Korean big and smaller publishers pump up game pipeline

2021.03.22 14:42:53 | 2021.03.22 14:54:46

[Photo by NCSoft Corp.]이미지 확대

[Photo by NCSoft Corp.]

South Korean game publishers big and small are preparing to launch new mobile titles at home and abroad to extend their pandemic-induced home and mobile entertainment boon.

The country’s leading game publisher NCSoft Corp. is set to release “Trickster M,” the mobile massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by its subsidiary Ntreev Soft based on its original title “Trickster” intellectual property (IP). It will also launch baseball management game “Pro Baseball H3” on April 6 and “Blade and Soul 2” within the first half.

The company will also launch “Lineage 2M,” the mobile version of its flagship Lineage 2, in Taiwan and Japan on March 24. Its processor “Lineage M” became the top-grossing app in Taiwan.

[Photo by Netmarble Corp.]이미지 확대

[Photo by Netmarble Corp.]

Another Korean game giant Netmarble Corp. which generates around 70 percent of its sales from the global market is readying new launches. Its North American subsidiary will publish “NBA Ball Stars,” a puzzle-based mobile baseball game in contract with the U.S. National Baseball Association. It will also launch “Second Country: Cross Worlds” in Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

The new titles in the pipeline of Nexon Co. is “KartRider: Drift,” the console version of its immensely popular “KartRider,” and “KirtzPel,” an animation-style action game.

Kosdaq-listed Gamevil Inc. and its sibling Com2us Corp. are also fueling their pipeline.

Gamevil’s “Arcana Tactics: Re:Volvers” that was released to the global market on Mar.9 has been gaining popularity in Asian countries such as Thailand and Hong Kong. Com2us is set to release “Summoners War: Lost Centuria” in April and “Summoners War: Chronicle” within this year to diversify “Summoners War” titles.

[Photo by Krafton Inc.]이미지 확대

[Photo by Krafton Inc.]

Krafton Inc. will release “PUBG: New State,” a brand-new mobile sequel to “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.” The number of pre-registration of the game exceeded 5 million only on Google Paly. Kakao Games will launch “Odin: Valhalla Rising” as a cross-platform MMORPG within the first half.

By Lee Yong-ik and Choi Mira

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