ArchLord is a Massive Multiplayer Online Game set in the fantasy realm of Chantra. The world environment has 5 distinct areas to explore depicting the elements fire, spirit, earth, water and air.
Choose to play one of three races: Human, Moon Elf or Orc. Each race has eight different classes with varied features and skills to master during the game. Find exotic armour, weapons, spells and fight a multitude of monsters. Various quests can be undertaken by the solo player to help build experience. There are also guild battles with other players as a large group against an opposing army or even another guild.
The ultimate goal is to become "ArchLord", ruler of the realm, which can be attained by those with very high experience and prowess during battle. During each 3 week reign as ArchLord, the player will possess unique abilities, weapons, skills and items. After the term expires, another player will take over as Archlord.
In September 2009 it was announced Codemasters had not renewed its contract to operate free-to-play MMO ArchLord in North America and Europe. The Korean publisher Webzen stepped in to keep it running in the West. The change of publisher and shift of servers happened on 2nd to 3rd October 2009.
References to the game
ArchLord is extensively used in the plot of the Belgian movie Ben-X. The autistic protagonist Ben uses the game as a refuge for the real world where he has trouble coping with his limitations and the bullying of his schoolmates. The game was altered and prepared for the movie by the developers.