[Photo by Com2uS Corp.]
South Korean game developers are speeding up launch of new titles in the second quarter to capitalize on the stay-at-home lifestyle across the globe under pandemic threat.
The country’s leading game developer Netmarble Corp. and Kosdaq-listed mobile game publisher Com2uS Corp. have already released new labels and many other companies are preparing launches, according to industry sources.
Netmarble’s mobile RPG “The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross” started its global service on Mar. 3. It ranked 11th by revenue on iOS App Store earlier in the U.S. Daily revenue earned from paid downloads and in-app purchases overseas is estimated to reach 700-800 million won ($574,194-656,222) for now, according to analysts.
Mobile MMORPG "A3: Still Alive," which was released on Mar. 12 in Korea, also has received warm response from local gamers, ranking fourth by revenue on Google Play Store. Estimated daily revenue amounts to 400-500 million won.
Com2uS also released its new title “Story Pick” on Apr. 6, which contains various visual novel games developed by its subsidiary Day7. The story-building role-playing games, based on popular series like Netflix’s second Korean original series “Kingdom” and local romance reality show Heart Signal, are expected to lure female gamers.
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Others preparing new releases include Nexon, Pearl Abyss, Webzen, HanbitSoft and Devsisters, according to sources.
The country’s top game publisher Nexon started closed beta testing for new “FIFA Mobile” on Apr. 3 in a deal with developer Electronic Arts. The new game features squad building and game modes specially designed for mobile version. Testing will end on Apr. 13 and Nexon is targeting to launch the game within the first half of the year.
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Pearl Abyss’s fresh “Shadow Arena” will enter its final beta testing on April 17-20 ahead of official launch later this year. The company has completed three times of beta testing for the action battle royal game where 40 heroes will fight till death and the last man standing will be declared as the winner.
Webzen also is readying beta for brand new mobile MMORPG “MU Archangel” under its MU franchise, which will deliver PC game-like quality for mobile platform, it said. The original PC version started service in China last year and Taiwan this year.
Meanwhile, game industry recently is poised to normalize the business under virus-conscious arrangements. NCSoft has enforced four-day workweek for its entire 4,000-strong staff in April, and more run flexible work schedule.
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