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

IMC has released a new update preview - 업데이트 미리보기 - 영입NPC J.D. See also Frontiers Vol.11 for more information.

Imperial Wheel S (Japan) has been updated for Nov 22-28, 2012. See GMグレア『新アイテムご紹介っ!』 or 일본에 새로추가된 코스츔&무기 for more screenshots and information.

Greek Croma for Musketeer
Coat (Mus) • DEF Rating 33 • DEF 184

Great Sword of McFaul
Great Sword • ATK Rating 34 • ATK 484
ATK +10% vs. All Races, Penetration +8, ATK Speed +10%, Block +10, Stun 7%

Revolver of Gerald
Pistol • ATK Rating 34 • ATK 292
ATK +10% vs. All Races, Penetration +5, Accuracy +15, ATK Speed +10%

Ice Bangle of Meyer
Ice Bracelet • ATK Rating 34 • ATK 295
ATK +10% vs. All Races, Magic Penetration +5, ATK Speed +10%, Max SP +15%

Bracelet of Raien
Elemental Bracelet • ATK Rating 34 • ATK 293
ATK +10% vs. All Races, Magic Penetration +3, ATK Speed +15%, Max SP +15%

Le Perfection du Diamant Costume
Weapon Costume • Great Sword • STR +3

Bayonet of Unlawful Costume
Weapon Costume • Bayonet • DEX +3

Diary Costume
Weapon Costume • Tome • INT +2

Shadow Robe Costume Set
Body Costume + Hair • Sharon

According to «Granado Espada: Вызов Судьбы». Завершение пути, the Russian servers will be closing down as well. The servers will run for another month, with EXP x20 rate and vast reduction in cash shop prices. Unlike Sword 2, there is no mention of server transfer.

The cash shop will also contain 3 new random boxes, which drop Arcana weapons, Jewel weapons, Angel weapons, weapon costumes, pet boxes, etc. See here for list of drops.

"It's great to be in the Empire today!"
Image from The Big Bang Theory S6E06.

The Russian servers last updated to v8.5.2 in late August 2012. (See Russian Update v8.5.2.) In Christmas 2009, they were the first to introduce the tiger pets. Then in 2010, they have their own customised costumes - Steel Griffin & Scarlet Admiral.

The publisher will be moving on to Dragon Nest instead. See here for the list of games provided by the same Russian publisher.

Rogue GE Client Update
Meanwhile, Rogue GE will be switching to v10.6 game client in 1 month, but server will remain as v8.5. See here for details.

What is the point of updating client if it will not offer anything new?

New client will offer new content for implementation. As distinct features like UPCs for example can not be migrated from new client to old client we have to update client in order to be able to start implementing new features in our server.

I have been very busy this week, and finally have time to go through all the official posts in the forums. Most Sword 2 players should already know by now that G1 has finally revealed information on contract status which I have asked about previously in Sword Game Transfer Notice forum topic:

As of December 31st, Sword 2's contract with IMC and HanbitSoft will come to and end and we will no longer be able to host/publish the game. Sword 2 will be taken over and published by T3Fun - a subsidiary of HanbitSoft.

Well, many players already saw it coming, so it's not really a surprise. What surprises me here is that they are actually allowed to transfer accounts. This means players are able to retain their characters, items, and other game data. Frequently, a new server will refuse to transfer data, partly to avoid dealing with data conflicts, and also to recover some of the start-up costs, as new accounts will require more cash shop items than transferred accounts. Since everyone will be transferred into one server, I'm guessing that they will start a second server for new players for the reason stated above.

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In any case, transfer application is available from Nov 01 to Dec 31, 2012. First, you need to opt in to the transfer via the pop-up window in family quarters/barracks. Then, you need to complete the transfer via T3Fun Game Portal on Jan 10, 2013. Transferred families will get Master Explorer Pack (Event), 3 Master Cards (Event), and a special medal.

A few main points to note:
  • Gold will not be transferred.
  • All players will be transferred to one server, regardless of which server they come from.
  • For accounts with families in different servers, only the highest level family (or the earliest family to be created, if levels are the same) will be transferred. 
  • Families below level 5 will be deleted.
  • Party, friend, mail, colony, squad, secret guard, and election data will be deleted.

G1 will not be able to provide much details on the conditions of the new server as stated here:
Most of the game related questions after the transfer will be answered by the community managers from T3. I bet they want to reveal that info themselves rather than though us.

The teaser page (shown above) showed Grandies and Vincent, both of which were added in v9.18. So, the version will probably be what G1 promised previously here - v10.6.

According to Raiden here, it seems that some items unique to Sword 2 (e.g. Raiden's Defiance boxes) will be carried over to the new server. Raiden also warns here against listening to players who claimed "insider" information and yet could not justify or validate the source.