Free-to-play is the trend of last year; right now, the "in" thing for MMOs is to get a coveted spot in Steam's store. MapleStory
has made the move to the cool kids' table, apparently, as Nexon
announced that the title is now available through Valve's digital service
is free-to-play through the service, Nexon and Steam are offering two additional package deals for those interested in plunking down a few bucks for in-game goodies. The $9.99 starter pack includes a 30-day stat-boosting pendant, a teleport rock, a pair of megaphones, and a brown kitty pet that has a three-month lifespan. Alternatively, players may elect to buy the $4.99 value pack, which has just the teleport rock and pet.
recently released its Mutiny update, which overhauled the Pirate and Dual Blade classes and added several new "mini-dungeons."
[Source: Nexon press release]