South Korean Tencent affiliate Netmarble announced today that it will launch an initial public offering to the tune of $2.35 billion US. That works out to approximately 17 million newly issued shares.
As GI.biz explains, Netmarble is hoping to pay off debts and increase its holdings, building "towards a state goal of being in the top five global gaming companies by 2020."
Reuters calls the IPO the second-largest for the country, sandwiched between two Samsung IPOs.
In the west, the company is probably best known for games like Lineage 2: Revolution, Prius, and Uncharted Waters; its recent partnership with Disney came with a license for Marvel and Star Wars titles as well.
What's behind that cloud up there? Why, it's the fabled lost continent of Atlantis! Don't believe us? Say that this is just a fluffy cloud? Then you're just going to have to log into Uncharted Waters Online to see for yourself.
In this week's Acropolis update, UWO finally arrives at Atlantis (with the help of a solar barge), where ancient technology can be researched, blessings from the gods can be bestowed, and plenty of new maps can be explored. For the truly daring, the Acropolis Temple instance features an endless dungeon in which to eventually die.
The patch toned down some of the difficulty with land battles and added a trio of new ships to obtain. There's now the French flagship Dauphin Royale, the Spanish transport galleon Felipe, and the arctic vessel Polar Expedition Ketch.
Getcher credit cards ready, folks. It's time.
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After talking with Mark Jacobs the other week about the difficulty of balancing Camelot Unchained's 30 classes, it got my mind thinking of MMOs that don't merely stop with a half-dozen or so classes in their roster. It seems like having a wide array of class choices used to be in vogue early on in the industry but has since been abandoned for a smaller field of archetypes that are easier to manage.
Me? I love choices, particularly with classes. My interest in a game gets a shot in the arm if I have a lot of prospects for alts -- the more, the better. So I started drawing up a list of MMOs with large class rosters and decided to make it into a full-blown column.
For the purpose of today's list, I'm not counting skill-based MMOs (which could be considered as hosting infinite classes). Also, for games that allow a measure of mix-and-matching between classes, I'm counting only the actual classes or powersets available, not the total number of permutations that could be created by their merging. So which MMO has enough classes to satisfy your appetite?
Raise the mizzenmast and jib the topsails, it's time for another tour of duty in Uncharted Waters Online! The pseudo-historical Age of Sail sandbox released a new content update, Ancient Glory, which takes players to a fresh ancient civilization.
In the patch, players can encounter the Neo-Babylonian Empire, with all the hanging gardens, towers, and relics that come standard with such a faction. Ancient Glory is also including new sea region battles, Horatio Nelson's flagship, and an Indian Ocean transport ship.
The editors of Massively OP would like to remind you that Uncharted Waters Online does play a little fast and loose with the concept of "history," especially considering that its last content update was set in the wild west.
I just downloaded Uncharted Waters Online via Steam, and while I haven't logged any time with it yet, I'm sort of looking forward to doing so. Few things fascinate me more than the Age of Sail and MMORPGs, so marrying the two concepts seems like a great idea. On the down side, it's old and visually at least, it shows its age. It's also free-to-play. Yuck.
But whatever, it flew under my radar since its 2010 North American launch, so better late than never. What about you, MOP readers? What MMO flew under your radar?