Nsquare, the development studio brought to life after Nexon became NCSoft’s single largest shareholder, has announced it has ceased development on Mabinogi II: Arena. Intended to be a sequel to the original Mabinogi, an open world MMORPG with a rather unique combat system, Mabinogi II: Arena attempted to re-envision the MMO with an updated combat system which still retaining the original’s iconic combat style.
The issues began after Nsquare revealed Mabinogi II: Arena would use instanced dungeons similar to other dungeon crawlers (including Nsquare’s own Vindictus) instead of the original’s open world design. Nsquare also chose a more realistic visual style for the sequel, which as opposed to the more cutesy cartoon style found in Mabinogi. Fans argued the change in gameplay format and visual style positioned Arena as more of a Vindictus sequel. The claim makes sense given the fact Vindictus was originally labeled “Mabinogi Heroes” and Nsquare’s reason for cancelling the title due to “current market situations” and feasibility” seem to coincide with player sentiments.