Nexon really took a completely different approach with the design of MapleStory 2. The upcoming MMO takes all of the casual elements from the original game but evolves it to include 3D interactivity, voxel maps with 3D creation tools, and the standard MMO adventuring that the original MapleStory was known for.
I’m no fan of Nexon and I’m glad that the FTC took a shiny boot, turned that sumbutch sideways and shoved it partly up the rectum of Nexon’s bank account, forcing them to give a second thought about dangling the financial dillweed of greed into the smelly, gaping hole of that monetary prostitute known as loot boxes.
But notwithstanding the uncleanliness of microtransactions that oozes off the business practices of Nexon like Stormy Daniels has the stench of the Oval Office dripping out of the nether regions of her checking account, the new trailer that Nexon pumped out for MapleStory 2 is actually competently impressive.
There’s obviously no “story” to boot, but the trailer is a hodgepodge of happiness and an easel of colorful joy made astir with platforming, motorcycle riding, multiplayer mirth, and enough customization and clothing options to turn the crew of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy into a schizophrenic pool of epileptic ebullience.
You can check out the trailer below to get your fill of some of the new content featured in the upcoming MMORPG.
Most surprising to me is that this isn’t just a 3D redo of the 2D side-scrolling MMO.
The gameplay is actually very similar to Keen Games’ Portal Knights, which has a very similar environmental voxel-like design, but with the pudgy, Moe-like characters that are likely going to appeal to a bunch of Japanese and South Korean players, and all the weebs who wish they lived in Nippon.
The actual gameplay in the trailer centered more around the casual elements – such as dancing, socializing, playing dress-up and building your own little abode – as opposed to the combat and party mechanics.
Obviously, the game still allows you traverse through a variety of worlds with friends, battling bosses, earning loot and making a name to fame. But the 3D perspective seems to lend itself toward attracting the VR Chat crowd who hates VR.
If you’re interested in playing the new MapleStory 2 for yourself, be sure to sign-up for the beta over on the official website.
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