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ArcheAge: What's Up with ArcheAge

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,632MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Trion Worlds' CEO Scott Hartsman took time from his schedule to be interviewed by ArcheAge Source about what Trion Worlds has been up to recently with regard to the game's Western release. Hartsman talks about the localization efforts, game improvements and much more.

It’s been a while since we’ve said anything about ArcheAge. What’s the hold up?



I mentioned some of this in my last update on AA a few weeks ago in an MMO is insanely hard. To do it with four different locales lined up behind the initial launch is like doing it on insanely-hard mode, and the job XL has done so far with so many pressures has really been commendable.



While the time between signing and where we are now has also been frustrating for me as a gamer, as a producer I understand that it’s for the best. This is mostly for two reasons:



  • XL can only work on so many things at a time while they strive to constantly improve their live Korean service, and that’s necessitated them working on the partnered launches serially. Working on all the locales at once would have put them in a spot where they couldn’t succeed with any of them.


  • Our locale being where it is in the lineup (after Russia) means that we’ll be benefitting from a lot of what they’ve learned with both their native game as well as the locales in between.


The great news out of Russia this week, about the Russian closed beta beginning this December, does mean that XL will be able to return focus to Trion’s locales, which is very well timed -- It comes right as we’re able to talk a little about their incoming game improvements, which our version will be benefitting from by launching cleanly with them already in place.

Read more at the link above. It's a terrific interview.

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  • KumaponKumapon Vancouver, BCPosts: 705Member Uncommon

    Good to hear that Trion is still alive. Sometimes I wonder...lol

     

     

  • RecoreRecore Posts: 5,095Member Uncommon
    I just want the core game with out all the cosmetic stuff.
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  • RazeeksterRazeekster Solon, MEPosts: 2,201Member Uncommon
    So basically XLGames was more focused on it being released in Russia and not a ton of work has been done for the NA version... Expect to wait another 10 years I guess. Majorly disappointed.

    Smile

  • bentrimbentrim Posts: 133Member Uncommon
    I was really excited about this game ...2 years ago....Another 2 years before U.S. launch. Ummmm no thanks, not interested.
  • AsboAsbo ManchesterPosts: 796Member Uncommon

    This game will end up contesting against TESO so there will be no contest IMO Asian or Western again no contest. IMO the game is already looking out of date and if they don't improve the game play from what I've already seen then it will just end up as another Linage type game but with bobbles on.

    I'm not going to even bother beta testing never mind paying for it.

    Asbo

  • RazeeksterRazeekster Solon, MEPosts: 2,201Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by NightBandit

    This game will end up contesting against TESO so there will be no contest IMO Asian or Western again no contest. IMO the game is already looking out of date and if they don't improve the game play from what I've already seen then it will just end up as another Linage type game but with bobbles on.

    I'm not going to even bother beta testing never mind paying for it.

    Pretty sure this game is already better than ESO... Build houses where you want, be a pirate and sail on the seas, explore for underwater treasure in diving gear, sieges, gliding over vast plains, a court and jail system... Yeah, even if it is taking a ridiculous amount of time to be published in the NA I'd rather play this game than another generic themepark.

     

    Also, I played the Open Beta of the game in Japan and the graphics look pretty great so no clue what you're going on about the graphics being "outdated."

    Smile

  • AlomarAlomar Middle Earth, NJPosts: 449Member Uncommon
    Eh was hoping for a late 2013 Western release for this, since that's not happening I don't plan on giving it a go anymore, shame. Got ESO to look forward to though.

    Dozens of MMO's, RTS's, FPS's, etc.

  • OtakunOtakun New Providence, PAPosts: 864Member
    As each month ticks by is less and less money that Trion and XL is earning. The lack of updates and news concerning the game is already a sign of how the company feels about the NA playerbase. Can already see the lack of game updates and Trion's damage control trying to ease the NA playerbase into believing that XL gives a crap about us. 
     
  • bbethelbbethel las vegas, NVPosts: 199Member

    I was excited now i just don't care about this game. 

    Trion is taking way to long to get this game to the US. I am giving up on wanting any info on this game.  

    Wow I just went on there website and there is no info just a beta sign up still after all this time nothing. What is Trion thinking?

  • SimsuSimsu Corvallis, ORPosts: 360Member Uncommon
    The only thing I have to say is that the longer that it takes for XL games to put this game out in NA markets the more competition it will have from other games. When ArcheAge was first announced, and came out in Korea, I was very excited about playing it, but now that the NA release has continued to be delayed and other games have been announced I'm not nearly as excited about it as I once was.
  • DamonVileDamonVile Vancouver, BCPosts: 4,818Member
    Originally posted by bbethel

    I was excited now i just don't care about this game. 

    Trion is taking way to long to get this game to the US. I am giving up on wanting any info on this game.  

    Wow I just went on there website and there is no info just a beta sign up still after all this time nothing. What is Trion thinking?

    How far did you read into this interview before you posted this ? 2 words ? 3 ?

  • RazeeksterRazeekster Solon, MEPosts: 2,201Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by bbethel

    I was excited now i just don't care about this game. 

    Trion is taking way to long to get this game to the US. I am giving up on wanting any info on this game.  

    Wow I just went on there website and there is no info just a beta sign up still after all this time nothing. What is Trion thinking?

    As someone else pointed out, this is mainly XLGames fault and there seeming indifference towards the NA. Although I blame Trion for not having the gall to speak up and tell XLGames that they need to communicate better and more frequently than they do.

    Smile

  • wangkomwangkom Leesburg, VAPosts: 119Member
    I cant friggin believe that Russia will have a beta before the NA, what a big joke.
  • bcbullybcbully Westland, MIPosts: 8,279Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by wangkom
    I cant friggin believe that Russia will have a beta before the NA, what a big joke.

    Here's why. In America the game needs to be "Blizzard Perfect" or the forums and rating pages will erupt with 1 scores. Russians are gritty gamers much like the Chinese. 

  • PicchuPicchu Clemson, SCPosts: 20Member
    Originally posted by bcbully
    Originally posted by wangkom
    I cant friggin believe that Russia will have a beta before the NA, what a big joke.

    Here's why. In America the game needs to be "Blizzard Perfect" or the forums and rating pages will erupt with 1 scores. Russians are gritty gamers much like the Chinese. 

    This pretty much. Which is why I'm still surprised that XL is willing to work with a NA version. As seen from this thread, it will just be "Why can't they put the US first for EVERYTHING??????? We're obviously the best and XL just HATES us!! They need to put us first for all content releases (before even Korea), make sure we have hotfixes 5 minutes after the forums discover a problem, and just make us feel like the wonderful thing that the US is!"

    I say this as a proud US citizen.

  • tom_goretom_gore TamperePosts: 1,796Member Uncommon

    So practically he had nothing to say about the western release, except that it's happening sometime in the future. Gee, thanks Scott!

    I'm so excited! Oh wait, I'm not, really. Not anymore.

    Either they are completely oblivious to what it means to build and upkeep hype, or the game is still years away from being released in the west. I'm hoping for the former, but fearing for the latter.

  • Lord.BachusLord.Bachus Den HelderPosts: 9,065Member Uncommon
    Off the radar...

    Best MMO experiences : EQ(PvE), DAoC(PvP), WoW(total package) LOTRO (worldfeel) GW2 (Artstyle and animations and worlddesign) SWTOR (Story immersion) TSW (story) ESO (character advancement)

  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,546Member Uncommon

    It's amazing how folks are not getting the real point -read between the lines - XL Delayed the US release, because they want to fix the issues that Koreans players have complained about the most. Trion is doing damage control here and looking like the bad guys - but that's what you have to do sometimes.

    And as someone who plays AA on Korean servers I agree.

    If AA was released as is - today - in US/EU - players would not get why there are 30 levels of questing and hubs. People would be - I thought this was a sandbox - WTF!!!

    Yeah, the first 30 levels are a tutorial, which makes no sense to any western gamer - XL is fixing that and lots of other things.

    So, people want things NOW without realizing that it's actually better to wait for a few more months and have a 10x better game that western audience can actually appreciate more.

    But, forget all I said - just keep blaming Trion for everything, lol 

  • RazeeksterRazeekster Solon, MEPosts: 2,201Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by DMKano

    It's amazing how folks are not getting the real point -read between the lines - XL Delayed the US release, because they want to fix the issues that Koreans players have complained about the most. Trion is doing damage control here and looking like the bad guys - but that's what you have to do sometimes.

    And as someone who plays AA on Korean servers I agree.

    If AA was released as is - today - in US/EU - players would not get why there are 30 levels of questing and hubs. People would be - I thought this was a sandbox - WTF!!!

    Yeah, the first 30 levels are a tutorial, which makes no sense to any western gamer - XL is fixing that and lots of other things.

    So, people want things NOW without realizing that it's actually better to wait for a few more months and have a 10x better game that western audience can actually appreciate more.

    But, forget all I said - just keep blaming Trion for everything, lol 

    That was a problem I noticed with the Japan version as well. Basically it felt like a linear themepark for 30 levels before the real fun began which was sort of a bummer.

     

    I am glad they are fixing these issues it just seems like most people have lost interest due to having to wait so long.

    Smile

  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,546Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Razeekster
    Originally posted by DMKano

    It's amazing how folks are not getting the real point -read between the lines - XL Delayed the US release, because they want to fix the issues that Koreans players have complained about the most. Trion is doing damage control here and looking like the bad guys - but that's what you have to do sometimes.

    And as someone who plays AA on Korean servers I agree.

    If AA was released as is - today - in US/EU - players would not get why there are 30 levels of questing and hubs. People would be - I thought this was a sandbox - WTF!!!

    Yeah, the first 30 levels are a tutorial, which makes no sense to any western gamer - XL is fixing that and lots of other things.

    So, people want things NOW without realizing that it's actually better to wait for a few more months and have a 10x better game that western audience can actually appreciate more.

    But, forget all I said - just keep blaming Trion for everything, lol 

    That was a problem I noticed with the Japan version as well. Basically it felt like a linear themepark for 30 levels before the real fun began which was sort of a bummer.

     

    I am glad they are fixing these issues it just seems like most people have lost interest due to having to wait so long.

    Since there is not a single other game on the market like AA (taking into account the polish, open world non-instanced PvE/PvP, 120 classes, crafting/farming etc...), the interest will pick up again fast (once beta comes up), and as the game will most likely have the same pay model as Rift - it won't cost anyone a dime to at least try it.

     

  • hasho83hasho83 PlovdivPosts: 28Member Common
    Dohhh im starting to learn Russian language .....
  • tom_goretom_gore TamperePosts: 1,796Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by DMKano

    It's amazing how folks are not getting the real point -read between the lines - XL Delayed the US release, because they want to fix the issues that Koreans players have complained about the most. Trion is doing damage control here and looking like the bad guys - but that's what you have to do sometimes.

    And as someone who plays AA on Korean servers I agree.

    If AA was released as is - today - in US/EU - players would not get why there are 30 levels of questing and hubs. People would be - I thought this was a sandbox - WTF!!!

    Yeah, the first 30 levels are a tutorial, which makes no sense to any western gamer - XL is fixing that and lots of other things.

    So, people want things NOW without realizing that it's actually better to wait for a few more months and have a 10x better game that western audience can actually appreciate more.

    But, forget all I said - just keep blaming Trion for everything, lol 

    I just don't get how removing 30 levels of quest content would take a year to do? ;)

  • KilrainKilrain Prineville, ORPosts: 684Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Razeekster
    Originally posted by NightBandit

    This game will end up contesting against TESO so there will be no contest IMO Asian or Western again no contest. IMO the game is already looking out of date and if they don't improve the game play from what I've already seen then it will just end up as another Linage type game but with bobbles on.

    I'm not going to even bother beta testing never mind paying for it.

    Pretty sure this game is already better than ESO... Build houses where you want, be a pirate and sail on the seas, explore for underwater treasure in diving gear, sieges, gliding over vast plains, a court and jail system... Yeah, even if it is taking a ridiculous amount of time to be published in the NA I'd rather play this game than another generic themepark.

     

    Also, I played the Open Beta of the game in Japan and the graphics look pretty great so no clue what you're going on about the graphics being "outdated."

    Regardless, get excited for something for long enough and it can dwindle down and eventually the excitement goes. This is why hype is a bad thing.

    professional web programming and design.

  • Originally posted by wangkom
    I cant friggin believe that Russia will have a beta before the NA, what a big joke.

    This.

    I was excited now i just don't care about this game. If you game developer and if you ignore big player base dont worry, they will ignore you too. Its nature instinct.. 

  • MawneeMawnee Spring Hill, FLPosts: 197Member Uncommon

    Wow, I was in Korean CB5 like a year and a half ago. While I really, really liked the game..... I worry that by the time it comes out in the US it will already be dated.

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