world city for players to explore. Unfortunately, Realtime Worlds bit off far more than they could chew and the studio went bankrupt soon after the game’s June 6, 2010 release. K2 Network, the company behind the GamersFirst portal picked up the rights to the game for a paltry 1.5 million British Pounds and converted it into a free to play title that’s still around, and even available on Steam!
Sometimes the East and West just don’t see eye to eye. Smash hits like Lineage continue to enjoy vast popularity in Asia while failing to catch on here in the West. Even the free to play model isn’t enough to save some of these MMORPG titles. Take Dungeon Fighter Online, also known as Dungeon & Fighter in Asia. It is one of the highest grossing games in the world despite being free to play (optional microtransactions drive revenue), but the original Western server hosted by Nexon was actually shut down due to a lack of popularity! Fortunetly, the developers (Neople) decided to take matters into their own hands and relaunched the American version for everyone to enjoy.
Based on one of the most popular classical Chinese mythological novels, Dream of Mirror Online (DOMO for short) first made it to America way back in 2007 thanks to Aeria Games. It lasted a respectable five years, an eternity for Aeria Games, a publisher who has axed dozens of games over the years. Despite its age (it first came out in 2005 in Asia), Dream of Mirror Online still has a loyal following. MMORPG resurrection specialist Suba Games picked up the rights and relaunched the North American version in 2015. The anime styled MMORPG has fully 3D environments and focuses on relationships. It’s not without its charm!
This anime themed social MMORPG is one of ReMo’s favorites. It was first launched in America by Gamania under their BeanFun! portal. Sadly, that whole portal didn’t last very long and went under in 2012. Suba Games stepped up in 2014 and resurrected this fantasy MMORPG where players can hunt for their soul mate. The game isn’t just another grinder, instead it mixes elements of social/dating games with traditional MMORPG elements like pets, dungeons, and guilds.
As the name suggests, Karos did indeed Return! And not just once, but twice. The PvP themed MMORPG was first called Rosh Online, then Karos Online, and finally as Karos Returns. We first got a taste of Karos under the ijji portal, then on Ignite Games, and now finally on GamesCampus. UNlike most of the games on this list, Karos Online is a more traditional fantasy MMORPG with s more mature art style. It also features a long forgotten PvP element: the ability to physically block other players with your character. Not since the Ultima Online era have games done this. More recent titles like World of Warcraft and even the RvR centric Dark Age of Camelot had ‘clipping’ where players walked past each other.
There you have it, 6 Christmas Miracles! Like Jesus, these MMORPGs were left for dead but shocked the world with their resurrection. While few humans claim to have come back from the dead, dozens of MMOs and MMORPGs have pulled off the feat. Above were just a small selection, can you think of any others? Also. Don’t forget to celebrate the holidays by checking out the Christmas events in your favorite MMORPGs.