NeoPle's PC multiplayer action RPG Dungeon Fighter Online
has attained a registered user base of 197 million, publisher Nexon said today, with the game fully launching in North America this June.
is a free-to-play side-scrolling beat-em-up with RPG elements, reminiscent of Capcom's mid-1990s Dungeons & Dragons
arcade games. Nexon earns revenue for the title by selling "NX," a virtual currency that can be used to purchase a variety of in-game items.
The game's astonishingly high registration count is due in large part to its success in the Chinese market, where it launched in November 2007. The game was originally released in Korea in August 2005, and has been slowly making its way to other territories in beta and then full localized form.
Dungeon Fighter Online
recently achieved two million concurrent connections in China
--a world record for any game. It has also reached 200,000 concurrent connections in South Korea.
The game has been in an open beta phase in North America since last September, in preparation for its official launch.