The FPS game CrossFire is set to relaunch in its homeland on December 12th. The shooter was not available for a year as its publisher Neowiz Games shut down the servers due to a dispute they had with CrossFire's developer Smilegate.
Neowiz Games was holding the publishing rights for CrossFire in China, where they enjoyed huge success with their Chinese publishing partner Tencent. CrossFire had reached groundbreaking 4.2 mio PCU (Peak Concurrent Users), generating almost $ 1 billion in gross revenue in 2012. Smilegate and Neowiz Games weren't able to reach an agreement regarding the contractual continuation of CrossFire in China at the first stage and as a result, Neowiz Games shut down the CrossFire servers in Korea, where they had been operating the FPS. This dispute had been resolved by now.
Now, a year later, Smilegate is ready to relaunch and operated directly CrossFire in Korea and together with K-Pop bands Miss A and 2PM they are promoting the "Grand Opening" for December 12th.
It will be interesting to see whether CrossFire will make a successful comeback in a market that is dominated by games such as Sudden Attack, Special Force 2 and Special Force.