Several Korean MMOs Shutting Down, Who'd Be the Next?
ByDate: 03-17-2012 Views:
Although spring has come, it seems that the Korean MMO industry is still suffering from the winter cold. Since several new policies about video games were announced by South Korean government, they have thrown great pain to those online game-related companies. From Feb. to March, several MMOs have been shut down in Korea. It is not only a pity, but also shows the tough situation the Korean MMO industry is faced with.
According to the Korean Media, five MMOs covering Black Shot, O2Jam, Katamari Damacy Online, Lime Odyssey and Requiem Online were announced to shut down just in Feb. Black Shot, Lime Odyssey and Requiem Online may survive overseas, but the other two had officially come to the end.
Gravity's Requiem Online was the first MMO announced to shut down in Feb. Following the announcement release on Feb. 2, all of its Korean servers had been closed on 7, this month. Luckily, the American server is not affected and all the original data of Korean players will be transferred to the American server as well. So the Korean players can pick up their game overseas.
Following Requiem Online, Vertigo Games' FPS title Black Shoot will also shut down its Korean sever on March 30. Since Black Shoot kicked its first CBT in March 2007, it has been aiming at competing with Sudden Attack Online. According to Vertigo Games, Black Shoot's Singaporean sever which was launched last year will be kept.
The shutdown of Lime Odyssey is a real surprise. Regarded as the 3D version of Ragnarok Online , Lime Odyssey just kicked off its open beta test on Nov. 15, 2011 which is only three month before now. Lime Odyssey will be officially closed on March 30, but like the above two games, its abroad server in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Japan and North America will keep running. The future update won't be affected either.