Grand Chase Interview
Kaze'aze is returning from exile, amassing a new army to bring renewed devastation and sorrow to the land, seeking to spark another clash between the two kingdoms that will undoubtedly bring complete destruction to the continent. The new Queen of Serdin is not blind to the events unfolding before her, and is determined to prevent the looming disaster. To fight the Dark Queen and to thwart her plan to begin another era of pain, suffering and sorrow, she has recruited an elite militia made up of the finest warriors from across the continent and beyond. The name of this force, Grand Chase is also the title of a massively multiplayer game from developer KOG that is entering open beta for North America today. Chris Lee, the CEO of publisher Ntreev USA, answered a set of questions to tell us more.
RPG Vault: To begin with the basics, what would you like to tell our readers about the type of game Grand Chase is and who developed it?
Chris Lee: Grand Chase, the newest free to play massive multiplayer video game from Ntreev USA, is coming to North America. Developed by industry standout KOG, this title is an adrenaline pumping, arcade-action styled 3D brawler. Players will participate in a fast-paced, action-filled fantasy world were danger is around every corner. The monsters are swift, intelligent and keen on destruction and devastation of the land of Bermesiah.
Players are free to customize the appearance and abilities of their characters through the vast assortment of equipment, weapons and items; the resulting combinations are nearly unlimited.Players will take on the role of warriors in the elite fighting force known as the Grand Chase, each with their own talents, skills, and capabilities. Combining magic, melee combat and archery, the warriors of this faction are ready to begin the final battle for all of Bermesiah in a fast-paced, thrill-filled online action game unlike any other.
RPG Vault: Grand Chase being an online game, but also billed as an action title, how does it compare to other releases that are described similarly?
RPG Vault: Given they seem to be the core of the game, would you care to comment further on the combination of the control and combat elements?
Chris Lee: Combat is the very foundation of Grand Chase, and while other online titles with similar RPG elements, comparable equipment rosters and even analogous character development statistics will attempt to incorporate a host of other mechanics into their gameplay to the point of trying to become every game to every player, it never loses sight of this absolutely central facet.
In Grand Chase, combat takes place in real-time and can be controlled with either a keyboard, or a USB adaptable console-style controller. The simplicity of the controls makes it easier for players of all ages to pick up and play this game right from the beginning... but be careful. Although it's easy to play, it's hard to master. Players must remember though; since the game is optimized for online play, you need to keep practicing to become the best of the best. Using special moves, combos, pet attacks and items are what makes this game unique.
The straightforward interface paves the way for complete freedom of control, and opens the door to the playerss creativity in dispatching their foes.
RPG Vault: What types of characters are available, how can they be personalized, and what kind of advancement system do they follow?
Character advancement is obtained through the traditional RPG elements of experience points and levels. But gaining higher levels for the characters does more than simply improve their base abilities; it also allows them to use more powerful equipment, weapons and accessories that directly effect their abilities and stats. Each character has its own unique set of available equipment, all of which can be purchased through the internal shop with in-game gold, cash-points and special in-game bonus items.
Equipment is readily visible on the characters the second it's equipped and completely alters their appearance, showcasing the vast variety of armor and weapon designs, and even the sometimes humorous and lighthearted accessories. Players are free to customize the appearance and abilities of their characters through the vast assortment of equipment, weapons and items; the resulting combinations are nearly unlimited.