Here’s Ragnarok Online’s Spiritual Successor (No, Not Ragnarok Online 2)

By Sato . November 16, 2013 . 5:00pm


After much anticipation, Gravity Corp. released Ragnarok Online 2 in North America this year, and it was met with mixed feelings from longtime fans of the original Ragnarok Online. That said, those of you who miss the older game might have something to look forward to in Tree of Savior Online, the spiritual successor to Ragnarok Online.



Tree of Savior Online, previously codenamed Project R1, is an action MMORPG game currently developed by Korean developers IMC Games, founded and led by the “father of Ragnarok Online” Hakkyu Kim, who is known for his involvement in titles such as Ragnarok Online and Granado Espada. The above video is a look at the game’s first trailer that was recently released to the public viewing.


Kim, who was the primary director of Ragnarok Online, left Gravity Corp in 2002, which also left the development of Ragnarok Online 2 in the hands of a different team. For this reason, it adopted various elements from western MMORPGs, which led to it having quite a different style game compared to its predecessor.


IMC Games and Hakkyu Kim’s goal is to make Tree of Savior Online the “spiritual successor of Ragnarok Online,” featuring sprite-based character models in a 3D world (or as they call 2.5D,) similar to the original Ragnarok Online.



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According to Korean gaming website, This is Game, Tree of Savior Online boasts 80 different classes to play as and 200 unique bosses to fight, along with a non-targeting battle system, meaning you won’t be locking onto the monsters you fight, giving it a more action RPG feel.


The first stage of testing will be starting sometime in February 2014, according to the trailer, which we can assume will be Korea-only, for the time being.

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  • Mopz

    This is indeed much better than that fully-3D Ragnarok sequel.

  • NightzeroAX

    Looks better than RO2. One of the few things that kept me playing RO was the OST. Hopefully it’ll be just as great as RO.

    • Hikaru Lighthalzen

      agreed , that BGMs was great

  • xXDGFXx

    Wow, even the sprite art reminds me of Ragnarok Online. I’m in love. RO was definitely my favorite MMO out of all the others I’ve played.

  • Chiupon


    i need this game hella bad

    here’s hoping it gets localized, or at least translated online.

  • neocatzon

    Whoa, uncluttered UI. How Gravity ok’d the current RO2 is beyond me.

    • Juan Andrés Valencia

      It’s funny but this is the first MMO I’ve ever seen where the UI isn’t covering 60-70% of the screen.

    • HansSatori

      RO2 was remade from scratch actually.. The original RO2 looked way better and had a more Anime and less generic feel to it. way back in 2007.

      • Juan Andrés Valencia

        I never played the original but I did play RO2 when it was released on Steam and it was… garbage. One of the worst MMO’s I’ve ever played (And consider this: I liked Defiance a lot).

        Honestly I’m glad they released Ragnarok Online 1 on Steam a few days ago since otherwise I’d be wondering “Why would anyone like this?”. Based on the few videos I’ve seen of the first game look pretty damn cool, the soundtrack is utterly incredible and it’s probably really fun to play, while the sequel is basically the game you use as a torture device to interrogate terrorists.

        • HansSatori

          I would not call it garbage. But its not good either. Its a typical Korean grinder.

          Defiance was good but unbalanced PVP and whatnot.

          Ragnarok Online 1 is the only MMO that have had me playing for more then 2 months (played it for 2 years) and iv been playing MMOs for 12 years.

  • Wow, this looks great.

    As a note, you can get the original RO on Steam now and it uses a F2P server, so anyone thirsty for nostalgia, there you go.

    • Hinataharem

      Thanks for the heads up!

  • Hinataharem

    Now all I need is guest appearances from RO monsters and a location or two, and this will be perfect

  • gk2012

    Wow, that gameplay seems a lot like Ys. Time to start waiting for a few years for the English localization.

  • Kaetsu

    Cool! I liked Ragnarok Online although I can’t play it any more because it feels so archaic and dated.

  • harmonyworld

    Looks neat~

  • Chido55

    As someone who still plays the first RO on a private server, I can dig on this.
    I’ve been looking to play something 3Dish, but there is not much that appeals. This ToSO, I will surely try it if it ever gets localized.

  • Kaitsu

    I was waiting for Siliconera to post this. Also the trailer pulled in some sneaky moves. Some sounds used in the trailer were sounds from monsters in RO. Especially around where that robot was shooting lasers. Then directly after that scene, you hear the teleport noise.

    • Xerain

      Many of the sounds in RO1 are stock sounds that I have indeed heard elsewhere in other games and animation. If RO1 just paid to use existing sounds, there’s no reason why this game can’t pay to use the same sounds.

      • Kaitsu

        It sounds like you took my post as a complaint. I was just pointing it out because it’s an RO spiritual sequel. I’d prefer if they did try to use many sounds that RO had.

  • Yorai Dragon

    Thanks for posting this Siliconera. This game needs more publicity~ ;)

  • Nitraion

    The reason RO is the only MMORPG i played is this….
    so unique

  • HerosLight

    Tree of Savior is absolutely beautiful. Definitely looks like RO’s successor, even though it some-what reminds me of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles.

    This and Aura Kingdom has me hyped for soon-to-come MMOs.

  • icecoffemix

    Dat isometric feel.


    Heck I need more JRPG like this, not just for MMO. :(

    • Spirit Macardi

      This isn’t a JRPG, it’s a KRPG x3

      • Nitraion


      • Hikaru Lighthalzen

        yeah KRPG , which eats money fast and a lot

  • Reiswindy

    I’m surprised by the amount of job sprites wearing long skirts instead of shorts or mini-skirts. This looks fantastic.

  • Draparde

    If i can kick things. i will be happy.

  • Duo Maxwell

    How hard do I need to throw the money on the screen to make it happens in English?

  • Learii

    no lock-on? that see alittle hard I think

    • Kaitsu

      I think it’s taking some notes from Diablo-like gameplay where there is no lock-on. Though, it looks like there was lock-on when that archer was strafing.

      • Learii

        I agree with the archer but I mean with other classes they have no lock-on something like that too

  • Zeonsilt

    I was waiting for this game since May,2011(first announce),i’l probably try to get in korean CBT.

  • Zizal

    My only problem with this game is monsters design.
    This and Peria Chronicles both look really good.

  • IsaacGravity

    Looks absolutely lovely. I happily await future information.

  • pekikuubik

    I hope they do something about the movement before beta/release. Right now it looks a bit too floaty for an action game.

    Still waiting for Lime Odyssey, the other spiritual successor to RO, to be released in the West.

  • WyattEpp

    Wait, a Korean MMO that looks entertaining to play? I am provisionally pleased with this turn of events.

    • School Idol Addict

      It isn’t that rare to see Korean mmo that looks entertaining to play. What’s really rare though is a Korean mmo that looks entertaining and doesn’t try to rip you off

  • 無尽合体ブランタコブスキ

    This looks great but I wonder if the gameplay will be similar to RO.
    What I really liked about RO and what set it aside from the other MMOs apart from the graphical style was the fast paced combat.
    It’s still the only MMORPG that I like to date.

  • Guest

    Isn’t it this trailer you are looking for?

  • This looks really nice! I look forward to what Tree of Saviour has to offer.

  • Unlimax

    Guys , Hold your horses .. i think IMC Games will publish the game by themselves in English Just like what they did in Wolfknights Online lately :D
    You have to believe guys ~

  • Ouryu

    Looks like better than Ragnarok.

  • Endy Operin

    Indeed, it reminds RO and looks nice. But the only thing which bugs me is animation. Because it’s so smooth, it makes action of characters look slow. It’s just my opinion but I think it’d be better if they made animation to change a little bit faster.

  • tubers

    Shame this isn’t RO in skin. Nostalgia is a huge factor and I will miss those classic RO sprites.

    For some reason this reminds me more of those 3DS Final Fantasy games.

    The color theme of this game seems to have low contrast (kinda sad/serious looking).

    “Tree of Savior” sounds weird.

  • Zazon Zenzy

    It has been long since I’ve seen a simple yet beautiful UI from a Korean game!

    Duh, I barely play Korean games, and the ones I played were bleh… Following this, and I do like the old Ragnarok!

  • Jezzy

    RO2 is rubbish. I can’t wait to give this a try, looks like what a sequel to RO should be.

  • My main complaint artistically would be that some of the female sprites look like their ankles are about to snap off.

    Still, neat. I wonder if we’ll see this exported at all. Korean-language game content has always had a very spotty, random record for export to English markets.

  • Pockystix

    wow, that looks amazing

    really wanna learn what the classes are now~

  • Our savior indeed.

  • Indeed that game has the feeling of Ro 1 but in HD!

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    I always have to roll my eyes at people going”Ragnarok online 2 is crap” but never give a reason.
    This looks nice and i like that the 2d sprites actually look fresh,but i was never thrilled by ragnarok’s gameplay.

  • harmonyworld

    So, where’s the kickstarter to bring out in english?

  • Zirixion Zwelt

    I WAS really skeptical at how the 3D bosses would blend in with the characters. I never expected it would fit this well… Perhaps it’s the smooth character animation(and those lovely sprites)? Now, if it would not become that pay-to-win kind of game like how Ragnarok Online is today… I’ll board the hype train.

  • I’d play it :P Seriously when does this hit the US!

  • Rabbit

    Great. Now I just have to wait a decade before a game I play this masterpiece!

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