Perfect World takes its Arc quest system offline for an upgrade

If you have been accessing Perfect World’s MMOs directly, you may be ignorant that the company’s launcher has its own daily quest system. Has for a couple of years now, actually, offering players daily tasks to complete in order to earn free in-game Zen currency in games such as Neverwinter and Star Trek Online.

Well now those good times are over — at least for the time being. Perfect World announced this week that it is disabling the Arc quests system on the PC (the Xbox version remains online) in preparation for a new and improved version that should be coming some time in the near future.

Don’t fret that this is going to set you back; the company assures players that their progress is being saved and will be imported when the system comes back online.

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Danielle Furry

I miss it … since they took the quest thing offline I stopped playing all arc games there no incentive to even login now or try new games when it returns il go back to doing the quests wich mean playing the games each day only wish the makers / pwi / arc would read these comments .. bring back quests now !!!

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ernost

I never bothered with that shitty Arc quest system because, rather than reward me for the games I was playing, it just kept trying to get me to install other games that I had no interest in playing.

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Neurotic

I hate the ARC launcher, it’s absolutely a huge pain in the arse. I play STO and Neverwinter regularly, and I’ve tried various of their other games too. And every bloody time I’ve been tempted into trying the bloody stupid ARC launcher, it’s tried to re-download all of my existing game clients. They even added some kind of scanning functionality to it, and that does not bloody work! Avoid, avoid, avoid, avoid the ARC launcher like the bloody plague!

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Zariarn

What’s the big deal? What part of the launcher is a huge pain in the arse? I’ve been using it for years and it’s never, ever been a problem. Please inform me why this launcher deserves so much hate.

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Bruno Brito

The part where i have to have this crap on my pc, even after downloading games from Steam. Launchers are honestly irritating.

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Grave Knight

Or, like how about they just remove it because the whole idea is dumb.

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ultorius

i tried it for a while but you need like 1 tera dedicated to their games to make it work just for a few cash shop coins.Last time i played Neverwinter i uninstalled arc and just used the game launcher.

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Stormwaltz

Fortunately, Cryptic has kept the stand-alone launchers for STO and NW working, so I’ve never needed to install PW’s corporate bloatware.

Unlike Glyph, which still tried to invite itself on to my machine last time I tried installing Rift from the original discs. Nnnnnope, you’re uninstalled, friend.

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Jack Pipsam

The Arc app on Xbox randomly had an update a month ago where it didn’t have any updates for as long as can really remember, I wonder if that was related to this. Or maybe not.

I think I used to use it on PC for Neverwinter and it was a mess. Hopefully this new version will be much slicker.

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Roger Edwards

I tried the Arc launcher a few years ago and had nothing but bother from it. So on the few occassions I had to re-install STO, I now have a really old standalone .exe file that dates back to 2010/11 that I’ve saved, so I can bypass having to use Arc.

I have too many company based launchers already on my PC and they all tend to have their own annoying foibles and ways. GoG, Battle.net, Origin, Uplay and the ubiquious Steam. All monopolising my CPU and bombarding me with marketing.

“Choice”. The mantra of the free market is often more of a millstone.

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Tanek

The ONLY reason I started using the ARC launcher was that promotional codes given by the developers could no longer be entered in the game itself or the account website, they had to be entered in ARC. It was a pain in the rear.

I did start using the quests system after that because some of the quests” were just to play games I play anyway, so why not. Like, ‘play STO on 7 different days’. I hope progress on things like that really is stored. I was at 6/7 and the 7th login would have netted me 500 zen.

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Stormwaltz

You can still redeem codes through the website. :)

https://www.arcgames.com/en/redeem

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Tanek

Maybe that is the case now, but it was not when they launched it. Confirmed from their customer service that the only way to redeem a code I’d gotten would be with the ARC client.

Glad to see they have backed off of that since.