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Voyage Century Online (航海世纪/王者世紀) is a free nautical MMORPG developed by Snail Games and published by IGG.[1] It was the first game developed by Snail after its founding in 2000.[2] It is set in 16th-century Earth and features accurate historical representations of several coastal cities. Players are not required to choose a career path at the beginning of the game. This gives players a rather varied gameplay in which players can either specialize in one skill and trade for resources, or make use of all the skills.

Voyage Century Online
Voyage Century Online official logo.png
Developer(s) Snail Games
Publisher(s) IGG
Snail Games
Platform(s) Windows
Release December 22, 2006
Genre(s) Historical MMORPG
Mode(s) Multiplayer

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HistoryEdit

Prior to its English launch, Voyage Century Online was available to players in China, South Korea, and Germany. An alpha test open to 1000 players began on the English version on December 8, 2006, and an open beta version was launched on December 22, 2006. The game's full version was released April 8, 2007.[3]

PlotEdit

 
Screenshot of Zhigu city as it appears in game.

Voyage Century Online is a game set in 16th-century Europe with its roots in the Age of Sail.

From the 15th century, western European explorers push eastward in an effort to seek treasures, spices and other luxuries of that time. They opened a gate to riches and greed for those in power, who sponsored explorers' cause without abandonment. As the fleets stretched their paths, westerners expanded their influences to Africa. Later they cruised around Cape of Good Hope to reach Indian Ocean. In the other direction, they explored westward and found the New World. The late 15th century saw the start of the global expansion of Western capitalism and colonial exploitation of the rest of the world.

Voyage Century storyline begins at Mediterranean from the late 15th to early 16th century. The western powers start the bloody pursuit of riches that led Europe into an age of great turmoil. Every character in the game was from a mysterious birth. Some of them are descendants of the courageous cavalry in Yuan Empire, some carry the family line of caravan merchants faring the Silk Road, some are the witnesses of the not so well known affair between of Marco Polo and Chinese princess, and some are even the offspring of west Europe's pirates. But all players are to maintain a firm belief: the pursuit of peace and hope. Bearing the faith, they embarked on a passionate adventure on the High Seas.

GameplayEdit

Voyage Century Online is a third-person massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). Character, ship and camera movements are fully controlled by mouse, while skills can be controlled using keyboard, through skill shortcut bar. At the beginning of the game, players are asked to choose one of the five professions available, Royal Military Officer, Imperial Guardian, Caribbean Pirate, Treasure Hunter or Armed Businessman. Professions can be leveled, up to level 160, by gaining experience points from performing various tasks in game, e.g. crafting, fighting animals, completing quests. Leveling profession is beneficial as new profession skills are unlocked with every new level. Each profession has its own unique skill set and role it plays in game. Professions can be changed at any point which gives players a rather varied gameplay. In addition to professions, there are four different weapons available, axe, sword, falchion and gun. Players are not required to choose any weapon in specific, but certain professions will benefit from certain weapons, e.g. Treasure Hunter is specialized in using guns and will do more damage fighting with a gun.

Game features many different systems of which most noted ones are skill system, exploration system, trading system, rank system, refining system and upgrading system.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Aihoshi, Richard (November 21, 2006). "Voyage Century Interview". IGN. 
  2. ^ Gaudiosi, John (November 5, 2012). "Snail Games Founder And CEO Shi Hai Details US Expansion And Hollywood Plans For Age Of Wushu". Forbes. 
  3. ^ "A timeline of IGG events". Internet Gaming Gate. IGG. Archived from the original on March 14, 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 

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