MOSCOW - MAY 3, 2012 - Syncopate, a leading Russian online games publisher, today revealed that the company has signed an agreement with NEXON Co., Ltd to localize and commercially release Combat Arms, the free-to-play, online First Person Shooter (FPS) that has attained global popularity since its release in 2008. The game has achieved 28,000 and 26,000 concurrent users in Europe and North America, respectively, and will be made available to Russia’s estimated 40 million gamers through GameNet, Syncopate’s social network and distribution platform for gamers.
“ Combat Arms has rightfully earned its status as one of the most popular games in the world, with a huge and diverse playerbase of passionate gamers,” said Ilya Verigin, co-Founder and CEO of Syncopate. “Now, through our partnership with NEXON, millions of Russians, who historically love both free-to-play and FPS games and have been waiting for Combat Arms with great anticipation, will be able to experience the fast-paced, world-famous action.”
“ Combat Arms has seen rapid adoption in every territory we have brought the game to,” said DongSun Kim, Live 5 Department Director of NEXON. “With Russia’s huge, ever-growing market for online games, particularly high-quality, free-to-play games, and the expertise and reputation of our partner Syncopate, we expect a very successful launch.”
Combat Arms drops players into the boots of soldiers of fortune, fighting for survival and to end the terrorist intentions of The War Corporation. Armed with an arsenal of over 100 real world weapons, players embark on missions stealing gold reserves, stopping a virus infestation, and transmitting top secret weapon plans. With diverse individuality of characters, players can create various plays and specialist characters are able to use more powerfully customized special weapons. To be the best combat soldier, players can choose suitable characters of their own.
For more information on Combat Arms please visit www.combatarms.ru ;
Syncopate is a leading Russian online game publisher introducing a brand new social network for gamers – GameNet – that enhances both the gaming experience and game to game communications. GameNet seamlessly integrates social networking and community features that extend the boundaries of online gaming. Following a major investment in 2011, Syncopate is partially owned by AR Games, a division of AR Films. Syncopate is the exclusive publisher in Russia and the CIS of internationally acclaimed hits including Combat Arms by Nexon, Blood Rites by KongZhong (NASDAQ:KONG), Magic World 2 by Shanda Games Limited (NASDAQ: GAME), Aika Online by Hanbitsoft and War Inc. Battlezone by Online Warmongers Group.
NEXON Corporation is a pioneer of interactive entertainment software and the world's leader in massively multiplayer online games (MMOG). Nexon was founded in Korea in 1994 to bring the best in online entertainment to the world and is currently headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The company services 57 online games in 104 countries. In 1996, NEXON developed the world's first graphic massively multiplayer online game (MMOG). NEXON also pioneered the microtransaction business model in 1999, in which play is free and users can purchase in-game items to enhance their gaming experience. KartRider, MapleStory, and Dungeon & Fighter are among NEXON's most popular franchises and have been played by more than 1.2 billion players worldwide.