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Sold-out event attracted over 600 MapleStory fans
October 19, 2023
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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]
NEXON | October 19, 2023 - Los Angeles, CA - Nexon celebrated its sixth annual, sold-out MapleStory Fest with over 600 guests on October 14th, 2023. The celebration brought Nexon and fans together for exclusive announcements, Q&A’s, a merch store, and engaging game-themed activities during the event.
Executive director of MapleStory, Wonki Kang, attended the event as a surprise guest and shared insights about the development of the upcoming New Age update and 6th Job skills, and spoke about the future of MapleStory at an exclusive fireside chat. With the upcoming New Age and 6th Job skills updates, the game is expected to grow as a global IP.
Maplers, as fans of the game call themselves, have lots to look forward to as Nexon focuses on an experience that expands the features of the game and identities of the jobs. Nexon is confident that the New Age update with the 6th Job skills will make each player feel like the main character and will begin a new age in MapleStory, just like the name of the update.
"I would like to express my gratitude to the heroes who have loved GMS for a long time,” said Wonki Kang, executive director of MapleStory. "We have put a lot of effort into the 6th Job Advancement and 6th Job skills, and we have also refined the growth speed and growth section to reach level 260, and we have carefully prepared the newly added areas, boss difficulty, and system. We will also focus more on the development of GMS. In addition, we plan to focus more on various activities to expand IP not only in games but also in various cultural projects such as goods."
In addition to chats with Nexon, all attendees received a swag bag and had access to exclusive merch, activities and onsite events such as on-stage presentations, MapleStory trivia, MapleStory M 2v2 boss battle race, MapleStory M Lucky Doll Claw Game, and crafting activities.
The biggest crowd reactions of the day, and prompting cheers from the community, came from the world premiere of Kanna and Hayato’s 6th Job skills animations and the reveal of MapleStory M’s new character Adele who is coming to the game this winter.
You can find images of the event here.
MapleStory is a popular side-scrolling MMORPG serviced globally including Korea. The Global service was released in May 2005, and with over 13 million registered players to date, this is the 18th year the game has been loved by players.
About MapleStory M
MapleStory M, launched globally in July 2018, brings the nostalgic world of side-scrolling MMORPG MapleStory to mobile, offering the same endless amount of customization, immersive storylines, and epic boss raids that fans have come to expect from the legendary franchise. MapleStory M quickly reached 10 million downloads within 100 days after global launch.
About Nexon America Inc.
Founded in 2006, Nexon America Inc. delivers outstanding free-to-play online game expertise and live game support, taking the strengths of NEXON Co., Ltd. (“Nexon”) and applying them for uniquely western audiences. Nexon America has consistently sustained iconic franchises such as MapleStory and Mabinogi for more than a decade, which have gone on to break records and captivate players. With new projects on the horizon, Nexon America maintains the pioneering and innovative spirit of its parent company, employing its player-first approach, while designing the best possible gameplay experiences for the western market.
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