Nexon axes MMO MapleStory 2

Nexon axes MMO MapleStory 2

Korean games firm Nexon has said that it will be closing its free-to-play MMO MapleStory 2 Nexon later this year.

In a post on its website, the company said that it would be shutting down servers on May 27th, 2020, with customer support ceasing a month later. MapleStory 2 launched in South Korea in 2015 before being rolled out in China during 2017. The company will be refunding purchases made between December 11th, 2019 and March 18th, 2020.

Nexon brought the MMO to the West in October 2018, attracting more than one million people playing the game in the wake of this release. We caught up with the company following this launch to discuss its strategy for MapleStore 2 in the West

"We are forever grateful for your patience and dedication to MapleStory 2 as we tried to rework the game starting with Project New Leaf, but ultimately we’ve decided that we will not be able to provide the type of service that would live up to your expectations," Nexon wrote.

"We took a hard look at the current state of the game and its future roadmap, and sadly reached the conclusion that it would be difficult to maintain long-term continuation of the game while remaining true to what made MapleStory 2 your MapleStory 2.

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