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[G-Star 2018] Netmarble Games Targeted Global with Its Masterpiece Lineup

‘G-Star 2018 (The Game Show and Trade, All Round 2018)’, an international game exhibition hosted by Korea Association of Game Industry (K-GAMES) and co-hosted by the G-Star Organizing Committee and Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency, was held on November 15 at BEXCO located in Haeundae-gu, Busan. Netmarble Games, participated in 'G-Star 2018', set up more than 260 showcases optimized for mobile games in the BTC exhibition hall and introduced 4 mobile games including ‘Blade & Soul Revolution’, ‘Seven Knights 2’, ‘The King of Fighters All Star’, and ‘A3: STILL ALIVE’. 'Blade & Soul Revolution', based on the IP of 'Blade & Soul', is a reinterpretation of the sensibility of original works such as cinematic directing and story, gorgeous graphic, martial arts, and actions reminiscent of a war game. It provides differentiated fun such as large-scale open-field competition and community. In 'G-Star 2018', new contents including character customization, PvP system, power conflicts, and strategic elements of the war were revealed. 'Seven Knights 2', which is a mobile MMORPG based on IP of 'Seven Knights', features gameplay that collects various heroes and performs group battles unlike traditional MMORPGs, which focus on one hero. The demonstration version in 'G-Star 2018' showed the world of ‘Seven Knights 2’, which was born as a mobile MMORPG, and introduced the third story, 'Melissa's whereabouts' at the same time so that visitors could experience 4-player boss raid that attacks a giant boss ‘Giganteus’. ▲ Various events were held at the BTC exhibition hall of Netmarble through large LED screen and open stage. ▲ There was a space for visitors to demonstrate the games. 'The King of Fighters All Star' features all the characters and game elements of the previous series, ranging from 'KOF 94’, the first franchise game to 'KOF XIV', the latest one. Users can experience the combination of character-specific skills and combos through connections among 3 characters in mobile environment. The demo version in 'G-Star 2018' allowed visitors to experience the system and combat style of the game. 'A3: STILL ALIVE' is a battle royal MMORPG based on the IP of 'A3'. Its core contents are ‘Strategic Deathmatch’ that uses the strategy and control and fights to the last man, and ‘Free PK in All Areas’ that can enjoy indiscriminative PK with the whole server users in time. The demo version in ‘G-Star 2018’ showed ‘Dark Appearance’ content that allows free PK in all regions when the dark comes, and mercenary system including tanker, dealer, and healer, which shows the complete summoner of ‘A3: STILL ALIVE’. In addition, with a famous BJ as well as the developer, a survival combat ’30-player Battle Royal’ was held at the stage. As a stage event, 'Virtual Live Talk Show', Netmarble Games' first attempt at G-Star, was held. ‘Virtual Live Character’, which is a technology that allows 3D or 2D characters to look and behave naturally through modeling data, real-time motion capture and facial recognition technology, was used for the live talk show where a heroine ‘Len’ from ‘Seven Knights 2’ appears as a virtual live character to host the show. In addition, 'Len' appeared on the big screen installed at the Netmarble booth, introduced 'Seven Knights 2', and performed simple quizzes and mini games with the audience. What’s more, Netmarble provided a variety of events for the audience and offered a number of activities during 'G-Star 2018', including live broadcasts of the Influencers, ‘King OPPA Show(The King of Fighters Show)’, ‘2vs2 PvP Pro-gamer Invitation Show’, and ‘Large-scale Open Field War’. On top of that, Netmarble Games revealed participants' G-star mode play records and provided the opportunity to participate in the stage event 'Time Attack Competition' to the top 5 ranked players. ▲ Visitors demonstrated 'A3: STILL ALIVE' revealed for the first time in ‘G-Star 2018’. ▲ At the event, the game was relayed in real time. ▲ Character cosplay of 'Seven Knights 2' was held at the venue.

[G-Star 2018] Kakao Games Succeeded in G-Star with ‘Ryan’ and ‘Battlegrounds’

‘G-Star 2018 (The Game Show and Trade, All Round 2018)’, an international game exhibition hosted by Korea Association of Game Industry (K-GAMES) and co-hosted by the G-Star Organizing Committee and Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency, was held on November 15 at BEXCO located in Haeundae-gu, Busan. Kakao Games participated in G-Star with a large booth including BTC, outside square, and BTB. Kakao Games, which appeared in G-Star with ‘Kakao Battlegrounds’ and ‘Friends Racing’, attracted visitors with its representative character, ‘Ryan’. The booth of ‘Kakao Battlegrounds’ in BTC hall was organized in 100-booth scale with ‘Ryan’ wearing helmet and waiting for visitors. In case of the new casual mobile racing game, ‘Friends Racing’, ‘Ryan’ was waiting for visitors with riding a racing car at BEXCO outside square. As a result, Kakao Games raised visitors’ participation through a variety of events and presented experience commensurate with the biggest game festival in Korea, G-Star. ▲ Kakao Games set up a 100-booth BTC exhibition at ‘G-Star 2018’. ▲ At the ‘Kakao Battlegrounds’ booth, ‘Ryan’ was wearing a helmet and waiting for visitors. 'Kakao Battlegrounds' is a Korean version of 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' which was released through Steam in 2017 and has driven the battle royal boom around the world. Especially, it was popular in i-Cafe (gaming internet cafe) because users can easily login with Kakao ID and play the game. So, ‘Kakao Battlegrounds’ collaborated with a popular character ‘Ryan’ of Kakao Friends and released a variety of items. At 'G-Star 2018', the 'Kakao Battlegrounds’ booth was built as an open structure. Also, the main concept of the booth was the runway, in order to deliver the feeling of boarding the plane before being put into the battlefield. Here, the representative character of Kakao Friends, ‘Ryan’, was wearing a helmet symbolizing 'Battlegrounds' and welcomed the visitors. At the main stage of the booth, 80 PCs were placed and operated ‘Battlegrounds’ 40-player match, in which anyone can participate, at all times. The Kakao match was a battle in which 10 players become a team, and the visitors could reserve for the match through a kiosk at the booth. Visitors who had reserved it were informed their order via KakaoTalk and were able to experience the game without waiting. In addition, to all visitors participated in 40-player Kakao match, the presents including a permanent ‘Ryan hoodie skin’, produced through collaboration with Kakao Friends’ representative character, ‘Ryan’. ▲ There was an experience zone where visitors can experience the training field. ▲ Visitors could spend time in the AR photo zone while waiting for the match. ▲ The collaboration products of ‘Battlegrounds x Kakao Friends’ were sold at the MD shop. In addition, there was an experience zone where visitors can experience the training field, an AR photo zone, and the collaboration products of ‘Battlegrounds x Kakao Friends’ were sold at the MD shop. So, a variety of on-site participation events including missions, quizzes, and emotional dances were held with various prizes such as a Battlegrounds Ryan doll, rug, mini-note, hoodie, etc. On the 15th and 16th of November, ‘AfreecaTV BJ Final Round Season 5’, where the famous BJs participated, was held at the main stage of the ‘Kakao Battlegrounds’ booth. On the 17th and 18th, a special match with 8 celebrities, including BJ Blackwalk, BJ Juankorea, BJ Pi, BJ Matjongwook, and Broadcaster Byung-jae Yoo, Myung-hoon Jung, Sang-hoon Moon, Kyu-seon Yu, was held. ▲ ‘AfreecaTV BJ Final Round Season 5’, where the famous BJs participated, was held at the ‘Kakao Battlegrounds’ booth. ▲ On the 15th, BJ DDDD won the match and delivered impressions. Besides, at the 'Kakao Battlegrounds' booth, the video of seven games that Kakao Games services was displayed. At the family zone of the booth, the video of new games such as ‘Lookism’, ‘Princess Connect Re:Dive’, ‘Friends Racing’, and ‘The War of Genesis: Battle of Antaria’, and popular games such as ‘Black Desert’, ‘Friends Gem’, and ‘Friends Marble’, were shown. Kakao Games also opened a booth at BEXCO outside square. With a strategy of attracting visitors using its popular character, ‘Ryan’ riding on the racing car attracted much interest from the audience. ‘Friends Racing’ is a mobile racing game in which eight kinds of Kakao Friends, such as ‘Ryan’ and ‘Apeach’, appear. It offers real-time combat mode with a maximum of 8 players, and the fun of thrilling racing on the cute maps and tracks of full 3D design. In addition, the game features a customizing cart, which can be produced as user wants, and Kakao characters’ voices, which were introduced for the first time of Kakao Friends IP. ▲ Kakao Games opened the 'Friends Racing' booth at BEXCO outdoor square with ‘Ryan’ on the racing car. Meanwhile, Kakao Games also set up a BTB booth to strengthen its business partnership. Through ‘G-Star 2018’, it had expanded its customer service contact points and business areas at the same time. In addition, it focused on expanding partnerships through a number of business meetings. ▲ Kakao Games opened a booth in BTB as well as BTC. ▲ At the BTB booth, it had expanded its customer service contact points and business areas at the same time.

[G-Star 2018] Nexon Introduced 14 New Games Containing Past, Present and Future

‘G-Star 2018 (The Game Show and Trade, All Round 2018)’, an international game exhibition hosted by Korea Association of Game Industry (K-GAMES) and co-hosted by the G-Star Organizing Committee and Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency, was held on November 15 at BEXCO located in Haeundae-gu, Busan. Nexon, which has been doing with the history of 'G-Star' for 14 years, introduced 14 kinds of new game lineups in 'G-Star 2018' and presented pleasure to the visitors. Selecting 'Through Your Life' as the main slogan this year, Nexon looked back on its history when providing users various pleasures for 22 years with its first online game ‘The Kingdom of the Winds’ and presented new games with the commitment to showcase the games to share the pleasures of past, present and future. ▲ Nexon presented its lineup of 14 new games through its 300 booth-size exhibition. In G-Star 2018, Nexon introduced 14 new games; 11 mobile games and 3 PC online games. Among them, eleven of them are demonstration entries, and three of them are video and event entries. Visitors can play these games at the demonstration zone or participate in various game promotion events and advance reservations in the event zone of 300 booth-sized Nexon exhibition booth. First, the mobile games based on Nexon’s representative IPs, including the first online game ‘NEXUS: The Kingdom of the Winds', were newly introduced. At ‘G-Star’, Nexon first released ‘NEXUS: The Kingdom of the Winds Yeon’. It is the first mobile game of the online game ‘NEXUS: The Kingdom of the Winds', which was released in 1996 and listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's longest running commercial graphic MMORPG. Besides, 'Crazy Arcade BnB M', a mobile game of an online game 'Crazy Arcade' released in 2001, which made ‘Dao’ and ‘Bazzi’ Nexon's representative characters, was introduced. In addition, ‘Tales Weaver M’, a mobile game of ‘Tales Weaver’ released in 2003, which gave many memories with music, and ‘Mabinogi Mobile’, a mobile game of ‘Mabinogi’, which has been loved for a long time with emotional and original lifestyle contents since its release in 2004, were also introduced. Next, Nexon's creative, self-developed works were shown. The demonstration versions of two games were presented at G-Star 2018; a marine adventure game ‘Dave’, developed by Studio42 under NEOPLE in cooperation with National Geographic, and ‘4 Towers’ that solves the puzzles placed in each tower through cooperation play between the two characters. In addition, the opportunity to play the experience version of a PC online action RPG ‘Dragon Hound’, in which users gallop across the extensive background on a horse and hunt huge dragons, was given, and an MOBA titled ‘Ascendant One’, in which SF elements were added in Greek mythology, was introduced at the event zone. ▲ The mobile games based on Nexon’s representative IPs were newly presented. ▲ The demonstrations of various new games were held. What’s more, the publishing titles that are being prepared in cooperation with Korean developers were revealed. As well as a collection RPG ‘Lyn: The Lightbringer’ that Art director ‘Jung Jun-ho’ participated in, the demonstrations of MMORPG ‘Spirit Wish’, which controls three characters at the same time while enjoying beautiful graphics of pastel tone, were prepared. In addition, anticipated mobile games including a causal action game ‘RunningMan Heores’, which used IP of the popular TV program ‘Animation RunningMan’, and a fantasy 2D character collection game ‘CounterSide’ based on the background of virtual reality, were introduced. The anticipated work for PC online game users was also presented; online traditional MMORPG ‘Astellia’ based on strategic battles using more than 30 types of Astells, raising, and cooperative play. Moreover, a large-scale MMORPG 'Traha' being prepared at Nexon met with the audience for the first time. 'Traha' is a high-end MMORPG based on Unreal Engine 4, featuring realistic natural backgrounds, open fields embodied in colorful architecture, diverse lifestyle contents, and economic activities through transactions. On top of that, through ‘Infinity Class’, in which the class and skill infinitely change depending on the weapon, it is possible to strategically change the weapon during the battle. In addition to introducing new games, Nexon operated 'Nexon Studio', an influencer booth during 'G-Star 2018'. In 'Nexon Studio', influencers revealed realistic broadcast contests such as play and review of the demonstration, interview with developer, etc. Through this, the news of ‘G-Star 2018’ Nexon booth was vividly delivered to the users who could not visit the event site. ▲ Unreal Engine 4–based large-scale MMORPG ‘Traha’ also had first time to meet users. ▲ A variety of gifts were given to the users who experienced Nexon games.

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