XL GAMES says it’s working to ‘ensure that there is no harm done’ to ArcheAge players after Trion buyout

    
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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.

Trion Senior Producer Merv Lee Kwai posted an update to players on the 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.

Source: Official forums. Thank you, Gaz!

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Necromonger

XLGames saying dont worry…

Its like a child molestor saying get in the van.

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Carebear

Dont worry! No one can harm Archeage more than you!

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Utakata

Fair enough. But a sudden switch to a new publisher midstream could pose its own problems. Especially dealing with game codes that are notoriously complex, funky and bug ridden to begin with.

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Utakata

…then again, XL could switch to another publisher as mentioned by others. Not sure that would address the problems I’ve outlined any better though. /sigh

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Bruno Brito

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA+++

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Xijit

$10 says Gamigo didn’t read the fine print and Archage is getting its own Steam re-release within the next year.

Bonus points if it gets an Early Access B2P phase.

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styopa

Are there people still playing this game that aren’t just bots and whales?

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Joshua Wells

Nope

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Grave Knight

At least not more harm than they’ve already done to this game.

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Yaner

I’d be concerned, but the game is already perfectly streamlined as a p2w game so there isn’t much left they could do to hurt the players seeing as the only people left playing are whales anyways.

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Sray

This sounds like there’s a question as to whether or not Gamigo would retain the rights to ArcheAge if Trion is dissolved as a legal entity. If there wasn’t specific language in the contract in regards to that possibility, then it could be both sides feel like they inherit/regain the license.

This could become popcorn worthy.

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Paul

Yeah, I think the boat sailed on that one shortly after alpha ended….

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rafael12104

I’d nervously laugh if I was still involved with AA. MonkaS!