UPDATE: We’ve received an e-mail from Nexon that Ghost in the Shell won’t be debuting first in Korea but will instead go live in the other worldwide territories ahead of the worldwide rollout. A tweet from the official Nexon America account confirms this:
The net is vast & infinite & the rumors are true: Ghost in the Shell Online to debut in US, EU, LATAM & AUS in 2015! pic.twitter.com/4qEKSDkyJy
— Nexon America (@Nexon_America) April 2, 2015
Several outlets are reporting that Nexon will launch its long-awaited Ghost in the Shell Online FPS later this year — first in Korea, then in the West, including North and South America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Beta signups are expected for later this spring.
The official site is in Korean, but it does have a date range — April 8-12 — that appears to correspond with a Korean beta testing period. We’ve covered this game as best we could in the past, it’s been a hotly anticipated title for fans of the anime, and it does seem to have some pretty cool gameplay that makes use of characters’ cybernetic enhancements, but it’s a little hard to be too optimistic. It seems like it’s been in development forever, games based on popular properties often fail to live up to expectations, and… well, Nexon.
At least we’ll be able to decide for ourselves before too long if the game is worthy of our attention. I’m a fan, so I’ll definitely check it out. How about you?