Nexon’s chief executive Lee Jung-hun has said that the country’s largest game developer is set to break conventional boundaries of games to develop 10 “super” intellectual properties. In an online media showcase, Jung-hun said that the firm would only regress if it stuck to the gaming business as more forms of entertainment are replacing games
Enlightening his audience about how he came up with the idea, Jung-hun said that the pandemic changed his thoughts about gaming. “I have two kids who are six and three years old. When my younger child met and played with his preschool friends on Zoom, I realized that a mere online meeting tool became a game for them. This made me realize that Nexon shouldn’t just stick to games.”
Company to hire and expand
Although he didn’t divulge details of the new content, he assured the audience that he would hire over 1,000 employees, mainly comprising developers, by next year for this new venture.
Lee Jung-hun gave an insight into seven key intellectual properties that Nexon is developing – Project Magnum, Overkill, Mabinogi Mobile, Project ER, Project SF2, TalesWeaver M and Project HP.
Project HP, a medieval player vs. player brawler that gamers form quads of four to fight enemies, began its alpha test on Thursday. The computer game supports 16 vs. 16 mode where there are two sides that attack and defend until one side emerges victorious.
Project ER is another game that has created ripples in the gaming world. This game offers a warzone inside a one-server world where all users can play a role. Nexon had stated that an “unprecedented” number of personnel developed this project.
CEO Jung-hun further stated that focusing on big projects often obstructed Nexon from being vigilant and open to trying new things. “Even if there are risks, Nexon must make edgy attempts that are novel to the world. But this isn’t easy,” quipped Jung-hun.
He concluded that so far gaming companies release games that are one-sided. Nexon intends to launch raw, incomplete games and perfect them based on user feedback.