[GMS] MapleStory 2012: The Year In Review
Welcome to the second annual installment of The Year In Review (TYIR), a recap of the year’s highlights of updates in Global MapleStory. It has been a year filled with speedy and large content updates back-to-back. Some of the best events we’ve ever seen in the game took place this year and I certainly hope this doesn’t change for 2013. Personally I’ve been inactive in the game if you compare this year with previous years, but I expect that to change for the better in 2013.
January: Demon Slayer
The final addition of the Legends update arrived on January 11 with the revolutionary twist that no game update or maintenance was necessary to add the class to the game. That is, of course, if you disregard the inevitable two unscheduled maintenances which followed. It wasn’t just this, but the Golden Temple made a triumphant return with unlimited entry for free for the first time ever in Global MapleStory.
In addition, the Year of the Dragon update which arrived later in the month on January 19 brought our way the Evolving Ring III event as well as the Pink Zakum event.
A notable but unfortunate event which also took place in January was the ridiculous block of stability issues and downtime across all of Nexon’s games which effectively lasted from January 22 to 29. This was resolved in MapleStory only after nearly 40 hours of unscheduled maintenance. We also got terrific compensation which included 3x EXP and Maple Points so in my opinion the downtime was completely worth it.
February: Alliance Rising
OMG CWKPQ! The return of the Crimsonwood Keep Party Quest an eternity after it was removed from the game. The “slightly” less important hero class revamps, theme dungeon revamps, the new Silent Crusade and Arkarium also came this month. Some minidungeons also went through map design and monster changes.
February 2011 also saw some pretty decent Valentine’s Day events which included an interesting NPC love rectangle plot.
March: Alliance Unbound
Alliance Unbound was surely one of the most exciting updates of the year with the release of the Resistance revamp and the invasion of New Leaf City by aliens. The alien socket system also made its debut which gave players one more way of upgrading their equips (this is a change I detest). Special challenges such as Monster Carnival and the Mu Lung Dojo went through a revamp, some for the better, some of the worse. Some long overdue changes came to the Free Market and they’re pretty awesome.
The first Day of Darkness of 2012 took place on March 19 and 20. I wasn’t able to attend, but from what I heard it was a major disappointment Oh, back in the days when Days of Darkness used to be insanely fun.
Server stability issue struck again in March with over 24 hours of unscheduled maintenance time in Nexon’s attempts to solve the problems.
April: Alliance Eternal
It was finally the time for Explorers and Cygnus Knights to receive their revamps. Not only that, but Ultimate Explorers were also revamped while Nett’s Pyramid was reorganized along with the Lion King’s Castle.
Apart from Alliance Eternal, April was a pretty uneventful. No major events apart from Alliance Eternal events and no major downtime. Nexon did announce their 2011 earnings which was relatively disappointing for Nexon in comparison to what they are used to, especially Nexon America.
May: 7th Anniversary
To very important birthdays are in May. MINE and Global MapleStory’s! This had to be one of the most disappointing MapleStory anniversary in the history of MapleStory. A few new Maple equips, a few events, but nothing worth mentioning. Well the announcement of the removal of MTS is pretty big.
June 2012: Renegades
Now THIS was an update. Nexon America’s love on alien related content continued with the Regengades update in June. The exclusive Jett class was released along with many other game changes and events which kept us all busy for the early Summer. The thief class went through a super revamp, part time jobs and character cards were released. This was a truly game changing update that I really enjoyed.
July 2012: Phantom
The month of July started off on bad footing with 10 hours of unscheduled maintenance time within the first three days.
I’d say things balanced off pretty well when Phantom was launched on July 9 without too many hitches. The awesome Renegades server also made its debut. Still love the name of that world!
Then, in the midst of the usual outbreak of hacking and glitches through the game, Azwan was released. I hate Azwan.
Who really doesn’t like 2x events? 3x events make me jump for joy. But when you get two hours of 3x sandwiched between a total of two hours of 2x I’m ecstatic. That’s what we got EVERYDAY from July 27 to 31. EXP Overdrive, I’ll never forget you.
I LOVED this update. Not only were the long awaited pirate and dual blade ravamps released, but so was my beloved Red Leaf High. I just love that place 😀 :D. An extention of the Renegades coins event gave lots of people, including myself, more time to collect and purchase.
MapleStory was finally launched on Steam on August 12 and the entire month consisted of over 3 hours of unscheduled maintenance.
September: MTS Removal
The Maple Trade System (MTS) was removed from the game indefinitely on September 4. This was done during the New Dawn update which also added the Mihile class to the game.
Just a little over two weeks after New Dawn came CHAMPIONS on September 20. PvP returned in the form of the Grand Battle, the extra line of potential came out. Warriors, Mages and Bowmen were revamped and the Legends classes (Cannoneer, Demon Slayer, Mercedes) became available for creation once again for a limited time. Other game events such as the Charity: Water events took place.
Because we just couldn’t a whole month without it, 7 hours of unscheduled maintenance followed between September 21 and 30.
BEAUTY COUPONS ARE BACK!!! The Masquerade update which arrived on October 23 was filled with awesome new events to celebrate Halloween and the United States Presidential election. Quite an entertaining update. The Beauty Coupon event, Uninvited Guest PQ, Attack of the Zombies, Malady’s Secret Mission and the Presidential Election event were the events which were added to the game.
October was a successful month with a great event update and no unscheduled downtime.
November: Rise Against
While most people were either celebrating or plotting their suicides following the re-election of President Barack Obama, Nexon was hard at work preparing for the next update to hit Global shores, Rise Against. On November 15 the Resistance classes underwent a revamp which included pretty Mechanics. Chaos Pink Bean and Sakura Castle as a minidungeon were also released. The cash shop was redesigned after 7 years and best yet, RED LEAF HIGH returned!!!
And because Nexon simply couldn’t wait to take us into the revolutionary Tempest update, they gave us two updates for November.
The adjustment of job advancement levels (3rd job from 70 to 60 and 4th job from 120 to 100), the removal of secondary stat requirements from all (well, most) equips, a redesign of the free market and Tempest coin events all premiered in this update.
November was also a quiet month where unscheduled downtime is concerned.
December has hardly failed us yet. Each and every December since Global MapleStory launched has been packed with exciting and anticipated content. Even December 2007 which didn’t pack any core content consisted of some of the best Christmas events ever in MapleStory.
The incredible Luminous arrived on December 5. Additional Tempest events and holiday events like Happyville and Missing Santa were activated while several events to celebrate the launch of Luminous also came into the game.
Not too long after Luminous came Kaiser on December 16. The hyper skill system was released for the hero classes as well as Kaiser and the new powerful boss Magnus made his arrived. The Treasure Island event was also surprisingly added to the game.
We have now entered 2013 and are saying goodbye to the previous year. All of out memories of the game from last year will remain with us.
Because this song is somewhat relevant…