MMO Business Roundup: Nexon drops Tree of Savior, plus DUNE hires and Pearl Abyss’ new HQ

Well, this isn't ideal.

Nexon’s let go yet another MMO from its publishing stable.

According to MMO Culture, Nexon has announced that it’s closing down its Japanese server for Tree of Savior and booting the game – and data – back to developer IMC Games to host. This won’t have any effect on the western version of Tree of Savior, mind you, as IMC Games publishes that on its own here. But in context, it’s one more signal that Nexon is flailing: In recent months, the company canceled Peria Chronicles, halted work on Project G, expelled Riders of Icarus, closed a pair of Western offices, pulled back on Gstar, and caused such concern among Korean employees that union workers have been protesting.

In other MMO business news…

Work on Funcom’s Dune MMO continues, as the studio this week announced the hire of a Senior Gameplay programmer on the game.

Finally, Black Desert and EVE Online company Pearl Abyss will break ground on its new Korean headquarters this coming December. According to MMO Culture, it’ll be a 20-story tower in the popular-with-game-companies Gwacheon Knowledge Information Town, with all the accoutrements – sports arenas, massage rooms, cafeterias, etc. It’s expected to be finished in February of 2021.

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