Vindictus is a "hack and slash" MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) created by devCAT, an internal studio of Korean free-to-play game publisher Nexon. Vindictus is a prequel to the popular MMORPG Mabinogi and is known as Mabinogi Heroes outside of North America and Europe. Vindictus takes place in the same setting used in Mabinogi, but is placed chronologically several hundred years prior to the first game during a period of war and strife. Nexon America, Nexon's North American division, announced the new name on March 12, 2010 at the Game Developers' Conference in San Francisco. Vindictus follows Nexon's traditional free-to-play model. The game itself will be free to download and play and charged no purchase price. The game will contain some type of virtual item shop to purchase in-game items to enhance the player's character's appearance and abilities.