You're not likely to have heard of Pristontale before, as the MMORPG originated in Korea seven years ago, before being translated into English in 2004. The game won accolades in its native language, and prompted a green light for developer Yedang Online to work on a big-budget sequel, which was released in April this year across Korea and found 40,000 players. Pristontale 2 heads West in November, but not without a little help: behind the wheel is Key To Play, a newly-formed online portal that hand-picked the MMO as its launch title in Europe.
Key To Play has gone to a lot of effort: both on an elaborate launch event in Barcelona featuring a live introduction to the story of God demon Midranda and his desire to destroy the world, and the content of the MMO itself. Key To Play understands that Korean design doesn't necessarily translate here, and holds "cultural localisation" at the heart of its operation. The online portal has worked with Yedang Online to bring more story elements and Western character design into Pristontale 2.
But the biggest selling point of the game will be that there's no cost involved in downloading or playing it; the only charge in Pristontale 2 is for micro-transactions later on. Which, incidentally, Eurogamer weren't shown.