Fifty million users registered to MapleStory worldwide
Registering over 50 million users within days, Nexon Europe released an updated client of MapleStory, a two dimension, side-scrolling, massively multiplayer online role-playing game where gamers can enjoy a multitude of different skills, spells and abilities, as well as numerous community features including detailed friends lists, and even communication through humorous character animations and the facility to form Guilds and adventure parties.
MapleStory was a game developed by the South Korean company Wizet. Several versions of the game are now available for specific countries or regions, and each is published by various companies such as Wizet and Nexon. Although playing the game is free, character appearances and gameplay enhancements can be purchased from the “Cash Shop” using real currency. As mentioned earlier, MapleStory has a combined total of over 50 million subscriber accounts in all of its versions. MapleStory North America (Global), for gamers mainly based in North America and outside of East Asia, Southeast Asia and Europe, has over three million players.
In the game, players can travel through the “Maple World”, fighting and defeating monsters and developing their characters’ skills and abilities, a typical feature found in most role-playing games. Moreover, players have the option to interact with others in many ways, such as through chatting, trading, and playing minigames. Groups of players can band together in parties to hunt monsters and share the rewards. Players can also join a guild to interact more easily with each other.
Like most MMORPGs, the gameplay of MapleStory is centered on venturing into dungeons and combating monsters in real-time. The players are required to combat monsters and complete quests, and in the process acquire in-game currency called “Mesos”, experience points, and various items. Players can kill monsters alone in the game, or they can form a party with up to six total characters to complete the task. The loot is shared based on relative damage and level of characters in the party, more being awarded to the higher-level members.
MapleStory’s 2D scrolling viewpoint resembles very closely a platform game rather than the typical 3D environment or top-down perspective of other games, such as Guild Wars or Mu Online. The controls for the game are executed using the keyboard and mouse, making it a computer and user friendly game. The keyboard is used for many game functions, and much of it can be reset to suit users’ preferences. The mouse is mainly used to trigger non-player characters and manipulate items.
MapleStory characters exist in worlds or “servers” where players are allowed to create multiple characters in each world. Each world, similar in content between each other in the same version, is split into at most twenty channels, among which characters are allowed to freely switch. The ability to transfer entire characters between worlds was added in December 2007 to GlobalMS. However, this feature has a restriction — transfer of mesos is limited to one million, and players cannot transfer to the newest world.
New players are sent to Maple Island, a floating island specifically designed to be beginner-friendly. Players in the game can not choose a job when they create a character, but rather every character starts with the “Beginner” job. When characters have accomplished certain requirements, they can complete the first job advancement and become a Warrior, Magician, Bowman, Pirate, or a Thief. Further class progression is only allowed within the scope of the first class advancement chosen. There are four class advancements available progressively throughout the game.
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