You may not think it matter, but how you launch a video game from your computer matters. Sometimes, it’s just an icon on your computer screen. Sometimes, you go through a service, and sometimes, you go to a folder that has the game launcher. There’s no “wrong” way to do it as long as you get to play the game. That being said, some developers prefer to have you launch the game their way. This now includes Maple Story.
For a while now, anyone who had MapleStory downloaded could just go to the folder with the game and use the GameLauncher.exe file and simply “Direct Launch” the game. But on March 23rd, that ability will be discontinued.
Now this isn’t just some random change, they’ve actually been slowly changing the game to better suit the Nexon Launcher, which is their dedicated service for players to not only download the game, but also, get updates with no hassle or personal uploads/downloads. The team notes that a lot of MapleStory players already use Nexon Launcher, and that this change in being able to use Direct Launch will likely bring even more people to the Nexon Launcher, and thus streamline the update and download process even more.
If you haven’t downloaded the Nexon Launcher, you can do it for free here. If you need motivation to do the switch before the deadline, you’ll get rewards from the Maple Story team if you’ve logged into the game since the beginning of the year, and have switched to the Nexon Launcher. Full details are on the site.
If you don’t? That’s your call, just remember, on March 23rd, you won’t be able to use the Direct Launch option anymore. And it seems logical to reap the rewards of changing rather than be caught off guard when the option is gone.