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Netmarble releases new mobile game ‘Stone Age’

By Kim Young-won
  • Published : Apr 20, 2016 - 15:00
  • Updated : Apr 20, 2016 - 15:00
South Korea’s leading mobile game firm Netmarble Games launched “Stone Age,” a new mobile role-playing game, on Tuesday in Seoul.

The newly released game features a fictitious, prehistoric world where people resist against industrial revolutions. It is based on a PC online game of the same title, released by Japanese game company Japan System Supply in 1999.

Netmarable Games’ new mobile role-playing game “Stone Age.” (Netmarble)

Players complete a series of quests, such as winning an one-on-one battle with monsters, hunting monsters in a group as well as collecting and upgrading animated dinosaurs, called pets.

The PC version had a total of 200 million users and was popular among Chinese game players.

“Acquiring the intellectual properties of the PC game in 2012, Netmarble has poured a lot of time and effort into creating a game that caters to the taste of global users,” said Paek Young-hoon, chief operating officer of the Seoul-based mobile game developer, at the launch event of the new game in Seoul.

The PC version of “Stone Age” was popular as players had to collect and grow dinosaur characters. Its unique playing rules, which allows two players to take turns in defending and attacking, also appealed to users, according to the firm.

“We tried to make a game as attractive as Hollywood animations, which are beloved by fans around the world,” said Choi Jeong-ho, head of Netmarble N2, a subsidiary of Netmarble Games and a developer behind the mobile game.

Netmarble Games’ mobile games “Everyone’s Marble,” “Seven Knights,” and “Knights Of Night” made the top three this week.

The company is gearing up for its initial public offering on the nation’s main bourse.

By Kim Young-won (wone0102@heraldcorp.com)