MapleStory 2014 Summer Update – Coordinator’s Invitation~
The Coordinator’s Invitation event is over! They released information about this year’s summer update, there are three different parts which I will outline in my post! Sadly, no 5th job!
Note: I have updated the post with a lot more pictures and information, so check it out.
Everyone is starting to arrive and check in!
Dun dun dun…
Haha, there’s a wall that says “I want this!!” and people can write things they want changed/added to MapleStory on a little post-it note to put on.
Some things I’ve seen are a Resistance revamp, the removal of the 12 Link Skill limit, an actually useful Link Management skill, and Damage Skins working on Zero. Someone even asked for all Mikhails to be turned into Paladins LOL.
There’s cosplayers now, this one is Cygnus!
Finally, it’s time to go in! Only 20 minutes left until it finally starts~
Here’s the timetable for the event! Note: I am not sure what like any of this entails, and whether they’re in-game or real life events. Honestly the only time I can see that would be appropriate to announce new content would be that little block with the developers or the Q&A…
- 13:30 – 14:00: Entry and greetings, Gift balloons flying into the sky~, “I want this!!”
- 14:00 – 14:03: About the MC and event program guide
- 14:03 – 14:08: Opening performance
- 14:08 – 14:13: MC Boom Up Event, Impersonations~
- 14:13 – 14:28: MapleStory? I know it best!
- 14:28 – 14:48: About the Developer PT and Directors
- 14:48 – 15:18: Q&A
- 15:18 – 15:48: Maple Project Runway
- 15:48 – 16:08: Maple minigame event, Maple character bingo, Find the new MapleStory!! Find the wrong picture
- 16:08 – 16:15: Lucky lottery
- 16:15 – 17:15: Dinner (Blue Square catering)
- 17:15 ~: Farewell and souvenirs
Here’s the bingo game, looks like everyone will have to choose which characters to put on their board.
It finally started! The BJ is doing a medley of MapleStory BGMs now.
They’re doing the quiz now! This question for example is “What are the names of these items?”. Looks like they’re running about 20 minutes behind schedule.
“What lines are spoken at this moment in this video?” It’s from the Justice update, where Hilla says that Maple World will be in his hands soon!
One of the directors of MapleStory, Hwang Sun-young has made his appearance!
They are continuing to replace negative gameplay, balance characters, and renew older content. They also want to reduce the burden on Cash items and help create a deep sense of fun in MapleStory!
The first patch of the summer update is called Touch of the Coordinator: Star Force!
This patch will include updated maps in Minar Forest, Ludibrium Clocktower, Dead Mine, and Dragon’s Forest where fallen stars have strengthened the monsters there! These monsters give better experience and rewards than regular monsters.
It also includes the new Star Force enhancement system, which was designed to that users don’t have to rely on Cash items. Now, when you pass an enhancement, you get one more star but if you fail, you lose one star. There’s a new max stars depending on the level equip and the destruction rate has been reduced greatly.
This also includes the equipment traces system where if your item is destroyed while scrolling, you can get Equipment Traces of your item which will carry its scrolled stats and potential. If you use these Traces on an identical item, you can regain all those stats!
There will be a boss reorganization, for bosses level 100 to 140. This includes Zakum, Hilla, Easy Magnus, and Easy Van Leon as well as the addition of Easy Horntail.
They have designed it so that you can use equipment from hunting regular monsters and Star Force enhancements to be able to challenge these bosses.
New level 120 ~ 140 equipment will drop from regular monsters, and new level 110 ~ 130 equipment will drop from bosses!
Now, from level 100 to 140, you will have a variety of content and you can choose which of them to play with! There’s level appropriate bosses, Star Force maps, and some regular content as well.
Skills have been updated! The way you acquire 4th job SP has been changed slightly, and now you get all your 4th job SP from level 100 to 140. The skill UI has also been changed to allow you to put more than 1 SP into a skill at one time.
There is also a new effect when you level up and gain access to a new Hyper Skill.
This first patch will be released on July 24, with 21 jobs getting adjustments for job balancing! They want to avoid making sudden changes so they will continue to gradually change jobs.
The patch will also include reorganizations of Evolving System and the Maple Tutorial system.
Now, level 100 will be the true beginning of your Maple story!
The second patch is called Shining Star! It features better events and minigames.
Welcome to Star Planet! It is a new area where characters from all worlds can come together to participate in minigames and events, open year-long!
Existing characters simply need to press the Star Planet button to move there, and in the future, you will even be able to create a new character (after choosing the world and job) to go straight into Star Planet!
Regardless of your level or job, everyone starts off as a Newbie in Star Planet. Play minigames such as Rock Paper Scissors, Maple Marvel, One Card, Yutnori, and Typing Defense to gain Star Points and raise your rank! Challenge yourself to become the Shining Star of Star Planet!
There will be new challenges every week, which anyone can challenge regardless of Star Grade!
There’s a regular section (random challenges), celebrity section (who is most popular?), and star section (the last step to becoming a Shining Star).
You can get Star Points through the minigames I mentioned above but also through events such as Bingo with Everyone, 1:100 Rock Paper Scissors, and Lucky Lottery.
In Maple World, you gain EXP to level up but in Star Planet, your goal is to get Star Points to get your Star Grade up!
There are a variety of other fun things in Star Planet including a plaza, fitting rooms, the Shining Star Stage, a large screen and experience buffs!
Mileage will be easier than ever to get! It is no longer acquired through killing bosses, elite monsters, theme dungeons, or Monster Park. You can now only get Mileage through minigames and world events on Star Planet!
The Mileage shop will also be updated in this patch I believe.
Don’t get too excited about this poster, they’re not new jobs (otherwise they would have mentioned that!).
MapleStory has 35 different characters with 2400 different skills! Each character has different details and types of content.
MapleStory is… a game to try out new characters?!
Characters are made up of their appearance, skills, personality, and story. In this summer update, they will be renewing older characters to breathe life into their stories and balancing! 132 skills from 32 jobs will be changed to make each of them unique and fun.
They used things like Dimensional Library, Child of God Zero, the new Mushroom Kingdom, and Friends Story as examples of story content they are aiming for. They want the characters to have personality and for the story to be interesting and interactive!
They put up pictures of various characters that are currently ‘active’. What’s interesting is that Will is there! I guess Hilla wasn’t lying when she said he wouldn’t go down so easily at the end of the Zero storyline.
The third and final patch for this update will be the First Battle with the Black Mage! I’m excited for this one, it will definitely be very interesting. They will expand on the character stories of Suu and Orca.
The patch will include many things such as the story of the Commanders, high-level content, battling along with story telling, various pixel rendering techniques, a never before seen thrilling battle, new high level weapons and equipment set, job renewals, and gradually revealing the Black Mage himself.
So to summarize, on July 24, they will release the Touch of the Coordinator: Star Force update, including the new Star Force enhancement system and job balancing. This patch will also include the fallen star maps, new level 100~140 equipment, and boss changes.
On August 14, they will release the Shining Star update, with the Mileage changes and the new Star Planet event map!
Finally, in September, they will release the Black Magician’s First Battle: Orca & Suu update! Many classes (including the Resistance) will get a reorganization in this patch and there will be new content for high level characters!
The new director of MapleStory said a few things about the game. He said they think items such as Royal boxes are fun and that level 200 – 250 content is not a high priority. He also said that they weren’t initially planning on updating Aran and Evan but due to many comments from so many users, they have changed their minds.