The new Free2Play MMORPG Ecila (PC) started in Early Access on Steam on August 15th. The game wants to score with a free class system, anime look and complete renunciation of Pay2Win.
What is Ecila? First we have to make it clear at this point that Ecila shares his name with a pixel-like rogue-like, but the two games have nothing to do with each other.
Ecila is a 3D sidescroll semi open world MMORPG, but that sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is. Basically the game is an MMORPG with an anime look, which is mostly controlled with the keyboard. So you run with D to the right and with A to the left, but the levels offer more depth than a normal sidescroll game would.
Ecila basically offers an open world, but also has many instantiated areas, from which the term semi-open world is made up. In terms of the story, Ecila would like to take you on a journey that deals with fairy tales and mythical creatures, but all of which are no longer quite themselves. You borrow the slogan of the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland and make “We’re all mad here” as the motto of the story of Ecila.
The gameplay features: Ecila offers some exciting gameplay aspects, which we would like to briefly introduce to you here:
- 3D sidescroll gameplay with keyboard controls
- Jump & run elements and fights
- A story about fairy tales and mythical creatures
- An open class system that depends on which weapon you carry
- You can equip up to 3 equipment presets at the same time and then switch freely between them, which should be essential for the fight in the more difficult levels
- Crafting and item improvements
- An optional auto-play feature that automatically fights, runs, and takes potions
- Waiver of Pay2Win, but possible Pay2Progress
How should Pay2Win be avoided? Ecila offers you two real money currencies, diamonds and topaz. While you can only buy diamonds with real money, the Topaz currency can be earned, but can also be purchased with diamonds.
Cosmetic items such as skins or costumes can only be obtained with diamonds, while with Topaz you can also buy experience enhancers, teleport items and automatic healing potions. To what extent you have to grind in order to earn the valuable Topaz is not yet known.
What do the players say? The game received a lot of approval, but also some criticisms.
The users write: “Good game! It gives me the nostalgic feeling of the Maplestory / FlyFF era from 2005. It still has a few bugs, which is okay for early access. Ecila has the potential to be a really good game. As a fan of cute anime MMOs, Ecila really lights up my heart.” Negative ratings are mainly concerned with the auto battle function and the bugs that are there in the early access version. The users write, among other things: “Without the auto battle function you simply have to grind too much, so it is not really optional. The game is therefore not for me, but maybe for you. ”