MapleStory 2 has released its Awakening Expansion Update today. The content update gives players the new melee-focused Striker class, increases the level cap, adds a second job rank for all classes, introduces new Chaos Raids and Hard Dungeons and unlocks the Eye of Lapenta, including Ascendant tier weapons, the strongest gear in the game.
According to Nexon, this is the game's biggest update since launch, which brings a bunch of new events, dungeons loot, etc. The Striker class appears to be a close quarter type, using melee and effective combos to take down opponents. Also comes the Eye of Lapenta, a new area with a storyline containing four Dungeons more challenging than Chaos Raids. There's a new customizable skill system that uses Lapenshards. Lapenshards are unique gems in one of three colors that introduce a new set of passive and active skills players can customize to unlock their full powers.