The 67 million-subscriber MMO is now officially supported in Europe; client available in five languages.
The world of massively multiplayer online games has just got more massive: NEXON Group announced today that its free-to-play MMO MapleStory boasts 67 million registered users across Asia and North America, and it hopes to increase this number now that the game is officially supported in Europe.
The game was first released in South Korea in 2003, and made it officially to North America at the end of 2006, where it reached subscriber numbers of 3 million users in less than four months.
European gamers have been promised weekly content updates, as well as in-game events to tie in with cultural happenings across the continent.
"We are very excited to finally bring the amazing world of MapleStory to Europe," said Calvin Yoo, director of international business development at NEXON Europe. "Now gamers all over Europe can enjoy MapleStory's delightful visuals, vibrant community and simple, yet truly compelling gameplay. We look forward to making many more exciting MapleStory announcements over the coming months."
Despite being free to play, MapleStory is quite the money spinner for Nexon due to the game's Cash Shop, where a micropayment system allows players to buy anything from sunglasses for their characters to tokens that increase leveling speed. Nexon reported $250 million in revenue for 2005, with micropayments being the primary driver.
MapleStory is available across Europe from July 12 in English, French, Spanish, German, or Dutch, and the client can be obtained from mapleeurope.com.
It's the most addicting game I've ever played, and I'm only at lvl 9. It's annoying though since it takes so long to earn INT and such to get a job. I need 20 INT and I've only got 6. Help?
I played MapleStory for a short while, I have three characters around level 30. It got really boring after a while, there was no point in spending hours levelling and doing quests if there is no PVP. Sure, there were cool bosses but the amount of time put into the game to be able to even stand a chance against them didn't make them appealing anymore.
why can't you ppl grow up and try to accept different ppl have different tastes? ur taste isn't the absolute truth u know, l33t gamers... (sif...)
My bro used to play maple till he got frustrated and bored at level 48. So i bought Guild wars for him.
Oh my goodness gracious, how can such a diabollically atrocious game be raking in soooo much money? There's no justic in the world folks!
$250 million?! I'm not sure if that's from Maplestory alone, but that's a pretty incredible number ! And all thanks to micropayments... damn...
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