[Updated] [GMS] [Confirmed] Big Bang: 3 Updates This Winter

Update:

This. Is. Epic.

Ever since I issued my first Big Bang predictions I’ve been saying November to earlier, January the latest, December being the most likely release month. It seems I was more-or-less correct as it has been confirmed that Big Bang is coming to Global MapleStory in a series of three updates this Winter. The confirmed came at the GDC when mmorpg.com’s Carolyn Koh had the opportunity to check out some of the bright and shiny newness at this week’s GDC Online in Texas. Nexon calls this winter’s updates the “Big Bang” and it sounds like it’s an apt description.

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MapleStory arguably is the game that brought the concept of the free-to-play, micro-transaction business model of MMOs to the USA. It made game execs sit up and pay attention because of its unprecedented success. MapleStory has grown from four classes and a single zone when they launched in May of 2005 to the 13 classes of today. The game has undergone a total of 50 content updates – all free. MapleStory’s success can be attributed to the ease of play, that the game is totally free to play (despite the grind), the pop culture elements and the “push a button, get an action” reward type game mechanics.

At this point in time, with a massive world and over 40,000 quests, they turned to their players and polled them, asking what they wanted to see / get in MapleStory next. To their surprise, the overwhelming response was for changes to the core game. Players wanted their beloved game updated to 2010 graphical and usability standards. Understandably, as MapleStory grew and aged, the graphics became dated, the UI got crowded with new features that were added over the years and players wanted less grind. To the players surprise probably, Nexon complied.

So for the most exciting update to the game, Nexon presented “The Big Bang” at GDC Online 2010 in Austin. They have refined, redone, basically overhauled the core game, improved the graphics and halved the grind. Yes, you read that right: Halved the grind.

“We have so much content,” said Producer Crystin Cox, “that many players just have not gone through it yet. They love the game and wanted improvements rather than new things.”

The MapleStory Big Bang will be rolled out in three separate updates over the winter, complete with story and events. The Black Mage has unleashed his evil on Maple World and it will never be the same again. Can the heroes of Maple World prevail against this evil? Will they battle the Black Mage himself? Without spoiling anything, Cyrstin would only say that players will be playing through this apocalyptic event over the winter.

Nexon being Nexon could not resist releasing three new classes with this coming update though, and they form the resistance (against the Black Mage) in the town of Elsteam – a steampunk themed town. Happy-happy-Black-Mage-Joy on the surface, resistance fighters underground. As the first town built with the new graphics, it really looked sharp. The three classes are Battle-Mage, Wild Hunter and Mechanic.

The Battle-Mage plays a defensive role in a party with battle auras but has a pet which he can call on to assist him, and this allows the Battle-Mage to play solo, an essential ability of all classes in MapleStory.

The Wild Hunter is a mounted class and is a ranged damage dealer. This is the only class that can fight mounted as he uses the abilities of his mount and calls upon animal companions to assist him.

The Mechanic uses mechs. He has four different mechs to choose from and we watched as he wielded his flame thrower on a variety of mobs. From comments made at the media presentation, it was quite obvious that we unanimously thought this class the coolest.

MapleStory was always the epitome of “cute” but with The Big Bang! the graphics have a painted effect that gives it a 3-D feel although it remains a 2-D side-scroller and platformer. Backgrounds fade back, important elements pop and foreground elements such as environmental effects like mist and vegetation float in front of your character. The resolution has also been increased (from the original 800 x 600) so players can scale the game for larger monitors.

The Big Bang is really a total game overhaul. The list of improvements is long and includes a revamped class and skill system, a better and easier to use partying system, scaling dungeons for a wider range of levels, improved map and quest paths, and an improved UI sytem. Taking out the grind is big. The level cap remains at 200, but as the game really takes off at around level 30, Nexon wants to get players there quickly. Is this the ultimate wish come true for MapleStory players? I’m sure they are waiting with bated breath for the winter updates. After all, how often does a complete overhaul like this happen for an MMO?

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Posted on October 8, 2010, in Global MapleStory, Nexon America, Prediction, Update. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. yessss, finally.
    i hoped it would be November, but i figured near christmas with nexon.
    after all, holidays= money, and money= Nx
    thanks for writing this.

    • theres 3 parts to it ,it will proboaly start in november and finish near christmas

      • I highly doubt it. I’d say it will start in December and end in January.

        • im not here to question the great msupdate ( i admire you .. ) but uhm ..
          okay, we know Nexon, but i don’t think they wil announce stuff and give us “events” about it 4 months before we get the actual content … im thinking we wil get the first patch late november, and im for 99% sure we wil get it after the halloween patch.
          so on October 26 we wil get halloween patch, then at november 24 or december the 1st we wil get the 1st big bang patch.
          then 21 days later we wil get 2nd patch , wich is x-mass + resistance , to be that is a pretty good mix, new jobs and santa, i think they can make a fun event for noobs out of this.
          and then 21 days after that we wil get the 3rd patch ..
          so okay while writing my comment i came to the conclusion that zach was right.. but dang i hope he was wrong and we wil get the jobs sooner

        • but that wouldent make any sence it would just be pure stupidness but then again this is nexon and wizet america were talking sbout

          • First of all, Nexon America is one of North America’s best publishers. People just take everything they do, even if it’s for our own good, as a bad thing.
            And his suggestions really weren’t that bad. It is possible that we’ll be getting the next update on October 26 and I’m thinking the 1st Big Bang patch in December 1. He said 21 days between the patches, but I think that’s a bit much, so I’d say 14 days between the patches. But what he said was still possible.

  2. 1/2 grind is perfect. KMS had it too easy, and I would have quit if we got those rates…

    BUT WHY IS THE BOTTOM BAR NOT CHANGED?!?!?

    • the pics were taking before the big bang update ( this is just to let ppl know what maplestory is about ) ….. the HALF exp to grind was just a comparison .. in real we wil get like a 80% off , but it sounds weird to say 80% off exp .. sayign HALF EXP TO GRIND is way more catchy … but im confused about something :
      “The Battle-Mage plays a defensive role in a party with battle auras but has a pet which he can call on to assist him”
      what PET does BaM has ?

      • im guessing they mean the reaper, which is a summon that works differently than other summons: the skill itself is a buff, and at max level i belive whenever you kill a monster there is a 20%(?) chance of a reaper showing up.
        you can have multiple reapers at the same time.
        just my guess.

        • oooh with PET i was thinking of a NX PET ….. and it has a 10% chance …. wich is really low .. to bad .. its a super good skill if it would have a 40% chance .. then it would be considerable to put points in … tobad nexon fked the skill up

  3. tobad.. i miss the dude in the trailer saying Mapluh storeh : Bik Banguh

  4. There’s still time for them to add voice. Take the Vindictus trailer. The game was announced a long time ago with this boring old trailer with no voice but then months later when E3 came around Nexon finally unveiled the trailer with voice. I’m not saying that they will release a trailer with voice, I’m just saying they could.

  5. msupdate :
    First of all, Nexon America is one of North America’s best publishers. People just take everything they do, even if it’s for our own good, as a bad thing.
    And his suggestions really weren’t that bad. It is possible that we’ll be getting the next update on October 26 and I’m thinking the 1st Big Bang patch in December 1. He said 21 days between the patches, but I think that’s a bit much, so I’d say 14 days between the patches. But what he said was still possible.

    hmm i was just thinking that if i sayd 14 days that you would say it was to soon … now don’t flame me or annything for this but KMS DID 14 days between patches, but knowing GMS they wil either delay those 14 days by adding another 7 days, or be faster to tell us : “see we are catching up with KMS guys, no need to worry”.
    i hope we wil have the full BB patch by x-mass, but i think that won’t become reality

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