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CCP Games' long-running space exploration MMO EVE Online will finally make its way to Japan this fall, thanks to a localization partnership with MapleStory creator Nexon Corporation.

Frank Cifaldi, Contributor

July 7, 2011

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CCP Games' long-running space exploration MMO EVE Online will finally make its way to Japan this fall, thanks to a partnership with MapleStory creator Nexon Corporation. Nexon will provide a full localization as well as distribution for the game. While CCP will continue to manage and develop the game's content, the Japanese version of EVE will be sold through Nexon's portal, and will utilize its billing system. "Japanese players have always been an essential part of the EVE Online community," said CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Petursson. "Having considered Nexon’s excellent reputation as Asia’s leading game developer and publisher, they were the obvious choice in who the best possible partner would be to help us make the game more accessible to our growing fan base in Japan." EVE Online currently operates in English, German and Russian. The Japanese version of the game will be operated on CCP's Tranquility server, which currently hosts over 350,000 EVE subscribers. The game was recently steeped in minor controversy, as dedicated players expressed disappointment over EVE's new microtransaction-based virtual goods store. That dispute was recently resolved following a meeting between the game's developers and a chosen committee of players.

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Frank Cifaldi

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Frank Cifaldi is a freelance writer and contributing news editor at Gamasutra. His past credentials include being senior editor at 1UP.com, editorial director and community manager for Turner Broadcasting's GameTap games-on-demand service, and a contributing author to publications that include Edge, Wired, Nintendo Official Magazine UK and GamesIndustry.biz, among others. He can be reached at [email protected].

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