NetEase announced at the end of last month that its highly anticipated action MMORPG Twilight Spirits would be entering Open Beta on June 29th. In a surprising turn of events, however, a Steam store page for the game went up today with a release date of today listed. The move is highly uncharacteristic of NetEase, which had not self-published a single game through Steam until now.
It seems that, despite the June 26th release date that is listed on the Steam store page, the game is not planned for release on Steam today. A Steam Community announcement simply states that the game will be released sometime at “the end of June,” providing no specific release date.
Update: A moderator has stated that the game will be out on Steam as soon as possible. It is currently under review by Valve, which has pushed the release back slightly. However, it is unknown at this time whether the game will actually launch once the client is made available or if it will simply allow players to pre-load ahead of the game’s June 29th launch.
For those that are unaware, Twilight Spirits is a new free-to-play action MMORPG from NetEase, which is best known in the West for developing and publishing Fantasy Westward Journey and Revelation Online. Much like games like Dragon Nest, Dungeon Fighter Online, and Vindictus, the game largely takes place in instances, including a variety of PvE instances, as well as PvP arenas.
While the game is being released on Steam, it is unknown at this time whether the Steam version will require you to have a NetEase account to play. Should you need one, they are fairly easy to set up, even if you don’t live in China. The game also shouldn’t be IP blocked, as NetEase is not known for region-locking its games, so a VPN shouldn’t be necessary. Barring the language barrier, the game should be perfectly accessible to anyone that wants to play it.
Update 2: According to the same moderator mentioned above, NetEase is considering translating Twilight Spirits into other languages. The languages that are being considered aren’t noted, but the response seems to imply that an English translation is being considered.