Gaming Today Q&A: Jack Liu of Rumble Fighter

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In case you haven’t heard of Rumble Fighter, it’s the free to play action game focused on fighting from OGPlanet. Recently, Gaming Today was lucky enough to sit down with Jack Liu, the Cofounder and Chief Creative Officer at OGPlanet, to ask him a few questions regarding this fun martial arts inspired game with its patented “Exocore” system.

GT: Please introduce yourself and tell our readers a little about Rumble Fighter.

Jack Liu: Hello Gaming Today, I’m Jack Liu – Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at OGPlanet. Since OGPlanet is a video game company, being the chief creative dude pretty much means I get to dabble in everything the company does – from game localization and production, to overseeing our community department and marketing strategy. But ultimately, my job is simply to make sure all of our players have as much fun as possible when they launch one of our titles. This makes me really excited to introduce our newest online game – Rumble Fighter. On the surface, Rumble Fighter is a melee style fighting game, featuring up to 8-player battle modes where players can either gang up in teams, or duke it out on their own in true last-man-standing fashion. But what really sets this title apart from any other online fighting game is in the customization options players have when building their fighters. Not only can you alter your appearance (facial features, costumes, accessories, etc.), but Rumble Fighter features a “Sacred Scroll” system that allows players to choose from a wide variety of actual fighting methods, each with their own distinct style and special combo moves. Like ninjas? Then go with Ninjitsu. Dig Bruce? Then go with Jeetkundo. From Taekwondo to Kungfu, classic Boxing to Jujitsu, Rumble Fighter gives players the freedom to create their version of the ultimate fighter. The entire game is free to play but features upgradeable items that can either be bought with in-game points (known as Carats), or with OGPlanet’s universal cyber-cash (Astros). Players can upgrade their fighters purely through the use of Carats by simply collecting them as they play, but may choose to spend some real money for premium items that are not available for Carats. The beauty of this system is that it allows players to decide how much they want to spend, if anything at all, within Rumble Fighter.


GT: What type of graphics engine did you use to create the game?

JL: Rumble Fighter was developed by our partner, Nimonix, through an in-house graphics engine they created specifically for this game. The engine was made to cater to the anime look and feel of Rumble Fighter through the use of cell shading techniques and pre-rendered global illumination map textures. Achieving the anime look was important since the inspiration behind Rumble Fighter was Japanese manga and anime. [the rest of this can be tied to question 4]

GT: How many players signed up for the beta, how many players total have registered?

JL: When players register for Rumble Fighter, they create a universal OGPlanet account that allows them to play any of our games. So due to competitive reasons, I can’t disclose registration numbers for our entire site. However, I can say that we are seeing a very healthy dose of new players entering Rumble Fighter on a daily basis since beta began. We have been quite happy with how everything is tracking.

GT: What was the inspiration behind rumble fighter? Any particular stories or animation that inspired the plots, fighting styles, graphics, gameplay or overall look of the game?

JL: The artists behind Rumble Fighter were all big fans of Japanese anime and manga, and this played a major influence to the style and play of the game. For instance, the tournament-style fighting story behind Rumble Fighter was definitely inspired by mangas like Dragonball. Many of the animations, fighting styles, and items were in homage to another favorite among the game’s creators – Naruto. Even the Alchemist class design, along with many of their weapons and skills, reveal reference to yet another influence, Full Metal Alchemist. But outside of anime and manga, Rumble Fighter features an almost postmodern appeal to pop culture, with references to Michael Jackson, soccer hooliganism, and even other video games like Final Fantasy. It all adds up to a ton of fun that we think will appeal to all sorts of gamers.

GT: Tell us more about the “ExoCore” system.

JL: One of the most unique aspects of RF can be found in the ExoCore system. ExoCore items allow different classes within the game to transform into different powered-up fighters. For instance, a class like the Soul Fighter can utilize the Night Wolf ExoCore to literally transform, mid-match, into a werewolf. The Alchemist class can utilize the Blue Iron Armor ExoCore to morph into a giant knight during battle. There are currently dozens of different ExoCores that players can purchase within the game to power up their individual fighters. The etymology of the name comes from how different fighters can utilize their inner strength (“core”) to affect their outer, physical being (“exo”).

GT: Players can choose from many different options when designing the look of their character. How important do you think customization really is to gamers?

JL: I believe that customization is integral to the online experience for all gamers. When you’re talking about online, you’re talking about an anonymous world filled with generic drones separated only by different usernames if customization weren’t an option. The only way to allow a gamer’s distinct personality to shine in any game is by giving them the ability to individualize their online personas. The one thing we’ve learned about gamers at OGPlanet, is that no gamer is exactly like the next. From skaters to punks, techies to trekkies, the very composition of these diverse personalities help make a unique online game what it is. So in effect, as important as customization is to the gamer, the diversified gamer is more important to the online game.

GT: Why is Rumble Fighter free? Most MMORPGs have monthly fees attached to them. Please explain your reasons for making this game free and how do you feel in general about subscription fees?

JL: OGPlanet was formulated with a philosophy that gamers deserved to have a new method for playing their favorite online games outside of the usual monthly subscription fee. Borrowing from Asia, where the item-based, free to play method had already proven its success, we decided to offer Rumble Fighter with the same revenue model that we saw working in the Far East. We strongly believe that this is a model where everybody wins. Players can choose to pay for only the items they want, and we can offer a game in a competitive market that is totally free to download and play. To offer a game with an item-based revenue model, the games really have to be tailored to the model and balanced with upgradeable items. Because of this, it still makes a lot of sense for most online games to only offer subscription fees. But with the escalating costs of games, systems, and Internet access fees, I think a lot of gamers can appreciate a free game that does not require a recurring charge.

GT: How often will expansions or new content be added, and is there anything planned for the future that you can reveal?

JL: The current plan for Rumble Fighter is to update the game once a month with new items, maps, and upgrades. But this will only be the regular update schedule. We already have some promotional and special contents planned for a few upcoming events that do not follow the regular monthly pattern. But since our game is based heavily in how we strategize its update schedule, I can’t reveal too much right now as to exactly what we have planned for the near future. However, I just can’t contain my excitement for a new game mode that we have been testing. All I can say is, “co-op.”

GT: Rumble Fighter hosts quite a few events for players. How important do you think this is to gamers, do you feel more MMOs should do this as well, and what other sort of events are planned for the future?

JL: We have events to celebrate our player-base and community. We believe one of the most important aspects of our service is to stay intimate with our players, and to cater to their needs through our varying events. Without events, online games can quickly turn cold, where gamers do not feel cared for by the very games they are playing. Events are a way to keep players involved in the online community of an MMO, and to become participatory members that help these communities stay vibrant and flourishing. We have several events planned for the future that we think our players will really enjoy. For example, we are working on a nationwide Rumble Fighter tournament (with some really cool prizes), and also a fun offline event that involves cosplay ;P.

GT: Thank you for taking time out to speak with us, is there anything else you would like to add about Rumble Fighter?

JL: One thing I’d like to add about Rumble Fighter is that we as a company at OGPlanet are really listening to our community to determine how this game grows. From game modes, to specific items, we take our feedback and suggestions very seriously. I encourage any interested reader to submit a suggestion through our helpdesk on OGPlanet.com. We have been really excited about the recent launch of Rumble Fighter, but we are even more excited to see how this game will evolve as its community grows and matures. I hope to see many of you online!

Thanks for speaking with us Jack. Rumble Fighter does indeed look like a fun action game for all ages and the nod towards so many anime legends is much appreciated. With new guilds popping up since its recent launch on August 1st, Rumble Fighter is in a position to give other free to play MMOs a run for their money. For those of you interested in joining in on the fun, FileFront has the full version available on site (download here or on the official website). As always, we here at Gaming Today have plenty of screenshots and plan on providing updates in the future as they are released.

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96 Comments on Gaming Today Q&A: Jack Liu of Rumble Fighter

Haris

On August 24, 2007 at 8:45 am

i got 1 question?Pls tell me how to play if i stay at asia.I cant play that game.Plss tell me where to download from asia server.PLssssssss.(sry my english so poor)

sdfdfdf

On September 22, 2007 at 9:17 pm

i need money hacks 4 rumble
:twisted:

Smirka

On September 28, 2007 at 1:50 pm

:cry: When will rumble fighter become global because i realy want to play it, i would be greatful if u could give me a reply, Thanks

tonkatina

On September 28, 2007 at 4:26 pm

You can get the north america, asia, europe clients here:

http://software.filefront.com/Rumble+Fighter/;6307;/Software_Information.html

or here

http://www.gamershell.com/download_19917.shtml

Julian

On October 21, 2007 at 5:56 pm

When can people from the caribean and south america play? It was really disapointing for us that full release was still for north america only. Please reply

Julian

On October 21, 2007 at 5:56 pm

When can people from the caribean and south america play? It was really disapointing for us that full release was still for north america only. Please reply.

Arthur

On October 26, 2007 at 9:19 am

man why is it so hard to get money in this game? I get only very small amounts per fight, AND everthing costs like 4000…. could someone tell me why that is

quentin

On October 28, 2007 at 2:07 pm

:?: can u gift a item from the korean gem fighter game to the U.S version rumble fighter

quentin

On October 28, 2007 at 2:09 pm

:?: is there a money cheat or hack lol i was only wording

weclock

On October 28, 2007 at 2:23 pm

no.

Arthur

On October 30, 2007 at 10:28 am

Hi, I’m from Europe, Poland and i really want to play this game, so can you tell me where can I download it to play, because I downloaded it 4 times and always at loging in was a message : “Login not found. Only USA and Canadian users can log in” or something like that. I would be pleased if you can help me.

quentin

On October 30, 2007 at 2:37 pm

yea arthur u get it from cnet.com or fileplanet,mmosite.com ur wecome dude np

God45

On November 4, 2007 at 9:03 pm

Sup, well im South American Too and im waiting for the answer of Julian question.

When the latin america people can play?

nichur

On November 10, 2007 at 2:51 am

:!: :?: :sad: :wink: :cry: :eek: :lol: :mad: :mad: :evil: :grin: :idea: :oops: :razz: :roll: :smile: :???: :cool: :mrgreen: :neutral: :twisted: :arrow: :shock:

hodgod2

On November 22, 2007 at 10:20 pm

is there an Exocore cheat?

hodgod2

On November 23, 2007 at 2:48 pm

what is the striker transformation Exocore?

mdasdkf

On December 17, 2007 at 10:53 pm

:idea: :mrgreen: :neutral: :twisted: :arrow: :shock: :smile: :???: :cool: :evil: :grin: :oops: :razz: :roll: :wink: :cry: :lol: :mad: :sad: :!: :?:

Rumble King

On January 5, 2008 at 4:27 pm

Well ive played rumbler fighter and for those of u who asked u cant get free carat but astros yes go to prizerebel.com sign up and answer a bunch of questions for pts wich u can change into astros :mrgreen: :neutral: :twisted: :arrow: :shock: :smile: :???: :cool: :evil: :grin: :idea: :oops: :razz: :roll: :wink: :cry: :eek: :lol: :mad: :sad: :!: :?:

byron

On January 22, 2008 at 10:19 pm

:idea: :oops: :razz: :razz: :roll: :wink: :wink: :eek: :?: :?: :!: :arrow: :shock: :smile: :???: :evil: :cool: :grin: :mrgreen: :neutral: :twisted:

Ross195

On January 25, 2008 at 10:15 pm

I login but it said only residents of Usa and Canada can login Why?

abeu

On February 4, 2008 at 6:31 pm

:mrgreen: :neutral: :twisted: :arrow: :shock: :smile: :???: :evil: :grin: :idea: :oops: :razz: :roll: :wink: :cry: :eek: :lol: :mad: :sad: :!: :?:

seppy

On February 20, 2008 at 11:04 am

hey i have a question ! please help me! i life in Europe ( germany ) can i play rumble fighter too? or it don’t work in europe?? (sry my bad english)

RoyalSasuke

On February 26, 2008 at 6:46 pm

ok RoyalSasuke is my Rumble Fighter screenname (not username) and im in amatuer and my friend said that RumbleFighter was getting new classes but ii dont know if its true and he also said new exo and is it really true?

seppy

On February 27, 2008 at 12:02 pm

hey please say me… can i play rumble fighter in germany? (europe) ?

Lil'D

On February 27, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Can I get on :?:

The Best

On March 1, 2008 at 11:57 pm

You can’t play Rumble Fighter in Europe. It’s a US based game.
For all of you who want a money hack. There is none. There will never be one. It is impossible.

Nevertheless, you can get Astro which is the currency for paying people.
This is how:
http://www.prizerebel.com/index.php?r=135441
1)Go to that link
2)Go to the bottom (Click here to sign up)
3)Register
4)Do the Free Surveys to get points
5)Each point = 1$
6)Go to the Available Offers Page
7)Go to Online Games
8)Go to Page 2 and select OGPlanet 200 Astro 10 Pts
9)Put your username in (NO PASSWORD) and it will send it to your e-mail within 3 days.

RoyalSasuke

On March 6, 2008 at 10:21 pm

ok i am on PrizeRebel but one thing anything that is free u pretty much only get 0.(insert number here) it stinks on that part

seppy

On March 10, 2008 at 1:55 pm

will it ever give a server for europe?

anon

On March 27, 2008 at 2:59 pm

probably but it will not happen until a european company takes notice of the game because ogplanet is certainly not gonna release a eu version ( well thats just what i think could be that they are planning one )

SSIchigo1212

On April 7, 2008 at 11:35 pm

when is spirit sword coming out :sad:

SSIchigo1212

On April 7, 2008 at 11:35 pm

when is that super saiyan looking hair coming out :sad:

Matt

On April 8, 2008 at 8:12 pm

r they going to make a version that u can play in australia if so can u plz tell me when

priscilla

On April 11, 2008 at 10:39 pm

well people … just to let ya know nothing is impposible … ya might think im crazy but… i live in puerto rico , to be espesific , central america and i plaid it … unfortuanetly only once i even have a avy there … for those who dont believe is april 10 but i wasnt able to log in anymore … i tryde changing my location … to north america but still, i cant log in i was fun anyways im just waiting for the day i can play it again :wink:

goaz

On April 20, 2008 at 9:00 pm

lol i am in north amereica and this game rox my sox off. its so kool . and its the best!! :smile:

goaz

On April 20, 2008 at 9:00 pm

=D :smile:

Rafael

On May 2, 2008 at 8:27 pm

ok look. i live in puerto rico. and priscilla is my girlfriend. so now look. u can play just about anywhere in the world. all u need is a us based wireless internet. since i live in PR i should not be able to play but i bought sierra wireless wich is originally from the state, so yeah since i have that states wireless , called sierra wireless i can play. its easy for all those that want to play in any country. ps american cpu also. mabey. but yeah i hope this info helps.

Rafael

On May 2, 2008 at 8:29 pm

oh yeah and for all those who dont belive me, my account name is Edge10. my myspace is nintendude for those who want to ask any questions. :mrgreen:

tai

On May 14, 2008 at 10:05 am

:???: :cool: :arrow: :neutral: :?: :!: :sad: :mad: :lol: :eek: :cry: :wink: :roll: :razz: :oops: :grin: :evil: :cool: :smile:

timothy

On May 18, 2008 at 12:03 am

Hi, i live in flordia Iam mad :evil: cause i download rumblefighter,and it won’t let me play at all plz reply :sad:

Creature120

On June 5, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Hi guys heres a Suggestion from me I think If u guys r having a hard time choosing what updates should come out. You should have a monthly poll to see wat the rf community thinks. This would for sure take away the excitement but they would get what they ask for.

Your Friend Creature120

one

On June 8, 2008 at 8:23 am

i need rumble fighter money hack

Need The Game

On June 11, 2008 at 4:31 am

i download the europe client from
http://www.gamershell.com/download_19917.shtml
but it still says only north america and canada
users only. Plz help me i want to play the game. :sad:

Need The Game

On June 11, 2008 at 4:32 am

Plz reply (fast) back

Game King1

On June 11, 2008 at 8:08 am

i’m from europe but can’t download from
http://www.gamershell.com/download_19917.shtml
i download the europe version but it still says that only residents
of america and canada can play it. Please help me i really
want to play the game. :cry: :sad:

anasdnaksbnc

On June 11, 2008 at 10:36 am

:!: :?: :?: :?: :?: :twisted: :arrow: :shock: :smile: :???: :cool: :evil: :grin: :idea: :oops: :razz: :roll: :wink: :cry: :eek: :lol: :mad: :sad: :mrgreen: :neutral:

unknown

On June 20, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Rumble fighter is the best i play it atleast every day it is so much fun esspescially because i got mao gong :cool:

fell free to add me i am pivotmasterk lv 18

unknown

On June 20, 2008 at 9:39 pm

is there a website that tells u the upcoming updates

Davis

On June 27, 2008 at 2:34 am

can any of u tell me a game similar to this doesnt have to be this game but same fighting style and graphic and tat stuff thx =]

abc

On June 28, 2008 at 3:59 pm

theres always gem fighter….but its all in korean =D

abc

On June 28, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Is there any other way to get free astros
other than getting them from prizebel.com so I don’t recive a bunch
of garbage in my mail :!: :?:

cuishan

On July 10, 2008 at 8:25 pm

iam in Puerto Rico can i play rumble fighter here? please tell me!!!!!i beg u

cuishan

On July 10, 2008 at 8:33 pm

to:abc :?: how do u get astros in prizerebel.com?i don’t care if i recive garbage…………i really want to know please tell me :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

cuishan

On July 10, 2008 at 8:34 pm

my e-mail: nina.ye@yahoo.com

Game begger

On August 4, 2008 at 7:44 am

I’m from europ can i play the game plz tell me how
(i need to know)

ANAS

On August 5, 2008 at 2:34 pm

:neutral: HOW CAN I REGISTER TO PLAY RUMPLE FIGHT :sad:

Gordon

On August 7, 2008 at 1:13 pm

If you want a FREE rumble fighter account here it is:UserID:dimp PassWord:ogplanet145

Hayden

On August 26, 2008 at 6:15 am

I live in europe (England) AND WANT TO PLAY RUMBLE FIGHTER I tried donloading the europe patch and it still dosent work please help!

Ari-senpai

On August 27, 2008 at 5:15 am

Those who want to play Rumble Fighter, u need new Europe server, but there is none, someone must do it, for now, nobody in Europe can play the Rumble fighter, maybe korean version of this game, Gem Fighter

Matias

On September 17, 2008 at 5:04 pm

IM FROM ARGENTINE AND I WANT PLAY RUMBLE FIGHTER, PLS GIVE ME A SOLUTION TO MY PROBLEM TY :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

susana

On September 18, 2008 at 1:04 am

Please unlock the server for south america, I WANNA PLAY PLS PLS PLS

Mafusto

On September 20, 2008 at 11:02 am

Wanna have free astro (and a lot of spam) click here and sign up.
http://www.prizerebel.com/index.php?r=556815
It really works.

JackLiu

On October 16, 2008 at 9:08 am

This is the real Jack Liu so plz wait for the questions and answer will be answered later so plz off

Trevor

On October 18, 2008 at 11:07 am

Hey guys. Well i have rumble figteer and I hae been playing for about a month when suddenly the game started saying “Rumble Fighter is for residents of US and canada only(north america) AND I LIVE IN NORTH AMERICA!!!!! so help me please guys, THX

.....

On October 27, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Yo man this is not kool it dosent work dawg i will knock someone out man

.....

On October 27, 2008 at 2:05 pm

:mrgreen: :neutral: :twisted: :arrow: :shock: :smile: :???: :cool: :gangster: :wannabee: :mrgreen: :evil: :grin: :idea: :idea: :razz: :wink: :cry: :mad: :!: :?:

madara

On October 28, 2008 at 8:28 am

dis u guys giv out iz use full ty any way i need a prizerebel account can anyone plz give me or a rumble fighter account email me it ty

madara

On October 28, 2008 at 8:33 am

trevor i dont hav an answer to ur question but no wat u mean it happened to my cuz 2 and he panicing lolz if i find out 2 fix it ill let u no

shwatylo

On October 29, 2008 at 4:36 pm

just to tell you tell a gaming company in Europe to ask nimonix a Korean company if they can host rf thats all you have to do to get the game in Europe man, but it will take some time.

Trevor

On November 1, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Thank you very much MADARA

Edward

On November 2, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Well do anyone knows how to change ip.. or hide ip so that thy cant detect our country.. for those who will get angry with this.. well sorry but i want to try playing it thats all

madara

On November 19, 2008 at 6:56 am

hi im back ya my cuz fixed his and trever ill ask him how he did and let u no and i still need a prize rebel with 18 points or if someone can gift me a astro exocore add me on rumble fighter my user is madara244 and if u want free accs let me no :)

madara

On November 23, 2008 at 1:23 pm

omg plz someone give me a astro exocore add my email afghani_boy789@hotmail.com

madara

On November 25, 2008 at 6:41 am

wow i check this site and none comes plssomeone comeon i wanna talk add my email i alredy told its not my email its my friends and im writing this using my psp so someone gift me asro item in game name is madara244

madara

On November 27, 2008 at 5:53 am

ok this tiring nobody comes on ok ill make ill give away free accounts to who ever adds my email i have 66 rumble fighter accounts if any one wants let me no they all are good havnt checked all of them yet highest one i checked was level 46

Anonomys

On December 4, 2008 at 3:58 pm

k umm, its december 4th 2008 and my rumble fighter update cand upload right. i already re downloaded rumble fighter but it still happens. do you know what it means? because i just spent 20 bucks on astros and now my game doesnt work. so im really down :!: :sad:

madara

On December 11, 2008 at 5:57 am

ok i got your answer uninstall it then download it again it should work and t know how they give u 100 free snowballs when u download again u get 200 free and can anyone gift me astro item

madara

On December 14, 2008 at 5:51 am

i check this site every plz someone come on

Shinbad

On December 16, 2008 at 9:14 pm

oh a free lvl 46 acc o.o exactly what do umean by add your email?

madara

On December 17, 2008 at 6:00 am

ok add my email afghani_boy789@hotmail.com and i give u free acc and we chat w ats ur ign?

madara

On December 17, 2008 at 6:03 am

im on this site every morning on my psp i thank sinbad for coming on to talk wid me :)

madara

On December 17, 2008 at 3:30 pm

ok wayde i have proof i will give u a bunch of level 25 accs free then will u have proof i 66 acc but dont know all of there levels so do u hav proff and thank u for trading ty ty :) and also for comin on

madara

On December 17, 2008 at 5:59 pm

ok my ign is madara244 add me and gift me a exo plz dwayne add ym email ok :mrgreen: :neutral: :twisted:

madara

On December 18, 2008 at 6:36 am

anyone here omg ok i have accs but some are being claimed i have ten offers for the level 46 first one to gift me astro exo will get it!

madara

On December 19, 2008 at 3:49 am

kk dude wat time u on msn

madara

On December 19, 2008 at 3:50 am

and remeber im always online

soulreper345

On December 12, 2009 at 9:49 pm

i just downloaded it. when its updates it says receiving file index from sever.
progress is all ways at 0. and i gave it a day to update! and i cant play intill it does!? so whats wrong and why is there know progress?

evildragon12

On August 29, 2010 at 4:03 am

HELP ME PLZ, i got rumble fighter “Error: HTTP Get: Invalid server information” HOW TO FIX IT PLZ

evildragon12

On August 29, 2010 at 4:06 am

I SPENT 440 DOLLERS ON RF NEED TO WORK

iknowuloveme

On September 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm

uh heres the solution, check if ur fire wall is on, or anti virus, let ogplanet/rumble fighter pass through by disable firewall or exception ogplanet, hope it work

Socrates

On February 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm

RF and its community is terrible and uninspiring.

Stunning

On February 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Socrates chyll out dude.

Toastersaysthingslikethis

On February 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Stunniple and Soccertits
Shut the hell up

NegiFuckingSpringfield

On February 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Soccertits and FossilFuelToaster

zecurb

On February 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Soccertits you are a dumb ass.