XL Games’ Jake Song is working with Gamigo to ‘stabilize’ and ‘revitalize’ ArcheAge

    
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Western ArcheAge players who’ve been waiting patiently – or impatiently – for news on what exactly is happening with their game in the wake of Trion Worlds’ implosion and the sale of its assets to Gamigo have a fresh update from XL Games, specifically from Jake Song himself. Intriguingly, it seems XL Games didn’t get much heads-up about what was going on at Trion either. Here’s the message as posted to the official ArcheAge forums.

“I was shocked by the news about Trion Worlds. I am sure you guys are, too. It is a pity how things unfolded so suddenly. We are talking to Gamigo. My understanding is that the paperwork is almost done and I believe the ArcheAge team will provide you with an announcement with the new release date for 5.0 very soon. We will do our best to stabilize the game service and launch the 5.0 Update as quickly as possible. I am glad you enjoy playing ArcheAge. I hope you know that your in-game entertainment is the most important to me. As time passed, the core element of fun in the game has diminished and even though some players have moved on, I am trying my best to revitalize ArcheAge. We have been making small and big changes to the game more frequently, and with this momentum I have faith that by sometime next year we will fundamentally restore ArcheAge to the way I pictured it in the past.”

MMO players will recall that Trion folded and laid off the lion’s share of its employees on October 22nd, selling all of its assets and games and passing along a skeleton crew of employees to Germany-based MMO publisher Gamigo. Trion ran multiple MMOs, but ArcheAge, which is owned by South Korea’s XL Games and was merely published in the west by Trion, had generated considerable concern and even saw the postponement of a long-awaited update as the companies hashed out the details behind the scenes.

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Ernost

Wow, I cannot even remember the last time he gave a statement to the western audience. Was it before the game launched?

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rafael12104

Heh. I had a huge post in mind, but you guys covered everything nicely, I think.

So, Jake. May I call you Jake?

Did you get all of this?

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Toy Clown

Like many others that played AA in US Alpha, we fell in love with the game that was closest to its Korean core. With Trion “westernizing” the game, the dropped a lot of elements that made AA fun and instead turned it into a PvP free-for-all that chased away a lot of players. My letdown of the game came from that, in that they removed safe areas from places that were safe in the Korean version.

I haven’t been able to play in a few years, but I wish the game could have retained some of its original format.

I’ll be keeping an eye on it now, for curiosity’s sake, and maybe they’ll revitalize it in a way that it’s true to what the game was in Alpha.

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rafael12104

I too played Alpha, and it was a great game. How ironic that the closer the game got to launch the worse it became.

Tell you what, If they went back to Alpha, and dropped the P2W shenanigans, I’d be right back there. Lol.

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rogbarz

Played the Alpha loved it … I even said to my friends that this could be one of the biggest MMO’s on the market ! Then Somehow they managed to look at the positive feedback people were giving and said to themselves … To much praise let’s F*** it up.

I remember having a queue one day to get into my server next day = Patch with p2w –> server on low

Tried it out a few months ago …. What happened to the trade system?????? it is rubbish now

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rafael12104

So damn sad….

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Roger Melly

I sort of wonder whether this is wishful thinking/bull***t on his part .

Or maybe he is trying to do some sort of deal with the backing of XL Games but if it is then I wouldn’t be surprised if they are stringing him along to see if he can get some sort of deal done that will benefit them while they are looking elsewhere for a new publisher .

Either way I think this statement can be taken with a pinch of salt . My guess is Archeage will probably end up not being published by Gamigo and will continue under another publisher , Rift and Atlas Reactor will be cancelled and Trove will be kept alive because it gives Gamigo a profitable presence on the console market ( who knows maybe even Defiance my get a stay of execution for the same reason ) .

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partiesplayin

Only thing that could save Archeage is deleting the cash shop and making the game subscription only and everything in the current cash shop obtainable in game. Removing or vastly improving the labor system.

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Paul

This x many…. At the core of AA is a decent game – if there was a way to play without P2W (or P2Craft) I’d start up again in a heartbeat.

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Jo Watt

I’m pretty sure I have seen and heard more people say this than they are current players in the game. It’s really crazy how even whole guilds have stated they would come back if this was done.

I just can’t see how these guys haven’t figured out yet that their P2W model sucks and no amount of cash shop “content” will fix it….

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Bruno Brito

I honestly disagree. I see the labor system, the huge taxes on housing and regrade stuff as core issues that make the game P2W by itself.

Get rid of that crap. Make AA about being a pvp sandbox adventure with the draw to make your homes and guild places, and there. You have a thriving sandbox.

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Robert Mann

This. Labor, as it was created, marked a severe problem within the game with paying, and thus getting more labor, as being central to the ability to generate crafts and wealth in game…

The idea that you can’t just spam everything is fine, but there are good methods and bad methods to get there. Labor, as it is and was, is a bad method.

And then we get into the whole regrade stuff…

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rafael12104

Heh. Just flinched thinking about the merciless regrades.

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Bruno Brito

They coulda just went with Fallen Earth model, i guess? Make everything worth crafting take a long time, defined by the importance of the item. Instead of having labor for grinding, which is important in sandbox, you would have downtimes on crafting which would allow a less “speedrunny” pace on the game.

But as it is, i disagree completely with people saying that Archeage was ruined by Trion being P2W, when they just followed what the game was build to be: A paid grindstone.

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tiltowait

I would disagree. The labor system, housing tax and regrade system were what drove the economy in the game. Remove them and you have world of warcrafts economy- everyone will have millions of gold and nothing to do with it. And that will destroy all trade runs/events that reward gold, and all reason to play for pretty much everyone.

Cash shop could be removed completly without damaging the game, but if you delete the reason to earn gold then gg.

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Rhime

Yes please! Ditch the labor system and the P2W and I would consider coming back (monthly subs approved..).

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Jo Watt

“Revitalize” must mean – “What new cash shop ‘content’ can we come up with to make even more money”

Over 4 years and we got:
-a few useless new zones
-2 new races
-1 face roll world boss
-couple gear updates
-trade system rip updates

But they made damn sure to add cash shop “content” like every week.

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flyingltj

XL reminds me of one of those previously unknown musicians who dumps their heart and soul into creating amazing artwork that connects with millions of people across the world…

… Then sells the rights to their work to the lowest bidder and they end up in every fast food commercial and adam sandler movie completely devoid of the beauty and soul which they once had.

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Xijit

I get the feeling that Jake Song lost control of the company when it went F2P.

Like before the game launched, he was the public face of the game and openly discussed every part of development and how it effected gameplay. Then all of a sudden he was completely gone from everything, the F2P change gutted every mechanic and system in the game he had been proud of, and all of this work and vision that he had been laying out as his idea of a perfect title was picked up and dumped in the trash.

He doesn’t seem like the type who would green light P2W hot tubs in his hard core PvP castle siege game and even now, after returning to the game as both Development lead and CEO of XLgames, He still doesn’t seem to be able to make any kind of definitive decisions on his own.

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Robert Mann

That’s maybe a little correct at the start, but the difference here is that instead of coming out with that artwork XL turned around and said “And here’s the final version” after adding in various annoyances and ruining anything worthwhile about the production.

The fact that others took a piece of the action doesn’t absolve them of ruining their own work.

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Xijit

There were so many holes in his idea of a “perfect game” that it looked like swiss cheese … But his bad ideas and the cesspool that the game is now are so far removed from one another that once the game shipped; I don’t believe the board of directors had allowed him to do anything besides sit in his office and stare at a blank wall.

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teppic

It’d be nice to see the game relaunched without a pay to win system (like sub only servers as an option), but I can’t see it happening really. The publisher would decide on monetisation and I hear Gamigo’s reputation for that isn’t much better than Trion’s.

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johnd212

Not all changes are bad. I know as MMO players we’re used to these changes meaning bad things but we really should let things play out before we react.