Pre-Release Update 4: Internal alpha testing started!

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Note: This is a development blog. As such, anything shared here should be considered a work-in-progress and can change at any point.

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We know we've been quiet for a while but rest assured we've been busy working behind the scenes! The biggest news since our last update is that we have since rented a server and started our internal alpha testing with staff and a small group of testers. We have also been working away on the cleric skill tree, clans, the new website, a launcher and more!

Alpha Testing

We've officially started alpha testing! Right now we've limited our testing to devs, staff and friends of the server but in the future we will expand it out wider to the community. Thanks to the efforts of our testers we've identified some new bugs that we are diligently working to resolve so that our players can have a great experience on the server.

Here is a screenshot of some of our testers hard at work...breaking things...typical testers...

Two characters in zant play testing the game

Porting clans

In one of our previous blog posts we shared how we ported the original code to a new database system. This was a big task and was blocking other development at the time so to be able to move forward we initially made the decision to postpone finalizing the port by leaving out clans. We're happy to share that we are now working on bringing the clan functionality to the new database and they should be fully functional for our public alpha!

Two characters in junon testing clans

Cleric skill tree

We've overhauled the muse skill tree to support our new cleric paradigm. Our goal is to transform the cleric into a "summoner" class that focuses on using summons in battle. Since the cleric will no longer be a buffer, we've removed the buff skills from the skill tree. Next we've shuffled up the muse summon abilities so that they all fall under the summon mastery tree. Dragons have been removed from the mage skill tree and are now a cleric skill. We've also changed up the requirements so that you can learn each of the 3 main summons independently: phantom swords, elementals and dragons. We've also introduced a new summon called "butterfly" that clerics can use.

We're still working on the summons and their abilities but the idea is that each summon will have its own strengths and weaknesses. A cleric will have to pick the summon that makes sense for the current battle situation!

Buff skills removed: Screenshot of muse skill tree with buff skills removed

New summon mastery tree: Screenshot of muse new summon mastry tree

For the eagle-eyed readers you will notice that the "butterfly" skill actuall spawns a fairy. There are still a few bugs we need to resolve with summons.

Slots and appraisals

We had a few bugs with our item code that caused weird behavior such as quest items spawning with sockets:

Screenshot of bug where equipment has slots

We've fixed the bug but we took the opportunity to revist the item code entirely. We can now control slot/appraisal from the data files on a per-item basis and have implemented some new functionality:

  • Weapons always slotted: In iROSE based gameplay, unslotted weapons are not that useful so we've decided to make all weapons slotted by default!
  • Adjusted appraisal chance: We've adjusted the appraisal chance so that it's a fixed chance across all items.
  • Removed sockets from subweapons: We've removed sockets from subweapons (shields, dolls, etc.). We will be testing how this impacts gameplay but we hope it will bring some balance to all classes since they will all have access to the same number of gems.

Launcher and Website

We've begun work on the launcher and the website. These are high priority and are blockers for us opening up our public alpha!

While there are existing launchers that we can use, we are developing our own custom launcher. We decided to go down this route as our custom solution will be designed in a way that makes it easier for us to release updates. We don't want to have any barriers for creating patches so that we can continuously release updates to our players! A sneak peak of the WIP UI of the launcher:

Screenshot of rose next launcher

Button 1...button 2...what's not to love? Although we decided to keep it basic for now we have to admit that this guy was a serious contender for the launcher UI:

Screenshot of triggerdetect moldie ui

We've also put together an initial website for our users to login/register and manage their account. It's basic but fully functional.

Screenshot of website

Password security

The original code used md5 for storing passwords. While this was secure enough when the game first came out, that encryption is no longer safe today. To better protect our users our new dev has implemented sha256 and password salting! This means that your passwords will be a lot safer with better encryption.

Dev UI

While our players will likely never see this feature, we do like to share our dev work on tools and dev features. One new dev feature that we recently added to the client was an advanced dev ui. This uses the well-known dear imgui library to add a special interface for us to interact with different gameplay elements to experiment quickly or troubleshoot bugs.

This is what the dev ui looks like with the current features:

Screenshot of dev ui main window

We'll be adding more features to it on an as-needed basis but for now it exposes some fun and useful things. We also added an additional window for debugging entities in the world. This has helped us track down some bugs related to animations and movement speed.

Screenshot of dev ui target window

Overall, this doesn't impact our gameplay but good tooling helps us do our work better and faster so that we can deliver a great experience for our players! Therefore, we are always excited to share our progress on dev items, even if our players won't get to experience them directly.

Minor features & bug fixes

  • Enable background rendering: The client will now keep rendering even when it doesn't have focus. This can be disabled in the configuration file for those who want to save resources on their machine.
  • Fix dropped items not saving: Our item dupe protection code was accidentally removing all items that users received as a drop. This issue is now resolved.
  • Increased default max zoom by 50%
  • Fix ui reloading (debug only): This dev-only feature was accidentally left enabled in the client and was causing issue. It has now been restricted to debug builds.
  • Fix right clicking a player: Right clicking a player would bring up the character window. This was fixed.
  • Fix quests giving socketed items: Quests were returning all items as slotted, including equipment. This was fixed.
  • Fix teleport scrolls: Some of the newer teleport scrolls were not working (e.g. goblin cave). All teleport scrolls were fixed.


Slow but steady progress! We're excited to have started our alpha testing and hope to have a public alpha soon. Thanks for staying patient with us and always, join our discord or mailing list to stay up to date. Visit for our mailing list and our Discord Server to chat with us! If you'd like to keep-up-to-date on our blog posts then please checkout our RSS Feed.

Bonus screenshots

Screenshot of a level 50 soldier outside junon looking at an aqua king

One of our staff members finding a random aqua king outside junon. Did someone spawn it? Is it a bug? A mystery...

Screenshot of a level 50 solider outside zant looking at a woopie king

One of our staff members checking the spawn rates of woopie kings. Looks good! Spawned just fine and pretty quickly aswell...

Screenshot of dev ui target window being used on Leonard NPC in zant

One of our devs testing the initial developer target ui

Birds eye view of central zant with broken tile textures of the terrain

Broken textures in zant while one of our devs was cleaning up some of the map loading code. No fear, this was already fixed!

Screenshot of a player after zooming out to the new maximum

A screenshot of the new maximum zoom out distance after increasing it by 50%

Screenshot of clan dialog and character info showing character is in the clan

One of our devs confirming that the clan changes he made are working correctly. The clan was successfully created and the player successfully added!

Extremely zoomed out picture of adventure plains beach with no fog

One of our devs experimenting with turning off fog and zooming out extremely far. Almost looks like a different game. ROSE Online board game anybody? RTS?

Screenshot of 26+million worn-out leather in inventory

"S> Worn-out leather. Free shipping." Ooops, look like someone broke something