Whatever happened to Nexon’s action-combat MMO Vindictus?

    
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It’s been half of forever since we talked about Vindictus, the Nexon MMO that launched in North America way back in 2010 and at least for a little while was touted as one of the genre’s key examples of action combat. We last gave it a peek in 2020 just as the pandemic was ramping up, back when Nexon was talking about character voice issues and fatigue points.

The good news is that the game is still around, and though it’s not been a powerhouse of updates in the last year and change, there are a few things to note.

For starters, work on a 64-bit client began in Korea a few months ago and worked its way through testing all spring. While we don’t know when exactly it might make its way here, it’s a likely bet that it will. The game’s English also subreddit noticed that Nexon is also tweaking the game’s endgame gear balance situationfor the better. Recent updates that have likewise affected western players include changes to what players in Belgium, Slovakia, and Netherlands can buy on the cash shop, as well as last month’s patch that added Focus Mode for the camera and a few other quality-of-life features. There are even a few YouTubers still focused on reviving the game, which frankly is a pretty good sign.

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I miss this game too, but not enough to put up with Nexon.

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Hikari Kenzaki

It’s a fun game with a cool photo mode. My greatest frustration is they make it difficult to give them money.

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Jack Pipsam

I remember it had a proper Australian locally hosted server for yonks as well, that was very cool of them to do at that at the time at launch and considering the kind of game it is was much MUCH appreciated, I believe it lasted a solid six or so years as well before they turned the plug off on it. Lot of respect for Nexon for hosting it.

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Greaterdivinity

I see this periodically and almost want to go back…but I will forever be salty that my account got hacked (and literally only my Nexon one, and they added the secondary pinkey afterwards so I absolutely believe they had a breach and it wasn’t my fault) and my characters got cleaned out. And it took them over a fucking YEAR to respond to my support ticket despite monthly followups, only to tell me there was nothing they could do to restore my characters.

They did give my highest level character a free set of TEMPORARY gear…and then refused to move it over to the character I actually played. Nexon support is garbage of the highest order and I cannot say enough bad things about them.

Wasn’t there talk about an open world sequel at some point? I have vague memories of that, and I would love to play it. Is still adore the action combat in that game and the physics, not to mention the fantastic looking character models/animations.

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Vanquesse V

You might be thinking of “Mabinogi II: Arena” (vindictus is a prequel to mabinogi) which was announced in 2012 and canceled two years later.
After that they worked on Dragon Hound which was a monster hunter adjacent mmo and that got canceled in 2019. This game was used to promote nvidia’s 2000 series RTX cards due to it being one of a few games to promise ray tracing support at the time.
In 2018 they announced a moba based on greek mythology that I can’t find any info on beside the announcement.
They are working on Project BBQ which is a sequel to dungeon fighter online and at least one more unnamed mmo.

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Greaterdivinity

That might have been it (Maginogi II), looks familiar. Darn, didn’t know it was canceled. Devcat/Vindictus are weird. They made a fantastic game but haven’t really seemed to put out much beyond it, and the fact that it’s still running on an unlicensed version of Source Engine is weird to me.

I’d love to see them make a bigger game in the style of Vindictus still, seen some bits about BBQ and it doesn’t light my fire (the only BBQ game for me is Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ).

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Vanquesse V

I have complete faith in the capabilities of devcat while the reverse is true for their owners.
It’s a shame really, because Vindictus could have been so much more if it hadn’t devolved into p2w greed and as you mentioned in your first post, really shitty support.