Trion ‘still in active discussions’ with Bluehole over Devilian

With the explosive success of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in 2017, Bluehole Studio is rolling in media coverage, money, and popularity. But some of the studio’s players who are in another one of its games are genuinely concerned about the fate of their virtual world.

Devilian players penned an open letter to Bluehole after its subsidiary Bluehole Ginno Games was renamed as the PUBG Corp. back in September and the studio pretty much stopped all active development on Devilian shortly therafter. “From all indications, the entire Devilian franchise does not seem to have much support left for it at Bluehole,” the community wrote, asking Trion for further clarification on the future of the game going forward.

In response to MMORPG.com’s inquiry into this matter and an ongoing Windows 10 issue, a Trion rep said, “We are still in active discussions with Bluehole Ginno to resolve the Windows issue, but there’s unfortunately not be much I can say at this point. Talks regarding support for the game are ongoing, and we’re hoping to have more information for Devilian players soon. We’ll be sure to let you know when we can.”

So on that note of uncertainty, go pick some flowers already!

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Blop Pie

Anyone that believes the trashy spew coming from the mouths of corporate executives is someone that deserves all the worst that the gaming world has to offer.

Ultimately, I feel that nothing will change unless people refuse to both pay OR play their games. Don’t pay any money to them and don’t play them. If you play them you are providing FREE content for their social experience and are part of the problem.

Backlash is all well and good but I’ll direct you to the ‘CoD: MW2 Dedicated Servers’ Steam Group meme that floated around years ago. People will cry foul but still play and potentially pay for being treated like trash.

Gamers are the problem. Time to gain some self-respect and learn to say NO!

Companies have always been terrible to consumers but the consumer ultimately has the power to refuse to pay into the system OR support it in any way.

This practice of treating players like trash is because the players playing these games are trash. They lack the self-respect to walk away from being treated poorly.

If people want a healthy gaming industry, stop playing these shit games from shit companies. Walk away from them and go play the GOOD games. Even PWE looks like a saint in comparison now.

-Path of Exile is a much better Action-RPG that doesn’t run like shit, has full 3D movement (not grid-based movement) and a huge skill tree that is nearly unmatched in the industry. They also don’t treat their players (paid or free) like garbage.

I feel that things will only get worse until they get better. I feel no sympathy for those with StockHolm Syndrome that actively attacked and drove off valid criticism and newbies from their game and then wonder why the game fails and shuts down.

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Mewmew

That’s disappointing. The people who have supported the studio as they built PUBG are left in the cold now that PUBG is a hit. How irresponsible. I’m losing respect for this company more each and every day.

Antiseptic
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Antiseptic

I lost respect for most Korean game studios a long time ago because they are all cut from the same cloth when the investment money flowed freely to create PC bang ‘feed the coin slot’ style MMO’s. More emphasis on catchy eye candy to milk the cow to fund the next one. Few were designed for actual longevity.

Then they found willing western publishers that allowed them to continue milking those titles even further.

The question is how long will PUBG success last? Bluehole had a few motives with PUBG Corporation like finding intellectual property which they could leverage. Good luck with that because PUBG mostly rehashes ideas that other games had already done.

In lieu of that, they are just milking the strategic partnership angle like with TENCENT and mobile derivatives associated with the PUBG name. And while the iron is hot, they are going to try and milk this on console. I wouldn’t trust them to drastically improve the quality of the game either on any platform they reach.

Look at how much revenues and profit Bluehole has made worldwide from Tera where they couldn’t even be arsed to optimize the underlying engine that powers all their regions.

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Shiro Madoushi

Trion does not have time for this. They are too busy silencing ArcheAge critics on youtube with copyright notices. Even critics playing the game outside the regions they publish.

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Skhull

Probably because Trion is an incompetent money-grubbing company that deserves to be run out of the industry. Totally deserved.

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Lucky Jinx

Where does this “money-grubbing” company status coming from? All companies are there to make money, but I get a slight EA vibe from your comment. We’re playing Rift with my wife, and we’re fairly happy with it, granted I’d really like to get a little more love as a subscriber.

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Skhull

Rift, you mean the game where they literally were selling equipment slots and raid-level equipment in the game cash shop?

I used to play Rift with my wife too actually, and I understand that companies need to make money, but Trion has been pretty notorious for backstabbing its players and having some of the worst monetization schemes in the gaming industry.

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Castagere Shaikura

I played that game for an hour and uninstalled it. At least if it gets shutdown they can move over to MU Legends.

Antiseptic
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Antiseptic

MU Legend is better refined but it is an equally shallow game. Four KR servers merging into a single one in a few days because most of the non-MU fans quit due to the exploits and limited end game content. They are 8 months ahead and have only the other class (emphasizer) and around 2 more epic dungeons over what exists in the global OBT.

The exploits that are plaguing the global one remain unpatched on the KR servers. Their design is worse than Devilian in terms of how much the server trusts what the client sends. That’s why when people call MU Legend ‘Devilian 2.0’, the question is how much faster will Webzen’s incompetent European branch that is handling the global publishing, kill their own game.

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Armsbend

If I were Bluehole I’d cut the fat (Devilian and others) and turn myself into a true AAA publisher. You won’t lose any goodwill on Devilian. The contrary if you keep it open really. It opens you up to being considered a holding of weak games.

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Antiseptic

That is what it looks like they are trying to do. When they did the rename to PUBG Corporation, they even cut loose Ginno’s original founder and CEO who was the creator of Devilian.

But they have that publishing contract with Trion to deal with which they cannot ignore without legal consequences. Like that fix Trion is asking for where Bluehole can’t just toss aside their obligations if that type of servicing is written into the contract. Gamevil had no problems terminating mobile Devilian when Ginno stopped delivering because they do it all the time (so that was an easy one for Bluehole).

IMO, Bluehole as a company is not cut out to be a true AAA. The company CEO admitted they had no idea that Battlegrounds would be a big cash cow for them. Look at how they are handling that success. Lets rename a subsidiary that had nothing to do with creating it (that’s all Brendan Greene) to that game and try to milk it for what its worth. The fool even lied when he said Tera was a game originally made for the west.

Bluehole’s founders and original dev team came from NCSOFT and used misappropriated trade secrets from Lineage III to eventually create Tera (violating a court order in the process). That is why it wasn’t that out of the ordinary when they scrambled to try to figure out how to milk this PUBG thing and cried foul about Epic Games. Bluehole has a tool for a CEO who just wants to shovel out stuff that can be milked in the west while using the profits from it to fund the next thing they can shovel out.