Webzen have announced that the soft launch for their upcoming Western release of MU: Origin has begun, with two regions getting access to the game to start. In case you’ve missed our previous articles and hands-on about this game, MU: Origin is the mobile version of Webzen’s PC-based MMORPG called MU, which is actually about to get a sequel soon as well.
MU: Origin has actually been available over in select regions in Asia for a bit now and has done rather well for itself. For its Western release, MU: Origin has already had two closed beta testing phases, both of which went quite well apparently since we are getting very close to the full launch. While there may be a decent amount of MMORPGs on mobile, there’s not too many that could consider themselves a true MMORPG, with an open world to explore and multiple features you would find in a PC title. This is one of those game that can claim that however.
This is a fantasy-themed MMORPG that contains plenty of dungeon crawling as well as open world exploration. There’s three classes available when you start: Elf (Archer), Dark Knight, and Dark Wizard. All of these are pretty self-explanatory as to what they are. You have a lot of your standard MMORPG features such as an party-based dungeons and solo ones, PvP, weapon/armor crafting and enhancing, auction house, guilds, and so on. There is also quite a lot of character customization which can be done in a number of ways, from skills to gear and wings.
MU: Origin also has a pretty unique leveling system, where every 100 levels your character gains is considered their ‘Rebirth’. So your first 100 levels is actually labeled as Rebirth0 Level 87 for example. After you pass the 100 level mark in Rebirth0, you’ll move into ReBirth1. This goes for every 100 your character levels up, with Rebirth9 being the highest.
Right now the soft launch for MU: Origin is only available in Canada and Ireland as of today. No word on whether or not additional regions will be added in the near future, or if Webzen will just fully launch the game after some of the soft launch time has passed. Either way, we will post an update once we know those details. If you haven’t checked out our hands-on from the closed beta, you can always do that while you’re waiting for MU: Origin’s full release.