PH game map debuts on Ragnarok Online

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[/caption] The patch, called PortMalaya, is the first Philippine-themed RO game map featuring myths, legends, places, and situations that are uniquely Filipino. It will be rolled out globally after six months, its publisher said. ?Port Malaya brings a new world for gamers to explore. We?re keeping the fun of the game alive in RO and we hope to stoke gamer interest by infusing characters and scenarios that show all these interesting aspects of Philippine culture and beliefs. Something that all pRO players will be familiar with,? said Roy Inciong, Playweb Games brand group head and RO brand manager. Playweb is the publisher of game titles under the Level Up brand in the Philippines. It was formed after Level Up merged with rival e-Games to create the country?s biggest online gaming company. With the patch, players can enter a haunted hospital where rest will not come easy unless the dream monster, ?Bangungot?, is defeated. Expect the fierce-looking but benevolent horse of Filipino folklore, the Tikbalang, to make an appearance and play tricks on those that pass its way. Then there?s the gigantic bat-like creature feared by children in Cebu called ?Wak Wak.? According to old folks, the ?Wak Wak? has long sharp claws and a pair of wings that make noisy flapping sounds when it flies, hence its name. When one hears the ?Wak Wak? loudly, it means it is far. But when it is near, you will hardly hear a sound especially when it is about to attack, using its claws to slash its prey across the chest area to feed on the victim?s heart. [cincopa AYLAE56CwoZO] Port Malaya has contemporary characters like the imp called Bungisngis or the playful and sometimes annoying ?Jejelings,? inspired by the ?Jejemon phenomenon.? There are also references to popular spots in the Philippines like Pagsanjan Falls and Luneta, the new Prontera, where one will meet the amiable Rodel, who drives a jeepney. Inciong said Level Up has high hopes for Port Malaya in terms of encouraging more RO players to play the game and attracting new players. ?Over the years, RO has been able to keep fresh with regular content updates and strong gamer community involvement. It?s unique because it has managed to retain a solid gamer base in the Philippines,? he said. ?The community has grown so much as well.? Ragnarok was an instant success in the Philippines when the fantasy MMORPG was launched in the country nine years ago. Filipinos all over the country took to the game with its detailed 2D sprites and animated visuals. RO boosted business for Internet cafes and was instrumental in paving the ground for an online gaming boom in the country. Local players even placed respectably in RO Worldwide Championship matches.]]>

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