Smilegate’s impact on development will probably be most apparent in the PvP multiplayer, which supports traditional modes such as capture the flag as well as the full range of mining and crafting options. The Korean company’s flagship game is
CrossFire, a free-to
play Counter-Strike homage that has quietly amassed an active playerbase to rival that of Riot’s
League Of Legends. “Their game is being played in 80 different countries – they have the highest maximum concurrency of users,” says Radiant COO
Richard Smithies. “So there are some lessons that they can bring across.” Perfecting PvP is important, he says, if
SkySaga is to find a following in Korea, where MMOG players tend to gravitate towards competitive multiplayer earlier.