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Emil Chronicle Online
Developer(s) Headlock
Publisher(s) Gravity
BROCCOLI
Platform(s) Windows
Release date(s) JP November 24, 2005
Genre(s) MMORPG
Mode(s) Multiplayer
Media Download/CD-ROM
System requirements Pentium III 1 GHz equiv. CPU, 256MB RAM, Internet access, DirectX 8.1, 32MB graphics card, sound card, 2GB+ hard drive space
Input methods Keyboard, mouse

Emil Chronicle Online (Japanese: エミル・クロニクル・オンライン), often referred to as ECO, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game created by Headlock and published by GungHo. It was first released in Japan on November 24, 2005 for Microsoft Windows. Gravity purchased the worldwide distribution rights for all regions except Japan from GungHo Online Entertainment Inc. in November 2005.[1]

On December 18, 2006, Infocomm Asia Holdings licensed the game for release in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Currently, there is no set release date for this version.

On January 17, 2007, The9 licensed the game for Mainland China. On May 9, 2007, Gravity partnered with NHN Corp. to bring "Gravity Zone", a portal website which will eventually "offer up to 12 online games and "Emil Chronicle Online" will be the first online game offered through "Gravity Zone" commencing from the end of May 2007".[2]

Run Up has obtained the distribution rights for Malaysia and Singapore from Gravity. Run Up launched the official Malaysia and Singapore web sites for the game on July 3, 2009.[3] Run Up had a closed beta test for the game from July 8, 2009 through July 22, 2009.[4][5] An Open Beta is scheduled to go live on September 30, 2009.[6]

For Indonesia WaveGame has obtained the distribution rights from Gravity. WaveGame had a Closed Beta Test from July 23, 2009 through August 6, 2009.[7] The Open Beta has also gone live as of August 27, 2009.[8]

Contents

Game Introduction

Emil Chronicle Online takes place in the land of Acronia. There exists three races; Emil (human race), Titania (angels), and Dominion (demons). In relation to our understanding of the worlds Titania is above the world of Acronia, while Dominion is below it.

In the distant future, civilization completely depleted the earth’s valuable resources. In its search for new resources, worlds which were never meant to be connected were bridged. Complete chaos ensued between the three races. Humans entered into the heavens and underworlds, realms never meant for them. From the aftermath of chaos was the emergence of a new history. There was a great effort to rebuild and regroup as each race reclaimed their rightful spot in the world.

Game Style

The artistic style of ECO is heavily influenced by Japanese anime style. All of the characters, worlds and effects are designed make players feel like they are taking part in an anime style adventure.

Game Features

Play twelve classes across three races. Character customization ranges from hair styles to accessories such as hand bags.

  • There are three races to choose from.
    • Emil have high VIT - Human Race
    • Titania have high MAG - Angel Race
    • Dominion have high STR - Demon Race
  • Choice of being male or female

With effect from SAGA 10, a fourth race, the DEM will also be available to players.

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Marionette System

The "Marionette System" allows a player to morph their character to a marionette. This gives the player a status boost. The marionette can also use special skills.

  • There are a few Marrionettes available :
    • Salamander
    • Insmouse
    • Electell
    • Mandragora
    • Homura
    • Pino
    • Ice
    • Veril
    • Tiny
    • Santa Tiny
    • Nymph

Possession System

Players themselves can be turned into armor or weapons which other players can pick up and use.

Catty

Players may place a Catty / "Piggyback Monster", which is a kind of pet, on their back to aid in game play.

  • There are a few Catty available :
    • Catty Momo
    • Catty Yamabuki
    • Catty Sumire
    • Catty Ai

Production I.G Theater

Within the game itself is a virtual theater operated by a well-known anime production company of the same name. The area, which looks like a movie theater, will show promotional clips of exclusive content and staff interviews. In addition, players can purchase Production I.G merchandise and other in-game items. [9]

Fees

Formerly, the commercial Japanese version of the game cost 1,500 yen (12.40 USD) to play for 30 days, and offered a free trial period. The game also had a Cash Shop to buy in-game items.

With the Iris Update on May 28, 2009, Emil Chronicle Online Japan removed the monthly fee and enhanced the Cash Shop.[10] All other localized versions of the game are also free to play with a Cash Shop.

References

  1. ^ Gravity Co., Ltd.. "Form:20-F". US Securities and Exchange Commission. http://sec.edgar-online.com/2006/06/30/0001145549-06-000930/Section7.aspl.  
  2. ^ Gravity Co., Ltd.. "Press Releases". PRIME NEWSWIRE. http://www.econline.jp/news/information/580.html.  
  3. ^ Run Up Game Distribution & Development Sdn. Bhd.. "ECO Official Website Launched". http://eco.runup.com.sg/en/01-news/01-info.php?id=25.  
  4. ^ Run Up Game Distribution & Development Sdn. Bhd.. "ECO Closed Beta Commencement". http://eco.runup.com.sg/en/01-news/01-info.php?id=26.  
  5. ^ Run Up Game Distribution & Development Sdn. Bhd.. "Close Beta comes to an end.". http://eco.runup.com.sg/en/01-news/01-info.php?id=43.  
  6. ^ Run Up Game Distribution & Development Sdn. Bhd.. "Emil Chronicle Online Open Beta". http://eco.runup.com.sg/en/01-news/01-info.php?id=53.  
  7. ^ WaveGame. "ECO Indonesia CBT Closing". http://econline.web.id/news/index18.  
  8. ^ WaveGame. "ECO Indonesia OBT". http://econline.web.id/news/index19.  
  9. ^ ECO GM Team. "ECOシアターに「Production I.Gシアター」がオープン!". GungHo Online Entertainment. http://www.econline.jp/news/information/580.html.  
  10. ^ "GungHo Support Center Official FAQ". GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc.. https://secure.gungho.jp/faq/faqdetail.aspx?id=af8877ad-c5b0-41d8-8274-dfdf4166af1c.  

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