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[Column] ArcheAge: A Korean Info Burst

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,622MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Suddenly lots of new information has been forthcoming from the Korean version of ArcheAge. In our latest AA column, we take a look at the new stuff and offer a few thoughts. See what we've discovered before adding your voice to the discussion in the comments.

While a drought of information exists on the Western adaptation of ArcheAge, it seems there’s been quite a bit of activity on the Korean side of things.  Jumping off from Bill Murphy’s E3 exposure to ArcheAge, let’s go and and explore some developments, including information on the free-to-play revenue model shift of ArcheAge, an English-speaking gamer’s review of sorts for ArcheAge, and some stirrings of player-created factions for folks who spend their time on the PVP continent of the game.

Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s ArcheAge: A Korean Info Burst.

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  • flizzerflizzer Manchester, NHPosts: 1,550Member Uncommon
    There was a thread on here about importing images into the game.  There were screenshots of Coca ads and Starbucks etc.   I would hate this in game.  I forsee even advertisers paying to get their ads in the game.  Also, I generally dislike this Eastern game translated for a Western audience business. I don't feel it ever works out well.  I am looking for a Western game to do this well.  Hoping EQ Next is that game, if not maybe some other developer. 
  • jtcgsjtcgs New Port Richey, ILPosts: 1,777Member
    Originally posted by flizzer
    There was a thread on here about importing images into the game.  There were screenshots of Coca ads and Starbucks etc.  

     Wouldn't really be new though, you can upload images for your guild icon in Tera.

    “I hope we shall crush...in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country." ~Thomes Jefferson

  • flizzerflizzer Manchester, NHPosts: 1,550Member Uncommon
    Actually good to know. Another reason to say I dislike Tera now. 
  • faiyofaiyo |||COL|||1, TNPosts: 123Member
    er you can hardly see the uploaded pictures in Tera lol.
  • Informer80Informer80 Stefferson, IDPosts: 91Member

    Yeah, Fido is the man.

    Best and most legit source for AA information!

    Trion should hire him, but i don´t know if he´d like to join ^^

  • AnthurAnthur StolbergPosts: 686Member Uncommon
    nvm
  • DenambrenDenambren Montreal, QCPosts: 320Member Uncommon

    Dear Archeage developers,

     

    Please give us opportunity to empty our wallets into Archeage. We would like to fork over as much money as we can afford. Please give us scaling benefits that get exponentially higher as we spend more money. I would personally like to see the ability to craft epic items for hundreds of dollars.

    Also, players should be encouraged to pay for continued services, so please expense them for armor repairs, weapon repair, and other trivial things to be sure that they contribute to this wonderful game. Make us feel like we are paying for real services that someone is working hard to provide, and we will feel more immersed. Please take a look at how other games handle these mandatory costs, and copy them accordingly. This is what we want, and this can't be made more clear than when you look at how many games use this payment model. Cloning these models is the future of MMO gaming.

     

    Thank you for listening. I would be honored if you charged me a small fee to submit my feedback.

  • alkarionlogalkarionlog SPosts: 1,125Member Uncommon
    hmm so i'm the only one who feels like the game is not what I hoped for ever since I heard about the changes for the F2P?

    FOR HONOR, FOR FREEDOM.... and for some money.
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  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,460Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by alkarionlog
    hmm so i'm the only one who feels like the game is not what I hoped for ever since I heard about the changes for the F2P?

    I'm afraid that its' not what I hoped for when I learned (aside from this article) that it was a "quest-heavy, alternate activity-filled, team-conducive, “medieval steampunk-fantasy.”

    well the parts in yellow.

    Still, an interesting article.

  • DignaDigna City, CTPosts: 2,014Member Uncommon
    While the game remains 'on my radar', with each news burst I lose another shred of interest. Not 100% sure why but....its occurring.
  • waynejr2waynejr2 West Toluca Lake, CAPosts: 4,476Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by jtcgs
    Originally posted by flizzer
    There was a thread on here about importing images into the game.  There were screenshots of Coca ads and Starbucks etc.  

     Wouldn't really be new though, you can upload images for your guild icon in Tera.

     City of heroes had it as well on billboards.

     

    This game is coming close to falling off my radar...

  • jdlamson75jdlamson75 Jacksonville, FLPosts: 985Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by jtcgs
    Originally posted by flizzer
    There was a thread on here about importing images into the game.  There were screenshots of Coca ads and Starbucks etc.  

     Wouldn't really be new though, you can upload images for your guild icon in Tera.

    Guild emblems and wanton plastering of the same images all over the game world are two totally different things.  If it becomes as rampant as it looks like it is in Korea, then that would be a shame, and I'd be gone.

     

  • bingbongbrosbingbongbros Vista, CAPosts: 650Member Uncommon

    I don't know why people are so insanely excited over this game.  It is just another asian grinder from asia town.  This reminds me of Aion all those years ago.  When it was about to get brought over here everybody was like OMFG!!!!! YES!!! AION!!! BEST GAME EVAR!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU CAN FLY!!!

     

    Then it bombed hard in asian land and launched here and bombed hard after a few weeks.  Why? Because it was just another asian grinder wow clone themepark.  Everything I've read on Archage just shows me the same thing, it is not a sandbox.  Sandboxes don't have shiny ! quest givers.  It does have flying thougH!!! OMFG!!! FLYING YES!!!!

    Playing: Smite, Marvel Heroes
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    Waiting On: Nothing. Mmorpg's are dead.

  • TimothyTierlessTimothyTierless Columnist M, ORPosts: 2,163Member Uncommon
    Dear every MMO made since WOW, WTF have you ben doing? If Archage pulled all of this off why have you given us nothing but more rules, more regulations, less openness and more scripted BS?
  • KumaponKumapon Vancouver, BCPosts: 705Member Uncommon


    Originally posted by bingbongbros
    I don't know why people are so insanely excited over this game.  It is just another asian grinder from asia town.  This reminds me of Aion all those years ago.  When it was about to get brought over here everybody was like OMFG!!!!! YES!!! AION!!! BEST GAME EVAR!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU CAN FLY!!! Then it bombed hard in asian land and launched here and bombed hard after a few weeks.  Why? Because it was just another asian grinder wow clone themepark.  Everything I've read on Archage just shows me the same thing, it is not a sandbox.  Sandboxes don't have shiny ! quest givers.  It does have flying thougH!!! OMFG!!! FLYING YES!!!!


    You seem angry, how about a nice warm hug Archeage style


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  • ShadanwolfShadanwolf Posts: 2,114Member Uncommon
    OP thanks for the article.Since all relates to Korea....I'll just have to wait to see what TRION does...once they start paying attention to the game.
  • khameleonkhameleon Miami, FLPosts: 372Member
    Originally posted by alkarionlog
    hmm so i'm the only one who feels like the game is not what I hoped for ever since I heard about the changes for the F2P?

    I already have this game off my list of games to try. 

    I'm sticking with FFXIV now, then try Elder scrolls online and then EQ next. 

    GAME TIL YOU DIE!!!!

  • MondoA2JMondoA2J Henderson, NVPosts: 258Member

    So F2P with standard in-game currency blah blah. We just added some sort of benefit to people who go to our cafes. Kudos for cafe attendees.

    Player run factions sound fun and political trappings of that should be entertaining.

    All and all sounds good but I am now a little edgy about this business model. Sounds like those shell out cash will have a better lot in life then those who don't. I hope they keep it balanced.

    I just got a bad feeling from reading all this.

    MMORPG Gamers/Developers need a reality check!

  • Jadedangel1Jadedangel1 Newark, NJPosts: 184Member
    I don't understand how so many people are crossing the game off just based on info from other countries? At least wait until the game is out over here and we have definitive answer on what features will be in game. The cultural difference between NA and Korea is too wide, I doubt that all of that will be in the NA version of the game. Even if it is, I suggest waiting until things are announced, hold off on lighting those torches and put down the pitchforks.
  • faiyofaiyo |||COL|||1, TNPosts: 123Member
    Originally posted by bingbongbros

    I don't know why people are so insanely excited over this game.  It is just another asian grinder from asia town.  This reminds me of Aion all those years ago.  When it was about to get brought over here everybody was like OMFG!!!!! YES!!! AION!!! BEST GAME EVAR!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU CAN FLY!!!

     

    Then it bombed hard in asian land and launched here and bombed hard after a few weeks.  Why? Because it was just another asian grinder wow clone themepark.  Everything I've read on Archage just shows me the same thing, it is not a sandbox.  Sandboxes don't have shiny ! quest givers.  It does have flying thougH!!! OMFG!!! FLYING YES!!!!

    Because people can be excited over any game they want. Go be excited over your western games and get over it.

     

  • VorthanionVorthanion Laguna Vista, TXPosts: 2,119Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Jadedangel1
    I don't understand how so many people are crossing the game off just based on info from other countries? At least wait until the game is out over here and we have definitive answer on what features will be in game. The cultural difference between NA and Korea is too wide, I doubt that all of that will be in the NA version of the game. Even if it is, I suggest waiting until things are announced, hold off on lighting those torches and put down the pitchforks.

    Based on historical evidence on Asian crossover games, we have every right to be extremely skeptical.

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  • faiyofaiyo |||COL|||1, TNPosts: 123Member
    Originally posted by Vorthanion
    Originally posted by Jadedangel1
    I don't understand how so many people are crossing the game off just based on info from other countries? At least wait until the game is out over here and we have definitive answer on what features will be in game. The cultural difference between NA and Korea is too wide, I doubt that all of that will be in the NA version of the game. Even if it is, I suggest waiting until things are announced, hold off on lighting those torches and put down the pitchforks.

    Based on historical evidence on Asian crossover games, we have every right to be extremely skeptical.

    Nah, it;s just the traditional way on this site to turn on whatever they've hyped up in the heavens previously.

  • ScotScot UKPosts: 5,769Member Uncommon

    "Also... you can have My Little Pony-emblazoned ships. HOO-AH!"

    That had to send a shiver through any true gamer anywhere. It does show that what they say is true, even when it comes to sandbox you can have too much of a good thing.

  • KeksXKeksX NoNeedPosts: 47Member

    Hello guys,

    I'm the writer of the review. First of all many thanks to MMORPG.com for mentioning me! I hope you had a good read with my terrible writing skills! :)

     

    Now, to some of the comments:

     

    I really wished you would read my whole review. Yes, I am disappointed that it is quest heavy and also disappointed that it is not a 100% sandbox, but I am also surprised how sandboxy the game feels if you just let it be. Once you are high enough in lvl you don't have to touch a quest ever again, I lvld both my Lv50 chars mainly through crafting/grinding/etc to 50 after I reached a certain lvl(43~44). This is something I did not mention, but should. This weekend I will add a new section called "The Future of ArcheAge", explaining what XLGames promised to bring into the game and I will also get more detailed with some of the information I have written(such as leveling and the sandbox feeling).

    Trading, Piracy and all the stuff happening around it make the game a truly unique experience and I hope you guys give the game at least a chance.

     

    Also, the only reason why ArcheAge is doing bad in korea is that XLGames does not know what Koreans want; they didn't bring VERY important updates(sieges, factions) for a long time and some of them are still not there, and the F2P change already brought a LOT of annoying bots and so koreans left. I did talk a bit about that in my review, but this is another topic I can cover thanks to Fido:

    http://archeage-online.de/forum/showthread.php?1426-Aktuelle-News-aus-der-Releaseversion&p=38143&viewfull=1#post38143 (For anyone using google translate).

     

    So yeah, I hope that some of you will read the review and change their mind, because thats why I decided to write it in the first place: I was horribly disappointed at first, but had a HUGE surprise after playing it. I wanted to show you guys why. It's not perfect, but I'll be damned if I didn't play the game for the past 3 months straight without even THINKING about stopping.

     

     
     
     
  • ScalplessScalpless SnowballvillePosts: 1,396Member Uncommon

    I think AA looks like a good game. It's pretty much what it was promised to be like. Then again, I guess some people are always disappointed when the devs deliver exactly what was promised and not what the players in question imagined to be promised.

    Also, thanks for the info dump, KeksX. It's a good one.

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