A South Korean mobile hit is going to try its luck with a global audience.Nexon announced today that Heroes of Incredible Tales, an action role-playing game for mobile, will get a worldwide release this summer.It has already been downloaded more that 5 million times in South Korea.The mobile industry was worth $34.8 billion last year, according to market research firm Newzoo.NAT Games, a studio created by Yong-Hyun Park who was the lead designer for popular online games Lineage 2 and Tera , developed Heroes of Incredible Tales.Built on Unreal 4, we are able to push today s powerful mobile devices to deliver truly immersive, visceral gameplay, said Lawrence Koh, general manager at Nexon, in a press release sent to GamesBeat.Yong-Hyun Park creates incredible RPG experiences that resonate with players globally.We are very excited to bring his epic slasher to mobile devices worldwide later this year.
But the chief executive of Asian gaming giant Nexon doesn t talk like one.Perhaps that is why Mahoney and Nexon have been able to snare so many well-known Western game developers like John Schappert, Cliff Bleszinski, and Tim Train as part of Nexon s campaign to go global.Here s an edited transcript of our fireside chat.GamesBeat: Can you give us a quick download on Nexon s business?Owen Mahoney: The brief background is we were founded in Korea about 22 years ago.In fact in a way it s not risky, because you know it won t be successful.Looking at analogies in adjacent forms of media, consider what s happened with TV in the last 15 years.At Nexon we want to be a home for those.You wrote an article a month or two ago about how venture capital is abandoning games, and how M has basically gone away in the games business.Rami Ismail from Vlambeer is as well.Not to overgeneralize or insult anybody in those rooms, but I find that business people tend to be trained on Powerpoint presentations and how to be eloquent in front of a room full of people.
With E3 2016 kicking off next week, all eyes will turn towards Los Angeles and the glorious amounts of gaming titles, wares and talent at the show.However, the main event tends to be console, console, console.Taking place at 11.30am PST on June 13th, it ll bring together the heaviest heavyweights of the industry, including Square-Enix, Microsoft, Oculus, SEGA and special guests.You can find an extensive list at the bottom of this post.Expect exclusive new footage, trailers, fresh details on existing games, unscripted conversations between developers and host Sean Day 9 Plott, competitions and loads of prizes.Here s the full list of participants at this year s show minus special guests of course :AMDBohemia InteractiveBorealys GamesBoss Key Studios / NexonDigital ExtremesFinjiMicrosoftNew World InteractiveNovaQuarkOculusOther Ocean InteractiveParadox InteractiveRelic Entertainment / SEGASquare Enix / Square Enix CollectiveStudio WildcardTaleWorlds EntertainmentTorn Banner StudiosTripwire Interactive
With E3 2016 kicking off next week, all eyes will turn towards Los Angeles and the glorious amounts of gaming titles, wares and talent at the show.However, the main event tends to be console, console, console.Taking place at 11.30am PST on June 13th, it ll bring together the heaviest heavyweights of the industry, including Square-Enix, Microsoft, Oculus, SEGA and special guests.You can find an extensive list at the bottom of this post.Expect exclusive new footage, trailers, fresh details on existing games, unscripted conversations between developers and host Sean Day 9 Plott, competitions and loads of prizes.Here s the full list of participants at this year s show minus special guests of course :AMDBohemia InteractiveBorealys GamesBoss Key Studios / NexonDigital ExtremesFinjiMicrosoftNew World InteractiveNovaQuarkOculusOther Ocean InteractiveParadox InteractiveRelic Entertainment / SEGASquare Enix / Square Enix CollectiveStudio WildcardTaleWorlds EntertainmentTorn Banner StudiosTripwire Interactive
A gaming PC.As part of this year's E3 festivities, PC Gamer is once again hosting a night of press announcements devoted solely to PC gaming.Ars will be on hand to liveblog the event starting at 11:30am PDT 2:30pm EDT, 7:30pm UK time on Monday, June 13.Last year's first ever PC Gaming Show was a long-winded line-up of PC developers chatting awkwardly on stage about newly announced games.This year's show promises to be shorter and snappier, but it should still pack in plenty of announcements from the likes of Microsoft, Oculus, AMD, Nexon, Square Enix, Sega, and more.
Now he s back with a multiplayer-only fragfest called Lawbreakers.Coming soon from publisher Nexon, Bleszinski s PC game is a fast-moving sci-fi first-person shooter with factions: the Law and the Breakers anti-heroes .The title features a bunch of different characters who have a lot of abilities, and they all offset each other in some way.I was able to play the game in a long hands-on session with Bleszinski and his crew at Boss Key Productions.The shooter is going to be one of many at the Electronic Entertainment Expo game trade show this week in Los Angeles.But it s a memorable offering with Bleszinski s indelible personality stamped all over it.Each sector has multiple levels, including a central area in Grand Canyon where players could gather in the middle and defy gravity.This capture the flag mode forced a lot of intense firefights around the battery carriers and the home bases.
The former game designer at Epic Games felt like he had to leave his old company to make a new game that he wanted to build from scratch.It s one of those things for me — you have an idea, and you think it s going to be cool.If anybody can make that look really futuristic and awesome, it s Jay Hawkins, our concept artist.I wouldn t be able to do what I did if I didn t have the leads and the team I have, especially Boss Key cofounder Arjan Brussee.With him as COO … the other day I went on Amazon, and I bought him the Hand of the King pin because he deals with so much crap to let me focus on the fun.You look at games like Overwatch and Battleborn.We want to reverse that.You look at the concurrent users for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive , it starts out small to medium and then just builds and builds and builds.
And for the second year in a row, we partnered with Unreal Engine creator Epic Games for our Unreal E3 Awards by GamesBeat.Someday, we ll be telling our grandkids about the vicious battle for Best New IP .Here s our list.Winner: Abzû The underwater exploration game snagged a few Unreal awards at E3 2015, but it also has dramatically improved since then.Tarsier hasn t disclosed a release date yet.Other nominees: Here They Lie, Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, VR Funhouse, Batman Arkham VR, Raw Data, Farpoint, Everest, Dragon FrontWinner: Raw DataRaw Data is a first-person shooter in VR, and you can fight different robots alongside a friend in cooperative multiplayer.Nava founded Giant Squid to create Abzû, which has been in the works for more than three years.With a small team of 10, Giant Squid has managed to make one of the prettiest games about ocean exploration.
Two Dog launches an ill-considered surprise attack at St. John, knocking them both off the roof.Mark this down as one of the surprises of the show.Battlefield 1 s gameplay is going to be pretty epic, with 64 players squaring off against each other in multiplayer combat.And Activision s Infinity Ward is taking a risk as well with a change in the setting — this time into the future with sci-fi combat.Those fish act on their own to stay away from walls, align with their neighbors, and avoid predators.If you get close enough to a big fish or a turtle, you can grab on to them and go for a ride.The food chain works naturally, with the sharks going after smaller fish.LawBreakers may have to worry about our collective fascination with Blizzard s Overwatch, but I think it has a lot to offer in the first-person shooter genre.Quantic Dream has caught some flak over the years by making games that are more like cinematic movies than games.
Sharpen up your pocket swords, because it s time to strike down countless waves of random enemies on the go.Project Dynasty Warriors is a new free-to-play mobile game that brings the enormous battles and melee combat of the console Dynasty Warriors games to iOS and Android for the first time in late 2016.Fast-growing mobile publisher Nexon Korea is producing the app, and it is working with Dynasty Warriors publisher Koei Tecmo and developer XPEC Entertainment.Unlike some other console-to-mobile adaptations, Nexon isn t using the Dynasty Warriors setting for a clone of Clash of Clans or some other popular mobile app.Instead, the company is aiming to give the $36.9 billion iOS and Android gaming market a smartphone-sized version of the same experience you would get on PlayStation 4.For Nexon, this adds another big-name release to its roster, which already includes online role-playing game MapleStory 2, developer Cliff Bleszinski s new LawBreakers shooter, and the mobile strategy game DomiNations.Project Dynasty Warriors, which is a working title, should look familiar to fans.It takes assets from 2013 s Dynasty Warriors 8 and shapes them into something better suited for the mobile audience.One example of this is a new focus on collecting unique characters and items.
Devoted gamers tend to have pretty strong opinions about the games they play – and while usually gaming is quite fun, it can quickly turn into an unhealthy obsession.When a Chinese man by the name of Lee could no longer control his gaming urges, he decided that the only way to battle his addiction was to direct his frustration straight at the source… so he crashed his car into the office of game developer Nexon – the company responsible for popular titles like MapleStory and Atlantica Online.The incident took place on Sunday at around 7AM in South Korea.When the police apprehended the raging gamer, he explained his actions by claiming that Nexon s games had ruined his life.Police reports further say that at the time of the crash Lee was under the influence of alcohol, which ought to explain his unwarranted fit of temper.Authorities also reveal that the car Lee was driving belonged to his brother.
It would appear that Titanfall 2 won t be the only Titanfall game we ll be receiving this autumn.Respawn Entertainment, in a partnership with Nexon and Particle City, has announced Titanfall: Frontline, a new mobile game that will be arriving on iOS and Android later this year, presumably around the time Titanfall 2 launches on consoles and PC.This isn t a companion app, but rather a standalone mobile game that s breaking from the traditional Titalfall formula.That s because Titanfall: Frontline is a card game, looking to capitalize on the success other games like Clash Royale and Hearthstone have enjoyed.Details are still relatively slim, but the trio of companies did offer up a few screenshots of the game and gave us a rather broad overview of what we can expect when the game lands on mobile devices.Titanfall: Frontline comes with the promise of hundreds of different cards, placing players in the role brigade Commanders.
Nexon has partnered with Respawn Entertainment and Particle City to publish Titanfall: Frontline, a strategy card game set in the Titanfall universe.The new mobile game will debut later this fall on iOS and Android, just in time to get some good cross-promotion with the Titanfall 2 console and PC title, which debuts on October 28.CEO Owen Mahoney has said taking mobile gaming to a higher level is his big priority, as PC online gaming giant Nexon needs to break into the West and into mobile in a big way.Nexon has already published big Western mobile game titles, such as DomiNations, and it is working with key developers on other big titles as well.The Titanfall franchise revolutionized the first-person shooter, and Particle City is taking the same creative approach adding depth to the battlefield and a never-before-seen layer of strategy in the collectible card game genre, said Lawrence Koh, general manager, Nexon M, in a statement.Titanfall: Frontline is just the beginning of the incredible standalone mobile sci-fi experiences based on the Titanfall universe we re looking to bring to gamers around the world.This mobile game could be tied in very well to the gameplay of the console and PC game, where Burn Cards are a big part of the experience.
Rob Pardo was the lead designer of World of Warcraft, and he had a stellar career in his 17 years at Blizzard Entertainment.But he left the big video game publisher in 2014, and today, he announced his new company, Bonfire Studios.Pardo helped turn Blizzard into a huge company with how he helped design World of Warcraft, a massively multiplayer online game which came out 12 years ago and still has paying subscribers and which the studio says is at its highest point in years after the Legion expansion s launch August 30 .As the CEO of Bonfire, Pardo is being equally ambitious, as he has raised $25 million in funding from Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and from Riot Games, League of Legends maker and a division of Chinese internet giant Tencent, the New York Times reported.The Irvine, California-based company isn t working on a specific game yet, but Pardo told the New York Times that he is likely to work on online multiplayer games, which could be for the PC or mobile devices or both.Among the cofounders is Min Kim, former head of Nexon America.Other former Blizzard colleagues are also working with Pardo.After he left Blizzard in 2015, Pardo joined Unity as an adviser for game developers.In a blog post, Pardo said, We can t say we are going to Mount Doom to save the world, but we do think deeply about what we love about games.
Rob Pardo, lead designer of Blizzard s massively popular PC MMORPG World of Warcraft, is heading up a new development studio dedicated to creating online multiplayer games, according to a New York Times report.Pardo s Bonfire Studios launched this week in Irvine, California, with a staff of industry veterans hailing from Nexon, Blizzard, and other online gaming giants.Bonfire Studios launch follows up on Pardo s 17-year career at Blizzard Entertainment, where he worked as lead designer on the original World of Warcraft and its expansion The Burning Crusade.While the studio s current projects are not yet known, The New York Times reveals that Pardo plans to stick to the online multiplayer realm for the company s forthcoming debut.Pardo notes that Blizzard s collectible card game Hearthstone served as the inspiration for Bonfire Studios, as the small size of the game s creative team eliminated many of the managerial roadblocks normally associated with the development of online multiplayer projects.Everyone got to be completely involved in Hearthstone s game design, Pardo recalled in a statement to The New York Times.
Respawn Entertainment still sees plenty of life in the Titanfall franchise.The developer is scheduled to release Titanfall 2 in late October, and it is also has a mobile spinoff game in the works.Developed by Particle City and published by Nexon, Titanfall: Frontline will give mobile gamers a collectible-card title to expand the near-future universe.Mobile tie-in games have become somewhat of a trend, with recent titles like Evolve: Hunter s Quest, Fallout Shelter and Uncharted: Fortune Hunter popping up.So with the impending release of Titanfall 2, it is not wholly surprising that the developers went down that route.The Titanfall franchise revolutionized the first-person shooter, and Particle City is taking the same creative approach, adding depth to the battlefield and a never-before-seen layer of strategy in the collectible card game genre, Nexon M General Manager Lawrence Koh said in a statement.
Nexon has released This Game Studio s Oz: Broken Kingdom, a mobile role-playing game based on the world of the Wizard of Oz.This take on Oz has high-end graphics on mobile devices — a feature that earned it a coveted spot onstage at Apple s iPhone 7 debut last week.It takes players back to a reimagined Land of Oz, one where the Great Darkness has brought corruption.It s a free download on iOS and Android.Oz: Broken Kingdom includes a strategic turn-based combat system, character customization and evolution, and over 100 abilities.Players take on the roles of the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion, and new heroine Ophelia Shen as they travel across the dangerous land of Oz to places like the Munchkin countryside and Glinda s Castle in the story mode.Players can also fight other players in real time in the Arena of Oz.In Oz: Broken Kingdom, we ve not only reinterpreted the land of Oz but expanded its lore, said Scott Blackwood, founder and head of product at This Game Studio, in a statement.
The makers of DomiNations are launching a big update that enables players to enter the atomic age in the Civilization-like mobile strategy game.The new content is aimed at making the mobile game seem fresh for its existing players.DomiNations has been downloaded more than 28 million times since Big Huge Games launched it in the spring of 2015.It launched a major World War update in December 2015, and then Tokyo-based Nexon acquired Big Huge Games earlier this year.Big Huge Games and Nexon M say the update is the biggest content renewal yet for DomiNations, which enables players to lead one of eight unique nations from the Stone Age to the Space Age.To date, DomiNations has grossed more than $62 million, according to measurement firm Sensor Tower.Following the World War era content from earlier updates, the Atomic Age includes a series of new units and buildings that represent the decade following the end of World War II.To represent the era s technological progress, Atomic Age introduces new Wonders of the World and two new game changing units: the Helicopter and the Armored Personnel Carrier APC .The Atomic Age allows players to build an additional Wonder of the World from a new list, including landmarks like the United Nations, The Pentagon, The Atomium, and Sydney Opera House.Each provides powerful unique bonuses.
The number of jobs posted for game developers has declined 65 percent since 2014, according to an analysis by the job search site Indeed.The global game industry has grown to $91 billion across multiple platforms, but the number of jobs in the U.S. could be on the decline, at least among larger companies.The data from Indeed does not necessarily include jobs at tiny game companies, known as independent game studios.Searches for game designer jobs has remained relatively constant since 2014.However, game developer job searches have grown over 50 percent.And searches for augmented reality and virtual reality gaming jobs have skyrocketed, with searches up 1,500 percent.Job postings for AR/VR are up 400 percent.And after a decline in 2014, job growth for esports has steadily increased, up 40 percent overall.The companies with the most jobs available, in order, are as follows: Electronic Arts, Blizzard Entertainment, Activision, Epic Games, 2K Games, Zynga, Bungie, Nexon America, Ubisoft, and Nintendo of America.The cities with the highest percentage of video game designer and developer jobs are listed below, followed by the average salary for developers in those metros.
Titanfall series developer Respawn Entertainment has canceled its mobile collectible card game spinoff Titanfall: Frontline, claiming that the experience wasn t ready to deliver the intense action-packed gameplay synonymous with Titanfall.The sudden cancellation arrives after months of development and extensive beta testing.Respawn issued a brief statement confirming the game s forthcoming shutdown at Titanfall: Frontline s official website this week.It is our goal to create the best Titanfall mobile games that showcase the fast-paced action, mobility, and, of course, the power of Titans in this iconic series, the statement reads.We ve learned an incredible amount in the beta test of Titanfall: Frontline, but in the end felt the experience wasn t ready to deliver the intense action-packed gameplay synonymous with Titanfall.Developed by mobile studio Particle City and set to be published by Nexon, Titanfall: Frontline had entered a late stage of closed beta testing prior to this week s shutdown notice.
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