SoulWorker (Hangul: 소울워커, also known as SoulWorker Online) is an anime-style free action massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMOARPG) developed by Lion Games Studios from South Korea. The game story takes place fifteen years ago after a portal, known as the void, started bringing demons into the world. Fifteen years later, children that were once lost to the void were transported back to their world. Armed with supernatural powers, these children were to be known as SoulWorkers.

SoulWorker
SoulWorker Logo.png
Developer(s)Lion Games Studios
Publisher(s)
EngineVision
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Release
  • JP: April 6, 2016[2]
  • KOR: January 18, 2017[1]
  • TWN/ENG: October 2, 2020 (May 13, 2021 for English players)[3]
Genre(s)Massively multiplayer online action role-playing game
Mode(s)Multiplayer

SoulWorker was first released in Japan on April 6, 2016 with Hangame publishing the game. The Korean version was published by Smilegate on January 18, 2017, while the English version entered Open Beta on February 26, 2018 with Gameforge as its publisher.

The English version of the game that was published by Gameforge ceased its service on April 30, 2021. Lion Games Studios launched a new English server on May 13, 2021. It shares the same game client as the Taiwanese version and is only available from Steam[7]

CharactersEdit

SoulWorker features six playable characters that have their own unique weapons and skills. Character skills can further be improved by leveling through quests and dungeons. Additionally, players also gain access to more skills as they increase in level.

Haru EstiaEdit

Voiced by: Lee Bo-hee[8] (Korean); Ai Kayano[9] (Japanese)

Haru is a 17 years old girl falling under the Soulum class. Despite her shy and timid exterior, inside her burns a flame fueled by revenge. Haru takes down her enemies through the use of her companion, the Soulum sword.

Erwin ArclightEdit

Voiced by: Park Seong-tae[8] (Korean); Hiro Shimono[9] (Japanese)

Erwin is an 18 years old guy utilizing the Gun Jazz. As a Gun Jazz user, he can utilize his twin pistol to perform devastating skill attacks such as Sky High and Soulcaster. Formerly known as a TV star, his supreme confidence is mostly overshadowed by his extreme curiosity; often facing danger with an overconfident grin.

Lily BloommerchenEdit

Voiced by: Kim Hyeon-ji[8] (Korean); Ibuki Kido[9] (Japanese)

During the descending of the demons from the void fifteen years ago, Lilly's sibling was murdered. This resulted to the letting loose of Lilly's madness; with her soul manifesting as the Mist Scythe. Lilly's fighting style can be described as something brutal; utilizing skills such as Carnage and Guillotine to end the lives of her enemies.

Stella UnibellEdit

Voiced by: Lee Jae-hyun[8] (Korean); Risa Taneda[9] (Japanese)

Despite her vulnerable and cute appearance, Stella shouldn't be underestimated. Her soul screams through her Howling Guitar, capable of dealing a wide range of damage. Inside her weapon rests a demon known as, 'Fuu-chan' capable of performing earth shattering attacks to defend Stella at any cost.

Jin SeipatsuEdit

Voiced by: Kim Hye-seong[10] (Korean); Tomoaki Maeno[11] (Japanese)

Jin is a 17 year old male specializing in the use of Spirit Arms. As a trained defensive-fighter, Jin is capable of bringing a wide range of brawl-style skills into the battlefield.

Iris YumaEdit

Voiced by: Park Shin-hee[12] (Korean); Ai Kakuma[13] (Japanese)

Iris is the youngest daughter of the traditional and well-established Yuma family. As a future successor, she was forced to conform to the standards of her family from a young age. During the events of the void, her family died and she was swallowed by the void. Iris utilizes a hammer capable of dealing with enemies from both short and long range.

AnimeEdit

SoulWorker
Original net animation
Soul Worker: Your Destiny Awaits
Directed byHiroyuki Betsuyaku
StudioLarx Entertainment
Released March 17, 2016 April 5, 2016
Runtime3 minutes
Episodes5

A five-episode original net animation (ONA) adaptation was produced by Larx Entertainment and directed by Hiroyuki Betsuyaku. The ONA ran from March 17, 2016 to April 5, 2016. "Burning Soul" by GARNiDELiA was used for the ending theme of episode five.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Soul Worker To Launch In Korea On January 18th". Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  2. ^ "Soul Worker – Popular anime action MMORPG officially launches in Japan". Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "《靈魂行者》Steam服即將上線!號召各方玩家一同體驗". Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  4. ^ "SoulWorker Korea". Smilegate. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "SoulWorker Japan". Hangame. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  6. ^ "SoulWorker Taiwan". Lion Games Co., Ltd. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  7. ^ "Soulworker on Steam". store.steampowered.com. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  8. ^ a b c d "소울워커 웹 애니메이션 1화 공개!". December 25, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d e Loo, Egan (August 6, 2015). "Korean Online RPG Soul Worker Gets Web Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  10. ^ "김혜성 '겐지 성우' 미투? 시선 강 간 논란". April 6, 2018. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  11. ^ "ジン・セイパーツ". GAMEcom. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  12. ^ "서비스 1개월 맞이한 '소울워커', 향후 계획은?". 게임샷. February 16, 2017. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  13. ^ "イリス・ユマ". GAMEcom. Retrieved July 7, 2018.