Bless Online’s western version has been canceled over ‘quality standards’

    
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The Neowiz statement that Aeria Games is no longer serving as the western Bless Online has now been backed up by Gamigo, Aeria’s parent company, though contrary to the translated reports from yesterday, Gamigo says it wasn’t a unilateral decision by Neowiz — and it appears that the game has been canceled for our region entirely, not simply shelved for a new publisher.

“gamigo announces that the MMORPG Bless Online will not be published in Europe and North America. The cooperation between the Korean games developer Neowiz Games and the gamigo group has been terminated by mutual agreement. Unfortunately, the collaboration had to be cancelled because after extensive testing the game did not meet the quality standards of both Neowiz Games and the gamigo group. Jens Knauber, COO of the gamigo group, regrets this development: ‘Together with Neowiz we have come to the conclusion that the technical difficulties cannot be overcome, so we agreed not to complete the game for our respective markets. This has not been an easy decision for us and we put a lot of thought into this step. On the other hand, we have a number of interesting new releases coming up to complement our already strong portfolio, so our players can look forward to several new games in the near future.'”

The series of announcement this week wasn’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’d 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: Press release!

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AGx-07_162

Bummer. I had been looking forward to this a few years ago. All the MMOs I’d been waiting for at that time have either been massively disappointing or canceled.

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Mewmew

Ouch. If it’s not up to Gamigo or Aeria standards, we *really* don’t want it, trust me!

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Viktor Budusov

I played a bit russian Bless. Really guys, praise MMO gods. This is just bad and bland game.

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rafael12104

Can’t spit shine a turd. Ewww… that came out wrong, but I’m going with it.

Tell you what though, in the end it must have been a real piece of crap given all the money they piped into it. It will live on in Japan at least, but the market in the west is great for games like Bless. BDO but PvE including dungeons.

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McGuffn

A rose by any other name still wouldn’t meet minimum quality standards.

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Godnaz

Was saying it the other day, Steparu quit covering this game a few months back. She’s willing to try even the worst MMO’s with lots of tolerance and had to finally give in to the terrible mechanics this game was displaying. Yet another pretty looking RPG with incomplete substance. Hopefully we can see this as a F2P later on.

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rafael12104

Steperu is a she? Heh. Not that it matters, but I wasn’t aware of that. The Wonder Woman of Eastern MMOs!

Oh, and yeah, I played Bless on the Russian servers. A good game except that it was so poorly optimized that in the end, it was like watching a slide show.

Too bad…

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mcsleaz

I would feel bad but the research I did on their crafting / lifeskills didn’t impress me.

So long & thnx for all the fish.

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Dantos

This might just come down to how different the audiences are between the regions. P2W especially seems to be a big point of contention, in the east, it seems fairly accepted, from what little ive heard, whereas in the west, its so toxic it could take down Captain Planet permanently. It probably just isnt worth it to try to build 2 different versions of the game around 2 different monitization models.

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Arktouros

The way I take this is the cost of continuing to fix localization and other issues likely was too high and would probably either not recoup or barely break even for the game. The NA/EU markets are very wary of any KR/Asian ports at this point because many of them have been shallow games and quick localization to grab some cash using almost every deceptive trick in the book and then throw our versions into maintenance mode. If you expect to make it over here you’re going to need to have a pretty amazing game otherwise we’re going to see the same thing we’ve seen with most of them with good to okay population at launch that simply dwindles away to nothing over time.

All that said I’d be very surprised if we don’t hear about some sort of deal in the future with a mega publisher some point in the future (NCSoft, etc) just to try to monetize something out of their product.

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camren_rooke

Hey if it IS NCSoft, maybe they can add Manticore as an NPC?

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Arktouros

I don’t understand the references.

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dthblayde

NCSoft holding out on releasing / selling the CoH source code, only to have Statesman show up in their new MOBA brawler Master X Master. Manticore was another prominent NPC hero in CoH.

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Arktouros

Ah, that whole CoX thing.

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Armsbend

This is good news. More crap just dilutes the genre and has people thinking they aren’t even worth trying. Obviously this one was an epic turd.

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Vunak

Just because you don’t like a certain game doesn’t mean people should be happy about it being canceled for people that do like it. There are plenty of western MMOS that water down the genre way more than most of the korean MMOs out.

At least the Korean MMOS that we are seeing coming to the west are actually doing something to break a mold. TERA was and still is one of the best action MMOs out, BDO has a vast and very immerse world, BnS has the PvP scene for an MMO locked down better than any western MMO. FFXIV while japanese is still Asian and has a much friendlier and in tune development team than WoW and drops content more frequently. AION did very well for itself when it released and still till still sees good updates.

I would much rather play a Japanese or korean mmo, than play something like swtor or WoW. I’m still waiting and hoping dragons dogma online comes out over here.

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Armsbend

Apparently the publisher thought you would hate it as well.
I’m not talking all KRs – just this one.

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Vunak

Which is unfortunate because it wasn’t a bad game. With the planned revamped combat it could of been a big hit over here. The world was really well done.