Allods Online

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Allods Online European launch today

Allods Online European launch today

An attractive free MMO worth a look.

After a year of intense testing, comely free MMO Allods Online has today launched across Europe.

Coinciding with launch is the arrival of update Volume 4: Astral Odyssey. Volume 4 raises the level-cap, opens two high-level zones, offers six new Allods and bumps up the number of daily events. There's loads of new items and equipment, too.

Astral Odyssey also sees to it that those who complete the starter area content also now get a starter pack. Similar bonuses are offered incrementally right the way up to level 30.

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Allods Online European release date

Allods Online European release date

No it's not a supermarket.

Attractive Russian free-to-play MMO Allods Online launches across Europe on 11th May, Gala Networks has announced.

Anyone who played through beta and reached level 30 will be rewarded with "a visually stunning halo buff". Anyone who climbed to level 35 or higher will receive "an extra shoulder award". That's probably not an actual third shoulder; more likely shoulder armour.

With the official Allods Online launch arrives update Volume 4: Astral Odyssey, which hoists the game's level cap to 47 and opens two new geographical zones to nose around.

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Allods Online official launch

Free Russian fantasy space massively multiplayer online game Allods Online will come out of beta and launch officially "very soon", Gala Networks said today.

The free-to-play MMO has been in beta for ages, and even seen the addition of three expansions.

The launch of the next expansion, Volume 4, goes live some time during the spring for all European servers. It adds two new zones and increases the level cap to 47.

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Allods Online

Allods Online

The Astral plain.

Let me tell you about the digital Vietnam this free-to-play MMORPG put me through. Let me tell you about XAES.

XAES is a low-level instanced dungeon, the first one lots of Allods players will get the chance to attack. It's some kind of magical power plant filled with traitorous engineers. Making the decision to do a run of XAES is pretty dramatic, partly because XAES is a level 10 instance sat in the middle of a city containing the game's only quests for levels four to 10. So, the 14 or so hours you spend reaching level 10 are also spent being battered black and blue by 'Looking For Group To Run XAES!!!!!!!' messages in area chat.

Deciding it was my time to hit XAES felt like a coming of age. I didn't care that it took 20 minutes camped in front of the portal to get a six-strong group together. This was it!

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Allods Online enters open beta

Allods Online enters open beta

Free Russian WOW-alike with flying ships.

Allods Online, an unusual free-to-play MMO from Russia, has entered open beta testing in Europe, its publisher Gala Networks has announced.

You can download it straight from the official site. You'll just need to create a login for the gPotato.eu portal, which you might already have if you tried last year's cutesy Korean side-scroller, Dragonica.

Breaking with the Asian tradition of free-to-play MMOs, Allods has more of a Western flavour, and boasts striking artwork and flying ship battles as well as owing a clear debt to genre titan World of Warcraft.

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Levels 1 through 8 of the edgy Russian WOW-alike.

We know mother said never to talk to strangers. But what if those strangers are offering fabulous bargains?

Allods Online

Russian attack.

Do you want to know what a really expensive Russian-made MMO might play like? If Allods Online is any indication, the answer is that it might play a lot like one of its more typical Western counterparts. Developer Astrum Nival has spent $12 million on its lavish free-to-play title so far, and with a financial model based entirely around micro-transactions, the design team can't afford to take too many risks setting out their stall. Allods' UI is reminiscent of many of its competitors, its population is divided into (largely) familiar factions, archetypes, and classes, and its lush vistas, filled with dark forests, sun-scored deserts and pretty cobbled villages, are covered in quest-givers who wouldn't look that out of place dropped into Azeroth, if you could ignore the sudden upgrade in visual fidelity.