South Korean government agency Gyeonggi Content Agency has recently partnered with games publisher Elite Games Inc. The partnership is set to promote Southeast Asian game development with an exchange of expertise and technology between South Korea, the Philippines, and the rest of Southeast Asia.
This bilateral cooperation will open doors for both South Korean and Philippine game developers in terms of new game collaborations, invitations to trade shows in the region, and support for educational institutions that offer gaming disciplines. The same setup will also be applied to other countries in the region. The partnership's end goal is to create a unified gaming ecosystem among Southeast Asian countries.
As a first step, Elite Games will be introducing four of South Korea's mobile games to the Philippines, namely Joy Planet, Velator: Immortal Invasion, Fantasy Tales, and Next Exit. In the future, the games publisher plans to bring more titles for PC, mobile devices, and consoles. We can also expect locally-made games to be promoted in South Korea and other Southeast Asian countries.
At the Philippine-Korea Video Game Cooperation Conference held last December 1, we were given a preview of the four upcoming games:
Joy Planet allows players to create their own planet while playing through match-3 puzzle games. As you finish each puzzle, you unlock landmarks or objects you can use to decorate your planet: they can be stores, street stalls, ornaments, and more.
Velator: Immortal Invasion is a fantasy strategy RPG which allows players to customize heroes, battle others in multiple PVP modes, and join massive guild battles. It has a handy auto mode for gamers with busy lives.
Next Exit is a platformer game where the goal is to avoid all obstacles and survive through the next level. You can even create your own levels and share them online to challenge other players, a feature much like the one found in Super Mario Maker.
Fantasy Tales is an idle action RPG that allows players to progress even as the game runs in the background. In this game, players can form their own team of heroes and battle others in the arena.
These four mobile games will be officially launched early this December 2017 (no date specified).