Thursday, August 11, 2011

Remnant Knights from GameSamba Impression

Looks like anime. Taste like anime. Is it anime … almost. Say hello to Remnant Knights anime fans, it’s time to play

UPDATE: August 16, 2011- GameSamba announced today that its free-to-play MMORPG, Remnant Knights, is entering open beta. Servers will be made available for play starting at noon PST on Tuesday, August 16th. All players who create accounts at will gain immediate access to the open beta. During this final phase, players will be able to reach level 60. In addition, all zones will be made available for players to enjoy and explore.

GameSamba’s online game Remnant Knights sports a very unique, anime look and feel and follows many of the known story conventions found in RPG’s and fantasy anime in general. They’ve partnered with anime publisher FUNimation to form a strategic alliance that will promote a game with content in line with the anime FUNimation puts out, so totally worth brining up as it’s go time folks. Beside the anime roots found in Remnant Knights why else should anime fans and gamers care? Let’s take a look.

What is Remnant Knights – It’s GameSamba’s flagship title that’s anime inspired in look and feel. It’s an MMORPG (massive multi-player online role-playing game) which just ended its beta but will soon (when?) enter it’s next phase. From GameSamba, “created by Min Communications, the game will feature a story by Eisner Award winning Marvel Comics writer Jim Krueger” so it’s got that going for it, which is nice. It’s also a free game where money is made by micro-transactions (buying equipment, etc). Choose a character class and get to adventuring. Yeah, not much more is known beyond this and what is available on the site but having the cajones to hook up with FUNimation means they are in this for real.

Why Should Anime fans care? – FUNimation is making an effort to bridge gaps in the anime/gaming communities with GameSamba and if they think it’s worth investing time in so should fans of anime. Sounds lemming-ish but this is no walk off a cliff. As otaku we’ve seen successful franchises go bye-bye thanks to the closure of anime/manga companies so any business venture for anime is risky and must be researched. As fans of FUNimation and anime in general and knowing the companies track record, well I’ll be blunt in saying we owe it to ourselves, to the industry to take a look at what looks to be a promising crossover.

Why Should Gamers care? – It’s another online MMO offering that’s ‘free’ yet from the screenshots and video has promise to be solid. Nobody is claiming this is WoW or even WoW lite but if they are partnering with FUNimation (they are) then the content will not be all kiddie either. More to come from why gamers should care as we delve into the game a bit more.

Overall Remnant Knights has promise from a variety of angles. Time will tell how well it does but as gamers and anime fans there is zero reason not to jump on board. The fare is light and you can get off anytime.

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