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(LEAD) Netmarble to launch BTS-themed mobile game

All Headlines 16:15 June 05, 2019

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By Kim Han-joo

SEOUL, June 5 (Yonhap) -- Netmarble Games, a South Korean mobile game developer and publisher, said Wednesday that its new, highly anticipated mobile game inspired by K-pop boy band sensation BTS will be launched later this month.

"BTS World," a simulation game built around the idea of grooming BTS members to become global superstars, will be released worldwide, excluding China, for Google's Android and Apple's iOS devices on June 26, Netmarble said in a press release.

Netmarble, also the second-biggest shareholder of BTS' music label, Big Hit Entertainment, said users will play the role of the manager in charge of nurturing BTS members.

Players will be given numerous missions, selecting a BTS member card to complete the mission and progress through the game, company officials said.

The game will come with 10,000 new images and 100 video clips of BTS, the company said.

After the game's official launch, BTS is planning to use the platform to release a new song, including the game's new theme, sung by Jin, Jimin and Jungkook of BTS.

Pre-registration for the mobile game is currently available on the official website. Netmarble said it also features a mini game that pairs players with the BTS member they match the best.

Netmarble, established in 2000, has produced some of the most successful mobile and online games, including mega-hit title "Lineage 2: Revolution," "MARVEL Future Fight" and "Seven Knights."

This photo, provided by Netmarble Games on June 5, 2019, shows the company's new mobile game featuring K-pop sensation BTS. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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