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Post by Dan @ 11:59am 06/10/10 | 6 Comments
N3V have reminded us that their free-to-play MMO Runes of Magic: The Elder Kingdoms has launched it's promised localised Australian servers today, making it one of the very few MMORPG titles to actually host locally in an Australian data-centre, as opposed to just changing the server's timezone.
Not only can Australians have extremely low pings while playing ROM due to locally hosted servers, they now can get in and experience ROM faster by downloading the new slim client which is only 3.5 GB - cutting the download size in half while retaining 100% of the content!

Runes of Magic is a free to play MMORPG. All you need to do is register an account and download the game to be ready for the Runes of Magic launch!

Register here: http://www.runesofmagic.com.au/au/user,register.html
The Aussie servers are reportedly now open for business and you can nab the 3.5GB client using the official (torrent-based) downloader over at runesofmagic.com.au. Or for those that prefer a local direct download, right here in the AusGamers files library.



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NoLogic
Posted 12:09pm 06/10/10
PvP at Aussie pings? Ooooh I'll be checkin this out.
Dan
Posted 12:13pm 06/10/10
The announcement didn't mention specifics, but poking around the forums, seems it might be only PvE to start with until they see how popular it will be. Seems kind of odd to me as wouldn't PvP be the main reason people would want low-latency? But then I'm not a big MMO player.

If anyone checks this one out, be sure to share your thoughts.
HurricaneJim
Posted 01:04pm 06/10/10
PvE server initially.

Because it is f2p you'll find micro transactions will abound. So play for free, don't buy anything and I can guarantee the server won't last long. If they have PvP micros will kill it because no one wants to be one shot by a player who purchased their gear.
Trauma
Posted 01:50pm 06/10/10
At first I thought this was good, but then I have no hope for such a game to maintain a server in Aus because it's a pay to win game and there wont be enough players but then again I know of some ppl spending ridiculous amounts of money on pay to win games (several thousand), but how common are they?. If it fails then it will just further discourage other pubs from putting servers in Aus & if it succeeds then it will encourage the pay to win business model further. Double fail to me.

The announcement didn't mention specifics, but poking around the forums, seems it might be only PvE to start with until they see how popular it will be. Seems kind of odd to me as wouldn't PvP be the main reason people would want low-latency? But then I'm not a big MMO player.

Yea pretty much, I had little issue raiding in wow with Aussie latency, always wanted a lower ping but it didn't stop me playing, it did however stop me playing in the arena.

If they have PvP micros will kill it because no one wants to be one shot by a player who purchased their gear.

This is why I ignore any MMO that flashes 'No monthly fee!!' about the place.
HurricaneJim
Posted 04:14pm 06/10/10
A single screen shot comparison


Heroes of Three Kingdoms



Runes of Magic



Both are free to play
Fuzzy
Posted 09:55pm 07/10/10
WoW Lite was pretty good honestly... a nice alternative if you don't want to pay a monthly fee.

But as stated above.. it's very cash shop orientated, which means a quick death to anything with a low population
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