Mabinogi's Shakespeare series continues with 'The Merchant of Venice'

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Masters of trade and travel can put their entrepreneurial talents to good use today in Mabinogi, Nexon's fantasy-themed MMORPG. The content update on October 29 brought forth 'The Merchant of Venice' and introduced the new Commerce system.

The Merchant of Venice is the third in a series of Shakespearian tales launching in Mabinogi. After discovering the excitement of role-playing through classics like Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, players will be able to continue their Elizabethan journey. The new content's main storyline features the tale of two lovers, Bassanio and Portia, and even includes appearances by the Bard himself and his sweetheart, Bella.

With the introduction of the new merchant town, Belvast, players now have the opportunity to become Venetian merchants in their own right by purchasing trade goods with Ducats, a new type of currency that is used exclusively in the new Commerce system. Players can travel from town to town to trade their goods to turn a profit by working the right markets.

Theater missions are back in The Merchant of Venice. Players who complete the theater missions will be rewarded with a special persona and a new title. For players who want to catch up on the prior Shakespearean content updates, doing so is easier than ever because the mainstream quests have been streamlined and made easier to complete. Also, keeping track of quest items will now be a breeze, thanks to the newly added Quest Item Inventory.

The tale of The Merchant of Venice wouldn't be complete without new merchandise. Mabinogi brought back summer's most popular pet: the Thunder Dragon. This two-seater version of the Thunder Dragon is available through November 16, just in time for Halloween celebrations. Players are also able to buy Halloween character cards, from Frankenstein's Monster to Vampire-themed cards.

To celebrate this major content update, Nexon will be hosting a Hot-Time event starting November 3 through November 5. Players who log in will have three chances to receive a massive experience boost, pooled from all of the players on their server, as well as other special prizes.