After fan feedback, Nexon states that Maplestory 2 will not be censored.
A little over a week ago we wrote about a likely possibility of Nexon’s Maplestory 2 being censored in the West. In the first closed beta test phase players found many altered files, mainly equipment icons and NPC avatars that had unexplained deviations from the original art found in the Korean version of the game. These changes were unique to the Western release, even being different from the Chinese censorship.
Fans began voicing their worries back in late June. However, Nexon has stayed silent on the issue for a long time, giving their official answer today. The confirmation took place at the game’s second closed beta phase preview Twitch stream, and in the latest producer blog. The game’s community manager Cuddles stated:
We noticed there were discussions regarding the item models of the game, with some players wondering which item models we will be using for our service. We can confirm today that our version of MapleStory 2 will be using the original versions from the Korean MapleStory 2.
While the official answer lacks explanation to why the censored files were included in the first place or what led to the final decision, it has still satisfied the Maplestory 2 community. The fans get the original, intended experience, and Nexon doesn’t have to spend money on Westernizing the art assets. Everyone wins.
For a little background on the game itself, Maplestory 2 is an upcoming MMORPG action platformer. The game is a prequel to the original title and differentiates itself by being fully 3D. It focuses on late game dungeon exploration and player customization. The game’s second closed beta phase starts today, with founder’s packs offering instant access. In the future, the title will be free-to-play, and uncensored. Maybe with a tiny exception of the red cross turning blue, as to avoid legal action from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
If you're interested in finding out more about MapleStory 2, or wish to try it for yourself when it's eventually released in the West, check out the official site for the Global version here.
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