Nexon plans to publish its oldest and most popular MMOs, MapleStory and KartRider, on the Facebook platform later this year. The Facebook versions of the games will be reimagined for the platform rather than direct ports. The Facebook version of MapleStory will be called MapleStory Adventure and will be a simplified RPG developed in Flash that makes use of asynchronous social elements. KartRider will be developed in Unity with mini-games available to play during loading sequences.
A version of KartRider for mobile smartphone platforms is also in development, called KartRider Rush. The game will launch on iOS later this month and then on Android later this summer. KartRider Rush will support synchronous multiplayer sessions and feature Mario Kart-like gameplay. Users can play in modes that emphasize speed or in modes with a battle-like element that involves using items. The client-based version of MapleStory is one of the oldest free-to-play MMORPGs still operating in North America, but a recent series of updated called the “Big Bang” lead to record levels of peak concurrency.
[via Inside Social Games]