The teaser website is finally here. Beta is expected to come out in 2014.
You can expect me to go aboard the beta and publish the juicy info.
MapleStory and MapleStory 2 are separate games.
The difference is that the sequel will be a full 3D MMORPG offering a quarter view perspective. I want to emphasize that they are two different separate games with each game having different game mechanics and gameplay.
Both games are developed by their own separate teams. MapleStory is developed by the MS Team while MapleStory 2 is developed by the MS2 Team. Development of MapleStory will still continue when MapleStory 2 is released.
And no, you cannot transfer anything from MapleStory to MapleStory 2. The only thing that will be linked to each other will be events and such.