Bless Online isn’t canceled in the west after all; Neowiz will self-publish

Last week, both Neowiz and Aeria Games confirmed that Aeria is no longer serving as the western Bless Online publisher — worse, Bless appeared to be entirely canceled for our region. “Gamigo announces that the MMORPG Bless Online will not be published in Europe and North America,” read the formal announcement. “The collaboration had to be cancelled because after extensive testing the game did not meet the quality standards of both Neowiz Games and the gamigo group. […] Together with Neowiz we have come to the conclusion that the technical difficulties cannot be overcome, so we agreed not to complete the game for our respective markets.”

Done deal, right? Apparently not so much. “The game will not be published” turns out to mean “we will publish the game ourselves.”

“You must be curious about future Bless in EU/NA as we ended our contract with AG,” Neowiz told MMORPG.com. “NBS believes the EU/NA Bless fans are very valuable to us so we commit to deliver game updates directly to you. We will surely present you with improved Bless in the future.”

The series of announcement this month wasn’t entirely unexpected; there had been little public progress on the western version of the game since last autumn’s announcement that Aeria was completing gutting Bless’ combat system for a do-over, which Neowiz acknowledged it was still working on, along with performance issues.

“Last September, our partner Aeria Games (AG) shared two major concerns: Ingame performance and combat system. We believe these two need to be polished before coming into the western market. We, Neowiz Bless Studio (NBS), have been working on the two issues, but figured out that more time is required to achieve the satisfactory condition.”

Neowiz also suggests that the extra development time to bring Bless up to snuff “was not aligned with AGs’ business milestone,” hence the end of the partnership.

Bless was intended to release here this year, but we’d seen far more movement from the Japanese and Russian branches, the latter of which is apparently still in limbo.

Source: MMORPG.com
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Celestia
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Celestia

Naysayers be damned. I want to give this game a spin.

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rafael12104

Lol. Yeah, sure, you bet.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Quality standards? Gamigo? In the same sentence?!

Might be better this way.

Xijit
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Xijit

For sure!

Xijit
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Xijit

I really wish Massively would stop referencing Aeria … It is Gamigo now.

Alfredo Garcia
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Alfredo Garcia

This thing must be a real mess if no one can manage to bring it to market. It’s not like publishers have never released games that are unfinished, poorly optimized, or with primary features that are lacking before.

Still, best of luck to them.

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Xijit

Gamigo went back to try to change the price that Aeria had agreed to pay before the buy out & Neowiz laughed at them.

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Mikka Hansen

if not even Aeria wants to touch your game, it means its ludicrously below garbage tier

Neowiz, bros, get the hint already…select Bless src -> send to recycle bin -> click “empty”

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Godnaz

if not even Aeria wants to touch your game

Steparu is the same. She’ll tolerate some serious grind and bullshit and even Steparu jumped ship months ago.

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HNN

I saw it the other way around. Neowiz noticed just in time Aeria is trash

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Xijit

Aeria is dead and gone: Gamigo is the ones who own them now.

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Greaterdivinity

Neat, that’s cool.

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Mewmew

This can’t be good. Aeria and Gamigo don’t have high standards, so if a game fails to meet even theirs, well, I’d say that’s a very good reason to not have it published here at all.

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Xijit

This was a money issue: Gamigo will piss out anything, but they tried to change the price on Neowiz and Neowiz tore up the contract.

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Jack Pipsam

Beats having Aeria publish any day. I wouldn’t touch anything they publish anymore, so I might actually have a chance to play this now when under Aeria there was no chance.

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Mewmew

Seriously? You would want to play a game that isn’t even up to Aeria’s standards?

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HNN

Aeria’s standards are pretty low, there’s better publishers out there

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Colin Goodwin

Let the Bless dream quietly die, ffs

Xijit
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Xijit

Works for me & I am still excited for this game.

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silverlock

This is nothing but good news from my point of view. Aeria was a no go from the start.

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Xijit

Aeria was ok in my book … Outside of the Akami Netsessions BS … They did have people who cared and tried to makes the games fun & did What They could with shit management.

Gamigo on the other hand is a cesspool.

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camren_rooke

*cough*

Excuse me.

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BalsBigBrother

Game not good enough that a publisher wants to risk actually publishing it but honest we are not dead yet, see we are still moving so that means we are alive.

Uh um …

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Castagere Shaikura

Way to much hype for this game. Reminds me of BDO’s hype.

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Vunak

BDO kind of lived up to that hype though. Every single channel on that game is crowded as hell.

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Oyjord Hansen

Just because the servers are full, it doesn’t mean the game is good. Hell, McDonalds has sold a bazillion burgers and Britney Spears sells out arenas, but both products are crap. They just know how to market to their rather mindless audiences.

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Godnaz

Concur, Black Desert Online is completely packed.

Xijit
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Xijit

That is because they merged a half dozen servers down to 2

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Vunak

That’s not how that worked. They brought all the accounts onto one technical server that’s true. But the one server is bigger than all of the servers they were using at launch for each region.

Also BDO is a really good game. It has issues like any other game and doesn’t appeal to everyone. But to compare it to the McDonald’s of gaming is ridiculous, that title is reserved for WoW.

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