2015 seems to be a dim and dark year for the the Korean PC MMORPG industry. for example: blade and soul. Korean game media thought it’s even harder for PC MMORPGs to succeed than reaching for the stars. According to the statistic, 23 new MMORPGs have been released in 2015 but only 5survived so far with a pretty low survival rate only at 21.7%. Moreover, no new MMORPG is in the top 10 list. Instead, all we see are those familiar old games such as League of Legends, Maplestory, Lineage etc. Korean game media Gamemeca did an annual review of how new PC MMORPGs go in South Korea in 2015. Let’s take a look at the report.On the contrary,blade and soul ,one of the south korean PC MMORPG, has survived in the hard and dim situation.
The first half of 2015
- ELOA – open beta on Jan 20 (NA version is published by Webzen, available now)
- Football Manager Online – open beta on March 12 (No NA/EU version)
- Azera – open beta on April 8 (No NA/EU version, 2nd CBT in China now)
Among them, only Hearthstone is from abroad with the rest three are all developed by Korean game companies. After ELOA entered into open beta, its best rank is in the 13th of the leaderboard, which is not bad but it only lasts for 6 months and then its rank started to decline. Football Manager Online is developed by SEGA Korean company. Though Football Manager is a famous single player game, the online version is about up to the average with a highest rank at 46 and disappeared from the charts in only 2 weeks. As for Azera, an adult MMORPG aiming for male players only stayed in the list for 11 weeks.