Posted on June 18, 2008,

1UP Previews Concerto Gate, Square Enix's New Free MMO

You may have heard of Concerto Gate, the new free MMO from Square Enix and OnNet USA that is the sequel to the Asia-only Cross Gate. But did you know that you can be a chef in the game? Or a pharmacist?

Didn’t think so.

1UP recently got to visit the offices of OnNet USA, an online game publisher that is assisting in bringing Concerto Gate to the U.S. They got a look at what the game is all about, and how exactly Square Enix is aiming to tear you away from World of Warcraft. (Hint: Part of it includes being free-to-play.)

After being rejected by the game’s king as a hero, you’re stuck with your newly created character (which can learn one of 15 professions, from the aforementioned chef and pharmacist to the more typical solider and fighter) in the world of the Fahren Kingdom.

And here’s where Concerto Gate gets interesting: Once you pick a profession, this is the only profession your character will perform, ever. The classes break down into four basic categories — combat, craftsmen, gatherers, and “special job” — and once you commit, this is mostly what you’ll do in the game. Lumberjacks, for instance, will be mostly chopping wood and selling it to craftsmen, who will then make weapons to sell to the combat classes. (Lumberjacks can and will probably have to fight at times, but don’t expect to be heavily enlisted for dungeon raids…). Fighters, conversely, can’t craft at all — thus the need for the support classes. Players can have three characters per server, so one likely scenario is that you’ll make your own support classes with your alts. (And additional character slots, OnNet hinted, might be available for a small fee.)

Random battles will play a part in the game, as will Square’s Active Time Battle system, but certain aspects — like how often those random encounters occur — are still being worked out.

An upcoming beta will help to adjust things to the community’s liking. The closed beta will be exclusive hosted at FileFront; we’ll have 5,000 keys for you to race for sometime in the next few weeks. Once we get a date, we’ll be sure to pass the word along. In the meantime, you can read 1UP’s full preview right here.

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2 Comments on 1UP Previews Concerto Gate, Square Enix's New Free MMO

The Twin

On June 18, 2008 at 9:08 pm

Wait, so three characters per account, 15 classes, and I only have three friends. I see a problem.

Cobalt

On June 18, 2008 at 11:11 pm

Get multiple accounts? Sounds interesting, I’m going to look into this game when it comes out.