NEXON'S MAPLESTORY CELEBRATES THE START OF SUMMER WITH SPECIAL IN-GAME EVENTS AND NEW GAMEPLAY FEATURES

In Honor of 'June Brides' Maplestory Launches First-Ever Party Quest Just For In-Game Married Couples

Los Angeles, CA - June 13, 2007 - Nexon America Inc., the U.S. division of Asia's leading online game company Nexon Group, announced today the launch of special summertime events and new gameplay features for its blockbuster massively multiplayer online game (MMOG), MapleStory. With 3.7 million registered users in North America alone, Nexon's MapleStory is one of the fastest growing Asian MMOGs among those serviced in the U.S.

 

Throughout the next three months, MapleStory will launch a variety of jovial in-game events and new game play features for all players to enjoy.  For the 13,314 in-game married couples in MapleStory, the Amoria Party Quest (The Amorian Challenge) is an exclusive adventure just for them -- the first of its kind in the world of MMO games.  For those who have said "I do" in the game with that special someone, the Amoria Party Quest provides a variety of unique challenges across more than eight stages with new items and an exclusive boss, the Geist Balrog. 

 

Also new to the game is the introduction of the Mushroom Temple, an enticing new town based on landscapes from Japan, with new areas, dangers, secrets and monsters.  MapleStory players are encouraged to take on this new challenge.

 

Letting the summer games begin, The Maple Summer Drop Event will have monsters drop different tubes and surfboards, which players can use as weapons. The  "Double Drop Event" will give out double the loot per kill, and has scheduled times every Thursday and Saturday for two hours. A "Monster Cookout" is scheduled for every Friday where low-level monsters will be summoned in random locations throughout MapleStory.

 

In addition, special Game Master (GM) events will take place every Wednesday and Friday for one hour, where players can participate in different event maps and compete against other players with the chance to receive an event trophy and a secret scroll that awards random items. To celebrate Independence Day, monsters will also drop special, patriotic hats that are wearable in-game. Finally, as homage to summertime tradition, a new quest, Cody's BBQ, will be open for players to trade in maple meat, BBQ sauce or charcoal for an Independence Day Flag and other goodies.

 

Events have also been planned for the MapleStory website. The "GM Blog Event" will invite users to comment on a GM Blog, in which 20 select users will receive 10,000 Maple Points. Also, Cash Shop Sales will take place multiple times during the month for special packages, discount summer items and 1000 NX cash sales.

For additional info, please visit: http://www.nexon.net

About MapleStory

MapleStory continues to expand in North America as one of the fastest growing massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG).  Averaging 45,000 new registered users a week, the award-winning game is known for its robust and active community with the ability to personalize game characters in endless combinations. Filled with vibrant backgrounds and charming characters, players interact with each other online through chatting, trading, mini-games, and coordinated events. Groups of players can also ally together in parties or guilds to socialize, hunt monsters, and venture through the immersive lands on thrilling quests.

In MapleStory, players can purchase in-game apparel and accessories that enable them to create unique identities, utilizing an innovative cash shop system (microtransactions). These features are purely optional, and players can try out items prior to purchase in virtual dressing rooms, ranging from colorful outfits to fire-breathing pets.

About Nexon America

Nexon America Inc. is the North American publishing arm of Nexon Group, a pioneer of interactive entertainment software and the world's leader in massively multiplayer online games. Based in Los Angeles, Nexon America was founded in 2005 to bring the best of online entertainment to the North American audience. The company's growing library of titles includes the world famous, smash-hit franchise, MapleStory, and the new online multiplayer dance game, Audition. The foundation of all Nexon America titles is the Item Selling business model, in which users access the full game for free and can later opt to pay for game enhancements.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Hillary L. Lyons

Nexon America Inc.

(213) 820-5829

hlyons@nexon.net

Lilit Baron

Bender/Helper Impact

(310) 694-3110

lilit_baron@bhimpact.com


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