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Official servers

Beta era

The very first version of any ROSE appeared with the beta version of kROSE. First named "Seven Hearts Online" or "S.H.O.", it became immensely popular with over 46,740 players playing online at the same time. Gravity also spent over 2 million USD on advertising fees for kROSE, including television and internet ads.[1]

  • iROSE (International ROSE)

The beta version of International ROSE opened in 2004 and closed on August 31st, 2005. Being free-to-play, iROSE was quite popular with thousands of players connected at any given time. Connecting to the server itself was difficult at times and the login-server would often show all 3 channels as "Full".

Although this server had a long period of beta testing and a server wipe in November 2005, it was never officially released. When the beta period ended, development for the game also stopped.

idROSE was opened on March 17, 2008 and is currently in beta testing.

myROSE was recently opened on March 2, 2009 and is currently in beta testing.

P2P era

P2P is an acronym for Pay-to-Play. P2P servers are normally released after a prior Beta phase period of the servers.

Based on iROSE system, it was the second server after jROSE to move to Evo on August 12th, 2006. It was closed in April 25, 2007.

  • pROSE (Philippines ROSE)

pROSE was based on its very own system soon to be called the "pROSE system" as a naming reference for other servers using the same system. It was closed in August 2007.

euROSE is based on the pROSE system. It was closed in Feb 2006 due to GamesRouter (the actual publisher) going into bankruptcy. The game database was moved to pROSE's Polaris server. Players could still access their account by adding a "EU-" prefix to their account names (e.g. "EU-<account_name>").[2]

naROSE was first based on the pROSE system, then migrated to ROSE Evolution in September 1st, 2006.

jROSE was based on the iROSE system and was also the first to convert to ROSE Evolution. As one of the last remaining official servers, it is now being developed separately from ROSE NA.

F2P era

As of July 29th, 2008, there are no more official P2P ROSE Online servers. All 3 remaining servers now receive funds from their respective Item Mall platforms or optional subscription plans.

On May 1st, 2006, ROSE JP became F2P along with a new paying account-upgrading system: players may decide to get a subscription plan to unlock extra account features such as accessing storage and more.

idROSE has always been free-to-play.

ROSE NA was the last official ROSE Online server to go F2P on July 29th, 2008. The developers decided to convert their business model into one solely based on Item Mall revenues.

Although it is the most recently created server, myROSE has always been free-to-play

Evolution

Main article: ROSE Evolution

ROSE Evolution was introduced on 24th August, 2006 (Japan ROSE being the first to migrate to Evolution). This massive update brought a complete revamp of the GUI, materials, skills and crafting system. Major changes included:

  • A complete redesign of the GUI (User Interface).
  • Removal of Birth Island and thus change of starting point.
  • Introduction of the 3rd planet Eldeon as well as completely new monsters.

Release chronology

  • January 2004: What will later become ROSE Korea (kROSE) begins its closed beta phase under the name "Seven Hearts Online" (S.H.O.).
  • September 15, 2004: kROSE begins its open beta test phase with a new name: R.O.S.E. Online.
  • September 24, 2004: ROSE Japan (jROSE) begins its open beta test phase.
  • January 1, 2005: International ROSE (iROSE) begins its open beta phase.
  • January 20, 2005: kROSE is officially released.
  • April 28, 2005: Taiwan ROSE (twROSE) begins its closed beta test phase.
  • May 16, 2005: iROSE's reset.
  • June 2005: Philippine ROSE (pROSE) and twROSE begin their open beta test phase.
  • July 7, 2005: jROSE is officially released.
  • August 1, 2005: jROSE begins its pay to play service.
  • August 31, 2005: iROSE permanently closes. All iROSE account information is therefore permanently deleted.
  • September 1, 2005: ROSE North America (naROSE / ROSE NA) begins its closed beta phase.
  • September 29, 2005: ROSE Europe (euROSE) begins its closed beta phase.
  • October 7, 2005: euROSE and naROSE begin their open beta phase. Closed beta characters are deleted in euROSE, but nothing is deleted in naROSE.
  • November 10, 2005: euROSE begins its pay to play service. Nothing is deleted.
  • December 1, 2005: naROSE begins its pay to play service. Nothing is deleted.
  • January 31, 2006: euROSE closes due to Gamesrouter's lack of funds. All games hosted by Gamesrouter subsequently close as well.
  • March 10, 2006: twROSE closes permanently.
  • May 1, 2006: jROSE becomes a free to play service. Free service users cannot access storage, trade, setup personal shop or access the friend list. A monthly fee is required to access these functions.
  • June 22, 2006: jROSE's transition to ROSE Evolution (*).
  • August 10, 2006: euROSE's database is transferred to pROSE.
  • August 12, 2006: kROSE's transition to ROSE Evolution (*). kROSE becomes free to play.
  • August 17, 2006: pROSE's transition to ROSE Evolution (*).
  • August 24, 2006: naROSE's transition to ROSE Evolution (*).
  • April 18, 2007: pROSE becomes free to play.
  • April 25, 2007: kROSE permanently closes at 10:00 AM local time.
  • May 2007: jROSE's intellectual property is transferred to Faith Inc., the new development team assigned for jROSE.
  • June 2007: Gravity or Warp Portal (naROSE's publisher) acquires the rights to develop naROSE.
  • June 26, 2007: European players can no longer access pROSE.
  • August 6, 2007: pROSE officially closes at precisely 3:00PM GMT+8:00.
  • December 25, 2007: jROSE changes its name from ROSE Evolution to ROSE Legend.
  • March 17, 2008: ROSE Indonesia (idROSE) begins its closed beta test phase.
  • April 17, 2008: idROSE begins its commercial.
  • July 29, 2008: naROSE becomes free to play.
  • September 22, 2008: ROSE China (cnROSE) begins its alpha test phase.
  • November 27, 2008: cnROSE begins its closed beta test phase.
  • December 31, 2008: cnROSE begins its open beta test phase.
  • March 2, 2009: ROSE Malaysia (myROSE) begins its closed beta test phase.
  • March 25, 2009: myROSE begins its open beta test phase.
  • April 1, 2009: myROSE begins its commercial.
  • June 10, 2009: ROSE Thailand (thROSE) begins its closed beta test phase.

(*) During the process, Consumables & mats are deleted (replaced by zulie)

ROSE NA

Main article: ROSE NA

ROSE NA is the only fully international ROSE server still active. Since the takeover from Gravity in the development area in 2007, ROSE NA is now being developed separately from the other ROSE servers (ROSE JP, idROSE, ...). This wiki is dedicated to the world of ROSE NA.

5/13/2010 The Draconis Server is born!

5/07/2015 Server merge has happened

References

  1. Daum news page about kROSE Beta (in Korean)
  2. Rose Online EU transferred to PH (in French)