PC-only MMO (massively multiplayer online) game Elyon, with its massive 50 versus 50 player-versus-player battlefields, is finally heading to Southeast Asia — but it won't be on Steam.
Instead, players who want to access the free-to-play South Korean-made MMO will have to access the game through the PlayPark portal.
PlayPark should be familiar to long-time MMO players of MapleStory SEA, who are the publishers of the game in Southeast Asia.
Elyon is developed by South Korean studio Krafton, makers of the popular battle royale PUBG: Battlegrounds.
Set in the continent of Harth, Elyon's story involves two sovereign realms, Vulpin and Ontari, fighting for control of a portal that "leads to paradise", the titular Elyon.
The game will also feature Dark Apostles invading Harth from another dimension through space-time rifts.
Interested players from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines can sign up for the Closed Beta Test (CBT), which takes place over five days from 22 to 26 June.
Those participating in the CBT will be able to get daily login rewards that will grant rubies, which are premium currencies used for purchasing in-game items. There will also be a levelling event with rewards for players hitting level 40.
Five classes will be available in the CBT: Gunner, Assassin, Elementalist, Mystic, and Warlord, while players can select from Human, Elf, Ein, and Orc races.
The game will also feature the ability to own and customize your own house, as well as tweak your skills for PVP or PVE.
The open beta test will take place in July, before the game officially launches. PlayPark also stated that the launch will feature the release of two more classes: Slayer and Archer.
Interestingly, Elyon SEA will feature "differences'' compared to other regions, according to a PlayPark spokesperson, although what these differences entailed was not revealed.
Elyon was released in other markets on Steam on 20 Oct 2021, where it currently holds a "mixed" rating. While the game is free-to-play in the other regions, paid expansion packs and premium currency packs are available for purchase on Steam.
The game will also be available in two languages, English and Thai for now.
PlayPark said it plans to keep a close update gap between the SEA version and the rest of the world, and will provide more details by August.
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