Gala-Net Bringing Free-to-Play Korean MMORPG Aika to North America

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Gala-Net Bringing Free-to-Play Korean MMORPG Aika to North America

by Geoff Duncan

Gala-Net is bringing the free-to-play Korean MMORPG Aika to North America - complete with player-versus player combat that can number in the thousands.


Although MMORPGS like World of Warcraft have enjoyed popularity in the North American market, Asia has long been the leading market for MMORPGs, with a dizzying variety of games and virtual worlds. Now Gala-net, a leader in bringing free-to-play online games to western markets via its gPotato site, has announced plans to bring the Korean fantasy MMORPG Aika to the North American market. Aika is published by Hanbitsoft in South Korea, and promises to feature serious player-versus-player action, ranging from dungeon groups of as few as six players all the way up to massive wars with 1,000 players on each side.

"We are delighted to work with an experienced publisher like Gala-Net, Inc.," said Hanbitsoft CEO Kee Young Kim, in a statement. "Gala-Net, Inc. has a proven track-record of successfully marketing MMORPGs in North America and we are confident that together we will make a lot of players excited about Aika."

The Aika story is set on the continent Alkan, where humans struggle against a devel called Zelka. Characters start off as children, as as they grow and learn they acquire new characteristics and abilities until it finally becomes an adult. Players can also nurture their own sprites, kind of like pets in other MMORPGS, that developer their own personalities and aid the players on their quests. Aika will offer in-game voiceovers and "dramatically stunning graphics;" the Korean version of Aika also features micro-transactions and an in-game currency.

Gala-Net hasn't announced any availability or launch date for the North American version of Aika.

The original report is here from http://news.digitaltrends.com

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