Ragnarok Online is taking a foray into the single-player world again. The original game is an MMORPG with both pay-to-play and free-to-play options, but Ragnarok Violet, the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch game is a straightforward, free adventure that will allow people to explore Midgard alone. It heads to iTunes in English on August 5, 2011.
Ragnarok Violet is pretty similar to Ragnarok Online, minus the whole ability to play online with other people. You create a character and start exploring around the city of Prontera, taking quests and missions and fighting against familiar monsters. You know, like those cute little Poring blobs that have become a Ragnarok Online mascot. You can get Monster cards from battle, get yourself a pet, make your own items, and upgrade your equipment.
Personally, I’m not sure how Ragnarok Violet will go. Ragnarok DS wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t anything bright or exciting. Actually, it was practically forgetable, especially compared to the rather fun MMO. Ragnarok Violet is going to be free when it launches in English this Friday though, so it’s not like it’s going to cost anyone anything to give it a chance.
While it hasn’t been announced yet, I’m sure there will be microtransactions in Ragnarok Violet. It typically happens in free games, since that’s where companies, in this case Gravity Interactive, make their money. Besides, microtransactions are a big feature in Ragnarok Online as well.