If you’re wondering who Nexon is, then you have probably never heard of their flagship title, Maple Story. Maple Story is a rather unique MMORPG in that it is both side-scrolling and 2D. May sound kind of lame to some, but I must admit, I play Maple Story from time to time and have about 3 solid (> LVL 70) characters. Please don’t make fun of me.
Anyway, Nexon started developing a new title called Tenvi. Tenvi is in the same vein as Maple Story in that it is also side-scrolling and 2D, but it does bring a lot of cool new features to the table. The main differences are enhanced character sprites and the addition of a Guardian which follows your character around.
The game features 3 different races (each come in male or female), which can take up arms with different guardians. Here is a summary of the races:
The Andoras race most closely resembles humans. They specialize in advanced technology, so for that reason their guardian is a robot. Their robot wields swords, guns, and hammers.
The Tarie race looks very much like elves in most games. They have white skin and pointed ears. They actually transform into their guardian which is a kind of dark hero. Their skills revolve around status effecting magic.
The Silver race has brown skin and horns. Their guardian is a tamed Dragon. They also excel in magic, but unlike the Tarie, their magic is holy in nature.
The Guardians bring some unique features to the game:
- The characters can “become one” with their guardian. The Andoras rides in its robot, the Tarie transforms into its hero, and the Silver rides on its dragon.
- At level 20, when a character is one with their guardian, they gain the ability to fly.
- Both the pilot and guardian can equip different equipments which change their respective appearances
Tenvi is already open to the public in Korea, and will be entering beta-testing in Japan come August 21st. Nexon brought just about all of its titles over to North America, so we should be hearing about it soon. In the meantime I leave you with some screens to enjoy: