Publisher Nexon is preparing its first Alpha test for MapleStory 2, the long-awaited sequel to a classic game. Fans of the massively multiplayer online (MMO) title may want to cool their jets though, since the test is limited to Korea, specifically South-Korea, for now.
This test will take place between September 17 and September 21, 2014. For those that have been playing the original 2D MMO, there will be a few radical changes to take into account.
First off, the gaming world is now set in full 3D, environments, characters and all. It naturally retains its cutesy, saccharine appearance, but the 2D that once made it unique is played out by now.
Other things to expect in the Alpha test of MapleStory 2 include the ability to choose one of several classes and being able to customize characters. Cities, mountains and other landscapes will open up their universe for the first time.
A neat possibility already implemented in this early stage is user generated content. Players will be able to create their own clothing and even set up houses.
MapleStory 2 has been in development since 2010, which makes it quite a lengthy project already. Given the decade-old history of the game, however, it’s less surprising to see such extended development periods.
MapleStory was first released in 2003 in Korea. It later became available to North America in 2005, before coming to Europe in 2007.
There are no mentions of a Western test for MapleStory 2, but we’re hoping it’s soon, because the new world looks delightful.