Fantasy MMORPG 'Bless Unleashed' launches first on Xbox One next year

At Gamescom 2018, Bandai Namco announced "Bless Unleashed" for Xbox One. Before you ask, yes, it will be enhanced for Xbox One X. The title will launch as a "Console Launch Exclusive" in 2019 on Microsoft's platform, and is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). According to the publisher, "players will dive into an epic multiplayer journey across a vibrant persistent world where gods and mythical beasts still exist".

At the event, Bandai Namco provided even more details about the experience. Bless Unleashed will feature combo-driven combat, substantial player customization, co-op modes, and competitive multiplayer. Like many other experiences nowadays, the title will utilize Unreal Engine 4. Unfortunately, Unreal Engine 4 has proven to be quite finicky on consoles in recent years. Only certain games like Gears of War 4 have managed to get the most out of the engine and deliver stable performance. Hopefully the team developing Bless Unleashed is experienced enough.

Five classic fantasy classes will be available for players to choose from. For example, you can play as "Berserker" or "Mage". Hopefully the story will elevate the game because everything about it sounds like your average MMORPG. Joon Hwang, Bandai Namco's head of Online Publishing added, "Bless Unleashed is a game that takes the gameplay depth and community of an MMORPG and sets itself apart to create a new console RPG experience featuring fast-paced combat and beautifully rendered graphics. Every aspect, from the story to the combat, to the skill progression has been carefully crafted to portray a new console MMORPG experience."

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