Nin Online Beta 12/31/2016
Happy New Year from all of us in the Nin Online Team! We have so much planned for the coming year, it's definitely going to be the most exciting and eventful year yet. Here I'll try to explain what we have in store for everyone.
Starting today, Open Alpha and Alpha phase in general is officially over! It's been a pretty long time coming, over a year of development has gone into making it possible, but we're finally confident that we've met the criteria initially set years ago for what I would consider a beta phase of Nin Online!
Beta Phase will introduce the 2nd Village in the Nin Online world, The Hidden Village of Sand. There will be an ever on-going war between the Sand and Leaf Village, with world PvP, raiding and all sorts of toxicity (in roleplay).
Bounty System aka. Bingo Book
The biggest incentive to an on-going war besides roleplay is a bounty system that encourages players to kill enemy village ninjas to gain Bounty and become the most fearsome ninja in the enemy's books. You also gain experience and Ryo from claiming the bounties on enemy ninja's heads.
Village Ninjas will be given the choice (or their Kages will) to be exiled from their villages. As a missing ninja, you can collect bounties from ninjas of all villages, and rise the ranks as a criminal in the Ninja world, or simply live as a hermit with no connection to any Ninja Village.
The ninja world is larger than ever with the addition of new hidden maps, new dungeons and the Sand Desert. Our developers have been hard at work expanding the world, leaving small details and easter eggs around. I'm still trying to expand the world and the distance between the two main villages at the moment!
The 1st Tier Masteries have been expanded on and re-balanced. In addition to this, there are new paths you can take. For example, if you choose to go Taijutsu, you have two sub-paths to choose from, Speed Style or Gentle Fist. Medical Ninjas can a sub-path into darker ninja arts, mastering poison and cursed seals.
From Open Beta onward, roleplay will be more greatly emphasized on, with a roster of events that allow players to bond with the rest of the community, form friendships and make memories with one another. We hope to encourage players to write their ninja's biographies and let other players learn about your characters through the forum!
ANBU & Sand Assassins
From Open Beta onward, the elite ninja organizations known as the ANBU and Sand Assassins will be open to ninjas between level 30-50 of the respective villages. As an ANBU or Sand Assassin, you will be able to adorn the famous uniforms of each group, and participate in weekly events.
During the Open Beta, the first player Hokage will be selected through a democratic process, 4 council members will be elected from the village by the players, and the 4 council members will collectively elect a Hokage. As the Sand Village is a monarch, there will be no elections, and Kazekage will choose the next Kazekage after him. Stay tuned to find out who the first Kazekage will be!
Nin Online Manga
I just wanted to bring this up even though there isn't much progress! I wrote about the possibility for a Nin Online manga awhile back, I've written a script I'm pretty happy about but it'll take me some time to illustrate it all out. If any artists are interested in giving it a go, please contact me via PM with some examples of your art!
The entire team is working around the clock trying to make sure phasing into beta goes as smoothly as possible. Which is why we've decided it will be best to soft-launch it over the coming month. We have quite a large base of Gold and Silver ninjas, so we hope that you guys can return to help us test and make sure everything is good before we open it to the public and start advertising the game to the rest of the world.
With all these new features coming, we hope you continue to support the game we have and will continue to be pouring so much time and effort into in the following weeks. Thank you for all the great times we've had together during Alpha phase. We hope to see you when we relaunch in Closed Beta!
Let it Snow! 12/23/2016
It's almost that time of the year and it's begun to snow in the Leaf Village! As the game moves into it's next phase very soon, we've decided it was time the ninja world had some festivity.
In other news, we are making good progress towards beta phase and we have a lot of new content we don't want to spoil as of yet.
Do join us to see the village in it's first White Christmas and post you jolly screenshots!
Akatsuki Attack 10/22/2016
The first official attack from the Akatsuki, more types of events like these will come. Make sure to stay up-to-date for upcoming events, we will make announcements for special ones ahead of time going forward!
We had this fun little event several months ago, although we've been trying to find a Media person to make the video edit for a long time. Special thanks to @Jester. You can find his YouTube in the description of both the 2nd Chunin Exams and this video. I have made sure to edit them to include it, to give proper credit and to thank him for his hard work!
The game is just getting started, we will continue to have unique events like this one and post them on YouTube for everyone to see. These will be snapshots and contain the best parts of the event, we will try to go midway of the duration we did with the 2nd Chunin Exams making them last around 30 minutes. This is also one of our plans to make the game grow. We're getting better at creating videos and content, that is super professional and RP-oriented. I wanted to make it up to you guys for not producing the best video for the 2nd Chunin Exams, since we made a lot of mistakes and are working on making our content better.
A special thanks to everyone that participated in the event!
2nd Chunin Exams Recap 09/25/2016
We had a Chunin Exams event on the 23rd of July, quite a long time ago. Sorry it took us so long to get the recap up. We've cut it up to shorten it and basically showcase the important parts of the event. Let us know if we did anything wrong and we will improve on the next one. @HypnoMan was expected, but he didn't show up on time and had to fill in for him. There may no longer be a voice shoutcaster, we are not sure what you guys prefer. Let us know! This is also still a big work in progress and we are still improving our performances.
Our next step is to get Closed Beta out! We know people are salty about losing both Chunin Exams and feel like they were cheated, we won't make each one feel like this and are making improvements. Even though, we want it to be hard - sometimes it can be too hard. We will try to mix it up a bit and not always have the same host. The 3rd Chunin Exams will be hosted by me.
World Blessing 07/28/2016
We've decided to release the Server Blessing feature early, which allows players to buy a mass experience boost across the entire server. This will allow players to reach level 30 easier right before the 2nd Chunin Exams. This will become available shortly, later today.
World Blessing will cost $5 each and will last one entire hour. These items will be refunded when we wipe as a side note, so it is not a risk to buy it now if you are not level 30 yet! if the server gets taken down for some reason, the time will return when it comes back up! They also display you for 1 hour on all player's interface showing that it was you who helped them level.
The reason that Nin Online will never have exp boosts for individual players is because we are very against any features that are P2W. A global 1.5x experience boost will serve as a way to help out other players, more so than yourself we're sure!
Once we reach Beta our focus for the game is the journey, not reaching the max level cap. As such, the leveling experience is meant to be much much slower than it is now. We're promoting RP and progression of character more so than how high your level may be.
2nd Chunin Exams