Netmarble’s CEO, Kwon Young-sig announced on Wednesday during a press event that A3: Still Alive, the company’s latest endeavor in the game industry, will launch in Korea in March this year.
Last year December, Netmarble became the majority stockholder of Woongjin Coway, a home appliance subscription company. Since then, the game developer has been receiving investor feedback expecting that it must demonstrate better performance on its core business area of games.
Kwon claims that A3: Still Alive will create a new genre in games combining the Battle Royale game type, which is popular overseas, and multiplayer role-playing game, which is popular in Korea.
Idea Games CEO Kwon Min-kwan joined Netmarble’s CEO, Kwon Young-sig, during the presentation.
CEO Kwon Min-kwan was Project A3’s lead developer. Project A3 is a computer game which launched 17 years ago with an A3 intellectual property (A3 IP).
Kwon said A3: Still Alive took three years to produce thanks to the collective efforts of over 120 people.
However, the international launch of Netmarble’s new game was still not announced. Company officials refused to share an exact date or location for the global launch, though they said localization of the game is currently underway in China and elsewhere.
A3: Still Alive Gameplay
Battle Royale starts with ten teams, with three players each competing until only one trio remains. The game includes usual MMORPG characters such as archer, paladin, assassin, sorcerer, and berserker.A3: Still Alive moves to a parallel universe-like apocalyptic setting with Battle Royale consisting of 30 persons.
Idea Games’ Kwon said the collaboration between Netmarble’s publishing expertise and Idea Games’ unwavering resolution in the A3 IP made the creation of the game possible.
Netmarble also intends to launch several games throughout 2020.
First to launch both in the domestic and foreign market by the end of January is Magic: Mana Strike; A3: Still Alive launches in Korea in March; Koongya Catch Mind and Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross would launch in the first quarter of the year worldwide; Seven Knights 2 will launch in the second quarter here. Other games set to release this year are Stone Age mobile, Seven Knights Revolution, and Ni No Kuni.