As part of a larger conversation with Gamasutra at the G* game expo in Busan, South Korea, Ragnarok Online
designer Hakkyu Kim has revealed that he is working on a new title in the same vein as the original -- though the Ragnarok
name is still owned by Gravity, which distributed the first title. He also revealed a second project of a more conventional nature.
"I’m working on two new projects," Kim said. "One is an MMORPG with a more basic structure, one character to control, but with some deeper, weirder stuff thrown in there. The other title is more niche. It’ll be a 2D cross 3D game in the Ragnarok
style. It’ll be pretty different from other games. I’m moving in both directions."
The original Ragnarok Online
was a very popular MMORPG in Korea, and one of the first Korean MMOs to make real headway in the West, with its cute pixel graphics and intuitive playstyle.
Ragnarok Online 2
, created without Kim's influence, was not nearly as well-received, and has remained in development since its Korean open beta back in May of 2007.
"Many people asked me for this –- 'Why don’t you make another Ragnarok Online
style game?'" said Kim. "But of course I was busy making Granado Espada
at the time, and maintaining that. But now that I have some time, I’m trying to do it."
"It will be more action-oriented, but still an MMORPG," he concluded. Hakkyu Kim's company, IMC Games, most recently completed Granado Espada
, known in the U.S. as Sword of the New World
, which was by turns both lauded and criticized for its complexity. The game remains profitable, and has its most solid userbase in Japan.