At some point, the ending credits have to roll. And Devilian’s have started as of 3:00 p.m. EST today. Devil transformations are now a thing of the past. Many fans gathered in game for a final farewell before sending the game off into the sunset — except for those who have Windows 10, in which case they got to wave goodbye to the “stopped working” error.
Work on the fantasy game halted shortly after Bluehole, which owns Devilian developer Bluehole Ginno, renamed Bluehole Ginno after its newer title, PUBG. As the western publisher, Trion remained in talks to get continued support for the game (and the known Win10 issue), but I think we can see how that turned out. It is always sad to see a virtual world dissolve into oblivion. When you’re in the mood to reminisce, have a look at happier times when we took our very first look at alpha.
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Two-year-old Devilian will not make it to its third birthday, we are sorry to report. Trion Worlds announced on Friday that it will be shuttering the Diablo-style MMO on March 5th. This makes sense following developer Bluehole’s decision late last year to discontinue work on the game.
“Trion Worlds and Bluehole Ginno have come to the mutual agreement to bring Devilian to a close,” the publisher posted. “In order to help with this transition, we want to ensure that you have time to say goodbye to your favorite haunts and to decide where your journeys will take you next. As Nala’s time nears its end, we want to offer you every opportunity to enjoy your remaining time there. While the servers are still on, we are turning on a 24/7 event with bonus experience, gold, gems, Enigma keys, and flower drops — making it easier for all to experience endgame content together.”
Devilian players are being compensated with a welcome package and credit transfer to one of Trion’s other titles. We recently checked in with the title, as you can see in the two-year birthday stream below.
apparently did not want to play nice with the better
video card on her laptop, Massively OP’s MJ had to wait to use her big rig to host a belated anniversary show. The game celebrates two years! But because of the concerns about the halted development
, folks are unsure if the game will make it to three, so the time to jump in is now. Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to toast to two years down and wish it well for many more to go.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EST on Monday, December 18th, 2017
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!
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from MapleStory, World of Warcraft, Rend, EverQuest II, Devilian, Hyper Universe, Eden Falling, War Thunder, Neverwinter, Master X Master, Final Fantasy XI, Ragnarok Online, Dota 2, Old School RuneScape, KurtzPel, and Kritika Online, all waiting for you after the break!
If you haven’t heard already, tomorrow marks the start of a massive gaming marathon called Extra Life
that will help raise much-needed funds to aid sick kids at the Children’s Miracle Network hospital. Among those forming teams and playing titles for this charity is Trion Worlds, which is encouraging its community to rally around this worthy cause
Trion’s Extra Life marathon begins tomorrow afternoon, during which the dev team will stream non-stop for 24 hours. To encourage and entice players to join the team in this fundraising effort, Trion is offering a bounty of virtual goods based on the amount of money raised.
Tencent is sprinkling more money around: Yicai Global
are reporting that the Chinese conglom has invested money into South Korea’s Bluehole Studio
. It’s not currently clear how much money; according to Yicai, Bluehole refused a total buyout offer.
We’re presuming that Tencent’s interest is chiefly in Bluehole’s development and publishing of the increasingly popular and obnoxiously named Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.
But to MMORPG players, Bluehole is probably best known as the Korean studio behind TERA, as well as Devilian (in the East), Project W, and a number of mobile games, including one based on TERA.
Most recently, Tencent was spotted pouring $23M into Elite Dangerous dev house Frontier Development to acquire 9% of the studio.
After some ups and downs this afternoon — everybody loves the “try again later” message, right? — Valve’s summer Steam sale is finally underway and stable. Here’s what we’re looking at in our corner of the gaming world.
Ah! Geez, you scared us, Devilian! We kind of… forgot you existed, for a minute there. What’s that you say? You’ve got a new patch to share with your friends? And a login promotion too? Good for you, little MMOARPG!
‘Tis true: Devilian rolled out its 7.0 Update this week, raising the level cap to 60 and giving players a set of new challenges and rewards. The Fallen Castle has received a hell mode, there’s the new Dimensional Fortress transcendent dungeon, and there’s an increased chance of success when enchanting gear.
If the patch isn’t enough to entice you back, perhaps some freebies will do the trick. Anyone who logs in by the end of the month will receive a bundle of goodies, including enough currency to buy some Morbid gear. But watch out, it’s morbid. New players also get some extra goodies on the side as well.
Bunnies and eggs! Flowers and grass! Lots and lots of chocolate as we hoard every Cadbury thing we can find! (Or maybe that’s just me?) Yep, Easter is this weekend, making it a convenient time for MMOs to shower us in stuff to keep us indoors and playing instead of outside marveling in the end of winter. We’ve collected a few of those events down below!
If you don’t like tricks and jokes, just stop reading right now, turn the lights off, and go climb back into bed. Nothing on the internet is going to bring you joy today, so just sit this one out. Trust us.
For everyone else, there’s April Fools’ Day! Follow along as we rattle off all the great MMORPG pranks and events we’ve found so far this morning.
Just in time for yesterday’s lovefest, Devilian unleashed wave after wave of nailbiting terror with group instances that will make your hair turn white and your gear disintegrate in shame.
First in line to kick your butt is the nightmare-level Dimensional Fortress, which can be run twice daily in case you blacked out the first time around. But that’s small fry compared to Devilian’s newest raid, the Forbidden Sanctuary. This Egyptian-themed eight-player instance contains several challenging minibosses and the fearsome Pharoah Totames at the end.
Not wanting to feel left out, the mobile version of Devilian got its own update yesterday with completely different content. Players can explore the dimension of Bithynia, fight the archdemon Avarix, and grind out some brand-new gear sets modeled on those fashion-conscious demons.