MapleStory, that wacky MMORPG that just refuses to die is about to embark on its next journey. That’s right, after numerous betas (I played in one, I’m not ashamed to say that), MapleStory 2 is almost upon us. Scheduled for an Oct. 10, 2018, release date, the game will be available for all PC gamers to check out.
When the game officially launches, a few things will be added that weren’t in the beta. A new location, Karkar Island, that’s filled with new creatures and dungeons. There’s even a new class called the Runeblade. Finally, the level cap will be raised to 60.
In addition to the release date, Nexon sends word that the pre-registration for the MapleStory 2 is also now available. Head on over to the official website, here, to sign up, download the launcher for the game, and reserve your name. I mean, you don’t want anyone else taking your super unique name, do you? Besides, it’s completely free. Those that do pre-register will also earn a couple of in-game prizes, which haven’t been announced as of yet.
So, why would you want to check out MapleStory 2? Everything that made the first game so enjoyable has been brought over and the gameplay mechanics have been tweaked. Visually, the game has received a huge advancement; it’s all 3D. While the first game was stuck as a 2D sidescrolling game, this time you’re in a vast 3D world. Also, while MapleStory was a grind fest, this time the quests you do will provide more experience and remove some of that tedious grinding.
While my time with the beta was brief, the game definitely feels like a modern MMO. These changes, bring the cutesy title into the leagues of games such as Final Fantasy XIV or World of Warcraft. It’s still free to play as well, so there’s a lot going on and basically, no cost for you to check it out. Sounds like a win/win to me.
MapleStory 2 drops on Oct. 10, 2018, or Oct. 1, 2018, if you’ve picked up a founder’s pack. Maybe you’ll see me around the world of MapleStory 2.