[GMS] Confirmation: Chaos This Summer!

As predicted by me, it has been confirmed in an interview by Massively.com with Crystin Cox that MapleStory Chaos (Summer), great update which are probably Lionheart Castle and Chryse (Spring) and exclusive content (6th Anniversary) are planned for MapleStory this 2011. The interview overall is great too. And, another find: The average age of Maplers is 19. I always knew it was pretty high, but thought it was more like 17. 19 is… wow.


Cataclysm? Ha! A couple chunks of earth missing here and there and a nasty footprint left on the walls of a castle? That’s not world destruction; that’s moving the furniture around! Look no further for true heart-rending, life-altering, earth-shattering, massive destruction than MapleStory‘s new update. Well, I might be pushing it a bit far, but really — it’s pretty dramatic. If you’re not familiar with the game, you either have an all-weather stone roof or this is your first visit to Massively. MapleStory boasts one of the largest playerbases in the world, despite offering more “primitive” graphics.

The game’s accessibility doesn’t mean that it has no depth. Multiple classes and tons of quests as well as a robust cash shop offer something for everyone. Throw in the fact that this recent patch updated the graphics and added a new dimension to the game, and you will understand why the servers and website were crushed after the update. Well, we decided to interview Crystin Cox from Nexon to help make sense of all the changes.

Join us past the cut to read the interview!

Massively: For those who might not be familiar with MapleStory or Big Bang, can you sum up the update?

Crystin Cox: Big Bang is a three-part, major update to MapleStory that completely revamps the game from the ground up. The first phase went live on December 7th, 2010 and contained a lot of major changes for the game as a whole. All existing classes had their skill trees revamped and rebalanced, the experience curve was drastically changed, the UI was redesigned for easier use, and the game world itself was reorganized. This part of the update was created based directly on feedback from players and contains many long awaited changes.

The second phase introduces the Resistance in the form of two new classes: the Wild Hunter, a ranged class that rides and attacks from on top a tamed jaguar; and the Battle Mage, a tough, magic-wielding class that has access to powerful buffs that help the entire party.

The third phase will complete the Resistance by adding a third class: the Mechanic. The Mechanic attacks from within an advanced mech that is capable of devastating melee and ranged attacks that often hit multiple targets at once. All three phases contain a ton of events for existing and new players along with the addition of three new worlds (servers) to the game.

You have rolled out the second part of the update just this week — how was the first part received and how is the second part being received so far?

The reaction to the first phases was very positive. Players that really know and love MapleStory could appreciate that almost every aspect of the game had been examined and rebalanced in what was almost a relaunching. Returning players in particular seem to enjoy the changes we’ve made and are finding the game much more approachable and are able to progress more consistently.

So far, the reception for phase two has been overwhelming. We’re really happy to see so many players in the game trying the new classes and enjoying the events.

Even your website was slowed down by the crush of players last week during the update. Was the response pretty much what you expected or was it more?

The response has definitely exceeded our expectations. We felt confident that Big Bang was a huge advancement for the game and that we were releasing the best version of MapleStory ever. We feel really fortunate that players are returning or trying the game for the first time now. We feel like now is the best time to get into MapleStory or introduce a friend if you’re already playing, and we’re just happy so many people seem to agree.

The Black Mage has returned, so are players going to be able to confront him? If so, what can they expect?

Fortunately for the Maple World, the Black Mage is not yet attacking Maplers openly. For now, players still need to contend with the Black Mage’s evil followers, the Black Wings, but should the Black Wings succeed in restoring the Black Mage to his former power, it will be an incredibly difficult battle. In fact, player levels are probably not high enough now to come face to face with him.

You also rolled out a “graphical update” to the game. It seems to me that now there are new graphic options, but mainly the ability to use a higher resolution — what else was changed? And are you worried about players with older or cheaper PCs not being able to run the game?

Along with the higher resolution, most backgrounds, monsters, NPCs, and maps were redrawn to add more detail and clarity to the visuals. Even with these upgrades, the game still has a very inclusive minimum spec requirement and we feel it remains accessible to most online users.

MapleStory is quietly one of the largest games in the country. What would you say to a new player, a reader from Massively for example, who wanted to try the game but worried about its “kiddie” nature?

The idea that MapleStory is a “kiddie” game is a misconception. The average age of our players is 19, and the game, while easy to get started in, is really quite deep. There are 15 classes, hundreds of skills, group play, competitive play, crafting, questing… really everything you expect from a robust MMORPG augmented by seven years of content updates. The art style is not dark, but we feel there is no age limit on the enjoyment one gets from beating up an adorable mushroom. If you enjoy ironically bent humor and pop-culture references, we think you’ll find a lot to love about MapleStory.

Lastly, how do you top this update? What can players expect in 2011?

Looking ahead to 2011, we have some very exciting updates for MapleStory. Some new zones and Party Quests are scheduled for this spring as well as some exclusive new content to celebrate Global MapleStory‘s sixth anniversary. And this summer we are looking forward to bringing Chaos to the Maple World with even more class refinements and the long awaited addition of PvP. Of course, it’s too early to give dates or details, but Big Bang is by no means the last big addition to MapleStory.

We’d like to thank Crystin for taking the time out to answer our questions, despite all the dust and rubble around her office.

Posted on December 24, 2010, in Chaos, Global MapleStory, Nexon America, Update. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. 19. How was that figure reached?
    Im thinking its greatly manipulated.

    • Why would you say that? I always knew that the average age was quite high.

      • uhm , yesterday night i came up with an explantion ; I remember reading on some forums that people had to lie about their age to sign up for MS.
        so lets say that u need to be 12 to play maplestory.
        and lets asume that 50% (called group A) of the now existing accounts are made after open beta – 1 year after open beta, and that the other 50 % (called group B) are accounts made after 1 year beta.
        lets say that group B has 25% children that lied about their age, and 25% that didnt lie (12+).
        lets say all accounts of group A are 14+ cause some people lied about their age and made their account 14 Years Old just to be safe and some really were 14 years old.
        Now add all the years that maple existed to the age of those accounts (14 + 5 = 19)
        wich makes the avrg age 19.

        Now 25% of group B lied again about their age, but lets say these 25% made their account this year and sayd they were 12.
        this means that the other 25% of group B has to be 26 to make the avrg be 19.
        KNowing that there could have past 4 years since creation of some accounts of 25% of group B , and some people are in their 40’s to compensate the difference, the avrg of group B is also 19.

        So maybe the real age of maplers is 14,15 or 16 but all we know that according to NA’s registerd accounts the avrg age “is” 19.

        • That makes a lot of sense but the percentage of people who lie about their age when registering a Nexon ID is small. It may seem like a lot of people would lie but that’s not likely.

          • I dont think its small at all think about it and think about all the troller, lies, scammers etc.
            That population is not small, its a majority.

        • Ya. My brother said he was 92 when he made his account. He was 8.

          • lol , see now thats one example on how the age could be so high, while it actualy is like 12, cause the majority of people i talk say they are areound 13 years old … now forget the fact that they could troll

        • go to school and stop playing, it is called the standard deviation, with that, you can figure out if there are outliers to pull up or down the average….

  2. In fact, player levels are probably not high enough now to come face to face with him.

    this might mean level increase ?
    at SP there was a rumor that the level cap would be incraesed .. i gues fiel sayd that whe he extracted the reorganization update for the first time … but it was later removed .. maybe there was information for it but it was so small that it wasn’t enough proof, but i think we can seriously expect a level cap increase, but that doesnt mean i like it .. i mean i havent gotten to level 100 yet !

    but if we get a level cap increase then it should be to level 240 .. then u can advance to 5th job at 180, wich would give a nice 60 levels for 5th job skils to max.
    Also 240 is max cause then all jobs have twice the level of cygnus wich are almost twice as strong till around max level compared to adventurers.

    Still i don’t like a level cap increase and i hope it never comes cause then 120 wont be an accomplisment

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