Ascent: Infinite Realm’s 2019 launch is the future of Kakao’s international ambitions

Good news, Ascent: Infinite Realm! The future of Kakao’s international plans and possible acquisition of western development studios hinges upon your success! Not that the publisher behind Black Desert is hurting for cash or anything; no, it’s a simple matter of seeing whether or not lightning can strike twice. The international success of the latter title was considered a surprise, but if A:IR exceeds expectations, a recent interview with CEO Min Kim suggests that the publisher may look into more western development studios to purchase.

Of course, this is not something that the company expects to know for some time, as A:IR is not expected to have a full release until 2019, but the suggestion of the future is still there. The current belief is that quality sells internationally, compared to the prevailing Korean notion that breaking into other markets is difficult at best. If you’d like to see more products bankrolled by Kakao, then, you may want to keep a close eye on A:IR’s performance as it moves into beta testing.


LOTRO’s insane player Olympics return next week

What do you get when you take a bunch of stubborn and foolhearty Dwarves, get them tanked on ale, and then start boasting about physical prowess? The Harnkegger Games, of course!

Starting next Monday on Lord of the Rings Online’s Laurelin server, players will compete in the sixth annual Harnkegger Games for glory, honor, and most importantly, gold and LOTRO Points. The Games cover a week of player-run events, including the spike jump, the fishing competition, a dive into molten lava, the cross-country run, a poetry contest, and the drunken sprint across the Shire.

Players will compete for their “nation,” which is represented by their race. Even if you don’t want to participate, there is plenty of entertainment to be found in spectating and enjoying the musical acts. The event will also be broadcast live on the official LOTRO livestream.

Source: The Harnkegger Games. Thanks Kandral!


The Daily Grind: What are the minimum criteria for an online game?

It’s pretty definite that Second Life is not a game in the strictest sense of the word, and by “the strictest” I of course mean “basically any.” It’s more of a toolbox in which you can make a game, sort of. But then, so is Landmark, and I don’t think anyone would argue that isn’t a game. You might argue whether it succeeds at its goals as a game, but that’s a different discussion.

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