Just something I've been thinking about as of late.
Does anyone remember, or has anyone ever played Trickster Online? The North American version of many-years-running will be closing officially in the next two days: (http://trickster.gamerage.com/News/A...ment/View/6411). Some of its members are trying to band together to pitch the game to some other company/save it somehow, with one of their primary candidates being Nexon (Poor souls). It had a long and successful run -- EDIT: No it didn't! Seems I'm way out of touch with the way things were being run for that game. It's admittedly been years since I've played, so excuse my lack of connection with its current status. I was simply going by what I read on their forums. It was doing well when I played it last, many years ago.
But why is any of this relevant? Because it made me wonder, for how much longer can Maplestory continue to operate? The game is steadily headed towards its 10th anniversary. A full decade of Maplestory, a game that boasted compatibility with Windows 98. In my personal opinion, the updates are becoming uninspired and repetitive. And while I know that they make huge amounts of money off of the game, I struggle to think of many more things that they could do with it creatively.
What is your opinion? How much longer do you think that Maplestory can continue to stay online? Two years? Five years? Ten? Or will it continue on forever?