Conquer Online – Raiding Clans Expansion Preview
The renowned Chinese-style MMORPG Conquer Online has announced its latest expansion “Raiding Clans” for 2009. In this expansion, Conquer’s developer, TQ Digital, has prepared a string of fresh features for its huge user community, including mounts, a Clan System, a new map… This expansion will rejuvenate and refresh this long-lasting game, providing even more content for players. Meanwhile, the pros of the original work are also preserved. The Raiding Clans expansion is scheduled to be released on July 16th.
The Mount System is the soul of the expansion. As published in 2003, CO’s players have been waiting for their own mount system for years. In this highly-anticipated system, players will be able to breed unique steeds with various appearances and attributes, and travel through the vast continent of fabulous ancient China with these trusty companions. .
An innovative Lineage System is introduced for players to customize their steeds. In the beginning, players can obtain some common horses which are only available in 3 regular colors. With the Lineage System, one can utilize 2 horses to breed a new offspring with the appearance dramatically varying from its parents. In this way, players will obtain a number of diverse-looking horses. Whether you prefer a fearsome war horse, or a sillier horse to play around on, players will be able to put themselves in the spotlight and enjoy the feeling of being a celebrity!
Apart from the decorative function, these trusty mounts can help their master in their struggles with their unique attributes. Each horse possesses its Lineage Level, which indicates the horse’s strength and value. There are 12 degrees of Lineage Level in all, and for each degree, the master of the horse can receive a bonus point of Battle Power, which has a critical influence on the results of PvP combat. Moreover, the lineage level will also affect the rider’s attributes like physical/magic attack and HP. To the horses themselves, their speed and vigor are also determined by Lineage Level. Therefore, during intense battles, a high lineage-level steed can help you to give chase to enemies or retreat from the battlefield.
In Conquer, players can marry a spouse to organize a family. Now, the new Clan System allows several families to unite as one bigger family – a clan.
In the clans, players can share some of the privileges of clan membership. First of all, clan members can receive bonus Battle Power, which determines the character’s prowess in player versus player combat. Furthermore, after joining a clan, married couples will be able to share the damage from her/his spouse during battle. Finally, clan members will have an exclusive chat channel to share their secrets and strategies.
This system encourages players to form some small, but flexible, teams for PvP, and consequently makes the PvP gameplay more intense and immersive.
New Map – Frozen Grotto
There is also a new region emerging in the Raiding Clans expansion – the Frozen Grotto. As a game released in 2003, the community has been appealing for new areas for years. Now the development team is expanding the available areas of Conquer Online. This uncharted realm is sure to be filled with brutal monsters and epic treasure, just waiting for a brave adventurer to find.
The grotto is a dark and frozen dungeon with 2 floors, filled with a bunch of newly-designed monsters. These frozen demons are more vicious and powerful than those players have met in previous battles. Therefore, only the most experienced adventurers with superior gear are capable of exploring this mysterious underground world, and it will become the perfect spot for veterans to continue honing their already impressive skills.
Along with the release of the expansion, TQ is providing Conquer’s community with a magical carnival! The carnival consists of a host of entertaining events, aiming to keep the community vibrant and happy.
The dance contest is a major event for the carnival, in which players are able to simulate the dances that appear in CO or use their characters to perform an elegant dance routine in the game. Also, the carnival provides players with an opportunity to take part in the design of the game itself! Players can design their own steeds and submit their original quests for the game. These user-customized events help to make Conquer Online a community-owned MMO, and keep the community entertained and involved.
More in the development…
Apart from the features mentioned above, the design team is also collecting the blueprints for Conquer’s next new class. In a PvP oriented MMO like Conquer, a diverse class lineup is critical for gameplay. In 2008, the new Ninja class from the “New Dynasty” expansion has won great success for this long-lasting MMO. Undoubtedly, this unknown new class will introduce more intensive conflicts to the universe of Conquer Online, and bring players more enjoyable times.
Conquer Online has made it through 6 years, so far. It’s continuing to stand out as a constant presence among MMOs with a huge player community, spread all across the world. Hopefully, with the advanced customization provided by the mount system and community-focused events, the Raiding Clans can bring the joy of playing traditional MMOs back to Conquer’s community, and push the game to a new level of success!