“Project Bluestreak” is now well on its way to service. This as Nexon America has launched a teaser site for “The Shattering” (theshattering.gg) along with the Cliff Bleszinski founded Boss Key Productions. What exactly “The Shattering” is remains a mystery though as Bleszinski himself insists this is not the title of the production we’ve come to know as “Project Bluestreak”. Regardless, this is a very intriguing and highly anticipated teaser and more information will be unveiled in the coming days. Details will be revealed at 12pm ET each day from Monday to Wednesday with that Wednesday reveal expected to be the biggie, when the countdown on the teaser site finally reaches 0.
The partnership between Blue Streak and Nexon was announced back in July 2014. It was said then that “Bluestreak” is a free-to-play first-person arena shooter for the PC.
So popping back to life at last there’s certainly been a heck of a lot which I’ve missed out on posting about. Two of those things are Combat Arms going transatlantic and the Chinese service of Cyphers being shut down.
As of June 30 2015, Combat Arms Europe and Combat Arms America have merged into a single service managed primarily by Nexon Europe. Both Nexon Europe and Nexon America accounts can now be used to log into the game. As it’s the pre-merge European client that is being used for this unified service, previous Combat Arms America players may notice some minor differences in game content due to prior localization differences. Servers for three regions (Europe, North America, Global) are available for play. The united service seeks to bring together Combat Arms’ 7 million European users and 6 million North American users so that Nexon can “provide the best possible service to the dedicated Combat Arms community” and will be available for play in English, German, Italian, Polish and Turkish. Nexon America appears to be keeping Combat Arms present on its game portal. The English website can be accessed at http://combatarms.nexon.net/.
This merge comes as both Nexon America and Nexon Europe are running the beta testing phases of brand new first-person shooter (FPS) games. Nexon America’s Splash Damage-developed Dirty Bomb is presently in its open beta phase (http://dirtybomb.nexon.net/) while Nexon Europe prepares the next beta test for Combat Arms: Line of Sight (http://calineofsight.nexoneu.com/en/).
Meanwhile, both the Chinese and Taiwanese services of 3D multiplayer online battle area (MOBA) game Cyphers Online have been shut down. The contract period between Nexon and respective publishers Tiancity and Gamania expired and were not renewed. The title from Nexon-owned studio Neople, the developers of Dungeon Fighter Online, strove to appeal to a similar base as the global phenomenon League of Legends but has clearly failed to connect as well as anticipated. The Korean service of the game enjoyed success for a period but its community has waned in recent times.
MapleStory will be going through a content update starting on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. This update will last for approximately 7 hours during which time the game will be unavailable for play.
Pacific: April 21 @ 10pm to 5am April 22
Eastern: April 22 @ 1am to 8am
The long awaited open beta for the Neople self-published global English service of Dungeon Fighter Online was launched on March 24 and will run until April 13. This launch of a global service of the game has been long anticipated, especially so following the shutdown of the game’s North American branch by Nexon America in 2013. Neople has however admitted that the game’s performance in the West has been underwhelming but has committed to pushing forward due in large part to the passion being expressed by the game’s fans. Dungeon Fighter Online is one of the biggest grossing online games ever globally with billions of dollars in lifetime revenue and has logged a global total of over 3 million concurrent users, including over 400 million cumulative registered accounts.
Head over to the official website for more information.
Nexon Europe will launch the closed beta for multiplayer online first-person shooter Combat Arms: Line of Sight on March 31. The closed beta will run until April 2 and will be available for play only in Europe and in the languages of English, German, Spanish, Turkish and French. Driven by the powerful and versatile Unreal Engine 3, the new title will feature sharp visuals, almost unlimited and visible weapon customization and unique superhuman powers. The closed beta content will include four diverse game maps, six different game modes, seventeen unique superhuman powers and combat senses and a variety of customizable weapons. The game is developed by Seoul-based BlackSpot Entertainment and its European release is its global debut. For more information on the game and its closed beta service, check out the official website and the official Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) post. Combat Arms: Line of Sight is the fourth online first-person shooter (FPS) from Nexon Europe who has seen much success from the genre. Nexon America has no plans to launch the game in North America at this time.
Happy 2015 one and all. I wish everyone all the best for 2015 and hope that the new year will be better than the last. For those of you who, like myself, feel that due to our own shortcomings 2014 did not end up being as great as it could have been, think of this as a chance to change your approach and attitude and make the most of 2015.
On a blogging note, it’s been over two months since my last post. Even before my last post I had hardly been putting anything out. This is really for two reasons: 1. If you look back through the years at my nearly 1,250 posts you’d notice that there really is hardly anything to blog about anymore in line with what I like to blog and what this blog was created for; 2. It’s been an “interesting” last six months so life really got me in a bit of a tailspin. How will things look in 2015? Hopefully better considering that there should be a bit of a pick up in topics which I am willing to blog about and my own life is getting back firmly on track.