60% Of Ragnarok Odyssey Players In Japan Never Played Ragnarok Online

By Spencer . April 14, 2013 . 3:00pm

ragGungHo Online Entertainment has been trying to expand the reach of the Ragnarok Online IP. They released a DS game that was kind of like the MMORPG and a strategy RPG. Ragnarok Odyssey, a mix of Monster Hunter and an action game, seems to have hit the mark.

 

"We’ve actually collected data that shows about 60% of Japanese Ragnarok Odyssey players have never played Ragnarok Online. I think that proves you don’t need to play the original MMORPG to immerse yourself in the world of Ragnarok," said Kazuhiro Irie, director of Ragnarok Odyssey, on GungHo’s developer spotlight.

 

Another interesting tidbit is the idea to make the game actually came from the company’s president, Kazuki Morishita. "He asked if we could make Ragnarok Online into an action game with 3D graphics. At first, I was quite surprised by the suggestion. I was worried that fans of the original MMORPG had completely different tastes than those who enjoy action games; however, it’s one of our core principles that we should maximize the existing value of our titles by keeping them fresh and innovative. When I considered that, I realized that his request had given me the perfect opportunity to take on a rewarding new challenge," Irie recounted.

 

Ragnarok Odyssey has been a pretty successful game for Game Arts and GungHo Online Entertainment. It’s getting a "G" version, Ragnarok Odyssey Ace, in July for PlayStation Vita and a PS3 port at a later date.


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  • harmonyworld

    oh, I’ve played the game~
    only private servers though~

    • Sardorim

      Please don’t share that you’re doing something illegal.

    • xXDGFXx

      Ah, those were the good ol’ days. Each day after school, I would hit up my first PS and go to town as an assassin. Then I learned about Alchemists and Homunculus.

      • Sardorim

        Once again, stop promoting illegal activities.

        • xXDGFXx

          I’m not promoting anything, now shut up.

  • Guest

    A priest isn’t a priest without Blessing !!

  • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

    MMOs scare me, but am interested in all these projects outside the source material.

  • TheExile285

    I haven’t but I wish they would add 1-2 more classes for RO:A

    Archer and Hammersmith seemed useless to me >_>

    • Takui Nanao

      same here

    • Draparde

      i’d love more classes. maybe even a way to take the job advancements n stuff (though i’d expect that from a RO2 lol) I just want Monk or Taekwon…

  • lil_chocolate_bunneh

    And probably 99% of Ragnarok Online players never played Ragnarok Odyssey!

    • komiko12

      Hey, what’s with all the downvotes? Though, the 99 percent thing is an exaggeration, I think that it is indeed true that majority or Ragnarok Online players have not played this game.

  • Sylveria

    I was really hesitant about getting this one after playing Ragnarok DS which I thought was utterly abysmal and the embodiment of everything stupid about DS development. But, so far I’m enjoying it and I’ve never played Online either.

  • sandra10

    So what they’re saying is, they’re bringing Ragnarok Online 2 to the Vita so that 60% knows what they’re missing.

    I can hope.

  • RoxasTheUnknown1

    Never played online either but Odyssey was fun.

  • Yvonne Tsang

    RO was so great for people with computers that can’t handle 3D MMOs like Perfect World. I loved the customization and quests and hats and omg…

  • Zharkiel

    Can’t wait for more info on the PS3 version.

  • Red Veron

    40% is still a lot of people which is good. Didn’t it sell like over a 100K?

  • NEKO WORKING

    i never play Ragnarok Online too

  • Farid Belkacemi

    No love for Grandia these days… I know Takeshi Miyaji is no longer with us, but COME ON ! :(

  • Pockystix

    I’ll probably wait for them to make a sequel with a Spellsword class,

    a Lot more fun to play a class that fits my style of gameplay.

  • tubers

    I’m still waiting for the original Knight RO1 1st job costume :’(

  • Vash bane

    ..huh? this has something to do with the pc game RO?
    wow who is down voting everyone lol

  • http://twitter.com/atmey Atmey

    I didn’t play it because I did not have the luxury of credit card or online payments.
    And with all these new MMOs I doubt I will even play RO2.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BlacTape Herschel Blue

    “I think that proves you don’t have to play the original MMORPG to immerse yourself in the world of Ragnarok” Yeah, considering Odyssey barely has any relevance to the MMO and the MMO was loosely based on the Manwha.

  • Jedz

    i really enjoy the Ragnarok Online. when i first played it it doesnt make any sense to me but later on after i learn all the basics and expert build and moves for my sniper it take my interest ot the highest level. :D

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