Netmarble aims for monster smash with new game
SOUTH Korea's leading mobile game firm Netmarble Games launched Stone Age, a new mobile role-playing game, on Tuesday in Seoul.
It features a fictitious, prehistoric world where people resist against industrial revolutions.
It is based on a PC online game of the same title, released by Japanese game company Japan System Supply in 1999.
Players complete a series of quests, such as winning a one-on-one battle with monsters, hunting monsters in a group and collecting and upgrading animated dinosaurs called pets.
The PC version had a total of 200 million users and was popular among Chinese players.
"Acquiring the intellectual properties of the PC game in 2012, Netmarble has poured a lot of time and effort into creating a game that caters to the taste of global users," said Paek Young Hoon, chief operating officer of the Seoul-based developer, at the launch event.
The PC version of Stone Age was popular, as players had to collect and grow dinosaur characters. Its unique playing rules, which allow two players to take turns in defending and attacking, also appealed to users, according to the firm.
"We tried to make a game as attractive as Hollywood animations, which are loved by fans around the world," said Choi Jeong Ho, head of Netmarble N2, a subsidiary of Netmarble Games and a developer behind the mobile game.
Netmarble Games' mobile games Everyone's Marble, Seven Knights and Knights Of Night made the top three this week.
The company is gearing up for its initial public offering on the nation's main bourse.
THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK