My.com will publish Ashes of Creation in Europe and the CIS region [Updated]

    
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We’ve updated at the end of the article with an additional statement from Intrepid.

Ashes of Creation is barreling on toward its first real alpha, and along the way, it’s picking up a legit overseas publisher: My.com. Intrepid announced the deal early this morning in a press blast.

“Publisher My.com is proud to announce a partnership with Intrepid Studios for its Global Publishing plans. In Europe and CIS, the studio will work together with My.com and Mail.Ru. This partnership will ensure the tools necessary to make Ashes of Creation not just the dream for all MMORPG players, but a reality that will change the future of the genre.”

My.com, MMORPG players will recall, runs multiple European and Russian games in the west, including Skyforge, Allods Online, and Revelation Online.

“These titan publishers are firm believers in the creative vision we have for the world of Ashes and will help us make the greatest MMORPG possible,” Intrepid’s Steven Sharif says.

There actually isn’t much chatter about this on Reddit so far, but the populace that’s weighed in isn’t exactly thrilled.

Source: Press release, Reddit. Cheers, Ashley.
Update: Intrepid sent ’round a second statement this afternoon to address concerns from players and confirm that “Intrepid will remain in full creative control of the game.”

“I would like everyone in our community to be aware. Intrepid will maintain 100% creative control over Ashes and our partners My.com and Mail.ru shares our vision for Ashes, as this was very important to us,” Steven Sharif says. “This means our stance on p2w for the game.️ This partnership allows us as a Studios to focus on the development of the game and allows us to feel comfortable with the level of service that we know my.com and Mail.ru can provide our glorious community.”

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Steven Williams

My.com?

Oh no.

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Brother Maynard

There are still too many open questions here to make any judgment. It all depends on the nature of the publishing deal: it could be anywhere from a TSW-style deal between Funcom and EA, where the publisher basically only drives the promotion and part of the sales; or it could be a BDO or Tera-style deal where the publisher does everything (or in Gameforge’s case – doesn’t do anything except taking customers’ money), including running the servers and providing game support.

It’s unknown whether the deal will allow separate access to the game, à la Warframe which has a Steam version and a stand-alone version.

It’s not clear if there will be region blocks – Tera allowed EU players to play on NA servers, which many players did, just to avoid having to deal with Gameforge.

It’s also possible that My.com will be handling the backend (sales, hosting, tech support), while the players will continue to interact with Intrepid – e.g. for general customer and game support, any in-game events and so on. We just don’t know at this time.

Depending on how these matters will be handled between Intrepid and My.com, it can end up anywhere from a virtually invisible (to the players) arrangement to a potentially problematic one, if My.com adopts the Gameforge strategy.

In any case, it’s way too soon to tell…

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Crowe

At least I’m in the US… although my personal record with My.com is that everything that they’ve published has been crap.

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mchondy

What consern me here is my.com’s trackrecord on security. It’s not good….

And second, will my.com be handeling the customer support? Splitting EU and the rest from the AoC run CS?

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Rolan Storm

*dramatic music* TA-DA-DA!

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Exxar

Huh. I was rather keen on this game so far. I have no idea how servers or whatever will be structured for the game, but if there is going to be any kind of hard split between the EU and US playerbase due to this, I’m out.

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Lights and Music

Yikes.

With a pedigree of three completely forgettable MMOs under their belt, I can’t say I see the logic or business sense in choosing this publisher (unless their game fits the mold, I suppose). Wasn’t too interested in this game before, definitely not interested at all now.

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Bhagpuss Bhagpuss

My first reaction was “Oh, that’s handy. I already have a My.com account”. Then I thought “I wonder if “Europe” will include the U.K. after Brexit?”.

In any case, I’d prefer to play on US servers so I’ll have to wait and see what the whole deal is. Which isn’t going to matter for a year or two anyway because AoC won’t be out of beta before then.

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Brother Maynard

Then I thought “I wonder if “Europe” will include the U.K. after Brexit?”.

These matters are usually arranged geographically, not politically. Unless there is some kind of big legal hurdle that would prevent it, the UK will be part of the same continental group for AoC (and other games).

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Bhagpuss Bhagpuss

The way Brexit is headed right now I think you take it as a given there will be many big legal hurdles come March 2019. Currently we’re looking at international flights being grounded, supermarkets running out of food and hospitals out of drugs. We’ll have a lot more pressing concerns than whether we can play Ashes of Creation! Of course, AoC won’t launch until 2020 at the earliest so maybe it will all be sorted out by then. I somehow doubt it, though.

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Nemui Byakko

Bad news. My.com may not make it p2w, but they definitely are lazy, clueless, and greedy – to say the least. Probably, it is GDPR to blame. Developers don’t want to deal with this mess.
Btw: can you name at least one really GOOD game publisher? Just interesting )