Major Korean studio famed in the west for Mabinogi and Maplestory, among many other MMOs.

MapleStory 2 is getting really close to launch, you guys

With its second closed beta run and done, MapleStory 2 is turning its sights to something bigger. Something grander. Something… launch-ier.

Nexon said that it’s going to announce the launch date for this 3-D sequel to the hit MapleStory on August 21st. “Not only will we reveal the official release date, but our team will also discuss the future content schedule of the game,” the developer said.

In the meantime, players can start reserving their names and even create their first character so that they can hit the ground running when MapleStory 2 launches. You’ll need to buy a founder’s pack to access this perk, however. It’s probably a good thing that Nexon has made these packs available for purchase again!

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The MOP Up: Worlds Adrift makes room for PvE servers (August 12, 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 Old School RuneScapeWorlds Adrift, Destiny 2Starfall OnlineSurvived ByHyper UniverseElswordPirate101War of RightsRagnarok OnlinePerfect World MobileOrbusVRSMITE, and Prosperous Universe, all waiting for you after the break!

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Nexon’s financials hint at an upcoming western release for Moonlight Blade

We have been waiting for a long, long time to see if and when Nexon would be bringing the mega-hit Moonlight Blade over from the east. Now, we have some solid indication that such an effort is currently in the works.

As part of Nexon’s Q2 2018 financial report, the studio posted a chart of games that it has in the pipeline for both PC and mobile, divided by different regions. For the west, the publisher confirmed that MapleStory 2 and Moonlight Blade are on their way at an unspecified date.

Nexon’s probably not in that great of a hurry to make this happen, considering that only 13% of its business takes place in the west, with the vast majority of revenue coming from China, Korea, and Japan, , though it does say this past quarter’s increase in revenue is largely due to growth in North America and Europe.

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MMO Business Roundup: Steam activity in decline, Sea of Thieves hits 5M players, MapleStory M downloaded 3M times

Time for a quick-and-dirty roundup of some industry news that appeals to the numerologists among our reading audience!

We’ll start with a look at Steam, which is seeing a rather unprecedented drop in active users this year. The count has gone down from an average daily high of 18.5 million players in January to just 15 million per day this past week. Suspects in this dastardly crime caper are the popular PUBG and Fortnite.

Perhaps some of those users are lost in Sea of Thieves? The pirate simulator is crowing over the fact that it just crossed five million players total since the game’s launch this past spring.

Another possibility is that the new MapleStory M has them in its clutches. The mobile version of the hit Asian MMO racked up an amazing three million players in its first week of operation.


NCsoft is working on an Aion-related ‘next-generation’ MMORPG

No matter what your feelings may be toward NCsoft, it is great to see that the developer and publisher continues to greenlight MMORPGs instead of merely coasting on what it already has.

Apparently, the company is working on and hiring for a new top secret MMO these days. Even more interesting is the fact that this “next-generation console and PC MMORPG” is somehow related to or set in the Aion universe. A sequel? A side-quel? The only other detail we know about this project is that it is utilizing the Unreal Engine 4.

NCsoft isn’t the only studio that has some sort of secret MMO in the works right now. CCP let it slip that it’s creating an action MMO of some sort, John Smedley is building… something for Amazon Game Studios, and Nexon was snapping up developers for a likely MMO at its Irvine studio.

Source: MMO Culture


The MOP Up: Citadel gets reignited (July 29, 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 TERAVindictusRealm RoyalePath of ExileElder Scrolls OnlineLeague of LegendsMy DinoCitadel: Forged with FirePUBGArmored WarfarePaladinsDiablo IIIEVE Online, and Star Trek Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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Riders of Icarus’s Dawn of the Magician update is live with a new class and events

Guess what’s up from maintenance with a hefty update today? It’s Nexon’s Riders of Icarus, and the patch is called Dawn of the Magician, chiefly because – drumroll – you’re getting the new Magician class. The patch notes have the whole chart of new class skills, but it’s going to look familiar to fans of mages everywhere: Expect chaos, lightning, light, and dark pew pew to define your arcane powers rather than elemental or nature magic.

To kick off the launch of the new class, Nexon is also launching an event for everyone dubbed Race to Glory. The word “grind” is used five times in these patch notes in a positive way, mind you, and it’s basically what the event is about: Over the next month, players will be participating in five races for prizes, everything from speed-leveling your new Magician to murdering 100 of them in duels and PvP. Or dying to them, if that’s more your speed.

It’s all live in game right now.

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MapleStory 2 somehow ‘sells out’ of founder’s packs

Artificial scarcity or necessary action? Either way, fans are going to have a hard time securing a founder’s pack for Nexon’s upcoming MapleStory 2, as the studio announced that the packs have “sold out” for the rest of the Closed Beta 2 test.

Nexon only just started selling founder’s packs on July 17th, although it did say ahead of time that there would only be “an extremely limited amount” of these packs that also provided closed beta access. The founder’s packs ranged from $25 to $100 in cost and provided extras such as unicorn mounts, cosmetics, and a month of premium club membership.

The studio said that there is still hope for everyone who is dying to spend money on the game: “Those that have already purchased a founder’s pack will still be able to upgrade their packages, however we will not be accepting new purchases until a later date. Keep an eye on the MapleStory 2 website or social media feeds to learn more about when MapleStory 2 founder’s packs will become available again.”

Source: MapleStory 2


MapleStory 2’s second closed beta begins today; here’s a look at the founder packages

Nexon’s MapleStory 2 is barreling toward its western closed beta launch today, complete with new dungeons, quests, the market, and plenty of network stress testing on deck for this round of the test. In the meantime, the Korean gaming giant has begun selling founder packs as of yesterday. Curiously, the company says it’s selling only 20,000 founder packs during this leg of the test, and it looks as if that’s across all of the different tiers – presumably to limit access to the beta. “Once they are sold out, Founder’s Packs will not be resold until after Closed Beta 2 ends on August 1, 2018 10:00 AM PDT,” says the studio. So there’s that.

What are you looking at if you do buy in? The $24.99 tier includes a mount, title, hat, 30 days of sub, and 2000 currency; the $59.99 package includes all that plus an outfit, another month of sub, and another 3000 currency, for a total of 60 days and 5000 currency; and the $99.99 legendary package brings the total sub days to 90, grants a total of 9000 currency, and includes an emote and daily rewards, plus the other cosmetic trinkets from the lower tiers.

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Titanfall Online is over before it had even begun

Korean website Game Focus is reporting today that Titanfall Online has effectively been canceled.

As Kotaku notes, EA and Nexon have been working on the project for several years, though it just announced the team-up and its plans to launch for Asia last year. But now it appears the companies have taken stock of the changing winds of the games market, finding that player testing wasn’t going well.

“It is true that Nexon and EA have agreed to cancel Titanfall Online under a business decision. […] After much deliberation, it was decided that reallocating development resources to another project was better for the company.”

Our condolences to fans and developers.

Source: Game Focus via Kotaku


MapleStory 2’s second closed beta begins July 18 with founder packs full of poop

If you’re a die-hard Mapler anxious for your next big thing, or someone wondering what the heck a Mapler is, then point your eyeballs at Nexon’s MapleStory 2 site for the answer to both, as the company’s posted up a schedule for its next round of closed beta in the west, coming up on July 18th.

“The second Closed Beta will introduce a number of changes to help us prepare our servers and systems for the full release,” says the company. “This includes new dungeons, more quests to complete, a test of the Meret Market systems and more people to give our network a real workout.”

A second blog post this week dives into everything available in the game’s founder packs, which go on sale the same day as closed beta 2 kicks off. Depending on whether you snag the $25, $60, or $100 package, expect a unicorn mount, outfits, a mushroom emote, titles, and a soft serve tombstone that for some reason looks like poop. It does. They even admit it! The new vids down below should give you a taste of what you’re in for.

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Nexon rolls out a flexible work schedule similar to Netmarble’s to reduce employee overwork

No company wants to be in the news by overworking its employees to death; that usually looks bad. (Due to it being bad.) Netmarble already got hit with that particular bit of badness, but Nexon appears to be hoping to get out ahead of the pack by introducing its own flexible working schedule to reduce employee stress. And it probably looks better than your work schedule, to boot.

Employees will either have a mandatory working time between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. or 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., with more flexible arrival and departure times along with a hard limit of work past 10:00 p.m. during holidays or weekends. Nexon will also be working with shuttle bus services and other local conveniences to better accommodate the needs of employees. You can catch up on the history of Netmarble’s particular struggles just below, but it’s good to see a company moving out to hopefully take care of this before multiple employee deaths.

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Riders of Icarus is turning players into bounty hunters with rewards for exposing exploiters

If you’re tired of watching exploiters and cheaters wreck your favorite MMOs, maybe give some attention to Riders of Icarus, where Nexon is putting players’ urge for vigilante justice to work. With its “Bounty for the Hunter” event, the company is incentivizing normal folk to report anybody abusing the game mechanics in exchange for some loot. Only the first reporter gets the goods, you can be rewarded only once per account, and yes, submitting fake reports will get you a ban of your own.

Miscreants are looking at just a one-week ban and a reset of their ill-gotten gains. Reporters grab a pack full of buff goodies; the best part is that the reward includes a pair of ridiculous uniforms. Don’t ask us why the dude’s hat is lopsided and the girl is inexplicably wearing hotpants! Guess you don’t need pants to report cheaters.

Think this sort of thing ever works? What happens when the people motivated have reported all the exploiters and are no longer rewarded for doing it?

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