Ys online in South Korea, fueled by microtransactions

By Spencer . March 26, 2008 . 4:04pm

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Nihon Falcom announced Ys Online around five years ago and most people probably forgot about it. The good news is Ys Online did not silently fade away. Nihon Falcom’s MMORPG is out in South Korea with 500,000 registered accounts since the game quietly launched in July 2007 in conjunction with CJ Internet Company. In November item sales began, which seems like the primary payment plan for the game.

 

No details have been disclosed about a North American release, which was part of the original announcement, at this time. Until we get more information all we can do is gaze at some screenshots of the Korean version.

 

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  • jeffx

    ah thanks. I was gonna ask you to do a little investigation on Ys Online, seeing as how you’ve been hanging out in Korea as of late. Being the huge Ys fan that I am, I was _willing_ to give this a try despite my moral objections to MMORPGs and pay-to-play “games” in general. Much like Ys Strategy however, sounds as though I’d best steer clear of this. At least I still have Ys 7 to look forward to…

  • philemon

    Looks like another Lineage 2 clone.

  • http://www.cosmosgaming.com Chris Dahlberg

    Eh that looks a little too generic for a game with the Ys license attached to it. That’s a shame.

    As for a US release, seeing how many companies localize Korean MMOs these days (just look at K2 Networks whose entire lineup consists basically of that) I wouldn’t be surprised if this makes it. However, I believe Konami owns the rights to the series in the US (correct me if that’s wrong) so who knows.

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