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How Netmarble transformed Solo Leveling Manhwa into an Exciting Action Role-playing game

From Kakao's Digital Comic into one of Netmarble's promising games!

You’ve probably heard about the recent early access release for the thrilling anime-inspired game, Solo Leveling: ARISE. As a devoted fan of the series myself, diving into and playing the game has been amazing. The game’s storyline mirrors the series in a way that allows you to witness the intricacies of the interactions and dialogues that come to life from the acclaimed manhwa and anime series. If you’re curious or eager to delve into the story behind how Solo Leveling started as a webtoon into a game, then you’ve landed in the perfect spot.

Netmarble unveiled the official website for Solo Leveling: ARISE in March 2023. Additionally, you can use redeem codes to unlock exclusive rewards and access important resources such as the beginner’s guidereroll guide, element guideclass guidehunter tier listartifacts guideteam composition guide, and Gacha system guide, all of which are essential for starting your adventure. My customer support guide is also here if you want to address your issues about the game. Lastly, don’t forget to read my first impressions of the game and the roadmap unveiled for 2024.

How did Solo Leveling start and gain popularity

Solo Leveling debuted its serialization on Kakao’s digital comic and fiction platform KakaoPage on July 25, 2016, before being officially published by D&C Media under their fantasy fiction label Papyrus. Over the years, since its inception in 2016, the novel has amassed a readership of 2.4 million on KakaoPage.

Solo Leveling Manhwa Cover
Image via Kakao Entertainment

In 2018, Solo Leveling leaped webtoon format, with Jang Sung-rak bringing the story to life through his dynamic illustrations. The webtoon’s premiere on Kakao’s platform further expanded its reach, drawing in a massive viewership per chapter. Its popularity transcended borders, captivating fans not only in South Korea but also in countries like the United States, China, and Indonesia, solidifying its status as a beloved series with widespread international appeal.

The webtoon adaptation of Solo Leveling, also known as Only I Level Up, began its serialization on KakaoPage on March 4, 2018, with illustrations by Jang Sung-rak. The first season of the webtoon concluded on March 19, 2020, and the second season ran from August 2020 to December 2021. D&C Media has compiled the individual chapters into nine volumes as of August 2023, and the webtoon has been licensed in English by Yen Press.

Solo Leveling Anime series and Korean drama

The Solo Leveling series has certainly skyrocketed to new heights, expanding its universe across various media formats. From January to March 2024, fans were treated to an anime series adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures. The adaptation brought the action-packed narrative to life, captivating viewers with its stunning animation and faithful adaptation of key story arcs.

Solo Leveling Anime
Image via Crunchyroll

As a fan, experiencing the series in anime form was a thrilling journey, showcasing the intense battles and character development in a visually captivating way. The success of the anime series further fueled the excitement among fans, leading to the announcement of a second season titled “Arise from the Shadow.” This continuation promises to delve deeper into the storyline, offering fans more of the thrilling world of hunters and dungeons that they’ve come to love.

But that’s not all, the Solo Leveling phenomenon doesn’t stop there. A Korean drama adaptation is currently in development, which opens up another avenue for fans to explore the rich narrative and intricate characters in a live-action format. Additionally, a spin-off webtoon titled “Solo Leveling: Ragnarok” is set to premiere in 2024, expanding the lore and introducing new elements to the series.

Overall, the series’ immense popularity has paved the way for these exciting developments, providing fans with a diverse range of content to themselves in the captivating world of Solo Leveling.

Solo Leveling: ARISE is a promising game for 2024

The Solo Leveling: ARISE action role-playing game announcement has fans buzzing with excitement, as the game is based on the popular Solo Leveling series. Imagine getting to play as Sung-Jin Woo, interacting with the game’s systems just like in the series. The game’s journey started with teasers on their website, followed by an early access launch in Canada and Thailand earlier this year. Now, the game is open for global pre-registration from Netmarble.

Solo Leveling Arise game modes
Image via Netmarble

I’ve been playing Solo Leveling: ARISE and loving every moment of it. They’ve done a fantastic job with the team compositions, classes, elements, and artifact sets, all inspired by the series. The character designs and voice acting, especially for Sung Jin-Woo and other S-rank hunters like Choi Jong-In and Baek Yoonho, are top-notch.

Even though it’s still in early access, the game has become incredibly popular worldwide. Fans are eagerly playing it, even using VPNs to access it if it’s not officially available in their country. This shows just how much love fans have for the series and the game. We recently got a sneak peek at the 2024 roadmap for Solo Leveling: ARISE during a media showcase, and the game is set for its global release in May 2024.

Final Thoughts

Solo Leveling’s evolution from a web novel to an anime, Korean drama, and action RPG game is a testament to its widespread appeal. It started on KakaoPage, gained global popularity as a webtoon, and now delights fans across different platforms. The game Solo Leveling: ARISE is particularly promising, showcasing the series’ enduring success and engaging gameplay. Overall, Solo Leveling continues to captivate audiences worldwide with its captivating story and characters.

What are your thoughts about how Solo Leveling started as a webtoon into a game? Do let us know in the comments!

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