I went looking for KartRider this morning, but it seems to have disappeared.
A little less than a year back I ended up, due to a big colorful ad on the back of Games for Windows Magazine (which itself disappeared in April of last year) downloading and installing the Nexon free to play game KartRider.
It is (was?) a fun little racing game that my daughter and I played on and off for a couple of months.
This morning my daughter was looking at the icons on my desktop, pointed at the KartRider icon, said that we had not played that game in a while, and asked if we could give it another try.
But when I tried to launch the game, it gave an error, citing my firewall as a possible issue.
I went to the KartRider site I had bookmarked, to see if anything had changed or if I needed to download a new client and was greeted by this:
The open beta is over (oh, yeah, I forgot it was still in beta) and thank you to all the people who made it a huge success.
Eventually I found a notice on the site about the end of the open beta:
We’d like to thank our beta testers for all their hard work in testing KartRider!
The Closed Beta will come to an end on Thursday, May 31st, 2007 at 5pm (PST). We encourage you to get your last few races in!
We will announce the full launch of KartRider at a later date.
Thanks for playing!
– The KartRider Staff –
Hrmm, it has been a while since I peeked in on the game.
Still, I have to wonder how huge of a success the open beta was if they removed all mention of the game from the main US site and have let the US localized version of the game sit for more than seven months.
They still have MapleStory, Combat Arms, and a couple of other games listed on their US site, but could this be another sign (ala NCsoft) that Korean game makers aren’t able to tap the US market as effectively as they do their home market?