We’re coming to a point where there is perhaps not a single game that doesn’t have its battle royale mode. Heck, even Counter-Strike has hopped on the bandwagon and has its own battle royale now! Recently, MapleStory 2 has joined the fray. Mushking Royale, its battle royale, was announced earlier this year. While it was initially only active from July 20 to 22, the mode has since come back after the game’s full launch back on October 10.
A Look into How Far MapleStory Has Come
Back in 2003, the MMO side-scrolling free-to-play game already enjoyed immense popularity. Developed in South Korea, the game feature tons of grinding and farming which the hardcore Maplers fully embraced. However, the optimistic and colorful world with a playful aesthetic that allowed players to create their perfect avatar attracted a more casual crowd that primarily played to socialize and style their avatar. Then in 2005, the game was released to the US and became a cult classic. It ultimately changed how MMO games were perceived.
After about a decade since the original game was released to Western audiences, MapleStory 2 was released in South Korea. The game had its tables turned; marking a massive departure from the original grind fest that it was known for back then. The side-scrolling screens fell by the wayside and were promptly replaced with a fully 3D environment. For the first time in years, the franchise felt like a modern MMO with its added layer of combat maneuverability and graphics.
The extra layer of being recognized for how your avatar looks, movies and emotes is one of MapleStory 2’s biggest strengths. While its cutesy charm and inherent emphasis on styling your avatar may turn off some Western fans, users will be surprised to see how authentically social MMO can feel when each avatar shows a visual representation of the player behind the PC keyboard.
A MapleStory Battle Royale? But Why?
With the craze surrounding the battle royale genre, it’s not much of a surprise that popular games such as MapleStory 2 are integrating it in their game as well. The game has been thriving in South Korea and China for three years now; and after two beta periods for Western audiences, a global MapleStory 2 version was launched.
At this day and age, no game would be complete without a stand-alone battle royale mode. Since the aim of MapleStory 2 is to try and attract more Western gamers this year, there was a unanimous agreement that adding such a mode within the game was the best way to reach out to them. Not even MapleStory 2 is safe from the seemingly omnipotent genre, it seems.
How Does Mushking Royale Play?
The developers of MapleStory2 have made a conscious decision to keep it casual, playful, and not to mechanically intensive for players, making it easy for everyone to pick up and play the mode. The adorable battle to the death features up to 50 players battling against each other until only one winner is left standing.
Some of the features of this mode include wall climbing, jumping through obstacles, hiding in bushes, and raising a character’s strength by defeating monsters. Plus, there will be an ever-present shrinking circle, much like the other popular battle royale games like Fortnight and PUBG.
For a casual game, Mushking Royale can get surprisingly intense. Potentially unfair PvP encounters have a knack for creating that intensity and the “me against the world” allure in the battle royale genre isn’t totally lessened by adorable Mushrooms and anime aesthetics. You drop in on a hot air balloon and you can loot chests for supplies and kill mobs to strengthen your character. Best of all, if you win you’re not just going to have bragging rights, but nifty cosmetics as well!