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…

Nexon – Gaming giant significantly increases the starting salary of new employees

Nexon today announced that it will reorganize its salary system significantly to “strengthen global competitiveness through the company’s continuous growth strategy and securing outstanding talent.” Starting this year, the annual salary of new employees will be increased to 50 million…

Lost Ark – Gunslinger class arrives in Korean server of popular MMORPG

Last week, Smilegate added yet another new class to their insanely successful PC MMORPG, Lost Ark. The 5th class under the Hunter category, the Gunslinger is also the first female character here. She is based off her fellow Hunter, Devil…

Elyon – First new class for sci-fi fantasy MMORPG announced for Korean server

Developed by the team which made TERA, the first new post-launch class for Elyon is arriving on 3 February early next month. The overall 6th class of the PC MMORPG, Slayer introduces a new combat style with the great sword…

NCSOFT – Korean developer is stopping employees who worked excessive hours from entering

According to new reports from South Korea, developer NCSOFT has taken the drastic measure of blocking employees who worked too many hours from entering the office. This is known as the “Gate Off” protocol, and the maximum time an employee…