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MapleStory Original Soundtrack: NEO
MapleStory Original Soundtrack: NEO
메이플스토리 OST : NEO

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Release DateFeb 23, 2021
Publish FormatCommercial
Release Price11,900.00
Media FormatDigital
ClassificationOriginal Soundtrack


Composed by / Composed byJonghyuk Lee / 이종혁 (NEXON), Gahae Kim / 김가해 (NEXON), Jee-Hoon Park / 박지훈 (NEXON), 김한솔 / 김한솔 (NEXON), Yushik Shin / 신유식 (NEXON), HAKMIN (ESTIMATE), Muwen (ESTIMATE), ko.yo (ESTIMATE), ESTi, Seibin (ESTIMATE), Initium SoundLab, Jongho Yoo / 유종호 (NEXON)
Arranged by / Arranged byJonghyuk Lee / 이종혁 (NEXON), Gahae Kim / 김가해 (NEXON), Jee-Hoon Park / 박지훈 (NEXON), 김한솔 / 김한솔 (NEXON), Yushik Shin / 신유식 (NEXON), HAKMIN (ESTIMATE), Muwen (ESTIMATE), ko.yo (ESTIMATE), ESTi, Seibin (ESTIMATE), Initium SoundLab, Jongho Yoo / 유종호 (NEXON)
Keyboard / KeyboardJonghyuk Lee / 이종혁 (NEXON), Gahae Kim / 김가해 (NEXON), Jee-Hoon Park / 박지훈 (NEXON), 김한솔 / 김한솔 (NEXON), Yushik Shin / 신유식 (NEXON), Jongho Yoo / 유종호 (NEXON)
Guitar / GuitarYushik Shin / 신유식 (NEXON), RAVE, 표영진, Seibin (ESTIMATE)
Bass / Bassko.yo (ESTIMATE)
Electric Guitar / Electric GuitarCho Sung Joon
Acoustic Guitar / Acoustic GuitarCho Sung Joon


Disc 1

01 Toolen City1:39
02 The Dispossessed1:45
03 Dispossessed Anger1:37
04 Happy Birthday My Dear3:13
05 Doubt You1:31
06 Malice3:14
07 Welcome To Hotel Arcs1:38
08 Way Out of the Wildness1:31
09 Lonesome Cinema1:35
10 Train Heading Nowhere1:38
11 A Mechanic With a Wander1:44
12 Awakening of Old God2:25
13 Solar Deity - Dawn of Hope2:16
14 Solar Deity - Noon of Justice2:16
15 Solar Deity - Twilight of Flame2:16
16 Solar Deity - Midnight of Silence2:21
17 Neo Castle1:38
Disc length34:17



Project Managed by MapleStory
Music Published by NECORD, NEXON Korea

Composed & Arranged by Jonghyuk Lee (NEXON)
Keyboard by Jonghyuk Lee (NEXON)

Composed & Arranged by Gahae Kim (NEXON)
Keyboard by Gahae Kim (NEXON)

Composed & Arranged by Gahae Kim (NEXON)
Keyboard by Gahae Kim (NEXON)

Composed & Arranged by Jee-Hoon Park (NEXON)
Keyboard by Jee-Hoon Park (NEXON)

Composed & Arranged by 김한솔 (NEXON)
Keyboard by 김한솔 (NEXON)

Composed & Arranged by Yushik Shin (NEXON)
Keyboard by Yushik Shin (NEXON)
Guitar by Yushik Shin (NEXON)

Composed by HAKMIN (ESTIMATE) & Muwen (ESTIMATE)
Guitar by RAVE

Composed & Arranged by Muwen (ESTIMATE)
Guitar by RAVE

Composed & Arranged by ko.yo (ESTIMATE)
Bass by ko.yo (ESTIMATE)
Guitar by 표영진

Composed & Arranged by ESTi
Guitar by Seibin (ESTIMATE)

Composed & Arranged by Seibin (ESTIMATE)
Guitar by Seibin (ESTIMATE)

Composed & Arranged by Initium SoundLab

Composed & Arranged by Initium SoundLab
Electric&Acoustic Guitar by Cho Sung Joon

Composed & Arranged by Initium SoundLab

Composed & Arranged by Initium SoundLab
Electric&Acoustic Guitar by Cho Sung Joon

Composed & Arranged by Initium SoundLab

Composed & Arranged by Jongho Yoo (NEXON)
Keyboard by Jongho Yoo (NEXON)

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MapleStory M
triples ROI.

MapleStory M

MapleStory M is a fantasy role-playing game where players learn skills, defeat monsters, and band together to win rewards. With Apple Search Ads, the game’s developer NEXON was able to attract new audiences, triple ROI, and keep players engaged. 

The Results

7days to exceed goals for revenue from in-app purchases.

350%better ROI than goals in 90 days.

2.5Xbetter retention rate than new users from other platforms.

The Challenge

MapleStory is considered one of the first commercially successful online PC games. Sixteen years later, NEXON relaunched the classic game as an app, and team needed to recapture their original audience while introducing the game to a new generation of players. “We wanted to show original players that this game is timeless and relevant, and can be enjoyed in a whole new way on mobile devices,” says NEXON Japan Marketing Manager Tsutomu Morita.

The 90-day retention rate from Apple Search Ads customers was 2.5 times higher than
other platforms.

The Solution

Attract different audiences with keywords.

To attract fans who played the original game, the NEXON team focused on brand terms with Apple Search Ads, such as a shortened version of the game’s name, Maple. They focused on competitor terms and keywords specific to the fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) subcategory to expand discovery of their app to new audiences. 

“Within a week of running Apple Search Ads, we saw revenue break even with our ad spend,” explains Morita. “This allowed us to continue investing and gain insights with Search Match to reach brand-new players. We reached our three-month acquisition goal in half the time,” added NEXON Japan User Acquisition Manager Kosuke Tsuna.

Gain insights to optimize performance.

Apple Search Ads also offered the team at NEXON unexpected but invaluable insights. “By using Search Match, we found untapped potential with keywords related to other game subcategories, such as first-person shooter games,” says Morita. The team quickly learned they could increase discoverability with a brand-new audience unfamiliar with MapleStory M. “This real-time analysis helped us find a highly engaged audience, eager to play our game,” says Morita.

After the first three months of running Apple Search Ads campaigns in Japan, the NEXON team had exceeded their return on investment (ROI) goals by 350 percent. MapleStory M quickly became one of the top-downloaded games on the App Store in Japan.

Scale success to new markets.

After driving unmatched performance and a top rating on the App Store in Japan, the team set their sights on continued growth with Apple Search Ads. New updates will be added to MapleStory M monthly, providing more opportunities to raise app visibility with new players and keep existing players engaged. “Running campaigns with Apple Search Ads far exceeded our expectations and has given us the ability to identify trends for future success,” says Morita.

In addition to exceeding ROI goals, the NEXON team also found that the acquisition and retention rates among customers acquired through Apple Search Ads were higher than those acquired from other app promotion platforms. “The 90-day retention rate from Apple Search Ads customers was 2.5 times higher than other platforms.” says Tsuna.

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  • Founded in 1994
  • Based in Tokyo, Japan
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All MapleStory Classes And Jobs

MapleStory started out with only 4 different classes to choose from, which could be job advanced into different branches as you leveled up. Today, there are over 40 different jobs and classes you can play, with more being released all the time. Choosing the right class and job for you can be difficult, but not to worry, MapleStory allows players to have over 40 different character slots on their account, and any progress you make leveling up a character goes towards your Legion bonus.

The first classes released in MapleStory were the Explorers. This included: Warrior, Mage, Thief and Bowman. These four jobs had different job branches you could take at the first job advancement, giving a combined total of 10 different end-game jobs (3 warriors, 3 mages, 2 thiefs and 2 bowman).

The first new classes introduced after the main explorers was Pirate, who was a brand new Explorer class that could either be a Buccaneer or Corsair.

Then came Cygnus Knights, who had a level cap of 120 (they now share the same level cap as every other player) but with 5 different job paths.

Since then, MapleStory have release many new classes but none of them have different branches to choose from. There are different groupings of classes that share the same Cash Shop Inventory (allows players to move their cash items between those classes of that group).

Job Advancement Levels

For most jobs, the first job advancement is level 10, second is level 30, third is level 60 and 4th is level 100. 5th job starts at level 200.


Cygnus Knights

Released in 2009, the Cygnus Knights were originally capped at level 120. They had a major revamp in Patch v.156 Cygnus Awakening.

1st Job2nd Job3rd Job4th Job
Blaze Wizard
Thunder Breaker
Dawn Warrior
Wind Archer
Night Walker


The Resistance Classes first started with the release of Wild Hunter and Battle Mage in 2010.


The Heroes Classes first started with the release of Aran in December 2009.


The Sengoku classes come from the Japanese version of MapleStory.


The Nova classes began with Kaiser, releasing in 2012.


Ark was the first Flora Class to be released in patch V.196 2018.


These classes don't particularly belong to a group of classes. They may well be updated in the future to have new jobs added to their class branch though!

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MapleStory - Then VS Now

Maplestory Is Celebrating 16 Years With Its Own In-Game Hotel

Nexon's iconic free-to-play global MMORPG MapleStory is celebrating its 16-year anniversary with the grand unveiling of Hotel Maple, which offers a special reward-earning ranking system.

MapleStory has captured the hearts of millions of players since its release in 2003, and Nexon has reaped considerable benefits from the game's immense popularity (like earning $300 million from the game in the three years following its release).

RELATED: MapleStory 2 To Shut Down Servers In May

It's certainly been an eventful time for the MapleStory franchise over the last two years, what with Nexon restructuring its operations and closing two offices in the US in 2019 as a result. MapleStory 2's servers were also shut down forever last year, much to the disappointment of many Maplers. The original MapleStory is still going strong, however, and developer Nexon wants to pay homage to the hugely successful game for its 16th anniversary.

If you have a character at level 101 or higher in MapleStory, you can now revel in the benefits of a Hotel Maple VIP Membership, which lets you participate in special anniversary events like new missions and mini-games.

As a VIP member, you will also unlock the ability to earn 16th Anniversary Points and Coins by successfully completing these missions and mini-games. You can then redeem the points and coins for a bunch of exciting items from VIP Skill Points and Coupons, to Membership Points and special items available at Hotel Maple shops.

RELATED: MapleStory Developer "Achieved Record-High Revenues" In 2020

Any Membership Points you accumulate during the event will allow you to rank up your membership and earn even more benefits. If you manage to reach the VIP Prestige rank, you will even get your hands on the esteemed Hotel Maple VIP Member medal.

If at any point you need some guidance around the many ins and outs of the Hotel Maple celebrations, simply hit up one of the Hotel Maple concierges hanging around. They'll even give you tips on how best to maximize your chance of earning rewards.

Nexon is also encouraging Maplers to continue the 16th anniversary celebrations beyond the in-game event. You can post your favorite MapleStory memories on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube using hashtag #MapleMemories. All content tagged as such will be compiled on the Maple Memories website, where you can connect with fellow Maplers as you reminisce over the last 16 years of MapleStory.

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Maplestory original


2D fantasy MMORPG

This article is about the original game for Windows. For the anime, see MapleStory (anime). For the Nintendo DS game based on the original, see MapleStory DS. For the Facebook adaptation, see MapleStory Adventures.

2003 video game


The current logo of MapleStory

Publisher(s)Nexon(South Korea, Japan, North America, Europe, Thailand)
AsiaSoft(Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam)
Gamania(Taiwan, Hong Kong)
Level Up! Games (Brazil)
Studio EIM[1]
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
  • KOR: April 29, 2003
  • JP: December 3, 2003
  • NA: May 11, 2005
  • TW: June 1, 2005
  • SEA: June 23, 2005
  • EU: April 12, 2007
  • THA: October 31, 2017
Genre(s)Massively multiplayer online role-playing game

MapleStory (Korean: 메이플스토리; RR: Meipeul Seutori) is a free-to-play, 2D, side-scrollingmassively multiplayer online role-playing game, developed by South Korean company Wizet. Several versions of the game are available for specific countries or regions, and each is published by various companies such as Nexon.

In the game, players travel the "Maple World", defeating monsters and developing their characters' skills and abilities as is typical in role-playing games. Players can interact with others in many ways, including chatting and trading. Groups of players can band together in parties to hunt monsters and share rewards, and can also form guilds to interact more easily with each other. Players additionally have the option to visit the in-game "Cash Shop" to purchase a variety of character appearances or gameplay enhancements with real money.

In July 2010, the Korean version of the game was completely revised in a patch named the "Big Bang". Other versions followed suit and have since received the Big Bang update. Later in the year, the Korean version received the Chaos update which introduced PvP (player-versus-player) and professions to the game. Its sequel, MapleStory 2, was released in July 2015 and features updated 3D graphics and a similar storyline. As of 2020[update], the game has reached over 180 million registered users worldwide and grossed over $3 billion in lifetime revenue.


Players assume the roles of citizens in the Maple World with no specific objective to win the game, but to work on improving their characters' skill and status over time. The antagonist of the game, the Black Mage, was sealed away years ago by six heroes.[2][3] Fearing his resurrection, Empress Cygnus enlisted the Maple World to join her Cygnus Knights in preventing his return.[4] However, the Black Wings were able to return the Black Mage to reality for a moment, causing a cataclysm known as the Big Bang.[5] With the seal on the Black Mage weakening, the five heroes return to the world in a weakened state. The player's character begins a quest to restore the Black Mage's seal but instead, witnesses his revival. The Black Mage then begins assimilating Grandis with the Maple World in order to rule both worlds.


MapleStory is a 2D scrolling platform game.[6] The controls for the game are executed using the keyboard and mouse. The keyboard is used for many game functions, and much of it can be rearranged to suit users' needs. The mouse is mainly used to trigger NPCs and manipulate items. Like most MMORPGs, gameplay centers on venturing into dungeons and combating monsters in real-time. The players combat monsters and complete quests, in the process acquiring in-game currency called "Mesos", experience points and various items.[6] Players are able to acquire in-game professions, allowing them to craft equipment, accessories or potions.[7]

Players have a variety of options when interacting with others online: They can form parties where loot and experience are distributed from a monster;[8] in-game marriages where the game will recognize the two players as a heterosexual couple;[9] guilds which is indicated with a guild's name listed under their character name;[10] or families, an architecture gathering of juniors and seniors.[11] Players are also able to raise or lower the in-game popularity stat entitled Fame of other players and compete with other players in minigames, such as Gomoku or Concentration.[12] They may also engage in trading activities for "Mesos" or other in-game items (though subject to virtual tax).


MapleStorycharacters exist in worlds or servers. Players are able to create multiple characters in each world, though the characters in different worlds can not interact with each other.[citation needed] Each world is similar in content with each other. The worlds are divided into channels, among which characters are allowed to freely switch. The ability to transfer entire characters between worlds was added in December 2007 to Global MapleStory, with restrictions placed on items.[citation needed] In May 2012, this option was removed as it caused a negative impact on character gameplay.[13]

When creating a new character, there are six branches of classes currently available, with two other branches with one class each: Explorers, Cygnus Knights, Heroes, Resistance, Nova and Sengoku. Beast Tamer and Child of God have one class in both branches. Some classes are currently not available in other regions.

Explorer characters start on Maple Island and begin as a Beginner class.[14] The Beginner is able to advance into one of the five classes: Warrior, Bowmen, Magician, Thief and Pirate.[15] After choosing their class, further class progression is only allowed within the scope of the first class advancement with advancements at level 30, 60, 100,[16] and 200.[17] Three separate classes, under the adventurer branch, are created differently from normal Adventurers: Dual Blade (Thief), Kinesis (Magician) and Cannoneers (Pirate).[18][19]

Cygnus Knight characters begin as Noblesse class and begin their journey on Ereve.[20] At level 10, they are allowed to class advance into five Cygnus Knight classes, each one parallels to the Explorer class.[21][22][23][24][25] Upon reaching the level limit of 120, Cygnus Knights are able to change into a level 50 explorer with benefits.[26]

Six Hero classes are currently available: Aran, Evan, Mercedes, Phantom, Luminous and Shade. The Hero classes are characters with background stories related to the antagonist of the game, the Black Mage. Aran has the Combo System, a unique feature to the class, allowing them to generate combo counts by hitting monsters, giving them buffs and allowing them to cast combo-consuming skills.[2] Evan is similar to Magicians, but uses a dragon, which fights alongside them.[27] Mercedes is an elven archer who uses Dual Bowguns.[28] Phantom is a Thief character with the ability to mimic skills from Adventurer characters. Luminous is a magician of light who can also use dark magic which they absorbed from the Black Mage. Shade is the sixth and forgotten hero, whose existence was erased during the sealing of the Black Mage. They use spirits to aid them in battle.

Resistance characters begin in Edelstein, a town taken over by the Black Mage's followers; the Black Wings.[29] The characters created under the Resistance branch begin as Citizens and have four available job advancements: Battle Mage, Wild Hunter, Blaster and Mechanic. A Battle Mage uses a staff for physical attacks, a Wild Hunter rides a jaguar while wielding a crossbow, a Blaster uses an arm cannon and a Mechanic uses a robotic suit to fight.[29][30] Demon, a separate class, under the resistance branch, is created differently from the normal Resistance.[31] A Demon character can become a Demon Slayer, who uses one-handed blunt weapons and axes, or the Demon Avenger, who uses a specialised weapon called the Desperado. Xenon, another separate resistance character, is a human-turned-cyborg who escaped from the Black Wings' laboratories who uses Whip Blades in combat.


There are three main continents common to all versions in the MapleStory world: Maple Island, Victoria Island and Ossyria. Maple Island is where adventurers start off their characters. Victoria Island contains eight cities, and is where most classes begin. Ossyria features seven distinct regions with varying environments: El Nath Mountains, Ludus Lake, Aqua Road, Minar Forest, Mu Lung Garden, Nihal Desert and Temple of Time. Ereve and Rien are separated from another land which is the beginning of another job of the game.

Cash Shop

The Cash Shop is an in-game shop where players use real-life currency to purchase unique virtual goods such as avatars, digital pets and other in-game items.[32] Most Cash Shop items expire after a period of time. The Cash Shop also offers a shop permit, allowing players to set up a store in the in-game market location called the Free Market.


MapleStory was developed and released in South Korea and was localized to ten different regions as of 2010.[33] As other publishers license the game for their region, proxy blocks are put in place (excluding the Korean version, it requires a KSSN), forcing players to play their localized version.[34] On July 7, 2011, LevelUp! Games announced that they will not be renewing the contract for localization in Brazil.[35]

Notable updates

An update entitled Big Bang was released in Korean MapleStory in July 2010 with other versions following suit.[citation needed] Big Bang changed the game's core coding, and changed many aspects of the game.[36] An update entitled Chaos features the introduction of professions, and PvP.[37]

On March 4, 2015, Nexon announced a new update for MapleStory's North American server, entitled Black Heaven. Players that registered prior to the update and before March 9 received a free Ignition Pack if they logged in before March 14 and after the update went live. Black Heaven was released on March 11, 2015.

On December 1, 2015, Nexon released the MapleStory Reboot update for its North American server, which allows access to the Reboot world. This world has disabled trading, increased Meso drop rates and weapon/equipment drops that are specific to the player's class. Reboot has the same monsters as other worlds, but with increased stats and experience points awarded.[38]


In Global MapleStory (GMS), more than a million players bought items in the Cash Shop, by 2010.[39] In 2006, Nexon announced MapleStory had a combined total of 39 million user accounts worldwide.[40]MapleStory Global had over 8 million users by 2011.[41] As of 2014, it was among the top ten MMOs by worldwide revenue.[42] As of May 2020[update], the game has reached over 180 million registered users worldwide.[43]

Up until 2011, the game grossed $1.8 billion.[44] Between 2013 and 2017, the game grossed $1.181 billion, including $326 million in 2013,[45] $240 million in 2014,[46] $253 million in 2015, $83 million in 2016,[47] and $279 million in 2017.[48] As of 2020[update], the game has grossed over $3 billion worldwide in lifetime revenue.[49]

Related games

MapleStory DS

MapleStory DS is a game based on MapleStory and features a single-player experience. The game was released for the Nintendo DS on April 15, 2010 in Korea.[citation needed]

MapleStory M

MapleStory M is a mobile game released for iOS and Android, in South Korea during October 2016 and then overseas on May 28, 2018.[50]


The sequel, MapleStory 2, was released in Korea on July 7, 2015. Unlike its predecessor, MapleStory 2 takes place on a 3D voxel-based plane at an often isometric angle.

Media adaptations

The Japaneseanime entitled MapleStory (メイプルストーリー, Meipuru Sutōrī), was adapted of the game and produced by Madhouse. It was aired on TV Tokyo between October 7, 2007 and March 30, 2008, spanning 25 episodes. The plot revolves around a warrior as he journeys to revive the world tree.

The North American publisher of Nexon, released a MapleStorytrading card game on November 6, 2007.[51] Nexon Korea and Japan have since released similar trading card games, while Nexon North America has discontinued this service.[citation needed]

Two adaptations of MapleStory have been released for iOS by Nexon Mobile: MapleStory: Thief Edition and MapleStory: Cygnus Knights Edition. The Thief Edition has only one job, Thief, while the other edition features two jobs: a Soul Master and a Fire Wizard. The games do not have multiplayer.

On July 27, 2011, Nexon released a public beta of a MapleStory Adventures as an adaptation for Facebook gaming format. The game consist of mainly single-player, but incorporates the main goals and themes of the full MapleStory game, which includes creating an avatar, fighting monsters and completing quests.[52] This version has been discontinued as of July 31, 2013.


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Maplestory: 2005-2010 Timeline (WARNING: NOSTALGIA)

Where nostalgic games like Neopets and MapleStory are now

Keeping old franchises alive and kicking is common in the video game world. Some video game company portfolios are filled with legacy titles, with just a sprinkle of one-off original releases every year.
The average age of gamers is now 33, up from the mid-to-late 20s back in the early 2000s, according to the Entertainment Software Association in a 2019 report. Some of their favorite games are decades old but still gettingfresh updates.
Here's a look at where several well-known video game brands and franchises have landed decades after they first captured fans' hearts.
A photo of Neopets, a virtual pet game that has been around since 1999.
The beloved browser game Neopets first launched in 1999. At its core, the game is about caring for virtual pets, which never die (unlike Tamagotchi). Along the way, Neopets entertained and empowered a generation of young women to learn coding and discover how the stock market works.
Neopets has bounced around a lot since its mid-2000s heyday. It wassold to Viacom in 2005, then to JumpStart in 2014. JumpStart was acquired by Chinese gaming company NetDragon in 2017.
Neopets, which has a little more than 50% of its fan base in the United States, is working on several projects to bring the game to China, JumpStart CEO Jim Czulewicz told CNN Business Friday.
Neopets was built on JavaScript and Flash. But with the imminent demise of Flash — Adobe announced three years ago it would retire the software by 2020 — the virtual pet site is shifting to HTML and finally offering support for a mobile site, which is still in a testing phase.
"Was it later than I would have wanted to do it? Yeah," said Czulewicz, adding that the company expects it can retain players who might been put off by the website's tech problems. He estimates Neopets still has around 100,000 daily active users and 1.5 million monthly active players.
Besides its mobile site, Neopets is getting a family friendly animated TV series based on the game's extensive lore, slated for fall 2021. Czulewicz said the company has talked to video on demand services and traditional broadcasters who are interested in picking up the show. He has even received around eight requests on LinkedIn from Neopets fans, offering to work on the TV show for free.
The franchise is launching another free mobile game, the third in its repertoire, called Island Builders, that will feature adventures andquests. It will be similar in gameplay to a 2011 dragon building simulator "DragonVale" where users candesign a park and put dragons on display. It will have in-app purchases and potentially offer season passes.
Although Neopets' first two mobile games, a "Candy Crush"-like matching game called "Ghoul Catchers" and a word game, "Legends and Letters," did not gain much momentum, Czulewicz said the brand's next game will center around the features Neopians love, like a story and well-written characters. The game is due in 2020.
A photo of MapleStory, a popular massive online role-playing game with a 17-year run.
MapleStory, which debuted in South Korea in 2003 before reaching North America in 2005, is still a free-to-play, money-grabbing success story. The massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) has taken root primarilyin the Asian diaspora. Like its contemporary, World of Warcraft, MapleStory has been a matchmaker for real-life friendships and even marriages.
South Korean gaming company Nexon reported earnings earlier in May, and revenue was led by several games including MapleStory.
Players are encouraged to spend real money to customize their characters in virtual clothing and powerful weapons. They then team up for epic boss battles. The ability to use real money to essentially "win" the game was controversial among players, as those who couldn't afford to spend were at a disadvantage.
Nexon has tried to distance itself from that controversy.
"We've made every mistake you could possibly make," said Nexon CEO Owen Mahoney told CNN Business in May. "A game like MapleStory is around for a long time because we continue to provide value over a long period of time. And if you focus on over-monetizing, you're going to alienate your user base."
MapleStory released a sequel, MapleStory 2, which arrived in North America in 2018, but the success did not translate. MapleStory 2 shut down by the end of March.
Nexon said that MapleStory 2 did not win over fans because it wasn't true to the franchise. Unlike the original game, MapleStory 2 was three dimensional.
"3D itself is not a key aspect of MapleStory," said Mahoney. "The first MapleStory is an incredibly deep and rich MMORPG, even though the surface layer is 2D and very simple and pixelated."
Nexon is still working on how to build on the first game's success, Mahoney said.
A rendering of an Atari Hotel.
The Atari brand rose to prominence in the 1970s after the video arcade and console company created an electronic tennis game called "Pong," which was the first commercially successful video game. Its Atari 2600 gaming console was the first video game console that people bought for their homes.
But in 2013, the US arm of Atari filed for bankruptcy. Its French counterpart lives on, and today it still manages classic video games like "Asteroids" and "Centipede.
Now the brand is venturing into the real world, opening a chain of branded hotels. The first one, in Phoenix, Arizona, starts construction in the fall, and should be finished in about two years.
The hotels will feature spaces for virtual reality and augmented reality, studios for streaming games and venues for throwing esports events, according to a press release.
Some of the rooms will have a retro style while others could be inspired by "Ready Player One," Shelly Murphy, CEO of GSD Group, told CNN Business in January.
Murphy said GSD partner Napoleon Smith III suggested one day, "I wonder what Atari is doing ... how cool would it be to stay in an Atari hotel?"
Murphy described spaces set up with 10 gaming consoles where parents can host parties for kids. She said that the hotels would be affordably priced, with some premium options for people who might want to host a video game slumber party, for instance.
Atari hotels are planned for Las Vegas, Denver, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, San Francisco and San Jose, ranging from million to multimillion-dollar projects depending on the location.
"Minecraft Dungeons" is a new release for a successful franchise by Mojang and Xbox Game Studios.
"Minecraft" is one of the best-selling games of all time, with a dedicated fan base in the hundreds of millions. In late May, the franchise received a new title called "Minecraft Dungeons," which takes the classic block-building, zombie-slaying game into an entertaining adventure format.
Fans of "Minecraft" may enjoy "Minecraft Dungeons," but it doesn't have the building and crafting element of the original title, so hardcore builders will likely skip the new game. The general public could appreciate the fantasy, dungeon-exploring elements.
Unlike "Minecraft," where you can build, mine and customize your surroundings, "Minecraft Dungeons" is focused on exploring dungeons and seeking adventure. Players embark on short missions that can be completed in multiple sittings, and which can be played alone or byup to four people. Team members get several lives andmore chances to complete the mission, even if they are killed by dungeon bosses.
"Minecraft," released in 2011, is a huge moneymaker for its publisher, Xbox Game Studios, and its Swedish developer, Mojang Studios. More than 200 million copies of "Minecraft" have been sold to date, according to Helen Chiang, Mojang's studio head, making it one of the best-selling games of all time, alongside "Tetris" and "Grand Theft Auto V.
In 2014, Microsoft bought "Minecraft" and Mojang for $2.5 billion.
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