New MMOG Dragonica takes flight this fall

Free-to-play side-scrolling massively multiplayer role-player to be published by newly established THQ*ICE; open beta test scheduled for summer.

While the upcoming Warhammer 40,000 massively multiplayer online role-playing game is the highest-profile piece of THQ's North American push into the potentially lucrative genre, it is by no means the first part. That honor goes to Dragonica Online, a free-to-play MMO game that the publisher today confirmed for North American release this fall.

The action in Dragonica can get hectic.

Developed by Barunson Interactive, Dragonica is a localized version of the Chinese MMOG Dream Dragon. The game combines MMORPG staples like a skill system with 3D side-scrolling combat and a microtransaction-driven business model. While the final game won't be released online or at retail until the fall, eager players will be able to try it out during an open beta-testing period currently scheduled for the summer.

While THQ is involved in the game, Dragonica will actually be put out by THQ*ICE, a new joint venture between the publisher and ICE, a Shanghai, China-based online game operator.

Dragonica and Warhammer 40,000 aren't the only MMO games on THQ's slate. Online editions of Company of Heroes and WWE SmackDown are also in the works, though they are currently slated for release only in Asian markets.

For more on Dragonica, check out its official Web site.

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17 comments
XxViLxX
XxViLxX

dragonica is awesome, i have been playing it for the past few days. Just that there is not many people playing so finding party takes times

xKratosAurionx
xKratosAurionx

@runstalker: I can see Maplestorys changed the way you feel about games Before you people start bashing, Go try it. I thought it looked stupid. But why don't you head on over to iahgames.dragonica.com and play the Singapore version. I loved it, and i'm still playing it. I've played almost every mmo you can think of. So far Guild Wars and this are my favorite.

AnarchyRising
AnarchyRising

You still expect that they might "try" to engage players, free or not. If not, whats the point? Keep the name in the industry? Too much free hard drive space? Personally I hate anime and side scrolling games. There are a billion free to play asian MMOs out there. This sets no bar. I dont care if they pay YOU to play it.

gameking5000
gameking5000

Well it's free you don't expect very high quality MMOs if it's free

peetowser
peetowser

Took part in the alpha last spring for the korean/asian version of the game... Tedious, boring, nothing new, nothing interesting enough to keep players in... It was really buggy (no surprise there since it was alpha), basically a one-button mashing "MMO", in semi 3d. no rotation (meaning you are on a side scrolling 2d view, but you can move lateraly up and down, like in old beat-em-up such as Final Fight & Golden Axe...) I cannot imagine anyone wanting to pay to play this in 2009, so the free-to-play MMO model is kind of an obligation...

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

wow was that the best they could pull togeather in who knows how long jesus guys quite being so unorigional i als like to give mention to aion: tower of eternity to probably be a billion times better .

StealthUS1
StealthUS1

100% right runstalker! oh and this has to be the LAMEST looking game I have seen in some time

runstalker
runstalker

Ah yes, free-to-play MMOs. The money you 'save' by not paying for the game is flushed down the toilet when you factor the time you lose, grinding away. Grind, grind, grind -- in a typically low-polygon, low-shader, low-spec world. Buy a potion for $2 that gives you +5% EXP for 24 hours, just so you can grind, grind, grind. Oh look, you can buy a $4 blue scarf for your poorly detailed, ideal-for-a-10-year-old character! Congratulations, now you can dance emote with your fancy new (pointless) scarf. Hang on... you have to pay for the emote too. Damn. And damn 99% of this free-to-play trash. At least a subscription guarantees a certain level of quality, polish, support, and sophistication.

nappan
nappan

Dragonica. A group of people capable of launching a business really beleived that the name "Dragonica" was anything but a name Gary Gaigax probably thought of and discarded in the freaking 70s. MMOs are both fad and scourge... beware. ;)

TehEliteElite
TehEliteElite

Oh my god. How many MMO's have been announced this week!? Dear world, STOP MAKING THEM!

Narroo
Narroo

Boo...so generic.

NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

uhhhh seeing how much Grand Chase suked......i'll pass....

atopp399
atopp399

I stopped reading when I saw the word "microtransaction".

jmrwacko
jmrwacko

Looks cute and uninteresting. Maybe I'll play it.