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Karma – A Korean FPS That Does Everything Western Publishers Want

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For months now, Activision have been talking of an online, subscription-based Call of Duty game that they hope will eventually replicate the success of World of WarCraft. Such a title, however, has yet to be shown off publicly, with the only Call of Duty game this year being Black Ops, as Activision toil away in secret.

 

Japanese publisher, NHN, however, have been operating Karma (or “Battlefield of Karma” in Japan), a subscription-based PC first-person shooter, for over a year now and they just announced a bunch of new character and skill additions for the game.

 

Developed by Korean developer, Dragonfly, Karma is a Germany vs. Soviet Union World War II shooter with an interesting eastern touch to it, which you can make out from the promo video above. Some of the skills you can use are neat, too, such as the “Dying message” skill, which briefly displays a message pointing out the location of enemy soldiers to your teammates upon your death.

 

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And while Karma might look like a standard World War II shooter, it also has aliens. Oh, and it supports stereoscopic 3D displays. In case you’re interested in checking it out, here’s the English language version of the game.

 

So, in summary:

 

Subscription-based online service ✓

Regular content updates ✓

World War II setting ✓

Alien conspiracy ✓

Support for stereoscopic 3D ✓

 

No, really. This is from a Korean developer.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.