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A History of Korean Gaming

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KRGSoft

Founded:

July 1996 (team)
March 1997 (company)

Status:

acquired by Mgame

Key People:

:
Founder, CEO (1997-2006)
:
CEO (from October 2006)

Website:

www.krgsoft.com (offline)
www.yulgang.com


Although KRG Soft hadn't been established as a company until March 1997, the founding members of "Korea & Republic of Game"1 had begun to develop their first game 8 months earlier, after meeting at the 7th game development course LG's High Media School2. After 4 months development time they released the first version of Droiyan as freeware, before starting to remake the title as a commercial work3. CEO Pak Jihun also became chairman ofthe KGCA (Korean Game Creator Association) in February 19994, a position in which he mostly struggled to fight the warez scene5. The war was lost, and KRG Soft found itself in a tight spot, reduced from seventy to seven employees6. But the company managed to surive and make its comeback as part of Korea's thriving MMO game industry.

In June 2003, Enet planned to enter the market as well and announced its intention to take over KRG Soft, but apparently those plans fell through7. The developer was eventually consumed by Mgame, its publishing partner for the wildly successfull Yulhyul Kangho Online. In Fall of 2006, CEO Pak Jihun took his leave to found an independent company that would give him creative freedom and ownership of IPs again8. He was replaced by Jeon Jinsu on October 12th, 20069. Originally he wanted to take the KRG name with him, but eventually he settled for Kkureogi (bold letters by the editor) Soft10. Kkureogi's first title, WE Online, has been launched on November 5th, 2010 but already closed less than a year later, on September 16, 201111.


Games

드로이얀 (Droiyan) - IBM PC (1996)

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

KRGSoft

Genre:

RPG

Theme:

Fantasy




드로이얀 (Droiyan) / Icarus: Sanctuary of the Gods - Windows (December 1997)

Cover

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

KRGSoft

Publisher:

EnK

Genre:

Strategy


Droiyan (Windows)

Droiyan (Windows)



드로이얀 넥스트 (Droiyan Next) - Windows (September 1998)

Cover

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

KRGSoft

Publisher:

KS Entertainment

Genre:

Beat-'em-Up
Action RPG

Theme:

Fantasy


Droiyan Next (Windows)

Droiyan Next (Windows)



드로이얀2 (Droiyan 2): Absolute Monarch - Windows (January 30, 2000)

Cover

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

KRGSoft

Publisher:

E2 Soft

Genre:

Action RPG

Theme:

Cyberpunk


Droiyan 2: Absolute Monarch (Windows)



Character Artwork


열혈강호 (Yulhyul Kangho) - Windows (June 22, 2001)

Cover

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Quick Info:

Developer:

KRGSoft

Publisher:

Sego Entertainment

Genre:

Beat-'em-Up

Theme:

Licensed
Fantasy: Far East


Yulhyul Kangho (Windows)

Yulhyul Kangho (Windows)



드로이얀온라인 (Droiyan Online) - Windows (October 12, 2001 [open beta]; April 2002)

Artwork

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

KRGSoft

Publisher:

Wizgate
Mgame

Genre:

MMORPG

Theme:

Cyberpunk


Droiyan Online (Windows)

Droiyan Online (Windows)



열혈강호온라인 (Yulhyul Kangho Online) - Windows (November 25th, 2004 [open beta])

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

KRGSoft

Publisher:

Mgame

Genre:

MMORPG

Theme:

Licensed
Fantasy: Far East




리듬앤파라다이스 (Rhythm and Paradise) - Windows (January 13th, 2011 [open beta])

Poster

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Quick Info:

Developer:

KRGSoft

Publisher:

Mgame

Genre:

Music


Rhythm and Paradise (Windows)



Unreleased Titles:

드래곤파이터 (Dragon Fighter) (1997)

졸병 이야기 (Jolbyeong Iyagi) (1998)

조선왕조실록 (Joseon Wangjo Sillok) (1998)

또또의 유령친구들 (Ttotto-ui Yuryeong Chin'gu-deul) (1998)


References
1. PC Champ 8/1998, page 220
2. PC Champ 2/1998, page 169
3. Droiyan readme file
4. PC Power Zine 4/1999, page 161
5. PC Power Zine 2/2001, page 166
6. Kyunghyang Games 9/26/2005
7. Mini Today News 6/10/2003
8. This Is Game 8/25/2006
9. This Is Game 10/12/2006
10. KBS Game: Interview with Park Jihun 6/23/2010
11. WE Online Closing Notice 9/14/2011


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