Why One Developer Added Marriage To Their MMORPG

By Spencer . April 10, 2014 . 5:39pm

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The core of any MMORPG, whether it’s free to play or uses paid subscriptions, is community. While loot can be a lure, if you don’t have a friend to fight with you it becomes a grind. When communities form so do personal bonds and some players like to take it a leap further with an online wedding.

 

In Maplestory players used to collect items to forge rings, now you can purchase an item to propose with. Ragnarok Online requires a huge chunk of zeny (the game’s currency) before you can tie a virtual knot. Elsword from KOG Games recently added a wedding system. Curious about how online marriages work, we asked KOG Games why they added couple and marriage options to their game.

 

Elsword didn’t originally have a couple or marriage system. Why was this added into the game?

 

Unlike most other free-to-play online PC games, Elsword has a very devoted community. And, we’ve noticed that many heartfelt connections are shared among players in-game. Players not only enjoy playing the game itself, but they have fun just interacting with each other as well. For this very reason, we implemented features that enhance in-game experience for friends, guild-mates and eventually, couples; incentivizing in-game camaraderie. Launched with this same principle in mind, the Wedding System allows a whole new way for players to connect with each other in-game. KOG constantly thinks about more ways for players to enjoy the game.

 

In the past, many requests have been made by players around the globe to add this type of system. Finally, we decided it was a good time to include it in the game, in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Players have to purchase Couple Rings to become a couple and then a wedding package to get married.

 

 

What’s interesting is there are benefits to being a couple in-game. Players get bonus items and a couple skill that recovers HP/MP. Why were bonuses given to couples?

 

The Wedding System is made up of several parts, and each part has its own benefit. The Couple Application, Proposal, Wedding Hall, Wedding Attire, and of course the Wedding Skills are all parts of the Wedding System experience. We also provide bonus items to use and other perks throughout the Wedding System process. Additionally, special events such as Anniversaries and even a “Pet Nickname” for your significant other are bonuses that encourage players to stay in “long-term” relationships. This unique, in-game experience provides players the opportunity to create a virtual romantic relationship.

 

And there are even further benefits to being married. Why did the Elsword team decide to add another level to companionship? It looks like there’s a lot of boosts players will miss out on if they’re not married. Do any of these buffs carry over in PvP?

 

When you take your Elsword relationship to the next step, get married, and stay together as a couple, the skills of both players upgrade over time. Since character skills are very important in Elsword, it is beneficial to use the Wedding System to your advantage. We hope that players, who haven’t yet used the Wedding System, don’t miss out on the chance to utilize this feature. Unfortunately, Couple Skills and Wedding Skills don’t carry over into PvP.

 

In South Korea, it’s quite common for couples to game together. I remember visiting some PC bangs (net cafes) that had a small loveseat in front of two PCs seemingly designed for couples. Can you tell us more about how the couple system has been utilized in North America?

 

It is true that when compared to most other countries, real-life couples commonly play games together in Korea. Keeping that same idea in mind, we hope to utilize the Elsword Couple/Wedding System in North America so that real-life couples can play together. As well, we want to give those players who aren’t in a relationship the opportunity to meet another player online and become a couple in-game. In this case, the game plays a role in bringing those people together. Playing games together provides many players the opportunity to meet new friends and other people with similar interests. I hope there are many users in North America that become real-life couples and make great friends while playing Elsword.

 

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Do you have any stats on how many people accept love confessions? What’s the rejection rate?  

 

We’ve gathered some figures about how many Couple or Wedding proposals are accepted vs. rejected, but we’ve learned that they’re not an accurate indication overall. So, we’ll keep it off the record for now.

 

Any update on how is Fighter’s Club is doing?

 

The development for Fighter’s Club is going well. In fact, a new character Carmen was added recently. Closed Beta was successful in Taiwan and there was some great player feedback. We hope to bring and share the same fun and excitement with the North American audience soon.

 

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  • Firion Hope

    I think those types of systems are cute, I like em

  • KuroNathan

    reminds me of RO’s marriage system, ah that was nice.

    On a side note all opposite sex couples can get married except elsword and elise, lol.

    • Ni ~Algidus~

      wait for the “there is no way that my little brother can be this cute” update

      • KuroNathan

        Surprise Elsword! You’re adopted!

  • OtoriGolden

    Couples gaming in a loveseat sounds like the most romantic thing ever.

  • Chaos_Knight

    …and then you find out your wife is actually a dude in real life.

    • Ni ~Algidus~

      MMORPG
      Many Men Online Rolling Playing as Girls

      • Ecchi Pantsu

        Girl
        Guy in real life

      • http://amc9988.deviantart.com/ amc99

        Many Men Online Role Playing as Girls
        Fixed

    • Firekitty

      And that’s why I don’t care for systems like this. They usually seem to only allow heterosexual couples… based on your in-game gender, completely ignoring how many people play as the opposite gender for the eye candy factor.

      • KuroNathan

        Yuuuup I always make a female char cause if I’m going to be staring at the butt of a person for hours on end, it might as well be eye candy. I met this girl who was playing as a guy in one of my MMORPGs and we used to “date” over skype, it was nerdy as hell but it was nice

        • Loli Summoner

          ” If I’m going to be staring at the butt of a person for hours on end, it might as well be eye candy”

          One of the most dumbest and most overused excuse guy’s use because they play a female character in a mmo.
          WHY are you even staring at your character ASS!? Just admit you like playing a girl in a mmo cuz shes cute or whatever reason you might have.

          • Firekitty

            ‘Just admit you like playing a girl in a mmo cuz shes cute or whatever reason you might have’

            That…is exactly what people mean when they say that? Except it’s funnier the way Kuro said it, and most people realize that games are supposed to be fun.

            Also, I’m female and usually play male characters for exactly the same reason? If I’m going to be spending untold hours playing what boils down to a really fancy dress-up game, I’d damn well better enjoy looking at the character I’m dressing up.

          • Loli Summoner

            You know the point of what I said was. Just don’t make excuses on why you play the opposite gender right?

            Like it’s cool you do it because “eye candy” Buuut ya don’t gotta lie and say “I don’t wanna stare at…” you get my point lol.

          • Firekitty

            I don’t really see how ‘I want to look at a cute [insert prefered gender]‘ any different from ‘I DON’T want to look at a [insert non-prefered gender]‘?

            Personally, I usually avoid female characters in MMOs because I don’t want to look at a woman dressed like a stripper for all those hours, when their male equivalents are actually wearing sensible armor. Or in the case of stuff like Tera, where the male armor (At least for castanics!) is just as stripperific as the female gear, ‘when I can be looking at a man dressed like a stripper’.

            Either way, all of this is opinion, so I don’t really see where the lie is…I just see people like you getting overly excited about something silly.

          • Loli Summoner

            Why are you getting so defensive? seems like you’re the one who is getting overly excited really….Anyway. Lets not turn this to a argument my dear, this topic is not even that serious.

          • Mind0105A

            I play male/female character depending on Idea/mood.

        • Firekitty

          Lucky you, finding someone compatible like that!

          I actually ended up turning down a guy I was considering going out with IRL, because we started playing an MMO together and he flipped out that I made a male character. It was really funny at first, but after about two weeks of constant ‘jokes’ about me wanting to be a dude…>_>

  • NightzeroAX

    I’m actually playing the Taiwanese version of Fighters Club. Pretty cool game. Too bad KC is taking too long to release it though.

  • Overlord Val

    For roleplay & gay ppl…

  • Ni ~Algidus~

    these wedding and couple system are really welcome in my book. gotta love extra status/status boost.
    In GC the extra exp were really helpful during season 2 because the exp rate was really shitty when you achived lvl 40 onwards

    Also never forget kids

    http://moesucks.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/sao-0101.jpg
    http://moesucks.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/sao-0102.jpg

    >Fighter’s Club

    jesus i remember when this game got announced years ago and i was really hyped to play it. damn you kog now i feel really old in internet-years

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Kaleido-Ruby

      I disabled the profanity filterrrr…

      Have fun with thaaaat…~

      • Ni ~Algidus~

        The amount of profanity that I have read in the Party chat of vanilla priston tale is no joke. RO and GC had some 16.5 lvl stuff wrinting on the room/party chat even with the forever-on profanity filter.

        i’ll never forget a pm that a dancer had send to me during a grind season in nifelheim, NEVAH

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Kaleido-Ruby

          I was actually referring to the first episode of SAO Abridged but this works.

      • Tu’Ron Wolf Jamison

        Whenever someone types “Have fun with that” I ALWAYS read it in that guy’s voice. I think I’m one of the few who caught this just by reading it. XD

        Also, Grand Chase censored the word Maplestory for the LOONNNGGGEESSSTTT time. I think it still is bleeped out. XD

    • Mind0105A

      As soon as I read about it, that was in my mind. This image from SAO.

  • MiyuEinzbern

    When KOG decides to add same-sex marriage, maybe I’ll return to play for Rena X Eve.

  • Vash bane

    RP’s nuff said lol

  • John Lawson

    RO did a marriage system years ago, and children

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