'Continent of the 9th Seal' from Webzen.
PC game publisher Webzen has a new massively multiplayer online role playing game on the horizon. The upcoming free-to-play game, Continent of the 9th Seal (also known as C9), was shown at E3 2012 and shows some promise.
The action/RPG MMO uses a non-targeting battle system for combat with all four of the game's classes (Fighter, Shaman, Hunter, and Witchblade). That means that unlike games such as World of Warcraft and Diablo series, C9 players won't lock onto an opponent and wail away at it with little regard for anything else in the area. This is true in both the PvE and PvP portions of the game. Furthermore in regards to combat, C9 has a combat system in place that tallies up consecutive hits. This system has no cap, thus making infinite combos possible.
"If you grab a guy and do a combo, you can win the game and destroy everone," commented Webzen's Derek Moon.
Being a free-to-play game, Webzen is taking the freemium business model where players have the option of paying a little bit here and there for in-game enhancements. Moon stressed during the E3 game demonstration that C9's microtransactions will have no relevance on actual gameplay and will not give one player an advantage over another.
"C9 is actually pay-for-fun, so all of the items we actually sell are like costumes or like XP boosts, so it's not going to affect the PvP system," explained Moon.
Despite looking like a higher-end online PC game, C9's minimum system requirements allow for lower-end or four-to-five year old PCs to run the game at an acceptable level. Processor-wise, PC owners only need an AMD Athlon XP 2400+ or Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz with at least 521MB of RAM in order to run the software. The software also requires a computer to have an ATI Radeon 9800 or NVidia Geforce 6600 video card -- neither of which are very high end (or even current) these days. Such minimal basic requirements should make this game appealing to at least try for those with older or underwhelming/non-gaming PCs.
Continent of the 9th Seal is expected to be publicly release this summer.