It has been a long and hard road for the Brazilian service of MapleStory since it was launched three years ago. Sadly, it has been announced that BrazilMS will shut down permanently on October 22, 2011. Nexon has decided not to renew the publishing contract with publisher Level Up! Games as Nexon is not happy with the performance and results of the game in Brazil since its launch.
BrazilMS had been closing players at a fast rate as they had not received any updates for quite a while. Their last update, which added the 4th job advancement, reached them in December 2010. Before that update, their last update was in Summer 2010. So they have only gotten one update in a year.
BrazilMS was listed as the slowest updating and least updated service of the game in my “Fastest Updating” and “Most Updated” Rankings: Q2 2011.
BrazilMS is the second service of MapleStory to close, after VietnamMS closed in September 2010.
The closure of MapleStory does not mean the death of the partnership between Level Up! Games and Nexon. It was just a few months ago that the two companies partnered to take Combat Arms to Brazil, which is good.
It’s all over. The cheerful water balloon fights are all gone. The North American PopTag! servers have been taken offline permanently as of July 14, 2011 as the service has come to an end. I played my last game on Monday. Nexon is compensating PopTag! players quite generously.
While the PopTag! service has closed as of July 14, 2011, Nexon America remains truly grateful to our wonderful community of players. As a thank you all for your support, we are compensating NX items currently in the possession of PopTag! players. Compensation will be given on a sliding scale, based on the date of purchase:
Gachapon Super-Rare items will also be compensated based on the above policy. All compensations will be processed on July 21, 2011.
Additionally, all PopTag! players who created a character before 3/14 and logged into the game between March 14 and June 14, 2011 will have 15,000 Maple Points($15 Value) awarded to their account on July 21, 2011. If you currently have a MapleStory character, you can check your balance in the MapleStory Cash Shop. If you don’t currently have a MapleStory character, you can create one then check the Cash Shop, where your Maple Points will be waiting to give you a head start in your next adventure!
We sincerely hope you’ll enjoy many of our other great Nexon games and continue to be part of our family.
Thank you to the PopTag! community for supporting the game. It’s been a valuable experience as we work to bring even more exciting online games to life in the future.
I still remember when I blogged about the announcement of Fantage Europe. Sadly, Fantage Europe will close on July 20, 2011.
Nexon Japan also published the Japanese service of Fantage but this was closed in 2010.
Another Nexon America game bites the dust. This one I could have seen coming, it’s PopTag!. Launched in North America on January 26, 2010, PopTag! is a casual bomberman-style MMO. PopTag! is known as ‘Crazy Arcade’ in Korea, where it was launched in 2001 as one of the world’s first free-to-play online games and spawned the massively successful ‘Crazy’ series of games, which also includes Crazy Racing Kart Rider, Crazy Shooting Bubble Fighter and Crazy Racing Air Rider.
PopTag! will close on July 14, 2011. Nexon blames “the ability to deliver new content regularly due to the limited resources we had available for the game”, along with other reasons for the closure. I say a low playerbase has a huge factor in their decision as the game has had a noticeably low active playerbase.
PopTag! is the fifth Nexon America game to have its service terminated. When that’s fifth out of just twelve total, it’s not exactly an impressive record. Come on Nexon, I could have told you that PopTag! would be unsuccessful. For a company that I know knows the Western gaming market so well, your decision to take PopTag! over to America instead of finding a hardcore game such as a shooter or action RPG baffles me. PopTag! is an awesome game, but it just doesn’t have the criteria for a successful game in America.
Now if you want a semi-casual game that will be successful, try Kart Rider.
R.I.P. PopTag! January 2010-July 2011