Category: Japan

Million Lore Adds Core Contents ‘Three-Kingdom Battle’

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Actoz Soft Publisher(www.actoz.com) announced the core contents ‘Three-Kingdom Battle’ of <Million Lore>, Joint development of Square Enix and Actoz Soft, on May 5th. The core content is RvR that was never seen in Million Arthur.

Users will have a fierce battle with other users joined Wei-Shu-Wu. The ultimate goal of ‘Three-Kingdom Battle’ is to occupy more castles through ‘Occupation’ and ‘Struggle’ than other kingdoms.

The final goal is to occupy a lot of castles until the finish of war by joining attack and defend against with other kingdoms. Each kingdom will have a chance ‘Struggle’ to attack and defend them after occupied the castles.

If users success to take over or defense castles within Three-Kingdom Battle, rare cards and game items become acquirable. The users who ranked top will have chance to get rare cards and game items no matter who win.

All users who participated in Three-Kingdom Battle will get ‘High experience cards’, ‘Recovery AP’ and ‘Recovery BC’.

You can meet more detailed information ‘Three-Kingdom Battle’ through Faceboo (www.facebook.com/millionYI.en).

<Million Lore> is the first joint development of Square Enix and Actoz Soft as well as <Million Arthur>’s spin-off title. The participant of global pre-registration event is gone beyond 0.5 million on May 5th.

Furthermore, <Million Lore> provides beautiful cards by renowned illustrators from Blade & Soul, famous Korean and Japanese illustrators and also, characterful voices from renowned Japanese voice actors.

 Official Website: www.millon-yi.com
 Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/millionYI.en
 Event: http://event.ozwiz.actoz.com/Event/MH/PreRegEvent/01/Web_en.aspx
 Official Trailer: http://youtu.be/3jCl5ateGmkML2ML3

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(Video) Blade & Soul to Go Monthly Subscription with Item Sales in Japan

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The launch date for the Japanese service for <Blade & Soul> has been set to be May 20th.  The payment plan is to be on a monthly subscription along with additional item sales system.

NCSoft Corporation’s Japanese branch NC Japan held the “Blade & Soul Premier Show” on the 8th, inviting various reporters and around 350 users.  <Blade & Soul>’s plans for the Japanese service and the business model were introduced at this event.

NC Japan plans to begin with the initial character creation service in mid-April, and to follow up with a ‘limited trial’ service from May 13th to 15th.  Then from May 16th to 19th it is holding an ‘open trial’ service open to everyone, paving the way to the official launch on May 20th.

The payment system is to be based on a monthly subscription fee with the addition of item sales, and the specific prices have yet to be released.  Additional items are to be categorized into consumables, convenience items, and vanity items.

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Blade & Soul Premier Show

Two different packages will go on sale starting from May 9th, the Premium and the Standard.  While both packages will include 1 complimentary month, the limited edition package will allow the player to participate in the ‘limited trial’ service from May 13th to 15th.

A PC renting service is also in plan for those players without the appropriate computers to run the game optimally.  NC Japan begins its ‘NC Gamers Service’ starting in April, a PC renting service for the players.  The service requires the renter to pay for the rental computer for a span of 2 years (3,100 yen per month).  And when the renter fully pays over the span of 2 years, the computer is theirs to own.

Various marketing is also in preparation for the launch.  First, the <Blade & Soul> animation airs starting April 3rd on the Japanese channel TBS.  The animation is then to be aired across the country over 7 different channels.  The original sound track (OST) is to be released at the end of April, and a <Blade & Soul> novel is to be released in the ‘Monthly Shonen Magazine.’

NCSoft’s Bae Jae-Hyun CPO (Executive Producer) has commented at the Premier Show: “With today’s announcement <Blade & Soul> is officially starting its launching phase in Japan.  We are nervous yet excited to introduce <Blade & Soul> to our Japanese fans.”

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JaeHyun Bae, CPO of NCsoft & director of Blade & Soul

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Blade & Soul Animation poster

[Korea] Summer Rush of Side-Scrolling Games

More than 7 side-scrolling online games are awaiting for summer vacation season in Korea. Amid World Cup frenzy (soccer is big in Korea) and much-anticipated StarCraft 2 on July, most publishers are entrenched to wait this over. But side-scrolling games that target younger crowd, summer break is too big of an opportunity just to pass.

Games in case: CJ Internet‘s Seoyugi (Saiyuki or 서유기전:Kor) recently kicked off OBT. NCsoft‘s Punch Monster and Dragonica, Goorm Interactive‘s Keroro RPG (케로로 RPG: Kor), Mgame‘s Animal Warriors, CJ Internet‘s After 537: Oz Chronicle, NHN‘s GranAge all plan to begin CBT or OBT during this summer break. And possibly more to come.

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[nPluto] Discontinue G2 OBT in Korea

nPluto announced the company will discontinue the OBT of G2, a casual flight shooting game, as of April 26 after a month of test. G2 was introduced on January 2008 then entered a publishing agreement with NHN. The game began its commercial service in Japan first on June 2009. But the game was doing poorly in Korea. Since its OBT last March, the average CCU hasn’t past 1,000.

The company will continue its operation in Japan where it shows better results.

[Korea] Weekly Update

This is a slow week for Korea. Only two games–G2 and Luna Plus– kicked off tests and there won’t be any until next Thursday when two FPS games?Battery and Battlefield Online will be launched.

G2 OBT (3/15~)

G2 is a sequel to Gold Wing and a casual shooting RPG developed by nPluto. Like Gold Wing, its aerial battle between airplanes and robots.

G2 has been launched in Japan.

Luna Plus 3rd CBT (3/18~29)

EYAsoft brought back Luna Online as Luna Plus adding a new race, housing system, vehicles for above level 50 users.

Luna Plus is expected to enter OBT on April.