Well, apparently Lime Odyssey is not the only victim in the rather competitive online gaming market over in Korea. But still, let’s stick to Lime Odyssey first. According to the latest reports, Sirius Entertainment, the developer, will indeed be continuing to make progress on the game for the overseas markets. The game has been signed to Thailand (commercial phase now), North America, China, Taiwan and Japan. Let’s hope the reports are right!
Requiem Online, also known as Requiem: Alive or Requiem: Memento Mori, will be closing the Korean server on 7th March. The Korean players’ database have been shifted to the North American server since the announcement in early February (link). The good? Both the Korean and North American servers are under Gravity Games. The bad? How many Korean gamers who slog hours a day in a game will actually read English?
Vertigo Games’ Black Shot, an online first-person shooter, will be closing some 30th March. After operating for 5 years, it proved no match for other titles of the similar genre, mainly Sudden Attack. Black Shot will apparently still be continued to be developed for the South East Asian server under Garena (link).
The other 2 lesser known online games are the Korean servers for O2Jam (closure date not confirmed yet) and Katamari Damacy Online, based on the popular Japanese console title. Not a good month for Korean games I guess, as the government continues to devise plans to clamp down on gaming addiction and slapping tighter rules for PC Bang, the term for internet gaming cafes in the country.