Following a number of closed beta tests and a wildly successful period of Korean exclusivity, anticipated free-to-play MMORPG MapleStory 2 has been launched globally on both Steam and Nexon Launcher.

First appearing over three years ago as a Korea-only title, MapleStory 2 is largely a 3D version of the global phenomenon that was the original title, MapleStory. Players travel the Maple World, exploring the all-new 3D landscape littered with both new enemies and ones familiar to those who have played MapleStory. It also includes new customisation options both for characters and the world itself, reinforcing the franchise’s position as a trend-setter in embracing the creativity of players–as the press release puts it, MapleStory 2 gives “players the ability to customise everything.” This has earned the franchise a passionate cult following.

For the official global launch of MapleStory 2, there will be a number of new features added, including a level cap increase from 50 to 60, a new area to explore called Karkar Island, new high-level areas in Maple World, new Dungeons, and new sets of Epic Gear.

It will feature 9 different character classes, including the new Runeblade class, a magical swordsman who infuses his swords with the elements. Additionally, through November 8th, MapleStory 2 will include various Halloween events, themed dungeons, and new quests. There will be exclusive Halloween items and pets available, both by completing quests and by collecting and exchanging “Pumpkin Coins”.

The new Runeblade class, fusing swordsmanship with elemental powers.

The new Runeblade class, fusing swordsmanship with elemental powers.

It’s not only Halloween up until November 8th, however–there will also be limited time launch events running, including daily rewards. Daily logins will score players rewards including Maple Coins and cosmetic vouchers.

I’m not sure it’s my cup of tea, but MapleStory 2 certainly seems like a perfect little free-to-play MMORPG if you just want a cute, yet deep and highly explore-able, world where you can check in, relax, and hang out with your friends

MapleStory 2 is available globally on Steam here, for free. If you’re unsure, check out the trailer below.

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