maplestory

Official Site: MapleStory
Studio: Nexon
Launch Date: May 11, 2005 (NA); April 29, 2003 (KR)
Genre: Fantasy Sandbox
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

Mobile MMO roundup: MapleStory M, Jurassic World Alive, Crossfire Legends, TERA M, and Icarus Mobile

Welcome back to another mobile MMO roundup, those MMOs that obviously don’t count because they are played on a small screen instead of a massive screen, and we all know that’s what the M stands for, am I right?

First up is MapleStory M, the mobile edition of MapleStory, which soft launched in multiple regions over the holiday weekend; Canadians and Aussies can hop in, but those of us in the US and Europe are still waiting. Nexon is calling it a “real” MMORPG on mobile, and did I mention it’s cute as a button?

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Nexon posts strong Q1 2018 results, Final Fantasy XI mobile screens leaked

Nexon posted a strong first quarter in 2018, with its earnings call reporting that the game publisher raked in $827M in revenue (a 21% year-over-year increase). The company did most of its business on PC (84%), although mobile (16%) continues to be a significant factor in its success.

Most of Nexon’s focus continues to remain in the east, as both China (67%) and Korea (22%) pull in a vast majority of its earnings. The company singled out the the performance of Dungeon and Fighter, MapleStory, and Durango: Wild Lands for praise.

Coming down the pipeline in North America this year and beyond is MapleStory 2, Durango, MapleStory M, and Final Fantasy XI Mobile. Speaking of the mobile version of FFXI, purported screens were leaked on Reddit that showed this still-beautiful game in action.

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Perfect Ten: MMOs with different (camera) perspectives

By the time that World of Warcraft came on the scene in 2004, the MMORPG industry had already gravitated toward standard when it came to the interface — specifically, the camera angle. MMO players and devs seemed to prefer third-person views that either peered over the shoulder of avatars or followed right behind them. For decades now, we’ve grown used to watching our characters’ rears as they jog along, and we can’t really imagine the experience otherwise.

Yet when you think about it, while this camera perspective is overwhelmingly used in the genre, it’s not the only one that crops up in MMOs. We’ve seen both old and new titles experiment with the camera angle, sometimes out of style and sometimes out of necessity (here’s a great Gamasutra article on the subject).

For today’s list, we’re going to look at 10 MMORPGs where the camera is positioned in a different way than you’d normally expect, especially if you are coming from modern games.

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Yes, even MapleStory 2 is prepping a battle royale mode

With beta and launch on the horizon, MapleStory 2 is pulling out all of the stops to get noticed and generate the largest audience it can. That means that the sandbox sequel to the 2-D MMORPG is not above working in a shameless battle royale mode into the game if it gets more eyeballs on the product.

The survival PvP mode is to be called Mush King Championship. It will host up to 50 people who will duke it out until there is only one remaining. The battle royale mode was announced during a Korean dev video, which you can watch below.

The first wave of beta invites for the May 9th CBT went out earlier this week.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 166: Russia breaks the internet

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin dive into the Russia gaming crisis, tackle a trio of significant MMO patches, and celebrate the coming of a cute-looking title. Plus there’s always those challenging community podcast questions to keep them occupied!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Listen to the show right now:

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MapleStory 2 unveils North American website, closed beta starts next month

It seems like a no-brainer to bring the sequel to the popular MapleStory westward. And yet we’ve been waiting for a while now to see any movement on the MapleStory 2 front. The good news? Movement spotted.

Nexon America opened up the official MapleStory 2 website this past week and is now taking signups for the MMO’s beta test. There are some giveaways and promotions in the meantime, and when May 9th hits, the western closed beta will begin. Nexon isn’t making this title global, however, so be sure to check to see if your country or region is included.

MapleStory 2 is a huge step up from its predecessor both in visuals and content. It offers pretty adorable 3-D cubed worlds, interesting classes, and player housing. “MapleStory 2 features powerful tools to let all of our players truly customize their own corner of Maple World, from character customization, designing special outfits, building your own dream house and so much more,” Nexon said.

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The MOP Up: Final Fantasy XIV gets primal (March 25, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Destiny 2ScumPokemon Go, OrbusVRDauntlessHeroes of the Storm, SkyforgeElswordOld School RuneScapeMapleStory BlitzDestiny 2The Elder Scrolls LegendsProsperous UniverseFinal Fantasy XIVMU LegendWakfu, and Dark and Light, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: Path of Exile reads your future in the cards (February 25, 2018)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Conqueror’s BladeMapleStory BlitzDarkfall: Rise of AgonSkyforgePath of ExileArmored Warfare AssaultAura Kingdom, and MechWarrior Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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Save Evangelion pilots in Maplestory’s crossover event

Maplestory players are getting a fun treat in the form of a crossover with classic ’90s anime Evangelion later this month.

“The heroes of Evangelion have entered Maple World through an inter-dimensional rift, allowing players to interact with characters from the movies while taking part in various events and quests,” Nexon said in its press blast this week. “The Evangelion pilots are lost in their new surroundings in Maple World, so players are tasked with completing daily quests to help them navigate and become more familiar. Maplers can interact with Shinji, Rei and Asuka to earn EVA Coins to spend on limited-time items and must fend off waves of invasions from Angel enemies to save Maple World.”

The event features themed quests as well as paid and questable lockboxes galore, with accessories, hairstyles, androids, and chairs (yes) as rewards. The festivities begin on February 28th and run for a whole month; the trailer is below!

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Guild Wars 2 makes SuperData’s top 10 list of ‘premium PC games by revenue for 2017’

If you want SuperData’s complete 2017 Digital Games & Interactive Media market brief, you’re… not going to have to pay for it. It’s free, or at least the “executive summary” is, assuming you’re willing to put in an address to get it. Here are some of the more interesting highlights from the doc.

  • MMORPG players, take note: Guild Wars 2 is included on the top 10 premium PC games by revenue for 2017. It’s at #8 with $87M.
  • There are a few MMOs on the top free-to-play games by revenue for 2017 list too, including Blade & Soul, MapleStory, and Roblox. (We’re not quite sure why World of Warcraft isn’t on either list.)
  • PUBG owned 2017 with $712M in revenue in less than a year – yes, more than Overwatch, Destiny 2, and Grand Theft Auto combined in 2017.
  • A third of the world plays free-to-play games. That’s 89% of the revenue of the mobile and PC markets.
  • Mobile isn’t dead; we spent $14 billion more dollars on mobile than PC last year than in 2016. Notably, a huge chunk of that money is funneled to just a handful of games – most of them in the east.
  • E-sports is only getting bigger, with $756M in 2017 revenue.

You can take a peek yourself on SuperData’s site.

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Maplestory mobile spinoff Maplestory M hits Android beta today

Maplestory is one of those MMOs that runs quietly under the radar but manages to have a massive following all the same. Will Maplestory M, its mobile spinoff, amass the same sort of loyalty? We’ll see, and soon, as today it’s kicked off a global beta for Android players that runs through January 30th.

Maplestory M will reportedly offer new playable characters in addition to familiar friends, plus the typical assortment of mobile content: daily dungeons, boss mobs, power-up jewels, a new forging system, and something called private mini-dungeons. Ten-man raids are also on offer.

According to Nexon, the game became the top-ranked free-to-play game in Korea on both iOS and Android when it launched in the region in 2016. Formal release in the west is expected “later this year” for both platforms.

For what it’s worth, I’m downloading the game as I write this; I was surprised to see that it will run on both my brand-new phone and my antique that’s four years old, so your kid’s hand-me-down toaster might just run this.

Source: Press release, Google Play

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The MOP Up: Honoring RIFT’s Wintercharm (December 24, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from War ThunderSMITEKritika OnlineArmored Warfare, Stardew ValleyDofusElswordJustice OnlineThe Black DeathWarfaceRIFTValnir RokWakfuMapleStoryHeroes and GeneralsMiranda, and League of Legends, all waiting for you after the break!

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Maplestory’s Nova: Liberation of Cadena update adds new job skills, achievements, and Cadena herself

Maplestory ought to be on your radar as one of those cutesy veteran sandbox MMOs with more content than you can finish in a lifetime. That’s probably because Nexon lavishes updates upon it, including the one that dropped this week. It’s called Nova: Liberation of Cadena, and Cadena, if you’re wondering, is a person: “a streetwise Thief raised by the Shadowdealers, and hardened by the rough-and-tumble backwater town of Savage Terminal,” who “utilizes her Luck in preparation for revenge against the dastardly Magnus, and wields her trusty chain to ravage her enemies.”

In addition to the new toon, the update introduces a fifth tier of job skills for all classes, a massive achievement system, the new Spirit Savior dungeon, and a new event series with sweet rewards, including a chance to rename your character. The base game will also include additions that belong to the “Better Maple” initiative (not “Butter Maple” as I first typed, but that sounds delish, right?):

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