Korean MMO company, Webzen, which went into a meltdown some years back, managed a remarkable revival in fortunes since 2010. Buying over NHN Games, setting up its global English MMO portal and taking over Ymir Entertainment, the company has braved through the torrid times. Today, the company revealed its lineup of games for 2011. For starters, a new Archlord game will be released later this year in Korea. Tentatively called Xenocide – ArchLord Chronicle (name will change for release), not much is known about the game at this point. The game is described a standalone MMORPG, not an expansion at this point of time. As the name suggests, the storyline is taking a deeper look into the theme “genocide”, with the main subjects as the Humans and Orcs. The design and storyline is said to be vastly different from the current ArchLord, so stay tuned.
The major update to S.U.N Online, as explained previously, will also happen in 2 parts, with the first one implemented recently. MU 2, the sequel to the ever popular MU Online, is also officially confirmed. The game will be using Unreal3 Engine to be developed. The storyline for MU 2 will take place long before MU Online, so it will be sort of a prequel. Also joining the fray will be the mysterious Project A2 (codename), with not much known except being of a Middle Age design. Both games will be revealed at this year’s G*Star event (November) if development goes smoothly.
In overseas businesses, Webzen also has the global rights for Firefall (minus North America and Europe). I am not totally sure if things have changed, since China MMO company The9 is essentially the owner of the developer, Red 5 Studios now. Whatever the case is, Webzen is still a major investor in the game. Finally, Webzen will be looking to push out its other titles on its global English MMO portal, including Battery, Reign of Revolution (R2) and Continent of the Ninth (C9). At this point of typing, I am actually asking myself why am I covering Webzen instead of the other major MMO companies. Haha!