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MapleStory Europe to Receive ‘Big Bang’ Update


The Big Bang is the largest single update to ever come to MapleStory and is more than just another content update. It is a great opportunity to revisit the basic underpinnings and reorganize the inner workings of the game to make it more flexible and modern. The Big Bang will take everything players know about MapleStoryand rewrite it down to its most basic level.

The Big Bang update will launch in July and enhance the MapleStory experience players are currently enjoying. The update not only brings a number of changes and additions to the game but also comes in three stages. The first update is called Big Bang and will arrive on the 21st of July, the second stage will be released two weeks later and the third stage of the update will hit in another two weeks time. With all the new additions to the game, players ofMapleStory won’t forget this eventful summer.

New maps, a completely redesigned interface and skill system, an updated combat formula and easier levelling are just a few of the big amount of changes,MapleStory players will face this summer. The focus was to help as many players as possible experience the varied content of MapleStory that Nexon developed the last five years.

“We are very pleased to announce that Big Bangis coming in less than a month. With the Big Bangupdate, users will experience a whole new MapleStorywith plenty of fun and joy and we hope our dear Maplers will indulge themselves to MapleStory during this summer season”, says Sungjin Kim, CEO of Nexon Europe.

MapleStory is a free-to-play 2D Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) which allows players to fight monsters, solve quests and join fellow gamers in an exciting online adventure.

Vindictus Confirmed for Q4 Launch


Nexon Europe has today announced that Vindictus, one of the most anticipated Free-to-Play gaming experiences, is now confirmed for release in quarter four of 2011. Vindictus is a physics-based action online role-playing game (RPG) that combines stunning visuals with high-speed combat, bringing a brutal elegance to the PC gaming space.
Using a modified Source Engine to enable interaction with the environment, players will be able to throw and shatter objects, hurl debris, bind enemies with chains, and pierce defences with spears.
“First of all, we’d like to apologise for the delay of the European launch of Vindictus. We know players in Europe were eager and excited to get their hands on Vindictus as soon as possible and we are glad that we are back on track now for a Q4 release”, says SungJin Kim, CEO of Nexon Europe. “We are preparing the roll-out in the European territory right now and will localise the game to at least one more language until launch. Vindictus is already a huge success for us in North America and was very well received by the gaming community. We hope players all over Europe will enjoy the game just as much.”
Nexon will address the European launch of Vindictus at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) next week and Gamescom in August, unveiling new content and being on hand at Nexon’s E3 booth to address any European media queries. Nexon Europe is planning to have a significant presence at Europe’s largest gaming event Gamescom, which takes place in Cologne, Germany from August 17th-21st, and Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest details


Hello readers!

Long time no see eh!?

Today I wanted to blog about the european branch of Nexon! NexonEU!

As probably many players from all their games are wondering… WHATS GOING ON???

Nexon EU host the following games

Maplestory Europe – Recently updated

Combat Arm Europe – recently updated

Mabinogi Europe – last update [17/11/2010]

Fantage Europe – last update/event 2 months ago

Atlantica online Europe  – recently got a big update

Mabinogi hasn’t been updated for MONTHS,  Fantage hasn’t had a word from Nexon for over 2 months! Maplestory Europe is being attacked by hackers resulting in a messed up economy making everything worthless. Currently only combat arms is holding on. They have a lot of hackers there but that has always been the case!

What Nexon is going to do with all these problems? We don’t know.. Nexon told very little to nothing at all about future plans and how they will manage them.

Personally I hope Nexon gets a nice boost and will update or even change their programs in their defence against hackers!  Hopefully more news will be given out soon regarind Mabinogi and Fantage!

Seeing Vindictus Europe is going to be released this year (confirmed at the E3) I hope things will be sorted out by then!~

If you see a hacker make sure to report him/her~!

If you see a GM make sure to ask: WHATS GOING ON??

Copper-out

Nexon America grows 59 percent in Q1


Nexon America said it has grown its revenues 59 percent the first quarter from a year ago as the company’s free-to-play online games continue to gain traction in the U.S.

That’s a pretty big jump in a normally weak quarter for the company, which is the North American division of South Korea’s Nexon. It shows that adding new content and convincing new users to switch to free-to-play games — where users play for free and pay real money for virtual goods — is helping Nexon gain market share.

Los Angeles-based Nexon said that first quarter sales typically decline on a seasonal basis compared to the rest of the year. The company does not disclose actual revenue and profit numbers. Nexon specializes in downloadable online games such as Maplestory.

“Our success is the result of our ability to deliver engaging content that our players find valuable, whether they are playing for free or purchasing items in our games,” said Daniel Kim, chief executive of Nexon America.  “The substantial growth we are experiencing in North America is a reflection of how well Nexon is doing globally.”

Kim said that Nexon is growing its traditional massively multiplayer online games as well as its presence in mobile and social games. This summer, Nexon plans to launch MapleStory Adventures for Facebook. All of its games use the free-to-play business model, which the company pioneered more than a decade ago in Korea as a way to combat rampant piracy.

In North America, the company’s games include Atlantica Online, Combat Arms, MapleStory, Vindictus, Dungeon Fighter Online, Mabinogi and PopTag! One of its upcoming games is Dragon Nest, pictured at top.


This all has been told by a nexon employe on the ems forums!

April – Dual Bladers

May – 4th anniversery event, chaos bosses, hob goblin pq

July/August – The Big Bang update

Nexon JP Shutting down temporary


Directly taken and translated from the Nexon JP site (google translation)

 

The northeastern Pacific Ocean earthquake this time, I would like sincerely sympathy for those affected has been.

With the impact of the earthquake occurring after the date of our March 11, 2011, from Tokyo Electric Power Company, have been presented to the effect we might run out of electricity supply in the future.

Company will also, in light of the power shortage situation and circumstances of this time affected by the earthquake, and to everyone for all players to use our Nexon, at present considered to be difficult to maintain the quality of service due, in offering the following services: Nexon, will be temporary service outages.

Your service will be temporarily suspended

  • – All content provided by Nexon Game
  • Official site providing all the game content Nexon
  • * E-mail, telephone support service

Period is scheduled to stop

March 15, 2011 (Tuesday) 16:00 – March 23 (Wed) 18:00 ※ plans

Ni関Shimashite donation

Nexon is to support and welcome to everyone who’s earthquake affected areas this time, We can solicit donations.
I received the full amount will be donated to the Red Cross fund-raising.
NEXON points you have, you fundraising donation page here is.

Service to customers is Nexon, We apologize for any inconvenience, by any means, after understanding, and everyone
Thank you for your cooperation.

Notes

  • All content provided by Niokimashite Nexon games ※, I will temporarily stop the game server.
    Therefore, in the above period, the game will not be able to log in to the official site and game.
  • ※ Nekusonpointosaito is available as usual.
    In addition, more by the situation in the future, subject to change without notice.
  • Item compensation point in time-limited impact of this case each game ※ / correspondence regarding the return and is currently under review by
    There. Itashimashitara more determined at a later date, we will guide you through the official site announcements each game.
  • ※ With regard to e-mail support service after the period above, we will respond accordingly.
  • Should you contact us in case Ni関Shimashite ※, individual responses may you let me refrain.
  • ※ With regard to future service restart is subject to change without notice.
    Each game official site, thank you you for your check and Nexon official web portal.

 

To find out how you can support the earthquake relief effort in Japan. Visit redcross.org, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.

 

Thanks to mapleschool for getting me the heads up!  http://64blog.com/maplestory/

Nexon NA Q&A at basilmarket


Today there was a intersting Q&A with the Nexon NA team. Even though basil crashed 5 minutes before the actual ending time we still got a nice amount of questions answered:

nxeurydice: Question After the Bigbang Patch, the NPC to enter the Visitor PQ was removed. Characters left inside are still able to PQ, but no one else can enter.

» So, short answer is it was intended to remove the Visitors PQ.» But only because we could not implement it fully after Big Bang.

» We would like it to come back soon, but it will take a lot of work.
nxyadeera: Question: When is the Chaos patch being released?

»Chaos will be coming out during the summer of 2011.
nxeurydice: Question: i want to know if masteria wil be developed more.

»Tough one. We have worked on Masteria expansions on and off for several years now.

»But none of every been taken as far as being tested. We would still like to do an expansion, but currently it’s not being worked on actively. That doesn’t mean we have no plans to do something with Masteria.
nxyadeera: Question: Do you guys work directly with Nexon Korea to help us get our content faster, or do you work pretty seperately?

» Our team works directly with our developers at Nexon Korea to create content for global MapleStory.

nxhadza: Question: Will Guild Party Quest be removed with the Guild Revamp?

» We are currently disscussing what to do with Guild Party Quest in the upcoming guild revamp. We’ll keep you posted!

nxhadza: Question: are there any special events comming up soon?»

Yes! We have some classics like Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras, but we also have the Golden Temple coming back next month.

nxeurydice: Question: When are the remaining Heroes going to be released?»

We are taking a break from adding new classes for a little while.»

We got a lot of feedback that new classes are coming too fast.»

We are going to focus on new content like quests, PQs, and events for a while before we add any new classes.

nxyadeera: Question: Will there be any more changes to Maps in MapleStory? If so, Which maps will be changed?

» We are pretty happy with all of the map changes from Big Bang, so we do not plan on changing any at this time.

nxeurydice: Question:Following the subject of too many of something too fast, is anything ever going to happen to motivate people to use worlds like Yellonde? It’s a really depressing place right now

» We are currently looking into some server restructuring that should ease this problem without getting rid of any worlds. Hopefully we can give you details soon.
nxyadeera: Question: Is there any thought regarding the revival of monster book? It was removed during big bang.

» Unfortunately most players did not find Monster Book very popular, so we do not plan to bring it back.
nxhadza: Question: Whenever you create or add new content to Maplestory, is there any type of process you use? If so, what are they?

» Great question! Yes, it’s actually a long and complicated process that is planned months in advance. We initially brainstorm ideas, then create a short proposal summarizing the content we want to create. We work with the development team in Korea to refine and fit it within the schedule. We start building the systems to support the new content, do internal testing and finally release it. The process takes 6 to 7 months from start to finish.
nxeurydice: Question: Is Lionheart castle going to be the relief we are all expecting? After BB 130+ training is even worse and has caused a large amount of frustration. Is it the amazing training spot

»Lionheart is pretty good for high level players. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.» We know you are having a hard time now and we are looking into ways to make it better.
nxeurydice: Question: If monster book was removed for being unpopular, why keep the 7th day market? Everyone HATES it with a passion

» We actually didn’t know you hated it so much. ^^

» If most players really feel that way, we can consider removing it.
nxeurydice: Question: To Eurydice: Is it fun writing up the Dev Blogs? Do you enjoy telling maplers whats going on behind the scenes?

» Yes! I love it, but sometimes it is hard to come up with topics on a regular basis.

» If you have ideas, please post them in the forums!


Today (while playing with some forum links) I found a new closed part of the forum for a new game. This game is called Atlantica Online

 

Will this game be published by Nexon Europe for 2011? Were is vindictus? To be honest I have no idea! There only seems to be a german and french side of the atlantica forum though..

 

Check the closed forum here: http://forum.nexoneu.com/NXEU.aspx?g=forum&c=9

 

More information is hopefully coming soon!


TODAY a press release went out stating Nexon NA is going to devolop 2 more free to play games including 1 not so game and more of a social network (blogparty) and a complete new game that is being devoloped as we speak! Also Nexon annouches that dragon nest will be released this year! Read about it all here:

Maple Story expansion is driving Nexon’s success in North America as it signs two new games from Western-headquarted studios, one of which will mark its first move into the social networking space.

According to the company, revenues for the fourth quarter of 2010 leapt 42 percent year-on-year — including a 60 percent increase for December alone — thanks in large part to an expansion for its popular Maple Story MMO, which drove concurrent players to an all-time high in North America of 136,000.

The South Korean-headquartered company operates Combat Arms, MapleStory, Vindictus, Dungeon Fighter Online, Mabinogi and PopTag!in the North American market out of its Los Angeles office. Its products are all free-to-play with microtransaction support.

“It was a tremendous fourth quarter and year for Nexon and MapleStory‘s Big Bang [expansion] had a lot to do with it,” said Daniel Kim, Nexon America’s CEO, in a statement. “Nexon has perfected a formula for gameplay with a business model that attracts players and keeps them loyal.”

While the company plans to launch the Korean-developed and already announced MMO Dragon Nest, which has been released in South Korea this year, it has also signed two new as-yet unannounced games spawned from its Nexon iNitiative.

This is a scheme in which the publisher solicited game designs from independent studios and funded the winners — with $1 million at stake.

In a new interview, Won Il Sue, Nexon America’s vice president of business development told Gamasutra that the company has signed two games and already exceeded the initial $1 million investment in the two titles it has signed. The two studios which landed deals with the publisher are Canadian studio Antic Entertainment and Poland’s One2Tribe.

According to Sue, studios in “about 25” countries entered the competition. “We got over 100 submissions from pretty much all over the world. We picked these two companies because they had something we really liked.”

The two titles, which are “primarily” targeted to the North American market, will fit in with the company’s existing free-to-play business model — though one title will be for social networking services like Facebook rather than existing as a stand-alone game. Nexon has yet to enter the social gaming market in North America.

“I think a lot of international companies really haven’t dealt with the social networking game crowd, and we really want to be in that market,” Sue said. “That was a strong purpose of the Nexon iNitiative.”

Mike Crouch, Nexon America’s director of public relations, copying currently successful social games is not Nexon’s plan. “We’re looking at the social game market but we’re not going to go into it hoping to do what’s been done before.”

However, the developer is planning to bring its success from client-based games over to social networks, hoping to maintain average revenues and play times that exceed the social gaming standard. “When we decide to move into it we expect and our hope is that we will be able to bring that level of success in the social gaming space as well.” Crouch said.

“We are trying to expand into different types of games,” he added. “We’re going to go into social game and try to bring a lot of the knowhow we have in terms of being able to monetize our users better and make the content a lot more compelling.”

And, of course, another purpose is for the Asian company to dive into content both by and for Western audiences. “One of the reasons that we started [the iNitiative], is that even with all of the success that we have, there’s a lot of content that’s more suitable for the Western market… instead of bringing over Korean products, actually designing Western games so that the North American market is the primary market.”

While the company initially pledeged $1 million for the two games, “when we started working with these guys we realized their projects would require more than this so we are going to spend much more than we originally planned to,” said Sue.

One2Tribe has most notably created a browser-based game based on Polish hit novel and PC IPThe Witcher, while Antic was founded by veterans of EA’s DICE studio, which used to operate a studio in Canada.

According to Sue, while it may be “unusual” to tap a Polish studio for the North American market, everything One2Tribe submitted was exceptional, and “since they’ve done online games before, and RPGs, we knew these guys really knew their games. It wasn’t a very difficult decision to work with these guys.”

Meanwhile, Nexon engaged in “a lot of co-development” with Antic after reviewing its proposal, Sue said. “From the first submission, the end results will be very different.” However, the studio’s stable of veteran developers made them attractive to Nexon.

In fact, Sue said that since “other companies had not been focused on reaching out to smaller developers,” the initiative has been unexpectedly fruitful, and “because of the success that we’ve had, it’s definitely not out of the question” that Nexon will launch another similar initiative.

“There’s not a traditional publisher developer model… This initaitive is one where we’re reaching for their ideas, so that got a lot of interest from the development community,” said Sue. Development on the projects, which are already in production, will take from six months to a year “depending on how much feature creep there is.”

Further details of the games will be announced at a later date, with Crouch hinting that the games might seem somewhat unusual for a publisher known mostly for MMOs.

Hmmm Hmmm intersting!