Developer’s Note – MapleStory Reboot Update Introduction #2 and #3!
Two more Developer’s Notes were released, one very early today and one very recently! One covers the new 2D skeleton animations and Kinesis while the other talks about the new Reboot server.
Hello Maple users.
Today we will be talking about the introduction of 2D skeleton animations and also a bit more of the new class Kinesis which we have mentioned before.
1. 2D Skeleton Animation
SY: MapleStory’s 2D graphics are definitely part of Maple’s signature, but it does have limitations. In order to fix this, we will be updating to a new graphics engine which will allow better 2D graphics scenes.
Kobo: Hello! I’m the designer in charge of concept art, Kobo. The introduction of a new graphics engine is very exciting to a designer~
Our current sprites require many resources in order to create realistic animations and movements, and it is hard for us to make what we imagine, but with the introduction of this new graphics engine, we will be able to create more natural motions and use our character illustrations better. For example, making wind swept grass and trees, fast moving vehicles, and other moving objects. Overall, this will allow us to make movement much more vibrant.
Kobo: You can expect MapleStory’s graphic style to evolve.
Sutber: Hello. I am the designer in charge of pixel art, Sutber.
In the past, skeleton animation was used in 3D games and more recently, online games, console games, mobile games, and a variety of different platforms. With the addition of skeleton animation to MapleStory, monsters’ animations can become much more natural and vibrant.
Sutber: In addition to monsters and some of the new job’s skills, NPCs, items, and other categories of art will be able to be more visually pleasing to all the users playing MapleStory.
2. New Job
SY: When you hear Maplestory and summer, the first thing you would think of is a new job. But for the past 1 year and 6 months, we have not released any! This summer, the new job you have been waiting for is coming.
MapleStory has 35 jobs but other than their effects, their combat patterns tend to be similar and not very unique.
Taking this into consideration, rather than actually hitting enemies, the new job “Kinesis” will use the weight of objects and monsters around them to showcase an exciting battle.
Wave: Hello, this is my first time speaking with you. I’m Wave.
After the last Developers’ Note was released, many users have been curious about the new job and as many of you have guessed, the new job will use telekinesis.
Kinesis uses telekinesis to pick up or throw monsters, lift themselves up, and after collecting a certain amount of Psychic Points, they can use powerful ultimate skills which use giant objects. This will create a different play pattern than other existing jobs.
This will also be the first job which begins in Friends Story. Starting in the modern background of Friends Story then moving into the huge Maple World, we would like to give a movie-like experience to users.
This summer, armed with new skills and a new story, this new job is coming to find you.
The things we have shown today are still prototypes and we are working hard to develop them more in order to meet your high expectations.
Please look forward to it and check back tomorrow for more information about the new content.
Those animations look beautiful! I can’t wait to see what new things we’ll be getting with the new graphics engine. And the new job Kinesis sounds cool as well, starting in Friends Story is a bit weird though.
Hello, it’s SY.
Today, we will be talking about the identity of the “Reboot world” which a lot of users have wondered about.
1. Reboot World
In this summer update, the new Reboot world will be born. The Reboot world is a server focusing on the fun of an RPG’s natural growth, collecting items and becoming stronger. This is done through the removal of selling items which significantly affect strength and reducing the reliance on Cash items through mesos.
Wonky: Hello, I’m Wonky.
In the Reboot world, in order to bring back the RPG’s original fun, game play will be significantly changed. Sufficient items and money needed in the growth process will be acquired through regular gameplay. This reduces the burden of keeping track of money, allowing you to relax and enjoy the RPG. In addition, we will be simplifying enhancing equipment in order to reduce the gap between equipment items. We also want to make levelling up more fun and not just killing monsters repeatedly, so we will be making significant changes to monsters to make battling more interesting.
All trading will be blocked in the Reboot world. Currently, in MapleStory, you can buy all the equipment you need through regular trading or the auction house. Although collecting money through trading is an important factor in MMORPGs, we think it is more important to fight against monsters and collect your own equipment and items. By acquiring equipment through your own gameplay instead of through a shop, we think it will make it a more fun RPG.
Mind Reading Robot: Hello, I’m a mind reading robot.
To reduce the burden of Cash in the Reboot world, a new Cash Shop will be utilized. Because this server is designed to give you the items and money you need as you hunt and level up, there is not as much need of various item strengthening systems and thus, related Cash items will not be sold at all or will be available through mesos. Cosmetic items which do not affect game play will be sold for Cash like usual. These changes will reduce the burden of Cash items and allow you to enjoy the game whether or not you spend money on Cash.
Through the implementation of the Reboot world, we want to show our true Maple’s original intentions, and because of various limitations in existing worlds, we will do it with the Reboot world. We will continue to develop Reboot world based on these policies and listen to the opinions of users to make more changes.
Please look forward to it.
Wow, this seems like something a lot of users have been asking for! Are you guys looking forward to the Reboot world?