Content Speed Comparisons: KMS, GMS, MSEA, EMS

You often see me refer to certain services of MapleStory as “the fastest updating” or “the most updated”.

Firstly, when I refer to a service’s update speed or how much content it currently has, I’m comparing the speed/amount of “storyline content”, not “additional content”. These are also two phrases that I have coined.
“Storyline content” is game content that every service of the game will get in time, expect in rare circumstances. 99% of this type of content passed through Korea MapleStory first, then was ported to other localizations. The majority of this content contributes in some way to the game’s main storyline which I call “The Tale of the Black Mage and Maple World”. Examples of this content are the many new classes we have seen, Time Temple, Big Bang, Lion King’s Castle, Leafre.

“Additional content” is content that, from update patterns among the service of the game, seem to be optional and up to each service’s development team to decide to add to the game. Most of this content did not originate in Korea MapleStory, but was developed for other services such as Global MapleStory or Japan MapleStory, and is ported to other services of the game. Examples of this are Masteria, Zipangu, The Visitors Event, Singapore and other world tour areas.

Now back to explaining what I mean by “fastest updating” and “the most updated” and why they are definitely not the same. As said before, both take into consideration the speed/amount of storyline content and not additional content.

By my estimations, the current fastest updating service of MapleStory is the European service. This surely isn’t because they’re the closest behind KMS, but it’s because of the amount of content that they get with each update and how often they update. It’s also because of how quickly they’re progressing with the main storyline and how quickly they’re catching up with more updated services. For example, even though EMS is 23 months younger than GMS and 21 months younger than MSEA, they’re receiving Big Bang just 6-7 months after GMS and just 1-2 months after MSEA. That means that overall, they’re MUCH faster updating than we are. However, the title of “fastest updating” is based upon just what is happening now, not what has happened 3 months or longer ago. Here are my rankings for how quickly services of the game are currently updating. These are just my estimations based on how much I follow MapleStory’s game updates all across the world.

1. Europe MapleStory
2. Global MapleStory
3. China MapleStory
3. Taiwan MapleStory
5. Thailand MapleStory
5. Korea MapleStory
7. Japan MapleStory
8. MapleStory South-East Asia
9. Brazil MapleStory

The most updated service has to do with the amount of content, not the speed at which content is being ported in. Therefore, it is extremely likely that Korea MapleStory will remain at the top of these charts for the rest of time that the game servers are online. This chart is becoming harder and harder to build since unlike two years ago when there was a clear pattern of what version got updates when and who got content after who, today several services are bunching together at 5-8 months after KoreaMS, and EuropeMS looks like it’s joining the party. Here are my estimations of where each service stands when it comes to amount of storyline content currently available.

1. Korea MapleStory
2. Global MapleStory
3. China MapleStory
3. Taiwan MapleStory
5. Thailand MapleStory
6. Japan MapleStory
7. MapleStory South-East Asia
8. Europe MapleStory
9. Brazil MapleStory

Now that we understand what’s meant by “fastest updating”, “most updated”, “storyline content” and “additional content”, let’s move on to what this post is really about: content speed comparisons between KMS, GMS, MSEA and EMS. Of course content has been limited to only storyline content and since I can’t list every single piece of storyline content in the game, only major storyline content.

The time out of brackets is the time taken for the service to receive the content after the service’s release. The time in brackets is the time taken for the service to receive the content after KMS got it.

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As you can see from the table, although EuropeMS is far behind GlobalMS (by about 6 months) and MapleSEA (by around 2 months), the amount of time taken for it to get content relative to its total time since launch is much less. That means that throughout its lifetime EuropeMS has been much faster updating than GlobalMS, MapleSEA AND KoreaMS and European players have nothing to complain about in either size of content updates or time between content updates.

GlobalMS and MapleSEA aren’t doing badly either. MapleSEA is really falling behind these days but GlobalMS has surely kept the update standards high by pumping in massive amounts of content every two to three months.

I would also like to produce the reasoning that has gone into my ranking of each service by most updated to least updated. Remember, this is much different from update speed. In case you have forgotten and are two lazy to scroll up, here are my rankings again:

1. Korea MapleStory
2. Global MapleStory
3. China MapleStory
3. Taiwan MapleStory
5. Thailand MapleStory
6. Japan MapleStory
7. MapleStory South-East Asia
8. Europe MapleStory
9. Brazil MapleStory

KoreaMS’s place at the top is quite obvious. They’re the original service and that’s where content originates. It isn’t likely that any service will overtake them on this list in the future.
GlobalMS is currently the only service outside of Korea with Chryse, Lion King’s Castle, the Area Boss revamp and other content. Our spot as #2 is clear also.
ChinaMS and TaiwanMS tie as they are basically at the same place in storyline content and seem to get new content in the same month.
ThaiMS was, up to 6 months ago, one of the least updated services. They have updated well recently and don’t seem to be slowing down in the near future.
Sure JapanMS was the first outside of Korea to receive the Big Bang update, but they currently lack the Ice Ravine, Chaos Bosses and other content that many other services got many months ago.
It was two years ago when MapleSEA ‘Episode 2’ was released and everyone wanted to move over to MapleSEA and said that MapleSEA would catch up with KoreaMS and run out of content and blah blah blah. Me? I knew that MapleSEA would eventually stop its string of updates. And even though their updates were big, the general public overexaggerated each one as MapleSEA was only 1-2 months earlier than GlobalMS in content. Unlike the rest of the GlobalMS community I stayed calm and had faith that Nexon America would overtake AsiaSoft in content delivery. Currently MapleSEA is struggling to even stay ahead of EuropeMS. I wonder why though. I hope MapleSEA picks up the pace soon.
EuropeMS is one of the newest services of the game (although they’re all kind of old now) so it’s understandable why its less updated than most of the others. It’s really picking up pace with its content though so it may be on par with the likes of GlobalMS, JapanMS, ChinaMS and the rest soon.
BrazilMS is really the only service that I would say is doing badly. I don’t know about their population, but if their speed of content updates is any indication, their playerbase is dead. Their last update was in December when they received the Final Job Advancement. Before that, I don’t even remember and it doesn’t seem like they’ll be getting any new updates any time soon.

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Posted on April 9, 2011, in Global MapleStory, International MapleStory, Update. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

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