MMO brawler begins open beta.
LOS ANGELES – November 20, 2008 – Nexon America Inc. ( http://www.nexon.net), a world leader in massively multiplayer online (MMO) games, today announced it has partnered with IGN’s popular game download site FilePlanet ( http://www.fileplanet.com) to launch the latest closed beta test for Sugar Rush, a new online multiplayer fighting game from Nexon’s North American development studio. The closed beta test begins November 20 and concludes December 4. A limited number of keys to access the Sugar Rush closed beta are available through FilePlanet on a first-come basis.
Users can sign-up and download the game for free at FilePlanet beginning on November 20. Players must hold a valid FilePlanet account and obtain a Sugar Rush activation code from http://www.fileplanet.com. Players must download the game from the site then visit http://sugarrush.nexon.net to activate their Nexon account with the FilePlanet code. Testers must also have a valid Nexon Passport to access the beta. Passports are available at http://www.nexon.net, where users can sign up for free.
Sugar Rush unites combatants in the City of Bashew, an extraordinary world where a school girl carrying a baseball bat is as dangerous as a hulking tough guy swinging a giant salmon. Players battle in various combat arenas to collect “spark,” a vital source of energy, to win trophies and improve their rank in the game. Players can choose from three character classes - brawlers, ninjas or morphs - and customize each class with different weapons, clothes and physical features.
Scheduled to debut in early 2009, Sugar Rush is the first title by Nexon Publishing North America and is created specifically for a North American audience. It was developed by Klei Entertainment, an independent company working in-house with Nexon that is known for building high-quality innovative online games.
“Sugar Rush is a landmark game for both Nexon America and the American gamer,” said Min Kim, vice president of marketing of Nexon America. “Sugar Rush is the first North America developed game launched by Nexon and represents our first attempt to join the item selling business model with Western sensibilities. Sugar Rush will have mass appeal for both casual and hardcore gamers alike.”
About Nexon America Inc.
Nexon America Inc. is the North American operations and publishing arm of Nexon Group, a pioneer of interactive entertainment software and the world’s leader in massively multiplayer online games. Based in Los Angeles, Nexon America was founded in 2005 to bring the best of online entertainment to the North American audience. The company’s growing library of titles includes the world famous franchise MapleStory, the online multiplayer dance game, Audition, the new fantasy life of Mabinogi, the fast-paced, first-person shooter Combat Arms and the explosive multiplayer fighting game, Sugar Rush. The foundation of all Nexon America titles is the Item Selling business model, in which users access the full game for free and can later opt to pay for game enhancements.
About Nexon Publishing North America
Nexon Publishing North America is the first North American development studio for Nexon Group, a pioneer of interactive entertainment software and the world’s leader in massively multiplayer online games. Established in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2005, the studio is responsible for developing free-to-play online games, especially for North American audiences.
About Klei Entertainment Inc.
Klei Entertainment Inc. is an award-winning game development studio based in Vancouver, Canada. Established in 2005, Klei is best known for developing the hit title Eets, as well as helping develop the cult classic N+ for Xbox LIVE Arcade. Klei is currently partnered with Nexon Corp. as a developer of free to play online games, including the online multiplayer fighting game Sugar Rush.
Nexon America Inc.