GMS:The Visitors

On Friday, a new update exclusively for GMS was announced: The Visitors.

It sounds pretty cool–Evolving armor, new equips, npc, monsters, and the Stage System.

Quoted from the main site:


“The basic idea behind the Visitors update was to introduce some new concepts and systems to Maple World. While UFOs and extraterrestrials are interesting enough, the main focus of the update is the idea of time travel and the introduction of the stage system. Time travel creates whole new gameplay possibilities and gives the game a new fresh feel. Rather than trying to add a third dimension to a two-dimensional game, the Visitors update allows players to jump into the fourth dimension.
The Visitors is also our first update based around the idea of a story narrative that’s expressed over real time. We call this the stage system. Maplers, as in most MMORPGs, are used to stories that are ‘timeless.’ Zakum and other in-game bosses can be challenged multiple times and some storylines can be followed again and again. Time never actually moves forward. With this update, we wanted to try something new — to create one story that would be shared by all and have a beginning and an end. You and your fellow Maplers will be supporting characters that will help the protagonist, Dr. Bing, save the world. Maple World will dynamically change in real time to flow with the story progression.”

source: http://maplestory.nexon.net/News/News.aspx?boardNo=100&contentNo=008kw&pageIndex=1

This is pretty revolutionary–I don’t think many, if any, other games have an actual plot progression like that of console rpg’s.

I wonder what will happen…  I hope that this is just an extension and the current gameplay style will remain.

The release date is undisclosed, but it should either be this Wednesday or the September patch.  I must say that I am looking forward to this update.  The last, biggest update exclusive to GMS was Crimsonwood, was it not?  Look at how that turned out.  It’s now one of the best training spots from 50-100+, and Crimsonwood PQ is one of the most popular for semi-high levels.

On a side, note, I managed to get my Dual Blade to lv 68.  I’ve been gone for a week, but with the two days left, I can still get to lv 70 and get that purple mask.  I wish I could have gotten the white one though…

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