Best Blowout Support Event 2017 until July 04 (Europe) or Aug 23 (USA).  

Granado Espada (Russia) has updated to v8.5.2 on Aug 22, 2012, finally catching up with Sword 2. This makes Russian and American servers tie with the lowest game version. Meanwhile, the last update for Sword 2 was more than 8 months ago (see Sword 2 v8.5.2 Update), and there is still no news on when the next update will be or what is the status of the contract issue... Will G1 be competent enough to update Sword 2 before the Russians update to v9.5?

See На сервер установлена версия 8.5.2! for the official update notice. See below for featured videos on Black Death Wraith and Clock Tower 13F.

Magic Circle 32 (Korea) has been updated from Aug 23 to Sep 05, 2012 with the new Black & White costume for Veatrice.

Imperial Wheel V (Japan) has been updated for August 24-29, 2012. See 第3弾 インペリアルホイールV リニューアルスペシャル開催!! for the official notice and GMガイズの新要素ご紹介コーナー for weapon/costume features.

Cadet Elisa has made her appearance in China game edition. The following summarizes 3 recent events. The last event seems somewhat similar to ideas suggested by players in G1 forums - collect special tokens from raid bosses to trade for higher-end equipment.

IMC has released a new update preview - 업데이트 미리보기 - 샤론, 신규 시스템. The patch will be coming to Sword 2 at the start of the next...

ETA, with possible delay due to Scrat mistaking the contract for acorns.

Here is a problem I encountered with the game client... and the solution I found after messing around with the game files.

While the game client is running, Windows crashed and forced a system restart. After restart, the game client can start normally. Once you login to the same account, the client connects to the server, and attempts to load the family quarters. While it is loading, ge.exe error results. However, login to a different account works perfectly.

The system crash corrupted the Block Family list for the specific account stored locally. Each family has a different list, therefore a different account may be unaffected.

To rectify this problem, go to C:\Granado Espada\release\user folder. There should be a file whose name is a string of alphabets and numbers (e.g. 5c4767g406f757...). Delete this file, or rename it as a back-up. Restart the game client. You should be able to load the quarters properly now, but your block list will be gone.

If an account has an empty block list, then this file probably do not exist. In this case, the problem should be something else. The file is actually a .xml file, containing the names of the blocked families.

From July 04-18, there was EXP +50% Event, so Shotaro (Viki) took the chance to learn and master [Enhanced Tactics], and then spent 1 day in the premium dungeon of Caebolan. As a result, Shotaro (Viki) was promoted to Master Lv.5.

Cameron (Catherine INT), Arcee (Catherine DEX), and Archimedes (Jack) were also promoted to Expert Lv.1. Their trainer, Vairocana (Ralph), reached Master Lv.10. Zarathustra (Lionel) and Maimonides (M/Mus) reached Expert Lv.4, while helping Shotaro (Viki) with [Enhanced Tactics] in Bahamar Underground Cave. Daedalus (Yeganeh), also reached Veteran Lv.10 inside Castilla Mine.

As usual, we got some Magic Accessory Recipes from Mufasar and Occulta Bounty Hunt missions. Sadly, they don't even sell well lately these days. After a while, we just stopped camping/checking Mufasar. Such a waste of time...

For 1 week, we experienced time-travel in several missions, which not only brought us to a different map, but to a different day in the past as well. Someone must have messed up the server clock during maintenance. We received White Bishop (bracelet) from Joaquin Underground Prison, and 2 Recipes - Elite Le Noir from Crow Forest mission. One Crow Forest mission resulted in a large Event Box, instead of the normal Box of Darkness or Legendary Gold Box. The loot seemed to be the same though, but the bonus roulette was cheaper.

Meanwhile, G1-Raiden said in Ask the Producer forum topic:

Even if I decide to release 9.5, it will still take as long as it is taking us to release 10.6. We probably would save 60 days, but that isn't much. 10.6 is not the reason the patch is delayed so much, but a lot of changes happening within the company. [...] With the new globalization project that IMC is working on, all versions will be similar - which is the opposite of having unique contents.

So 60 days is considered "isn't much" of a delay. Great Zarquon! I wonder how long they are expecting the delay to be... That statement alone showed the geological time scale that G1 is working in. I can feel game motivation for players taking another drop. At this rate, I won't be expecting the patch until December or maybe next year. Goodness... Taiwan edition has already updated to v10.17, and even Thailand edition has updated to v9.5.2. So out of all regional editions of the game, Sword 2 is behind everybody else with the exception of Russia (v6.7).

Why is it that G1 seems to be the only publisher that have contractual problems causing patch delay? It is evident that IMC is capable of updating regularly for all other regional editions (which of course also need to renew their respective contracts), so the problem shouldn't be on their side. Maybe G1 refuses to pay the price IMC wants for contract renewal, or just don't have the man-power needed to work on the contract and the patch. We won't know for sure though, since they decided to keep the whole thing tightly under wrap. But whatever it really is, the situation is badly managed.

Oh, and no new cash shop boxes released this month.

And this is the reason why the random elements of this game suck so hard...

The 10th ChinaJOY was held in Shanghai during July 26-29, 2012. As usual, there were some cosplay features for Granado Espada.

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Korean Granado Espada is having an event (July 26 - August 30, 2012) that features the Summer Costume Sets for Veatrice and Mary from Imperial Wheel V: July 2012 (Japan). In addition, there is also the new Summer Costume Set for Grandies. See the official event notice for event details.

Picture Source:  모던+섬머 
More screenshots are available at 왜 다들 그래픽옵션이 그런가여? and 그랑 섬머 코스튬!. See also 마리 대 전효성, 최고의 베이글녀는 누구? for an article about the summer costumes.