- Nexon will build a blockchain version of its MapleStory Universe game using Polygon Supernet.
- MapleStory Universe will have NFTs integrated with various functionality.
- There’s no timeline given on when the game will launch.
Gaming has been touted as one of the areas that crypto will drastically transform in the next few years. At the same time, critics say there hasn’t been a blockchain-based game yet worth playing.
However, this may soon change with the recently announced partnership between South Korean gaming giant Nexon and Polygon.
Nexon to Launch MapleStory NFT Universe on Polygon
Nexon tapped Polygon to launch one of its most successful games MapleStory Universe. The company will build a dedicated, application-specific Polygon Supernet to customize a blockchain to meet the complex requirements of massively online gaming.
MapleStory Universe group leader Sun-young Hwang said that Polygon is the “perfect choice” to power the MapleStory Universe ecosystem.
“We are looking forward to expanding the NFT ecosystem envisioned by MapleStory Universe by building on Polygon, the top protocol for Web3 gaming. It is the perfect choice to power the ecosystem. We will work closely with the team at Polygon Labs to develop and market the game.”
MapleStory Universe, which boasts over 180 million registered users, currently offers its users to buy and sell in-game items with its Web2 currency. However, with the integration of Polygon, players can earn and collect NFT items through gameplay to unlock various benefits or utilities across the ecosystem.
President of Polygon Labs, Ryan Wyatt said that Nexon choosing Polygon to build the blockchain version of MapleStory Universe “sends a strong message to the entire gaming industry.”
“Nexon selecting Polygon Supernets to power MapleStory Universe sends a strong message to the entire gaming industry about the future of blockchain gaming. Korea is a critical market in bringing web3 gaming to the masses, and Polygon Labs is committed to offering multiple solutions to bring their visions to market.”
On the Flipside
- Nexon gave no specific details on when it plans to release the game.
Why You Should Care
Nexon is one of the largest gaming companies in the world. For them to build on Polygon is a huge milestone for the crypto gaming industry and the players waiting for quality crypto games to play.
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