MapleStory 2 producer’s letter addresses upcoming Style Crate changes and PvP reactivation

    
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The first week of MapleStory 2’s launch is officially drawing to a close, and Producer Jungsoo Lee has posted a new producer’s blog to update players on the state of the game. According to the post, the game had “a fantastic first week” and “was ranked the #6 title on Steam during North America peak hours, with an even larger community forming on Nexon Launcher.” Overall, the folks at Nexon seem pretty pleased with the game’s performance so far, but they’re not resting on their laurels, and players can expect some updates in the near future.

Some of the biggest changes will be coming to the game’s Style Crate system. The team says it has identified two major issues with Style Crates, which are that “set items in the Style Crate which aren’t in the shop require too much investment to complete” and that “selection in the Premium Shop is too limited, due to the fact that most items only exist in the Style Crate.”

In order to rectify the situation, the devs are adding “all outfits that Dismantle for one Style Coin” to the Premium Shop, and in addition, they’re adding “all outfit items that Dismantle for 3 Style Coins and Style Crate Weapon Boxes that Dismantle for 2 Style Coins” to the Style Coin shop. “The end result of these changes,” the post says, “will be that every item within the Style Crates can now be obtained without relying on the roll of the dice.” The Style Crate changes will be going live on October 18th.

Players who can’t wait to test their PvP skills have something to look forward to as well, as the team plans to update PvP gear and reactivate PvP “in early December.” Right now, there aren’t many other details to share, but players can look forward to more information “around the 3rd or 4th week of November.” To check out the full producer’s letter, you can click on over to the game’s official site.

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Akagi

They have ignored talking about the poor mouse and keyboard controls. It’s obvious they don’t care about improving the game.

It will be milked for what its worth and get shut down soon.

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Line

They talk about their plans multiple times a week, and actively made large sweeping changes to their very own economic model days after release; and you call that not caring?

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Akagi

Yes, that’s exactly what I’m calling it. I made a thread on the forums back in May about the controls and how to fix them, they didn’t even reply. I saw staff members replying to other threads, but not mine. I tested the Steam version and it’s the same horrible controls. Again I wrote a thread about it and how to fix it, still no reply.

They can talk all day long for all I care, but there needs to be more deeds and less words. That’s what they did with Ghost in the Shell First Assault – they talked, they did nothing but talk and they game shut down after 2 years.

Even after all the negative reviews about the controls, the threads that have people complain, they still don’t care. YES. THEY DON’T CARE. All they care about is fat stacks.

That’s why they sell the option to hide your head gear for $15, whereas other games give you that for free.

Bel
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Bel

I’m cautiously excited about this change. Hopefully the prices are reasonable.

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Akagi

Oh yeah, very reasonable. To hide your helmet you need to buy an item from the cash shop called “transparency-something” that costs $15.

In other games they give you that option for free… Have fun with your fair prices.

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Bel

Oof – I hadn’t seen that they went the SWTOR route on helms. I was talking about prices for the separate pieces, which looked like they might reasonable in the beta, but of course that was a beta.
That said, they did make so much stuff in housing completely free, as in, it doesn’t even cost in-game currency to expand the housing to max or use a lot of the blocks, which surprised me. So, I think they’re trying.

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Mewmew

Wait – what about those of us who already spent $90+ on the style crates? We’re basically just screwed and out of the money correct?

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Line

You’ll get style coins depending on the number of crate apparently?

Bel
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Bel

It’s in the letter:
For Players Who Purchased Existing Style Crates
To show our appreciation towards players who purchased Style Crates before the October 18th update, we are going to grant one Style Coin for every 5 Style Crates purchases in the past. Since we are going to update the Style Coin Shop regularly, you can use both your existing and newly obtained Style Coins to purchase items in the future.

For players who bought 1 – 4 Style Crates: No Coin
For players who bought 5 – 9 Style Crates: 1 Coin
For players who bought 10 – 14 Style Crates: 2 Coins

For players who bought 100 – 104 Style Crates: 20 Coins and so on

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Nick Smith

Ive been playing this a lot. Im really looking forward to the changes.

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Darthbawl

I played the first game for a few hours and just couldn’t get into it. I have been playing this one for ~5 hours now and I am liking it, love the new 3D look. The background music is pretty good as well. Still playing around with key layouts to find one that feels good, the out-of-the-box layout bites.

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Seems a bit more fair.

Nice to see them being reactive and very vocal about their upcoming plans.