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Wonderland Online is an MMORPG video game developed by Chinese Gamer International. In North America, the closed beta client was published on April 9, 2008 by Internet Gaming Gate, now named IGG Inc..[1] In China, Wonderland is also titled 飄流幻境 ("Drift Illusion").[2]

Wonderland Online
Developer(s) Chinese Gamer International
Publisher(s) Internet Gaming Gate
Platform(s) Windows
Release (Global) April 9, 2008(Closed Beta)
Genre(s) Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game

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GameplayEdit

Wonderland Online is a story of a group of shipwreck survivors stranded on an isolated island. Players may perform quests, solve puzzles, manufacture items and indulge in interior decoration.[1] The graphics are anime-style 2D. The game world is based on the real-world Earth, and includes classical representations of countries such as China, Egypt, Philippines, Korea, Japan, United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Maya and the South Pole.[3]

Characters have attributes and magical powers based on the four elements: defensive ability is based on earth, support abilities on water, attack abilities on fire and agility and speed on wind.[3]

Equipment can be obtained by Alchemy, Alchemy success rate and rarity can be defined by alchemy level and tier. Tiers are divided between None, Primary, Junior, and Superior. Initial tier is None, new tiers can be unlocked by quests, each tier got a level cap, but only require 5 for primary, and 10 for junior to trigger their respective upgrade quests, and superior caps out at level 30.[4] The higher the tier of alchemy, the rarer the items the player can make.[5] Most of the equipment can be enhanced by either the use of forge on the item mall, which costs points and is of exponentially decreasing success chance. Or of enhancement scrolls which ranges from 50-100% chance, these can be obtained either through the item mall or special events.[6]

Rebirth system is available at the version "Cursed Palace". Players above level 100 can pick a job ranging from:

  • Mage Classes:
  1. Wit- specializes in matk(INT)
  2. Priest- specializes in mdef(WIS)
  3. Seer- specializes in speed(AGI)
  • Warrior Classes
  1. Killer- specializes in atk(STR)
  2. Warrior- specializes in def(CON)
  3. Knight- specializes in speed(AGI)

this can be obtained by a two-staged quest. In which players are able to pick their job in the end. With their level being deducted by 99 of their current level before rebirth and receiving a cape in which its stats base on the level in which the player rebirth(+10 ability points at 100, +80 ability points at 198).[7]

DevelopmentEdit

Wonderland Online was developed by Taiwanese studio Chinese Gamer International. Pre-production began in 2003 and formal development in 2004. Wonderland was published in Taiwan on December 14, 2005. Initially, players had to pay for subscription. The business model switched to free-to-play on May 16, 2006, with revenue generated by points cards redeemable at an in-game item mall. Wonderland was made available in mainland China on April 7, 2006, in Japan on December 3, 2007 and in Thailand on January 25, 2008. Finally, Internet Gaming Gate published Wonderland in North America on May 12, 2008.[3]

Issues and ClosureEdit

Duping has been an issue when players found an exploit in the server code which started back in 2014 in Taurus server, which spread to other servers. Particularly Aries server back in early 2016 where most of the remaining players, specifically the mall buyers has been based when the population from the other servers declined(was fixed in 6/2017)[8]. Facilitating a merge of all clusters into the first three, namely: Aries, Taurus, and Cancer.[9] In the end, due to lack of updates and the license to operate contract expiring, IGG decided not to renew the contract, ending services in 1/26/2018, mall closing on 12/26/2017. [10]

IGG renewed the contract and WLO will be operating as normal after hearing out the reaction of the entire player base days after the announcement of closure.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Wonderland Online: Closed Beta Client Available" (Press release). IGN. 2008-04-07. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  2. ^ "《飘流幻境》28日全面公测 唯晶宝贝变身飘流女生". QQ.com. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  3. ^ a b c Chen, Chole (2008-07-24). "Wonderland Online Interview". RPG Vault (Interview). Interviewed by Richard Aihoshi. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  4. ^ wlodb.com/topics/10599
  5. ^ wlodb.com/compounds
  6. ^ wl.igg.com/main.php
  7. ^ wlodb.com/topics/2299
  8. ^ http://wl.igg.com/news/newscontent.php?aid=5743
  9. ^ http://wl.igg.com/news/newscontent.php?aid=5792
  10. ^ http://wl.igg.com/news/newscontent.php?aid=5827

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