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Order and Chaos Online Celebrates Its Second Anniversary With New UI, Content, & Free Promotion Codes via IGN

MassPort_AppChronLogoIt’s hard to believe that Order and Chaos Online has been going steady for two years now. The game — which was the very impetus for the creation of Massively Portable — has had its ups and downs, but there’s no denying that Gameloft has managed to build something unique on iOS with its Warcraft-style MMORPG. This past week, Gameloft kicked off its Second Anniversary celebration with a big game update.

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The most notable change in the new update (which seems to be officially the “2nd Anniversary Update,” though the load screen still bears the “Mendel Rising” banner) is the updated UI. After two years, OnC has gotten a facelift! In many ways this is a good thing, since the old UI was always a bit blocky and unattractive. The new UI is brighter and flatter than its predecessor, with smaller action buttons, a larger action wheel, and redesigned character menus (like the “Equipment Wheel” that now displays gear).

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Overall, I have to say that I like the new look. It’s crisper and cleaner than the old look, which swam in muddy browns. Smaller buttons on the action bar are also a welcome change, as they leave more of the screen open. It does take some getting used to, but overall I think it’s a change for the better.

That’s not to say that there aren’t some refinements needed. For one thing, whoever designed the new chat window needs to be punished. The bright yellow-gold background works fine for the plain chat text, but the brightly colored chat text (like the item names and world message in the pic below) is utterly unreadable.

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Another issue with the new UI is that it was apparently playtested only on an iPad, because some of the new elements simply don’t scale down well to an iPhone screen. The Official OnC Forums are full of complaints about too-small buttons, overlapping buttons, and other issues with how the UI translated to iPhone. Hopefully an update is on its way.

In addition to the UI, the new update has brought the first post-Level 70 update dungeons, designed to be played by higher tier characters. The new dungeons, Metal Ziggurat and Abyss of Limitless Gears, are both in the Underworld, and both have a distinctly steampunk/mechanical flavor.

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New dungeons mean new treasure, of course, and Gameloft has delivered it in the form of new Tier 3 dungeon gear for each class. Of course, you’ll need to have your Tier 2 gear if you want to stand any chance of gettin your Tier 3 gear! So if you, like me, haven’t finished your Tier 2 set, you now have incentive to do so.

And whether you’re chasing Tier 2 or Tier 3 gear, you’ll probably find something to like about the other big new addition to the game, a Dungeon Finder for quickly and efficiently putting together a group. No more standing around the dungeon entrance shouting “PRO TANK LFG!” or “GROUP NEEDS DPS THEN G2G!” It won’t be so useful to members of the big guilds, but for those of us more reliant on PUGs, the Dungeon Finder should be useful.

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There’s also the usual assortment of small changes — class balances, talent changes, some Anniversary event content … enough new stuff to bring back lapsed players and engage the active ones. All in all, it’s an interesting update, one that signals Gameloft’s continued commitment to the game. And considering they’ve used the OnC property as their fantasy franchise standard, we can assume there will be more updates to come.

Finally, if you have not purchased Order & Chaos Online before, IGN is offering free promotional codes throughout the month of July. Click on this link to go to their page and download Order & Chaos Online for Free!

Are you playing the new OnC update? Let us know what you think in the comments!

For more on pocket-sized MMORPGs, check out Massively Portable.

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