One of the many concerns bubbling up out of the Gamigo buyout of Trion Worlds this week is just what’s going to happen to ArcheAge. As MMORPG players will recall, Trion Worlds didn’t own ArcheAge outright; it worked with Korean developer XL Games to publish it here in the west. That was always bound to cause issues, as Trion can’t exactly sell off what it does not own.official forums this morning. “You may be aware that there has been a business transaction involving Trion Worlds,” XL GAMES says. “XLGAMES is currently resolving issues to ensure that there is no harm done to the users since our ArcheAge fans are of the utmost importance to us. XLGAMES will do its best to settle any matters with the involved parties in a speedy manner.”
Is that the good news or the bad news? We don’t quite know yet. One thing we do know is that the Relics of Hiram 5.0 update is definitely not happening on time; Khrolan said the western launch has been postponed and that Trion is “currently in the process of re-targeting a new date” thanks to the buyout. (It’s also re-enabled the auction halls that had been locked ahead of the launch.) It also sounds as if the new date might be up to XL Games rather than Trion: “The release date of the Relics of Hiram 5.0 Update will be decided and notified to you soon,” the Korean studio said in its own missive.