Neowiz confirms axing Bless Online western publisher Aeria Games

    
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Rumors that suggested Aeria Games has been dismissed as the western Bless Online publisher appear to have been confirmed today.

Korean gaming site Inven is reporting that Neowiz, the Korean-born developer and publisher of the MMO, has “canceled the service contract agreement between the two companies […] smoothly after consulation,” meaning that Gamigo and Aeria will no longer be publishing the game in the west.

We’ve seen a few headlines this morning suggesting that Bless’ western service has been entirely canceled, but we cannot confirm that. Neowiz says it will be focusing on the Japanese service “for now,” but does not say whether it has plans to find a new western publisher.

The move isn’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. It was intended to release here this year, but we’ve seen far more movement from the Japanese and Russian branches, the latter of which has been temporarily closed down for renovation.

Aeria and Gamigo did not respond to requests for comment earlier this week.

 

Source: Inven. Thanks, Xavi!
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I really want this game to come to NA/EU. Fingers crossed it gets picked up by a reputable publisher.

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Dystopiq

The Russian version was closed indefinitely according to the Russian publisher. Shame.

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Xijit

I guarantee you that Gamigo wanted more money (bigger cut of the revenue / a refund on part of what Aeria already paid) after buying out Aeria & Neowiz laughed as thry tore up the contract.

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Joshua Dickerson

I used to follow this game when it was in development. But honestly once I heard Aeria games was the publisher, I knew that I wouldnt want to play it because of their existing games and handling.

Aeria games was cool when I was young and the MMO industry was newly blooming. They brought us access to some Eastern MMOs and at the time it was fun, but now more quality games are coming out and unless you really put some effort into your core game systems, players dont have the patience anymore to put up with it.

In order to compete nowdays, Aeria will need a PR revamp or something.

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Greaterdivinity

Not entirely unexpected, especially given their choice of partner for the Western market and the current state of the game in the East, but still disappointing.

Oh well, it’s barely been on my radar for a while now so it’s not a terrible loss either. Still hope it makes it over one day.

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Sorenthaz

Aeria is like the company known for sleazy generic second-rate F2P Asian MMOs that barely anyone cares about. Don’t think anyone is sad on that part.

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Daniel Miller

One thing I don’t get quite yet. Even if JP goes ok, why won’t they implement those changes on korea bless, or when will they be implemented in kr.

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rafael12104

Sheezus. What a debacle. But no, not a surprise. The Russian version became unplayable because it was so poorly optimized. And for whatever reason Aeria wanted combat completely re-dev’ed.

So, Neowiz is pulling back to at least maybe recoup something. Not sure Bless will ever launch in the west.

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Necromonger

Cant tell if this is good or bad news xD

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Jack Pipsam

Anyone’s better than Aeria anyway.

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Veldan

To be honest, I’d rather see Aeria than Trion or Gameforge at this point

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silverlock

At least Trion doesn’t steal your bandwidth 24/7.

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Jack Pipsam

At least Trion doesn’t delete your account if you don’t login for a while.

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silverlock

Yeah Aeria is a complete non starter for me.