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Lost Ark Fighters – Smilegate announces new fighting game based on popular MMORPG

Earlier today (1 April 2021), Korean developer Smilegate announced a brand new game as part of Lost Ark’s IP expansion, Lost Ark Fighters. Featuring classes and characters from the popular Lost Ark MMORPG, there is currently no launch schedule confirmed.…

HanbitSoft – Developer secures new funding for Granado Espada M and other businesses

HanbitSoft, the Korean games publisher famous for games such as Granado Espada (Sword of the New World) and AIKA, recently announced it has raised 130 billion Korean Won (around 11.5 million US Dollars) through issuing convertible bonds. The fund will…

Google Play – 15% commission rate for smaller Korean developers on Google Play planned

Amidst complaints from developers and the local authorities, the South Korean unit of Google Inc. has reportedly decided to lower its planned commission rate for smaller app developers. Google Korea reported to parliament’s committee on science and technology that it…

Nexon – Gaming behemoth announces recruitment drive for various new projects

Following the recent announcement of improving employee salaries and providing them with more welfare, Nexon is now on huge recruiting campaign in South Korea to speed up development on their ongoing projects. These positions are a mix of development and…

NCSOFT – New financial increments for employees and new hires announced

NCSOFT today announced its full suite of updated compensation policies in an effort to retain and attract the best talent. Over the weeks, many developers in South Korea have followed the big boys (such as Nexon and Netmarble) in increasing…

ODIN: Rise of Valhalla – New cinematic trailer unveiled to depict war of the gods

Publisher Kakao Games and developer Lionheart Studio recently unveiled a new CG trailer for ODIN: Rise of Valhalla, with a focus on the rather dark and sad lore of the game. Apparently, it is based around the God of Mischief,…

Blade & Soul – NCSOFT announces new Unreal Engine 4 upgrade set for June launch

Following the recent death of Frontier World, the first attempt at the Unreal Engine 4 upgrade for Blade & Soul’s Korean server, NCSOFT made a huge announcement for the game’s June 2021 update. The Unreal Engine 4 project will still…

Lost Ark – New Striker class announced for update this month in Korean server

Smilegate announced a new upcoming class for the Korean server of Lost Ark, Striker. This is the first male character under the Fighter profession, with the others being Battle Master, Infighter, Soul Master, and Lance Master. While the Striker is…

Blade & Soul – NCSOFT shuts down Unreal Engine 4 upgrade and teases “new beginning” this June

Back in February 2020, NCSOFT started the Frontier World server for Blade & Soul. This server is specially made with the upgraded version, Blade & Soul Complete, using Unreal Engine 4 with several enhanced features. However, things have not been…

Blade & Soul 2 – New in-game combat trailer revealed for upcoming MMORPG sequel

NCSOFT today released a new trailer highlighting the in-game combat of its upcoming PC + mobile cross-platform MMORPG, Blade & Soul 2. Seen in the video are the currently announced weapons, including Axe, Gauntlet, Sword, Bow + Arrow, Force, with…

Netmarble – Global developer and publisher announces salary increment for all employees

Following in the footsteps of arch-nemesis Nexon, Netmarble recently announced that the average annual salary of current employees, including those in various subsidiaries, will see an increment of 8 million Korean Won (around 7,200 USD) on average. Similar to Nexon,…

Blade & Soul 2 – Pre-registration begins in South Korea for new UE4 MMORPG

As reported last week, NCSOFT started the pre-registration phase for Blade & Soul 2 in South Korea today. A pre-recorded video stream was also held with NCSOFT founder Mr Kim Taek-Jin kicking things off announcing he is very much part…

Gravity – Ragnarok developer responds to community after protests hit local news outlets

Yesterday, frustrated gamers of Ragnarok Origin in South Korea rented a vehicle with a large LED sign and parked it in front of developer Gravity’s office building to protest. Apparently, Gravity has not been pro-active in listening to community feedback…

Com2uS – Global games giant acquires Kritika and Lunia studio All-M

Com2uS today announced it has acquired about 57% of the shares of developer All-M, the studio which made games such as Kritika Online. All-M’s little-known subsidiary FunFlow is also part of the deal. Henceforth, Com2uS will take over the management…