Neowiz Games

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Neowiz Games
Subsidiary
Industry Online games
Founded April 26, 2007 (2007-04-26)
Key people
Sang-Youb Lee (CEO)
Products Alliance of Valiant Arms
Bless Online
CrossFire
Pmang.com - Game Portal
Puzzle Bobble Online[1]
S4 League
Number of employees
470
Parent Neowiz
Divisions Pentavision
Neowiz Games Studio (formerly Thingsoft)
Website Neowizgames.com

Neowiz Games (Korean: 네오위즈게임즈) is an online game publisher in South Korea, with its own game portal, Pmang, publishing and servicing 41 diverse games of various genres, from sport to web board games.

Neowiz Games possesses three in-house development studios, Neowiz Games Studio, Neowiz Bless Studio and Pentavision. The former jointly developed EA Sports' FIFA Online with Electronic Arts,[2] and the latter introduced Neowiz Games to the PlayStation Portable platform with their title DJMax Portable.[3]

History[edit]

Neowiz launched Pmang rather late compared to other leading game companies in Korea, such as NCSoft or Nexon.[4] That was in August 2003, and in November the same year, the number of visitors was significant.[5] The first game serviced was Special Force, for which the beta test began in February 2004. In 2006, it had a 12 percent market share with 11 million registered users.

In June 2004, the company started the beta test of the school action adventure game Yogurting, which in December was exported to the Japanese GungHo Online Entertainment.

The following year, Neowiz entered into strategic partnership with over eight studios, including Thingsoft, which later developed Warlord and Perfect KO, and Pentavision, developer of Duel Gate and S4 League. Both later became Neowiz Games' own development studios. Thingsoft left Neowiz Games in 2010 to become an independent online game development studio.

In January 2006, Neowiz announced its entry into the Japanese game market and in February, it contracted with EA for the co-development and publishing of online games, thus marking the start of its international expansion.[6]

In 2007, Neowiz Games separated from Neowiz Corporation and became another entity, along with four other subsidiaries of Neowiz.

Neowiz Games has also run the Magic Tree program since January 2008 as part of a corporate social responsibility program.

Neowiz Games Overseas[edit]

Neowiz Games China was established in September 2007 and is located in Shanghai. Close to 20 people, Korean and Chinese, are employed in business development and online game development, mainly in graphic and design work. In Japan, Neowiz Games took over iFactory, a Japanese internet service company, in May 2003. Neowiz Japan launched Sayclub Japan to provide chat and individual "mini-homepages" and blogs. In 2006, Neowiz Japan began providing online game services, with a music rhythm action game R2Beat. In 2007, Neowiz Games and Game On, an online game company among the top three in Japan, became partners. In 2008, Neowiz Games began to operate its business through Game On. A branch office was opened in 2008 in Silicon Valley, California to service online/web based games directly to the US market, and to oversee the development business of Hidden Path Entertainment (HPE), a Bellevue, Washington based developer and a partner of Neowiz Games.

Games[edit]

First-person shooter/Third-person shooter[edit]

A.V.A[edit]

Developer: RedDuck
Genre: FPS
Alliance of Valiant Arms is a military action first-person shooter game with realistic fights. A.V.A was created by implementing Unreal Engine 3's highly advanced technology.

Battlefield Online[edit]

Developer: Neowiz Games, EA Digital Illusion CE
Genre: FPS
Battlefield Online is a military action first-person shooter game; it's a remake of Battlefield 2. Unlike Battlefield 2, Battlefield Online supports battles with a maximum of 100 players.

Black Squad[edit]

Developer: NS Studio
Genre: FPS
Black Squad is an action first-person shooter game. It was distributed using Steam early access. The game is very identical to CrossFire, but features updated graphics and ADS mechanics.

CrossFire[edit]

Developer: Smilegate
Genre: FPS
CrossFire is a military action first-person shooter game. Developed by Smilegate, a company known for its first-person shooter games, CrossFire features space for a fierce war between mercenary corporations. It provides the most basic and important characteristics of an online FPS game, including realistic hit impact, a strategic battle map and existing units and weapons. Players can fully customize their characters and enjoy the game through various modes (team match, clan match, death match and tutorial mode). Crossfire is also known for taking in account the opinions of the players since its development stage and for offering the opportunity of a ghost match with invisible enemies.

S4League[edit]

Developer: Pentavision (formerly)/Game On Studio (now) (separate S4 Team from Pentavision and merged with the Japanese team)
Genre: TPS
S4League is a sci-fi action game that combines third-person shooter gameplay with aerial acrobatics and abilities. The title of the game comes from the four 'S' words defining this game: "stylish" for the style of the game, "eSper" because it draws a supernatural world, "shooting" for the type of game and "sports" for the basic rules of this game.

RPG[2][edit]

Bless Online[edit]

Developer: Neowiz Bless Studio
Genre: Action RPG
Bless is set in a seamless fantasy world. The main story revolves around a decade-long war between two factions, the nation of Hieron and the nation of Unión. The game world is separated by different climatic zones. Players can choose their character's race and class, with race determining which faction they align with. Players can join PvP castle sieges, to advance their faction power. Winning sieges grants new quests, and resources. Faction, and race dependent role-playing scenarios are also available for players to advance their character progress.[7][8]

Warlord[edit]

Developer: Neowiz Games Studio
Genre: Action RPG
Warlord is a "1 vs. mass" hardcore slashing on a single battle field. Despite the new genre, strong initial combat impact, skills, combinations and new items are the elements of motivation, with wide scope on both Western and Eastern world views.

Sports/Racing[edit]

FIFA Online[edit]

Developer: Neowiz Games, EA Singapore
Genre: Sports
FIFA Online is an online version of FIFA using the FIFA 06 engine, released in 2006.

FIFA Online 2[edit]

Developer: Neowiz Games, EA Singapore
Genre: Sports
FIFA Online 2 is an updated version of FIFA Online, released in 2007 using the FIFA 07 engine.

Dugout Heroes[edit]

Developer: Wisecat
Genre: Sports
Dugout Heroes is an online baseball game with cute characters and detailed action and animation. The speed and realistic baseball tactics and strategies provide the same pleasure and fun as in a real game. Being the only baseball game using mouse clicks, players find it easier to control.

Mobile[edit]

Tap Sonic[edit]

Developer: Neowiz Internet
Genre:Rhythm
A spin-off of Pentavision's DJMax series, this is a similar iOS/Android game where the player slides his or her fingers to notes according to music. The game uses a in-app pay system to obtain additional songs. Unlike DJMax, however, many songs here are licensed Korean pop, with DJMax originals downloadable through in-app purchases.

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

1. A Study on Global Digital Content Industry: Game by the Korea IT Industry Promotion Agency in Korean
2. IRG Technology, Media and Telecommunications and Life Sciences Weekly Market Review Week of 18–24 March 2007

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