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Nexon will release Counterside on February 4

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Kim Jong-yul, group manager at Nexon, far left, speaks during a launch event for Counterside on Tuesday in Seocho District, southern Seoul. [NEXON]

Nexon will introduce Counterside, its first game of the year, next month. It is a mobile role playing game with a fantasy theme.

Developed by studiobside, Counterside aims to target subculture fans instead of capturing the mass market.

“The game is intended to create fandom rather than generating massive revenues,” said Kim Jong-yul, group manager at Nexon.

The official release is set for Feb. 4 after a beta test proved popular.

“The slots for the test run were fully taken in only one day,” said Park Sang-yeon, director at studiobside.

Counterside tells a story of a battle between the real world called “Normal Side” and the opposing realm “Counter Side.”

The release of the game is in line with Nexon’s deepening relations with studiobside.

In 2018, the gaming company announced that it had made a strategic investment in the developer, which was founded the previous year.

Industry insiders say that Counterside will likely compete with Arknights, a fantasy-themed RPG mobile game.

China’s Yostar Games published Arknights after being developed by Shanghai-based HyperGryph.

Nexon vice president Kim Hyun said that the company plans to release a series of new games this year.

“On top of the games developed and owned by Nexon, we will introduce a number of new releases, which will help us have a competitive edge, as was the case with V4,” he said in a press event held in southern Seoul.

V4 is a massively multiplayer online-role playing game (Mmorpg) released last year. It captured top spots in Google and Apple’s app stores.

BY PARK EUN-JEE [park.eunjee@joongang.co.kr]

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