We were so excited when we officially started Kartuga’s Closed Beta at the end of February, and the first players started exploring the oceans. Since then, our development team has continued to work diligently on the game and incorporated new features, improved existing ones and applied lots of minor bug fixes. All this would not have been possible without your active support! Whether in blog comments, on Facebook or on the official forum, you have always given us useful feedback, brought forth new ideas and reported bugs in the game. For this, we want to thank the entire community of Kartuga!
Let’s talk about the update we just published – In short: It resets all server data. For you, this means that all of your characters start at level 1 again, With an emptied inventory and your current rank being deleted. Crucial to this decision was mainly the idea of fairness: Many of you have already played one or more characters extensively, reached a high level and obtained powerful items. Furthermore, from now on, you’ll be able to purchase gems, which was also not possible before. Therefore, it would be unfair to all new players who were not yet lucky and couldn’t participate in the closed beta. In addition, some of the changes that we now made, were much easier to implement for the programmers, because of the reset.
Your login information, social contacts and friends lists remain, of course, so that you can get back to normal immediately after the reset. In addition, I can promise you that this will be the only time we reset the server and your characters. Everything that you earn from now will remain! Therefore – Anchors Away! From now on, it counts!
A computer game is a very complex thing with many different parts. Starting with a general idea of what kind of game it should be, the game designer thinks about what could be fun and what not. After many discussions, ideas and preparations, the programmers will create the first playable version of the game. They are the guys who write the code and make sure that there are no bugs which would destroy all the fun. Sound designers create the background music as well as the sound effects with the goal of an appealing atmosphere.
For me, the graphic design of a game is the most important thing, though. The game could be really good on the programming side and could have an awesome sound, but when the graphic is bad, I won´t play longer than a few minutes. That´s why I am so happy with Kartuga´s great and piraty graphic design. Our designers wanted a style between realism and fantasy. They wanted Kartuga to be a world which is absolutely plausible in itself, but the players should also be able to explore mysterious places and beautiful paradises.
The guys did indeed a great job with this, as you can see in the area trailer, for example:
With every game start, the slightly caricatured look, the bright colors and nice textures let me sink into another world. Besides that, our graphic guys were able to integrate many different graphical facets into the worlds of Kartuga. Because of the great design, I always know if I am in the oriental waters of the Empire of the Sun or shipping through mysterious Kartu. I am still fascinated by the beautiful world and sometimes I lose myself in dreams of the beautiful beaches…
Regardless if you rather duel in heated PvP matches or like to do missions for NPCs, our pirate action game Kartuga offers both. You probably have realized by now, that some of the quests are quickly finished, and invite you to try out some of your skills, while others are longer and turn out to be part of a larger story. Those main quests; or story quests, will lead you through the five large PVE areas of Kartuga. Passing remote islands and beautiful beaches, aspiring pirates shouldn’t lose focus for their goal: The lost treasure chest of Kartuga!
According to rumor, it contains a mysterious item, which might stir the balance of power on the oceans. But be warned: searching for the treasure won’t be without danger. On several occasions, you will get caught in the crossfire between enemy factions. The Ithosian Trade League, the Empire of the Sun and Kartu Qucha are trying to get their hands on the powerful treasure. On your travels you follow the tracks of infamous pirate John Greybeard, last known owner of the chest. Further and further you’ll sail, meeting new allies and foes, experiencing wild sea battles, power struggles and vicious treason. During your wild hunt over the oceans you’ll encounter powerful elite enemies, like Robert the bloody or Gondom the Shipwrecker. In order to defeat them, the right tactic and lots of skill are vital. So, better pack lots of ammunition, equip your finest cannons, and get ready for treasure hunting!
In this Video we show you how the quest system of Kartuga works and fight against one of the elite enemies:
The canons are hot, your opponents despair and your ship keeps getting more powerful – The closed beta of Kartuga is running very well and thousands of players are fighting for supremacy on its vast oceans. Now there is another reason to be enthusiastic. Our developers just released a new update fixing some issues and improving the whole gameplay.
I’m looking forward to the new match-making system. You may have recognized that the difference between the players’ levels rose. So there is a risk that the battles become uneven. The new update is designed precisely to fix this. In the future, we want only very similarly leveled players to compete against each other. To achieve this, the time was extended in which the system can take to match up players. This will increase the chances of the system finding more appropriate opponents, and the frustration factor will drop considerably. The update will also ensure that you never have to play alone against two opponents.
Those who want to learn more about this patch, and upcoming ones can visit the official forum.
Oh, and if you are still getting this message in the game, “We are currently undergoing maintenance – please check back later” then clear your cache. Once you do that, everything should work!
For some time now pirate captains all over the world roar “Fire away”! Thousands of pirates fight exciting sea battles and try out various character builds. No easy task considering the three totally different classes Protector, Engineer and Destroyer and a total of over 80 Skills to choose from. Whoever did not have the chance so far and wants to try out our brand new pirate game should register on www.kartuga.com and use this key:
After you have logged in, you can pick your own class. If you are not sure which class to choose, check out our new skill video in which we present the skill trees of the classes:
After you have solved the tutorial, you start in a lovely harbor. Now you can start to take on quests and fight NPC’s. If you prefer to fight against human players, you should select the domination or destruction modes. As soon as enough players have queued for a pvp match the battle starts.
The domination mode is about area control. Each team tries to control as many control points as possible. For each captured position your team gains a constant stream of points. The team that first reaches 2500 points wins.
The destruction mode is about planting a bomb. The bomb spawns in the middle of the map. If you collect it you have to bring the bomb to your enemies’ bomb spots. Once you have arrived, you goal is to arm the bomb and wait for the explosion. But attention: While the countdown is running, you opponents still have a chance to disarm the bomb.
You see there are a lot of things to discover in the world of Kartuga, so be fast and join the game!
When you currently walk down the corridors of our offices, you hear the sound of fighting ships everywhere. The reason for this is our new pirate action MMOG Kartuga. Two weeks ago the closed beta started and since then all hell has been breaking loose.
Reason enough to present you the games skill trees. Beforehand the facts: You can choose from more than 80 different active and passive skills divided by the three classes Protector, Destroyer and Engineer.
Let’s start with the engineer: You have the choice between the skill trees Tinker, Atlanticus and Buoy Master. If you invest your skillpoints into the Atlanticus-build you are able to heal your mates – extremely practical in tight battles. As a Tinker you can specialize on debuffing enemy skills to take most of their attack power. The Buoy Master relies on powerful Buoys which attacks individual enemies, or accelerates allied units.
The Protector is the strongest class in terms of defense, with his skill tree divided into Bulwark, Wrangler and Suppressor. If you have chosen to put skill points into the Bulwark, you can look forward to a massive armor which makes you nearly unsinkable. The Suppressor-build is slightly less armored but features the precise and deadly “Watery Grave” skill. If you choose the Wranger, you counts on melee skills like “Feel My Pain” and can always be found on the front line.
The Destroyer possesses Raider, Ravager, and Brawler. As a Raider you are nimble and highly maneuverable. The Brawler is the melee of the Destroyer builds. With its “Fiery Shield” and “Rapid Fire”, you have the ability to cause some real chaos. Anyone who ever wanted to use the “Aimed Shot” should choose the Ravager. This skill focuses mainly on shooting from a distance and a lot of kills are guaranteed.
So you see there are a lot of different skills and variation options, each with strengths and weaknesses. There is no PERFECT way to skill your character.
SO: Try out different options and see which fits to your play style. The good thing is, that you are able to reset the entire skill tree and put the earned points into other abilities.
To all Beta-Players: We are currently experiencing problems with the newest Unity-Plugin. This leads to detailed information about your items not being displayed at the moment. Our developers are currently working to fix the problem.
We are really sorry for that, we hope we can fix the problem as soon as possible!
The time has now come! The closed beta of Kartuga has just started and right in this moment you could receive one of the beta keys. With this key you are the first one who has access to our brand new action MMOG. And there are a lot of things you can look forward to in it: The playable version already includes all three classes with complete skill trees. Hence, you will finally be able to decide if you prefer the Destroyer, Engineer or Protector. Moreover, 20 of the 40 planned ship types are already done and selectable. There is also a large variety of play modes – If you prefer to play on your own, you can sail around the oceans of the five large accessible game worlds and solve quests. If you like to play against other players you have the choice between domination and destruction. Domination is a variation of classic king-of-the-hill. Destruction is a mode where a bomb has to be detonated in the enemy’s base. Soon, the PvP modes will separate the wheat from the chaff!
All pirates who didn’t receive a beta key so far shouldn’t be disappointed. In the next days, we will increase the number of players. Moreover we will give out keys on our InnoGames-Facebook page daily. Taking a look is well worthwhile!
With the start of the closed beta we are really looking forward for your feedback. You can barely imagine how excited we all are to see how much you like the game. We hope you have lot of fun on the oceans of Kartuga!
To make the first steps easier, we have a few instructions for when you do receive a key:
Now the time has come! From the 27th on, the impatiently awaited closed beta of Kartuga starts! In only a few days, the first pirates are allowed to raise anchor and set sail! And the best part is, the playable version already includes all three classes with complete skilltrees. Hence, you will finally be able to decide if you prefer the Destroyer, Engineer or Protector. Moreover, 20 of the 40 plannedship types are already done and selectable. I’m sure there is something for every taste.
We can also look forward to the varying game modes: In the closed beta, we can choose between domination and destruction. Domination is a variation of classic king-of-the-hill. Destruction is a mode where a bomb has to be detonated in the enemy’s base.
Anyone who is not interested in battles against other players has the opportunity to sail over the oceans of the five large accessible game worlds. NPCs with various quests are already waiting for you there.
Interested? The closed beta can be accessed by pre-registering on www.kartuga.com or visiting the InnoGames-Facebook page, where keys will be given out daily. Taking a look is well worthwhile!
I wish you good luck during the beta key giveaway! I’ll see you in the game!