[CAEU] Rapidly Growing Combat Arms Europe Surpasses 4 Million Players
One million new players in five months. Nexon Europe has announced that its most popular game and Europe’s most successful free-to-play shooter has surpassed 4,000,000 registered users, less than five months after the 3,000,000 player announcement. It’s no surprise, though, as Combat Arms is Nexon’s only game to be developed primarily towards Western audiences and everyone knows that core action shooter is the genre that Western players crave.
Combat Arms premiered in Korea in 2008 where it failed to impress, mostly due to the market dominance of Sudden Attack (Nexon), Special Force 2 (CJ E&M) and a few other shooters which have more than buried their roots into the Korean FPS market.
The game was then localized for its premier in the West through Nexon America where it was a success and quickly became one of the greatest free shooters.
Europe MapleStory may be a success, but that’s nothing in comparison to Combat Arms’ performance. Combat Arms Europe is Nexon Europe’s most popular game and continue to grow extremely quickly.
Most recently, Combat Arms has been ported to Brazil by Brazil MapleStory publisher Level Up! Games. It seems it has been successful and Brazil is another gaming market that favors shooters. Brazil MapleStory, by the way, closes on October 31.
The latest report which was several months ago had Combat Arms at 10 million global players, including 5,000,000 in North America. But that was when Combat Arms Europe had 3,000,000 players, so who knows what the user statistics look like now.
Combat Arms’ success in the West can not only be seen in the user statistics reported by the publishers, but also in the number of Facebook likes.
Combat Arms: 644,067
MapleStory Adventures: 529,346 + 2,866,261 monthly active users
Dragon Nest: 108,558
Dungeon Fighter Online: 67,858
Nexon Mobile: 470
Total: 2,346,552 likes + 2,866,261 monthly active users
Combat Arms: 111,000
Vindictus (which isn’t even in closed beta yet): 32,037
Nexon Europe: 8,479
Total: 182,152 (61% of likes are from Combat Arms)