Not to be confused with Eternal Eden, Eden Eternal marks the third title from developer X-Legend Entertainment to be published by Aeria Games. We recently got a chance to play an early build of the upcoming MMO and have a ton of closed beta keys to share. But this isn’t our usual preview-slash-beta-key-giveaway combo.
Above: A cinematic trailer for Eden Eternal
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Eden Eternal sports a fairly generic set of background lore, which begins with the world’s various races embarking on a pilgrimage to the center of the world to build a utopia. As expected, the happy times don’t last long; conflict and war consume the land and a mysterious and mystical group of heroes known as Eternal Guardians enter the picture to bring calm to the world.
But that’s okay. Because even though Eternal Eden may not have the most unique or compelling premise, it certainly has enough cool elements up its sleeve to make it worthwhile to anyone looking for a new F2P MMO to invest some time in.
On the visual front, Eden Eternal’s art style will be especially appealing to anime and JRPG fans. As with X-Legend’s Grand Fantasia, Eden Eternal puts an anime-influenced twist on traditional fantasy. If you’re looking for fantasy that’s less western than your everyday WoW clones, Eden Eternal’s character customization options will give you all the blue hair, oversized swords, and short skirts you could ask for. For the best example of Eden Eternal’s anime-ness, just look at the design for the bard. He has an electric guitar and he’s not afraid to use it to buff his party.
Eden Eternal also features a rather open ended character system, which will eventually allow your character to access any class by questing and leveling up. As you reach higher character levels and improve your mastery of various classes, you’ll unlock access to new, hybrid classes for your character to master. It’s similar to the job system in Final Fantasy Tactics or other SJRPGs, like Disgaea.
Above: The bard rocks his weapon of choice. If your character is level 50 with a Bard class of level 45, you’ll be able to access the Blade Dancer class
Even though Eden Eternal isn’t the only MMO to make use of a similar character system, this one stands out to us for several reasons. First off, for completionists and level-up lovers, the system sounds great for players who want every class and hybrid class at their disposal. Also, having access to so many different types of classes promises to make finding groups for dungeons and tougher quests much easier, as any higher-level character should have access to a tanking or healing class. So, if you’ve ever spent over an hour looking for a tank or healer to join your group to run a dungeon, Eden Eternal’s class system could be a god send.
Above: The alpaca mount is Eden Eternal’s answer to the chocobo. Stand still and hit the space bar to make it do a little dance
Those who invest the time to join a guild in Eternal Eden will also be rewarded with customizable towns. Think of them as guild halls, only way bigger. At the center of town sits a giant relic, which will bestow buffs on guild members. When it comes to customizing your town, there are also various shops and crafting-related structures to choose from. However, the amount of structures that can placed are limited. It’s a way to encourage guilds to specialize in certain areas of production, so that no single group of players can dominate and control every player-made item and resource in the game’s economy.
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