首先，NcSoft公司推出了其在画面和音效都明显改进的新作《Blade and Soul》，这一韩国最大的网络游戏开发公司将在此次G-Star展示《Blade and Soul》试玩版，期待这款游戏可以继承《天堂》和《永恒之塔》的佳绩。
另外，韩国盈利额排名第一的网络游戏公司Nexon则将在此次G-Star上首次公布游戏《Blood of Three Kingdoms》。而WeMade Entertainment则将揭开其开发了5年的游戏“NED”。
The largest game trade show in the world’s most avid gaming country kicked off in the southeastern port city of Busan on Thursday, bringing together global online, mobile, video and social game makers and their fans, organizers said Wednesday.
The annual G-Star global game exhibition will run for four days with a record number of more than 200 companies participating, according to the Korea Creative Content Agency.
The six-year-old show is expected to present a multifaceted and dynamic picture of the game industry at home and overseas, from established and still popular PC games to up-and-coming players in emerging mobile and social games.
Korea’s top online game makers are expected to steal the show at G-Star as their long-awaited blockbusters in the popular genre of massively multiplayer online role-playing games will greet gamers.
Computer graphics and sound have made another step forward in “Blade and Soul” by NC Soft Corp., Korea’s biggest online game maker listed on the Seoul bourse. At G-Star, the company will showcase a beta version of the title, which it expects will inherit the success of its “Lineage” series and “Aion.”
Hangame, a game unit under Korea’s Internet titan NHN Corp., is presenting “Tera” after more than four years of development and 40 billion won ($35.5 million) in investment.
Nexon Corp., the country’s largest online game maker by revenue, will debut “Blood of Three Kingdoms” while WeMade Entertainment Co. will unveil “NED,” an expected blockbuster that it has put five years into developing.
Visitors crowd the G-Star global game exhibition in Busan on Thursday. (Yonhap News)
Though Korean gamers have shown a keen appetite for online gaming, console game makers will also share the spotlight at this year’s G-Star. Two global console game giants that have shunned the Korean game fair in recent years are making a splashy comeback with their hands-free gaming systems, hoping to promote new products before the December holiday season.
Japan-based Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., which has been conspicuously absent in the last four years, will present its PlayStation Move, a motion-sensing game controller, as well as 3D games.
U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp., which skipped the fair last year, is using the occasion to make a domestic debut of its hands-free Kinect gaming system, which the company hopes to sell 5 million units of globally by year’s end.
Joining well-established online PC games and console games this year are up-and-coming players in the emerging mobile game sector, which will take on the G-Star stage for the first time this year. Some PC game developers are set to launch mobile and tablet PC applications to take advantage of the increasing amount of time people spend on mobile gadgets.
Audiences who visit Nexon’s booth will get to try out “2012: Seoul,” which the company claims is the country’s first game available on multiple platforms, from PCs to smartphones. The title’s iPhone and iPad versions will be available at G-Star and applications for Android-based gadgets will be released in the future, it said. Nexon will release the iPhone version of its popular online game “Kartrider” at the fair as well.
Overseas developers of social games, a new field of games that are played and shared online through social networks like Facebook.com, will seek to make the genre more familiar to Korean gamers.
Zynga Game Network Inc., the largest maker of social games on Facebook, Playfish Inc. and Playdom Inc., is among a drove of social game developers scheduled to attend the fair seeking local business partners, the Korea Creative Content Agency said. (Source：Yonhap News)