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Players in South Korea Lock and Load Ahead of Warface Open Beta

PC GamesThe successful growth of Crytek’s free-to-play FPS, Warface, is set to continue this week as the game enters its Open Beta phase in South Korea.

Operated across the country by leading online publisher NEXON Co. Ltd., Warface has proven a hit with South Korean players during its Closed Beta phase, and was named Best FPS at the 2012 G-Star expo by popular Korean gaming site, Inven.

“Warface is finally launching in Korea after making its Closed Beta debut in September last year,” said Jung-Bae Lee, Director of Publishing at Nexon. “We will challenge the FPS game market with the game’s unique content and strive to match the expectations of Korean gamers waiting for an authentic FPS game.”

“The popularity of free-to-play gaming in South Korea has been a source of inspiration for Crytek, and we couldn’t be more excited to see Warface entering an important new phase in the country,” said Joshua Howard, Executive Producer, Warface. “So far, the reaction to Warface from players has been extremely positive. Alongside Nexon, we look forward to sharing the game’s unique action with many more gamers across South Korea, and inviting them to enjoy the thrills and spills that have already captivated players in the Closed Beta.”

The news that Warface is entering its Open Beta phase in South Korea comes hot on the heels of the announcement that the game attracted nine million users during its first year online in Russia.

About NEXON Co., Ltd.

NEXON Co., Ltd. (“Nexon”) (3659.TO) is a worldwide leader in free-to-play online games. Founded in Korea in 1994, Nexon developed one of the world's first graphics-based massively multiplayer online games. Nexon also pioneered the concept of microtransactions and the free-to-play business model, setting a new standard in which play is free, and users have the option to purchase in-game items to enhance their experience. Nexon currently services more than 60 online games in more than 100 countries and since its founding, Nexon has generated more than 1.3 billion player registrations. The Company is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and its shares are listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

About Crytek GmbH

Crytek GmbH (“Crytek”) is an independent company at the forefront of the interactive entertainment industry, and is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of gaming by creating standout experiences for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC, mobile devices and games-as-service using their cutting-edge 3D-Game-Technology, CryENGINE®.

The company’s headquarters are in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). Crytek also has studios in Kiev (Ukraine), Budapest (Hungary), Sofia (Bulgaria), Seoul (South Korea), Nottingham (UK), Shanghai (China), Istanbul (Turkey) and Austin (USA).

Since its foundation in 1999, Crytek has consistently been recognized for excellence in its field, earning accolades such as the 2011 Develop Award for Best Independent Studio and a 2010 Red Dot Design Award. Its multi-award winning games include Far Cry®, Crysis®

(awarded best PC Game of E3 2007 and Best Technology at the 2008 Game Developers Choice Awards), Crysis Warhead® (awarded Best Graphics Technology at IGN Best of 2008

Awards), Crysis® 2 (awarded Best Shooter of E3 2010 and Gamescom 2010), Crysis® 3 and Warface (awarded Best Social/Casual/Online Game of Gamescom 2012). For more information, please visit

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