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Nifty Games Raises $38M to Redefine Mobile Sports Games as NFL Clash and NBA Clash Move Towards Worldwide Release
Nifty Games Inc., a videogame developer and publisher focused on quick-session, head-to-head sports games for mobile, has raised $26M in a Series B round of equity funding led by Vulcan Capital. In addition, the company has secured $12M in connected debt financing. Attracting investors globally, Nifty Games has raised over $50M since the company was founded in 2018 by gaming industry veterans Jon Middleton and Pete Wanat. The Company’s Series B round is led by current backers Vulcan Capital. Supported by ongoing investors March Gaming, Defy Partners and Courtside Ventures, as well as a strategic group of new investors, including Korea-based funds Woori Capital, K-NET and Hansae Yes24. Other new investors include Steve Pagliuca, managing owner of the Boston Celtics, Speedwagon Capital, and Gaingels, a global network of LGBT/Ally investors. With this additional funding, Nifty Games is now one of the industry’s most well-funded mobile gaming startups. Nifty Games is focused on delivering quick-session competitive mobile games with licenses from the National Football League (NFL), National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), National Basketball Association (NBA), and National Basketball Player Association (NBPA). Nifty Games aims to build out a slate of titles with the world’s largest sports licenses to deliver gameplay tailored for mobile first. The company’s premier game NFL Clash, already available in select markets worldwide, launches in the United States this year. The latest round of funding will be used to further grow the Company’s sports games line-up as well as investing in top-tier development staff to deliver state-of-the-art gameplay for global sports fans. Jon Middleton, CEO of Nifty Games, said “With Nifty Games Series B, we’ve been fortunate to add further investments from partners that are true supporters with each believing in our team and the larger opportunity ahead. We’ve purpose-built Nifty Games to deliver a new slate of sports games for mobile gamers worldwide. We’re proud of the team we’ve assembled, our incredible partnerships with the NFL, NFLPA, NBA, and the NBPA, as well as our family of financial backers committed to seeing Nifty Games win big. We’re excited to grow Nifty Games as NFL Clash and NBA Clash lead the way!” “We see an incredible commercial opportunity in bringing premium sports games to casual mobile game fans, in which they get to build a roster with favorite pro players and call the shots as their team competes all season long,” said YB Choi, Partner at Vulcan Capital. “Given our early involvement with Nifty Games, we’re excited to step up our support as they head towards making their first games, NFL Clash and NBA Clash, available to sports fans worldwide.” Stephen Pagliuca, Co-Owner of the Boston Celtics and Co-Chair of Bain Capital, said “Nifty Games sits at the exciting intersection of sports fandoms, mobile gaming, and IP-driven business models. I’ve been impressed with the team’s vision and execution to date, and believe their approach will redefine the mobile sports game sector. And as a fan myself, can’t wait to play their games and see them top the charts!”
Dead Cells mobile sells 2 million units in China
European indie games publisher Playdigious SAS (who were recently acquired by Fragbite Group AB), and Bilibili, the iconic brand and a leading video community for young generations in China, are very pleased to annouce that the mobile version of Dead Cells has sold over 2 million paid units in the six months since its release in China in February 2021. Dead Cells is a rogue-lite action-platformer developed by Motion Twin and first released on PC on May 10th 2017. The game won numerous awards, such as The Game Award for "Best Action Game" in 2018. Dead Cells was ported and published on Mobile by Playdigious, while Bilibili Game acquired the exclusive distribution rights on mobile in mainland China. ”We are committed to dispelling the misconception that console-like paid games can't work technically and financially on mobile. We believe that the incredible success and massive reach demonstrated by Bilibili, our local Chinese partner, really shows that there's an enormous untapped market for quality premium mobile titles. We were very impressed by their marketing force, and also their adaptness at managing both a leading local video-sharing platform and an Android AppStore”, said Xavier Liard, co-founder and CEO, Playdigious. “It's our pleasure to bring a high-quality game like Dead Cells to mainland China. We are excited to see Dead Cells achieve grat popularity in China. During the while process, we have been impressed by Playdigious' deep understanding of product design and user demands. Bilibili's users represent the trends and culture of China's young generation and their evolving entertainment demands. Bilibili Game will continue to prioritize high-quality content and provide more offerings to Chinese gamers”, said Zhang Feng, Senior Vice President, Bilibili. Alongside this good news, Playdigious' group company FragBite Group AB just got publicly traded on Nasdaq First North, under ticket name FRAG with ISIN SE0015949334, a mova that would enable Playdigious to grow further in the field of console-like paid games on mobile.
LINE FRIENDS’ new character IP co-created with Jisoo from BLACKPINK
LINE FRIENDS will be showcasing new character IP and in-game items created in close collaboration with Jisoo from BLACKPINK on NEXON’s popular mobile racer game, KartRider Rush+, starting March 19. Jisoo at LINE FRIENDS flagship store in Gangnam in S. Korea This three-way collaboration between LINE FRIENDS, NEXON and Jisoo is the first global project to kick off since LINE FRIENDS concluded a strategic partnership with the global gaming titan NEXON last year in a bid to diversify the global IP business of the popular racing game, KartRider, with 17-year history. The mobile version, titled KartRider Rush+, launched in May of 2020, spawning a viral sensation with the number of worldwide users surpassing the 20 million-mark in cumulative. LINE FRIENDS has been creating new character IP in close collaboration with Jisoo by combining her unique creativity with its expertise in character creation and IP business. Jisoo is known to have actively participated in the entire process, from drawing sketches to detailing the characteristics, preferences and values of the new character. Furthermore, as part of this year’s three-way collaboration, LINE FRIENDS and Jisoo are joining forces to design new in-game items inspired by Jisoo’s companion animal. As Jisoo is widely known to be an avid fan of KartRider herself, Millennials and Generation Z worldwide are looking forward to the new major update to come on KartRider Rush+ starting March 19. “This collaboration with Jisoo and NEXON comes especially meaningful as we were able to fully embody our unrivaled expertise in IP business and creative design as recognized in our previous collaborative work for BT21(character IP co-created with BTS), WDZY(character IP co-created with ITZY) and TRUZ(character IP co-created with TREASURE), as well as Brawl Stars (3v3 multiplayer and battle royale mobile game developed by SUPERCELL),” says LINE FRIENDS. “Going forward, we will set new grounds in the IP business through our unique set of character IP co-created with Jisoo and strengthen tie with KartRider to enhance our competitiveness in the gaming and entertainment industry-at-large.” Jisoo drawing sketches of the new character IP Jisoo completing trivia quiz on KartRider Rush+ The teaser video, which was put on LIVE on February 25, became viral among the Millennials and Generation Z worldwide. From March 4 to 18, LINE FRIENDS and NEXON are further slated to unlock an additional five video clips under the title ‘KartRider Rush+ Queen’ on the official YouTube channel of LINE FRIENDS. In these video episodes-to-come, Jisoo will not only appear to reveal the behind-the-scenes story but also complete a set of trivia quiz and hold a show match with a renowned gaming influencer to prove herself as a true fan of KartRider.
Unleash the Power Of Bonds with "Brave Frontier" Latest Combat Mechanic
gumi Inc announces a brand new feature for the award-winning mobile role-playing game, Brave Frontier. Players of Brave Frontier will be able to use Dual Brave Burst (DBB) - the next evolution of the Brave Burst combat mechanic starting May 29, 2019. DBB is the latest combat mechanic that provides players the capability to combine the skills of two heroes in a single special attack that provides additional damage to enemies and extra effects to allies or foes in battle. With the implementation of DBB, players will get to create new strategies and tactics that will enhance their playing experience. During the battle, when a player has a bonded unit in their squad, the player will gain one Synergy Shard every five turns. Players are able to speed up the process of gaining Synergy Shards by unleashing a bonded unit’s Ultimate Brave Burst (UBB). By doing so, the player will gain an additional one Synergy Shard every turn. The players will then utilize these Synergy Shards to execute the bonded unit’s DBB to obliterate the enemies that stand in their way. To unlock DBB, players would need to fuse DBB potential units with special fusion materials (Elemental Golems) earned by completing quests or by participating in our in-game events. Once the DBB is unlocked, players will then be able to create bonds with the respective Bond Partners and unleash the DBB in battle. Players can create a total of 9 DBB bonds on launch day. The list of the units with their Bonded Partners are as follows: Azurai & Korzan Saerenthis & Tsovinar Nia & Elaina Tevarius & N'an-Wang-Mu Sero-Anya & QiuTong Beatrix & Semira Xenon & Estia Juno-Seto & Ensa-Taya Giselle & Kranus More DBB pairs will be released regularly in the near future. Stay tuned for future updates for more exciting DBB Contents! Brave Frontier is available for download globally on iOS, Android, Amazon, and Windows Phone devices. Note: All dates mentioned are PST.
Garbage Pail Kids Mobile Game Now Available on iOS
Jago Studios today announced the launch of Garbage Pail Kids: The Game℠, a card collecting and strategy role playing mobile game which is now available exclusively on the App Store. The game was developed by Jago Studios under license from The Topps Company, Inc., the originator of the Garbage Pail Kids property. The Game features many memorable characters originally seen in the original Topps cards from the 1980s, as well as characters appearing on cards released more recently. “An entire generation grew up with the outrageous and satirical character art of the Garbage Pail Kids, imagining what the cards would look like if they were to come to life,” said Stuart Drexler, Jago Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited to bring these 80’s icons to mobile and offer GPK fans entertaining new ways to interact with their favorite characters— now fully animated.” “When GPK was originally launched back in the day, mobile games or mobile phones did not exist,” says Ira Friedman, Vice President of Global Licensing at Topps. “Thanks to the giant leaps in technology since those early times, our fans can now experience the fun, the thrills, and the visual audaciousness of the Garbage Pail Kids property through their phones— whenever they want.”
New Raid Campaign ‘Café de Petit’ is Coming to Destiny Child on Valentine’s Day
- Destiny Child’s official raid campaign ‘Café de Petit’ is now open and will run until March 7 - Chance to acquire the all new 5-Star Childs Morgan and Verdelet, plus the raid exclusive skins - Season pass, events and special packages updated Masters of Childs, prepare for a new challenge! LINE GAMES Corporation (https://line.games) is announcing the grand opening of its mobile CCG Destiny Child’s new raid campaign ‘Café de Petit’ for players to embark on. Starting today on Valentine’s Day, a host of new content is available in Destiny Child, including Ragna Break Café de Petit; exclusive season pass; and special events to bring prizes to all players. Ragna Break Season 1 Café de Petit features a new episode on demons undercovered as waitresses in an ordinary café, and will run throughout the next three weeks until March 7. All players over level 12 can participate in the raid by playing the dungeon, and will be rewarded with 5-Star Childs Morgan and Verdelet, plus the new raid skin Loyal Keeper Morgan. The Ragna Coins earned by clearing raid bosses can be traded for various in-game items as well. The latest content update also includes the following features and events: MOA MOA PARA-Dice Event: Roll the dice to win 5-Star Equipment, Weapon, Armor and Accessory Tickets. Players to reset the board ten times will be rewarded with a special scroll that will summon one of the seven exclusive 5-Star Childs. Devil Pass Season 3 and bonus packages: Unlock the new season pass all the way to the final tier to get the exclusive Child skin, Classic Servant Morgan. Also offered is the limited time-only Crystal Packages that will give out one 5-Star Character Summon scroll for every two Crystal Packages purchased. The bonus gift applies for maximum four packages, and is available until February 28. Destiny Child is available to download worldwide on Android and iOS. For more information on the update and the game, visit official Facebook and Destiny Child Community.
gumi Launches Real-Time PvP in “Brave Frontier: The Last Summoner”
gumi Inc. today announced real-time Player vs Player (PvP) combat and an entirely new Arena Mode within Brave Frontier: The Last Summoner. Its latest mobile strategy JRPG, the game is available globally for iOS and Android devices, and available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The grand opening of the Brave Frontier Arena offers players the chance to fight each other for the first time in strategic, real-time PvP. Few games offer as much team customization as in Brave Frontier: The Last Summoner, especially based on units synergies: several units sharing the same skills will make the skill stronger. Players can customize armies of up to 25 units. This army gameplay style offers quick and intense battles, along with deeper strategy opportunities. The Arena Mode contains six leagues, one leaderboard and 60 new weapons designed for PvP. Additionally, the new mode will feature collaboration units from Brave Frontier, like recently released Elza and Alice. Finally, the new Arena Mode doesn't use the stamina system, contrary to other RPGs in the market. Players can play PVP as much as they'd like to increase Ranking status in the Ladder.
LINE GAMES Announces Global Launch of Mobile Narrative CCG “Destiny Child”
- Begins service in 164 countries worldwide for Android and iOS - Has achieved no.1 grossing game app in Korea, and is currently servicing in Korea and Japan - Users can log in from various platforms, including Android, iOS and more Seoul, South Korea – December 6, 2018 - LINE GAMES Corporation’s mobile CCG “Destiny Child” is now available to download and play in 164 countries on Android and iOS. The game is available in five different languages, including English, French, and Chinese. Developed by LINE GAMES and SHIFTUP, Destiny Child is a mobile CCG (Collectable Character Game) featuring the adventures of a lethargic Demon King candidate and his three supproting succubi, ‘Mona’, ‘Lisa’ and ‘Davi’. Users can collect and nurture over 300 characters, each with their own story, to unlock their full potentials and assemble all-star teams for various strategic plays. The game features industry leading Live2D artworks by Korea’s famous illustrator Hyung-tae Kim, CEO of SHIFTUP, and offers versatile game modes that users can explore, from main scenario-based quests to PvPs like ‘Devil Rumble’, and daily missions including ‘Underground’, and ‘Event Dungeon’. First launched in Korea in 2016, Destiny Child has establishsed itself as a popular IP, achieving No. 1 grossing game app just three days after its release on Apple App Store and Google Play. Embracing players and illustration enthusiasts, the game has held annual illustration contests, as well as offline artwork exhibition that all players can actively participate. Celebrating the game’s global launch, LINE GAMES will carry out a special event ‘Devil Festa’, which will reward participants with valuable items including ‘5-star character summon scroll’ and ’10,000 onyx’. Meanwhile, LINE GAMES is supporting multiple log in options to offer more convenient service to users worldwide. Users can choose to log in from their Android and iOS accounts, as well as social media accounts like LINE and Facebook. For more information on Destiny Child, visit official Facebook( https://www.facebook.com/destinychild.official ) and Destiny Child Global Community( https://moot.us/lounges/73 ). ■ Press Contacts LINE GAMES Press Team: dl_press@line.GAMES ■ About LINE GAMES Corporation LINE GAMES Corporation ("LINE GAMES") is an affiliate company of LINE Corporation (“LINE”) specializing in game business. Based in Seoul, Korea, LINE GAMES was established along with LINE’s acquisition of Korea’s leading game developer and publisher, NextFloor in August 2018. LINE GAMES is working closely with the global messenger platform LINE to develop and service high quality titles for diverse genres and platforms. As a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software, LINE GAMES is currently pursuing global expansion of its game business, starting with series of global releases of its major hits including ‘Dragon Flight’ and ‘Destiny Child’.
Cheers to 5 Years of Brave Frontier
gumi Inc is calling out to all Summoners to join Brave Frontier’s biggest anniversary celebration yet! Brave Frontier is celebrating 5 years of action, mystery, and adventure set in the expansive world of Gaia. To show our gratitude to the players, the Brave Frontier team has prepared something special for this celebration: 5th Anniversary Trivia with Rizky and Shaly Players can take on Rizky and Shaly’s 5th Anniversary Trivia dungeon to put their Brave Frontier knowledge to the test! Fantastic Prizes awaits at the end of this unique Anniversary Exclusive Dungeon! Jubilee Campaign To show our sincere gratitude to players who have been with us since the launch of Brave Frontier, we will be awarding our players with exclusive Anniversary Gifts. Each player will receive different sets of Jubilee Tickets and Jubilee Chests based on their total number of days the player logged in since the beginning of the game until November 27, 2018. Players will stand the chance to obtain Elementum tomes, Amber Butterflies, elemental shards, and even more fabulous freebies from these Jubilee Chests! Grab this chance to summon powerful units for free at the anniversary exclusive Jubilee Summon Gate! Unit-of-Choice Campaign The popular Unit-of-Choice campaign is back! Log in for a total of 50 Days between 12 Oct to 12 Dec to snag powerful heroes or heroines from the wide world of Gaia for FREE! All units are available for summoning in this campaign except for units from Guild Raid, Vortex Arena, and the Rift. Anniversary Omni Summon All throughout the 5th Anniversary Extravaganza, the Anniversary Omni Summon Gates will be constantly updated with featured units starting with Florence, Serin, and Nia. Find out who else will appear next! Moreover, log in every Friday to receive a free Anniversary ticket! On top of that, tickets will be scattered in the various login campaign gifts during the 5th Anniversary Period. So seize the opportunity to claim these free goodies! Gems Heaven It’s raining Gems! On top of the usual Gem giveaways during our login campaigns, we will shower everyone with Gems for every date that ends with the number 5 during the Anniversary celebration period. Remember to log in during those selected days to claim these free Gems! Most importantly, The Brave Frontier Global Team would like to thank our players for their continued support throughout the years. Brave Frontier would not have been where it is now without the dedication and overwhelming support. We hoped our players have enjoyed all these events and game updates during this 5th Anniversary Extravaganza.
Destiny Child Opens Pre-registration for its Upcoming Global Release
- Pre-registration will be available for 164 countries worldwide until December 5 - All pre-registered users will be rewarded with a ‘5-star character summon scroll’ and various in-game items - Offers unique CCG experience with top notch Live2D illustrations and active collaborations with world famous IPs Seoul, South Korea - November 22, 2018 - LINE GAMES Corporation announced today that the global pre-registration for its mobile CCG Destiny Child is now open for users worldwide. Developed by LINE GAMES and SHIFTUP, Destiny Child is a mobile CCG (Collectable Character Game) featuring the adventures of a Demon King candidate and his three supporting succubi, ‘Mona’, ‘Lisa’ and ‘Davi’. The game is renowned for its top notch Live2D illustrations by Korea’s famous illustrator Hyung-tae Kim, and features over 300 characters (“Childs”) that users can strategically assemble to challenge various contents including story dungeons, boss raids and PvPs. Destiny Child’s official global launch will take place in upcoming December, and pre-registration is open for 164 countries in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia region until December 5. LINE GAMES will reward all pre-registered users with various items including generous amount of in-game currencies of ‘1,000 crystals’, ’10,000 onyx’ and ‘100,000 gold’, as well as a ‘5-star character summon scroll’ that will help users get a head start. Along with pre-registration, users can participate in Desnity Child’s ‘Share Gacha’ event at its official Global Brand Page, where users can get an additional 5-star character by sharing the event on social media. “We are excited to present Destiny Child’s unique narrative character collecting experience to global players,” said Minkyu Kim, CEO of LINE GAMES. “Together with SHIFTUP, we will devote our best efforts to offer excellent service to our users worldwide.” Destiny Child was launched in Korea and Japan in 2016 and 2017 respectively, and has been widely popular in both countries ever since. In Korea, it has achieved No. 1 grossing game app soon after its release on Apple App Store and Google Play. Also noted for its active collaboration with world famous IPs including ‘Street Fighters’ and ‘VOCALOID’, Destiny Child offers compelling and unique CCG experience for players. More information on Destiny Child and its global pre-registration can be found at its official Global Brand Page( https://global.destiny-child.com ) and Facebook( https://www.facebook.com/destinychild.official ). ■ Press Contacts LINE GAMES Press Team: email@example.com ■ About LINE GAMES Corporation LINE GAMES Corporation ("LINE GAMES") is an affiliate company of LINE Corporation (“LINE”) specializing in game business. Based in Seoul, Korea, LINE GAMES was established along with LINE’s acquisition of Korea’s leading game developer and publisher, NextFloor in August 2018. LINE GAMES is working closely with the global messenger platform LINE to develop and service high quality titles for diverse genres and platforms. As a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software, LINE GAMES is currently pursuing global expansion of its game business, starting with series of global releases of its major hits including ‘Dragon Flight’ and ‘Destiny Child’.
Brave Frontier: The Last Summoner, Gets Spooky This Halloween
New content is now available for the mobile JRPG Brave Frontier: The Last Summoner. For the next several weeks, Brave Frontier: The Last Summoner features a festive Halloween seasonal event where fans can play as Caleb Hadeslay, Jasia Nightvoice, Elaria Krux and Ingvar Jotunn the spirit hunters engaged by the Vordaria Empire to hunt down a mysterious girl (Lucy) in the city of Uppsa. The Festival of the Spirits is currently happening in the city, this will not help the spirit hunters in their task. Uppsa is transformed into a special map with 90 new dungeons and 1 secret quest unlocked after beating the story. Further, players can collect Halloween Crystals to open Portals for a chance to collect Lucy and the Spirit Nymphes as playables Characters. Players can also use the Crystals to craft new Halloween weapons. Additionally, Brave Frontier: The Last Summoner fans can also check out the recently released weapon crafting feature and new skills features.
Brave Frontier: The Last Summoner, Now Available on iOS and Android
gumi Inc. today announced the global release of its Brave Frontier: The Last Summoner, its newest mobile strategy JRPG, now available for iOS and Android devices, and available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Brave Frontier: The Last Summoner is an original, full-fledged mobile JRPG set in the Brave Frontier extended universe. Embark on a fantastic adventure in a new branch of the story set a thousand years after Brave Frontier, leaving Grand Gaia behind. In this standalone adventure, players will meet a new cast of characters as they unravel the mysteries of a new world. This new addition to the Brave Frontier franchise was crafted with a splendid state-of-the-art HD 2D design, bringing all character artworks to life like never before. STATE-OF-THE-ART HD 2D JRPG Immerse yourself in the rich and vibrant fantasy world of Vask and meet charming characters brimming in style, handcrafted and animated with love to offer you the most thrilling battles ever seen in a mobile RPG! BUILD AND LEAD AN ARMY Engage in turn-based battles of epic proportions where up to 50 characters fight each other as you launch synchronized attacks, unleash special Brave skills and summon mighty Spirits to destroy your opponents, no matter their size! COLLECT HUNDREDS OF CHARACTERS Assemble a huge cast of charismatic heroes and villains ready to take arms for you as you train, specialize and evolve them to unleash their true potential, completing a vast collection of 7 different species – Humans, Giants, Undines & more! MILLIONS OF WAYS TO PLAY Become a master of strategy as you experiment with 9 Weapon Types, from hard-hitting to buff-empowering, enhanced by upgradable specialty skills to obliterate anything in your path – the possibilities really are endless! PLOT TWISTS AT EVERY CORNER Put together the puzzle pieces of the last summoner's untold story as you witness history defining events from different points of view, all interwoven into a story of loss, courage and honor! Will you find the truth behind the bifrosts, Summoner? Embark on the most extraordinary adventure featuring intense battles, high-end graphics, complex customization and content-rich stories! Made for JRPG fans, by JRPG super fans.
Post-Apocalyptic RPG “Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2” Launches Globally for iOS and Android
SEGA today announced that Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 has made its debut in global markets on iOS and Android. After a successful initial release in Japan, Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 is launching worldwide in English so that all fans of the Shin Megami Tensei series, originally developed by Atlus, can now play the renowned post-apocalyptic RPG on their mobile devices for free with in-app purchases. Fans of the Shin Megami Tensei series will have the chance to discover an all new episode in this post-apocalyptic adventure, featuring demon summoning, negotiations, and fusions, along with 3D dungeon exploration. Players can take advantage of enemy weaknesses in combat through the press-turn combat system. Demons can be conversed with through negotiations, and demons can be strengthened by combining them through the fusion system: Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 features: New Elements such as evolvement, enhancement, and assisting other players in battle. High Quality, 3DCG Models of familiar series demons. Challenging 3D Dungeons called the “Aura Gate.” PvP Mode offering “Dx2 Duels” where players compete with others and test their strength. Engaging Storyline with the Devil Downloads (Dx2) wherein a secret organization called the “Liberators” are fighting in conflict against the opposing faction of antagonists, known as “Acolytes.”
SEGA Announces Global Pre-Registration for Hotly Anticipated Mobile RPG “Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2”
SEGA just announced pre-registration plans for the global launch of mobile role-playing game Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2. Based on the Shin Megami Tensei series, which was originally developed by Atlus, this new mobile game developed by SEGA features demon summoning, negotiations, and fusions, along with 3D dungeon exploration. Already released in Japan, this will be the first time that an English version of the game is available globally to audiences on both Android and iOS devices. Starting today, global fans can pre-register for the Google Play release of Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2, and can gain access to upcoming news around the launch this summer. In this all new episode of the Shin Megami Tensei series, players can take advantage of enemy weaknesses in combat through the press-turn combat system. Demons can be conversed with through negotiations, and demons can be strengthened by combining them through the fusion system: Features new elements such as evolvement, enhancement, and assisting other players in battle. Familiar series demons are reproduced with high quality, 3DCG models. “Aura Gate” 3D dungeons provide a challenge, and for PvP, there’s “Dx2 Duel” that lets players compete with others and test their strength. The game features a story of Devil Downloads, also known as Dx2, wherein a secret organization called the “Liberators” are fighting in conflict against the opposing faction of antagonists, known as “Acolytes.”
Knights Chronicle Launches Worldwide! by Netmarble Corp.
Netmarble Corp., 15th June released its turn-based role-playing game for mobile devices, Knights Chronicle, on the Apple Store and Google Play. Featuring classic turn-based role-playing gameplay, a beautiful Japanese animation-inspired art style and a compelling story showing the same standard of quality as console and PC RPGs, Knight’s Chronicle follows the story of Lena, a creation of the goddess Lady Garnie, the mysterious young man Theo and his friends as they fight to protect the planet of Garniel, a place of magic and Spirits. With features like real-time party play, where players can form parties of up to five players to challenge multiplayer dungeons, explosive 3D-animated skills demonstrating the game’s flashy and gorgeously-detailed visuals, and with over 100 heroes for players to choose from, Knight’s Chronicle offers a true console-quality role-playing game experience in the palm of players’ hands. “We’re excited to bring a full-fledged mobile RPG experience to gamers during E3, one of the industry’s biggest events of the year,” said Young Jae Park, Netmarble’s Division Director. “We hope players will enjoy playing Knights Chronicle, our love letter to Japanese animation-inspired visuals, gameplay and battles and one of the most immersive and beautiful games available on mobile devices today.” Netmarble recently announced that Knights Chronicle surpassed over one million pre-registered players before launch. Players who have signed up will receive in-game items like SSR rated 6-star Rebecca, a member of the White Knights, 1 million gold, and 200 crystals For more information on Knights Chronicle, please visit http://knightsgbweb.netmarble.com/ Meanwhile, Netmarble Corp. strives to entertain audiences of all ages around the world by providing great mobile gaming experiences. Established in Korea in 2000, Netmarble is the fastest-growing mobile game company and consistently ranks as a top mobile developer and publisher worldwide. With more than 4,500 employees, Netmarble has been producing and servicing some of the most successful mobile games including Lineage 2: Revolution, MARVEL Future Fight, Everybody’s Marble, and Seven Knights. As a parent company to Kabam, a top mobile game developer in massively multiplayer free-to-play games, and the largest shareholder to Jam City, a leading casual social game developer, Netmarble has a strategic partnership with CJ E&M Corporation, Asia’s largest entertainment company, Tencent Holdings, Asia’s largest internet company, and NCsoft, a prominent MMORPG company. More information can be found at www.netmarble.com
Nexon Held 'Durango: Wild Lands' Launching Preview Event
On January 9, 2018, Nexon hosted a 'Durango: Wild Lands' launching preview at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul, Jongno-gu. The event was organized to introduce the features of the new mobile game `Durango: Wild Lands`, which is being prepared for service, and was attended by representatives of Nexon, including Vice President Jung Sang-won, General Manager Noh Jung-hwan and What!Studio Producer Lee Eun-seok. Jung Sang-won, vice president of Nexon, said, “Durango: Wild Lands, which will be launched in 2018 as Nexon's first self-development, is a hard-earned title prepared with a sense of duty to throw an important meaning to the development direction of the existing mobile games.” Also, he said, “Users will be able to experience new pleasures that will be fun just by collaboration among users and exploration. I would like to ask you a lot of interest in the new adventure of ‘Durango: Wild Lands’.” ▲ ‘Durango: Wild Lands’ launching preview event was held. ▲ Vice President Jung Sang-won said, “I would like to ask you a lot of interest in the new adventure of ‘Durango: Wild Lands’.” According to the announcement, 'Durango: Wild Lands' is a pioneering open-world role-playing mobile game developed by Nexon's What!Studio. This game deals with a unique story that modern people, including users who have fallen into the era of dinosaurs due to an unidentified accident, start with their bare hands and pioneer wild lands. As an intention of the game development, Producer Lee Eun-seok from What!Studio said, “We are aiming at playground-like MMORPG, not an amusement park.” Then, he introduced about the play style by saying, “In the amusement park, the rides (contents) created by the developers are arranged, and the visitors merely enjoy along the route. But in ‘Durango: Wild Lands’, we offer a variety of nature, infinite land, animals of the dinosaur world, and playgrounds with a variety of production tools, rather than rides, and users can combine these materials to enjoy limitless possibilities and accumulate their own interesting experience.” As aforementioned, ‘enjoy limitless possibilities and accumulate their own interesting experience’ is one of the biggest features of ‘Durango: Wild Lands’. Likewise, users can infinitely enjoy the free and in-depth production, construction, cooking, and farming in the game. In-game combat, which is the main content of a regular role-playing game, is not essential for Durango: Wild Lands. It is possible to enjoy only lifestyle contents in the village. 'Durango: Wild Lands' is made up of a vast space that many users can gather together, and there is no instance dungeon to distinguish channels or enjoy just a few. The field where the game is going is composed of infinite islands that lead to the sea road so that users can enjoy the pleasure of making your own land and pioneering. Since in-game combat is not an essential factor, the user can continue his settled life such as making a favorite place to his own land, building a house, and cultivating a field, and the user also can create a tribe when passer-by becomes a neighbor. As the village grows larger, it often repeats friendship and fights with other tribes. ▲ Producer Lee Eun-seok said, “I will do my best to continue the service for more than 10 years.” Nexon launches formal service on January 25th through Android OS and iOS. At the time of domestic launch, it will start operating as a single server in Korea, gradually expanding its service area and ultimately plan to launch a single global server service. In order to provide seamless global service, overseas beta test is ongoing since July last year. Overseas beta testing in 14 countries, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Russia, Brazil, Australia, Vietnam, Canada, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway, recorded about 2.8 million downloads as of January 8th, 2018. The number of unstable islands created during the test period is about 220,000, showing that it is getting high interest. Meanwhile, the business model of the game presents the convenience, time reduction, and exterior appearance to be a game that can be continued for a long time. The convenience services such as 'Durango: Archive' where the useful information of 'Durango: Wild Lands’ can be easily accessed, and 'Durango Maps', a web viewer that was first introduced in the overseas beta test, are also ongoing. Producer Lee Eun-seok expressed about the service by saying, “I have been through a lot of research and testing to develop a new game, and finally I am glad to be able to show it to domestic users on January 25th. I will do my best to make 'Durango: Wild Lands' go beyond Asia and be loved all over the world and continue to serve for more than 10 years.”
Kakao Games launches ‘Friends Gem for Kakao’ on mobile devices
Kakao Games (CEOs, Whon Namkoong and Leo Cho), a global multi-platform game company announced the release of its Friends Gem for Kakao mobile game. This popular match-3 puzzle game will be available in North America, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand. The game was developed by Lunosoft (CEO, Andy Kim), an industry leader in developing casual mobile games. Friends Gem for Kakao infuses the cute Kakao Friends characters into the popular match-3 genre, where gamers travel the world as they clear stages. The game boasts seven different types of super engaging gaming modes. Users will surely enjoy collecting, evolving, and managing a wide array of Kakao Friends characters. Kakao Games is the games arm of Kakao which operates Korea’s number one mobile messenger, KakaoTalk. Kakao Games is also well known as the publisher of Pearl Abyss’s MMORPG Black Desert Online and Bluehole’s, upcoming, A:IR in the West. Lunosoft, is a highly skilled developer whose popular title, ‘Disney Touch Touch’, has been downloaded more than 10 Million times and has achieved top ranks in Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand. Friends Gem for Kakao is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.