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Metin 2: Game Update Interview

Updated Thu, Dec 10, 2009 by Cody Bye

Questions by Cody “Micajah” Bye, Managing Editor
Answers by Howard He, CEO of G4Box

The arrival of free-to-play massively multiplayer games came as both a blessing and a curse to many MMO gamers. Unlike their pay-to-play brethren, the newly released free-to-play games often featured poorly translated in-game text, poorly localized gameplay, and generally outdated features. However, those free-to-play games that did feature excellent localization have done exceptionally well in North American and the European countries. Recently, Ten Ton Hammer’s Cody “Micajah” Bye sat down with Howard He, the CEO of G4Box, to talk about the upcoming release of their latest imported game, Metin 2!


Metin 2 takes place in a world similar to ancient China.

Ten Ton Hammer: For starters, could you give us a brief description of Metin 2? Why should players be interested in this game when there are so many other free to play games on the market right now?

Howard He: Metin 2 is an action MMORPG that takes place in a world that is similar to ancient China but also mixes in a little bit of traditional fantasy as well.  Our story starts out with a single unified Utopian empire where concepts such as war and illness had long been forgotten. This utopia could not last forever though, eventually small meteors (called Metin) rained down from the sky signaling the end of a dynasty.  The Metin stones held a strange power to corrupt its surroundings causing many strange monsters to appear.  The people also discovered that if the stones were harvested properly, they could possibly enhance a person’s physical and mental prowess.  Eventually, arguments over how to use the Metin stones, their origins as well as the spreading corruption caused the Empire to split into three distinct kingdoms.  At this juncture in time, each kingdom is struggling for their survival: the occupants are constantly fighting off the corruption of the Metin stones as well as waging battles with the other 2 kingdoms.  The main objective of each kingdom is to unify the three kingdoms under their rule as well as to study and fight off the Metin stones.

Our game has some very unique features (on top of standard MMORPG features) that are simply not available in many other games.  We believe that players should have more influence over the game that they play in.  For example, every month, there is a large scale war that takes place involving the players in the three nations.  The winning kingdom will then earn their entire kingdom a bonus such as higher drop rates on items for a week.  Also, we have recently implemented an election system where people may vote for a king every month to 2 months.  Even the winner of contests such as a screenshot contest on our forums, will earn the winner’s kingdom a reward (as well as a special prize for the individual).

Ten Ton Hammer: Imported games are notorious for not giving players many options when they’re creating their character? What kind of options does Metin 2 give players in regards to their class, race, and appearance?

He: When you create a character, you have 4 classes to choose from.  Each class has both a male and female avatar.  In addition, each avatar has 2 costumes that they can choose from.  Once in the game, there are a wide variety of armors and costumes, as well as hair styles and hair dyes for our players to choose from.

Ten Ton Hammer: You currently have four classes available to players initially entering the game. Can you describe these classes for our readers? Will players learn any alternate classes as they advance and become more powerful?

He: There are four main classes available when entering the game.  After reaching level 5, each of the classes has 2 sub classes.  Each of the 2 subtypes has 5-6 different skills that they can master.  As a player’s character advances, additional skills become available to learn, such as horse riding skills and leadership skills.

Assassin

Assassins are the master of daggers and bows. Only the rarest minds and bodies can survive the brutal training. Their great skills can change the tide of a battle. They are a lightly armored melee class. They have the highest agility between all the classes but their defense is low.

Sura

Suras are infused with demonic power that is channeled though their arms. The source of their power is unknown and unpredictable. They rarely trust people and make few friends. They are often driven by an insatiable desire for more power.

Warrior

Warriors have a sharp sword and a thick shield. They are proud and charismatic, gathering allies and followers around them. No one dares to spite them. They use cold steel and a blazing spirit to bring tranquility to the world. However, magic is their weakness.

Mage

Mages wield the elements of nature to destroy or neutralize their enemies. They are said to be the descendants of the gods and blessed with unearthly beauty. They are mysterious, knowledgeable and well-spoken. Their presence in a battle can make an army tremble in fear. Their weaknesses are poor melee capability and low hit points.

PvP is an integral part of Metin 2.

Ten Ton Hammer: Many imported MMORPGs fall into the trap of “being too much of a grind” or having poorly translated dialogue. How are you avoiding this in Metin 2?

He: Well, we wouldn’t say it is just imported MMORPGs that are “too much of a grind”, a lot of MMORPGs are like that in nature.  In Metin 2, we offer a variety of diversions that will to help alleviate this feeling.  If a player gets tired of leveling up, there are many events such as the national war, the OX event (our weekly quiz event) and fishing contests that they may participate in.  On any given day, there will be one or more special events running.  We are also always adding in new events, so that things will not seem so “routine”.

Ten Ton Hammer: How long has Metin 2 been available in Asia? Will the Metin 2 client in the U.S. be up to date with the overseas version?

He: While Metin 2 has already been running in Asia for several years, the Metin 2 US client will be updated (as the US server becomes more mature) to the current version of Metin 2 in Asia.

Ten Ton Hammer: Does PvP combat play a large part of Metin 2? How is PvP organized? Do players receive any sort of rewards?

He: Yes, PvP is an integral part of the game, though it is not necessary for players to participate in it to advance their characters.   There are 3 main areas where PvP occurs:

PvP can occur almost anywhere in the world, with the exception of a couple of safe zones within some of the major cities.   If players manage to kill other players that are ‘criminals’, then they will have a chance to loot some of the other players items.

Also, PvP can occur when one guild sends a guild war invitation to another.  If both guilds accept, then both guilds will be teleported to an arena where they will fight each other.  The winning team will earn points to spend on ‘guild skills’.

Another facet of PvP in Metin 2 is the National wars.  These wars put the players of all three nations against each other.  Anyone that speaks to the proper NPC and are above a certain level may participate.  The national war may have objectives like ‘destroy a beacon’ or ‘kill the opposing army’.  Rewards for these events include rare items, as well as a kingdom bonus.

Ten Ton Hammer: On your website there is a “King Election” button. Will players be able to serve as Kings or Queens? What does this mean?

He: Once every month or two, our player base has the opportunity to elect a player to become the King or Queen for their nation.  A Monarch has the power to change the tides of a battle single handedly.  The player that is elected as king or queen receives special armor that identifies their status as well as special powers that can affect their entire nation.  These powers are not without a cost though, the powers use funds from the national treasury which is built through the sale of items (taxes).

Ten Ton Hammer: What sort of high-end content is there for players? Will they participate in raids?

He: One of our end game features is a tower with 9 floors.  Each floor has a different objective to gain access to the next.  For example, the objective of one of the floors is to clear the floor of mobs, another is to find a certain object, another is to take down a certain target.  When players reach the 6th floor they will reach a special blacksmith that will help to upgrade a player’s items.  When players reach the 9th floor, there is a boss that requires the work of 10-15 strong players to work together to defeat.  This boss will drop some of the strongest items in the game.

Ten Ton Hammer: Finally, what kinds of items are available for players to buy in the item mall? Can players buy better weapons than what they can find in-game? Do you sell gold and/or experience directly to players?  

He: We have a wide variety of items available that range from cosmetic, to temporary buffs, to items for married (in-game) players.  Some of the cosmetic items include changing your gender, or changing your hairstyle and a mask that allows you to do emotes.  The majority of the items come in the form of buffs that will usually help a player to temporarily gain extra experience, or gain a bonus on their chance of catching rare fish.

We do not sell weapons, gold or experience directly to players.  While there are items that enhance the drop rates, gold rates and exp rate of a player, the players will still have to go out and earn their experience like everyone else (though admittedly with less effort).

Also, many of the events that we run will reward a player with Item Mall items, so that players that don’t have access to our Item Mall will also have an opportunity to receive its benefits.


Have you had an opportunity to play Metin 2? What do you think of the game? Let us know on the forums!
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