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MapleStory announces game improvements following item manipulation controversy

Will these game improvements be enough to regain the fans' trust?

Following the recent controversy surrounding South Korean online gaming giant Nexon in which the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) fined the company 11.6 billion won (approximately $8.9 million) for allegedly misleading players in the popular game MapleStory, the game developers have unveiled a comprehensive improvements plan.

MapleStory developers apologize for mistakes and promise better changes

The most notable change is the removal of the controversial cube item, which is a probability-based product. In a YouTube video posted recently, General Director Kang Won-ki and Director Kim Chang-seop discussed the improvements and expressed regret for previous mistakes. Kang Won-ki admitted to immature judgment and mistakes and sincerely apologized to users.

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Director Kim Chang-seop promised to prevent such incidents from happening again, acknowledging the importance of rebuilding trust. He announced significant changes to MapleStory’s structure to accomplish this. Notably, the Cube item will no longer be sold, and the new Reset Potential Ability system will take its place. This system allows players to choose their ability values before using them, avoiding the negative experiences associated with the previous strengthening process.

In response to concerns about the rising value of in-game goods, the developers are speeding up responses to sensitive issues and establishing a research center with experts and professors to improve security-related technologies and account policies.

Big changes are coming to MapleStory in January 2024

The announced changes will be tested separately following the official server update on January 18, 2024. General potential ability changes will be implemented first, with further potential ability changes planned in the future. The Miracle Time event, scheduled for January 14th, will be canceled and replaced by an experience-related event, with players receiving a small compensation and apology.

General Director Kang Won-ki and Director Kim Chang-seop concluded by pledging to rebuild trust and guide MapleStory in a positive direction in the future. Players are encouraged to give feedback on the proposed changes during the testing phase.

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