During this year’s G-Star 2016 event in Busan, South Korea, Nexon unleashed a bevy of trailers and announcements for upcoming games, some of which included sequels to popular MMOs, and one in particular was the announcement of Dragon Nest 2.
The trailer is just a teaser, but they announced that Dragon Nest 2: Legend, will arrive on iOS and Android devices starting sometime in 2017. The game will first launch in South Korea and then we can likely expect a localized version to arrive in the West sometime thereafter. You can check out the 28 second teaser with bigger boobs, darker graphics and more realistic characters, courtesy of Steparu.
For those of you who may or may not be familiar with the original Dragon Nest, the game was a bright and happy, action-oriented chibi-style MMORPG. It featured non-targeting combat and came out during the new-wave of MMOs when titles like Vindictus and Dragonsaga were turning heads.
The original game was fun, but it was a little too cutesy for my tastes. The sequel is obviously no longer cute, bright or chibi. The game now has a dark and gritty tone, and it appears as if players will be able to take on dragon transformations during those desperate times of need.
I’m not sure how well the non-targeting combat is going to work out on mobile devices, but Nexon may get creative in that department. Given that the teaser trailer doesn’t actually show us any gameplay, we’ll have to wait to see what they do with it.
The more dangerous art-style really is a steep departure from what they introduced many years ago, so it will be interesting to see if they can capture a new audience with the new style, or if the old audience will be accepting of it.
You can expect to hear more about the game as 2017 rolls around. For more info be sure to visit the official Nexon website.