Archive for: July 2009

[Frogster] Runes of Magic in Belgium and The Netherlands

frogsterRunes of Magic, a fantasy MMORPG game developed by?Runewaker Entertainment and published by Frogster, ?is now have a dedicated Dutch server for the Dutch speaking community.

The German and English versions of Runes of magic were released last March.

[NHN] Launches European MMO service

nhnAnother story of Korean publisher’s expansion today.

NHN, a Korean online game developer and publisher, announced the imminent opening of its new MMO service in Europe. After launching game portals in Korea (Hangame), Japan (Also,?Hangame), China (Ourgame), and US (ijji), the company is now extending further into the global online games market with its first European release.

The company hasn’t released the details of its first European title yet.

[CJ Internet] Brings its game portal to global audiences

netmarble

CJ Internet, a Korean online game developer and publisher, announced that the global launch of their NetMarble gaming portal in English. The first title on the portal will be online action game Mini Fighter, which will be launched as CBT next week on July 23.

The site also shows future titles such as YS Online, Prius Online, Koongya Adventure, OZ Chronicle, Wego.

CJ Internet is a part of second wave of ?large Korean publisher trying to enter the global market followed by Nexon and Webzen.?It’d be interesting to see if they learned any lessons from the companies that proceeded them likes of Nexon and NHN.

[YNK Korea] Seal Online re-enters Thailand

Korean publisher?YNK Korea partnered up with local publisher?Winner Online to publish its RPG game, Seal Online, in Thailand. YNK Korea already tried this path in 2003 but is seemingly doing better in second time around; since its CBT started July 16, 50,000 players have sigend up so far.

seal online

[The9] MUX. Sounds familiar?

It’s not my fault that every posting regarding The9 has something to do with losing license and coming up with look-alike games. This again is too amusing to pass.

The9 sent out an invite to press saying they are going to unveil a new MMORPG game, MUX, during ChinaJoy. Obviously the company has been developing the game for two years. The issue here is that the company not-so-subtly implied MUX is the official successor of Mu Online, which by the way?they are currently publishing in China.

That left Webzen, a developer of Mu Online, very puzzled. The9 didn’t give its partner any heads-up about this AND Webzen has been working on Mu2 since first half year of 2009.

I will keep you on how this story evolves. In the meantime, take a look at its teaser site.

MUX