Xl Games Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Xl Games RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network ArcheAge getting server "Evolutions" and new servers next month https://www.gameskinny.com/k5fyp/archeage-getting-server-evolutions-and-new-servers-next-month https://www.gameskinny.com/k5fyp/archeage-getting-server-evolutions-and-new-servers-next-month Sat, 15 Aug 2015 14:56:04 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Love it or hate it, ArcheAge is definitely has a unique place in the current MMORPG market -- but anyone not on the up and up in regards to the game's housing and economic system may be really perplexed as to why Trion is simultaneously removing and adding new servers to the game next month.

Three things are taking place in the middle of next month that ArcheAge players should be aware about:

  • Multiple low-population servers are being merged into brand new single servers. This is what Trion is referring to as server Evolutions.
  • Servers transfers will be taking place for players who would rather join the ranks on the high population servers than go through with an Evolution.
  • New Fresh Start servers are being added (one for NA and the other for EU) with separate auction house clusters than the other servers, for a "launch-like" experience. These require brand new characters.

All three of these things are pretty big deals, since players currently on low population servers are going to lose their land in the merges and transfers -- if you're on one of the affected servers, you might want to take off work the day the Evolution to get some land.

Server Evolutions

The servers being merged during the Evolution are as follows:

North America
  • Inoch and Calleil are being merged to make Hanure.
  • Ezi and Lucius are being merged to make Nazar.
  • Naima and Enla are being merged to make Kraken.
Europe
  • Aier and Orchidna are being merged to make Anthalon.
  • Nui and Janudar are being merged to make Leviathan.
  • Melisara and Nebe are being merged to make Sirothe.

Servers not mentioned above will not be affected during the Evolution process, though players on the current servers mentioned above have the option to transfer to an already-present server. Players who are currently on a high population server are exempt from all of the above.

The new servers will be almost completely fresh, and as such there will be a land rush on the day they are released. But their economies will be tied with the high population servers because of the auction house clusters. Only the brand new servers, Morpheus (NA) and Rangora (EU) will have separate auction houses from the other servers.

Transfers

If you're ready to jump ship from your current server and aren't too keen on being merged with another low population server, you better get ready to go through with the server transfer process lasting from August 25th to September 4th. This is the only window you will have to get a free server transfer during the Evolution process.

Those who apply to be moved to another server will be migrated on September 8th, before the 1.8/2.0 patch and Evolution.

There is a whole list of transfer restrictions found in the transfer and Evolution FAQ that you should read so you can get ready.

The big patch will be happening in the middle of September, after which ArcheAge will finally be sitting at the 2.0 version of the game and the new Fresh Start servers will be live.

Even if you aren't included in the Evolution process, you should read the transfer and Evolution FAQ to read about the (potential) guild cap and what is going to happen to property on Diamond Shores with the 2.0 update. Be sure to pop any questions you have in the megathread on the official ArcheAge forums asking for player questions to be answered on August 20th. Good or bad, the game is progressing next month and it's good to be in the know.

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ArcheAge Russia - Foreign IPs Blocked (Updated - Block Sort of Removed!) https://www.gameskinny.com/21bgb/archeage-russia-foreign-ips-blocked-updated-block-sort-of-removed https://www.gameskinny.com/21bgb/archeage-russia-foreign-ips-blocked-updated-block-sort-of-removed Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:33:35 -0400 Ashley Shankle

I hope you ArcheAge fans didn't buy the monthly premium subscription for the Russian version of the game. XLGAMES requested Russian publisher Mail.ru to block overseas IP addresses.

ArcheAge Russia launched its open beta just last month to much fanfare in Russia and the international community. You may have had to pay real money to actually be able to farm, but it was better than nothing, as there is currently no other release Westerners can easily get into.

Foreigners who were playing the game before the IP block was put into place know about the English patch, and probably about XLGAMES cracking down on it in ArcheAge Source and other parts of the internet. The developer just doesn't seem to want us to play the game yet, and is going out of their way to make sure we wait for Trion's release.

The following countries have been spared from the block and can access the game:

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Republic of Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgystan
  • Moldova
  • Russia
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Limited: Abkhazia and South Ossetia

Update - Block removed

Mail.ru has taken a step back from their decision to block foreign IP addresses outright, likely due to the steep decrease in player numbers and attempts at getting a refund after it was put in place.

The updated news post on the situation can be found here on the official ArcheAge Russia site.

The above said, it does look like foreign players will no longer be able to make an account for the game. Mail.ru mentions in the linked post they are in negotiations with XLGAMES to come up with a solution. This hopefully will not lead to another spanning IP block.

XLGAMES being heavy-handed is a bit scary

It's not a secret that I am really looking forward to ArcheAge, even despite the damage the 1.0 patch did to the Korean version of the game. I've been waiting for it a long time, and if it weren't for my lack of Russian knowledge, I would have given the RU version a spin by now.

That said, XLGAMES being so heavy-handed on Westerners trying to access the first actually accessible version of the game is very disappointing. Is it so hard to let your international fans play one version of the game? Judging from ArcheAge Source, the majority of international players will hop to Trion Worlds' localization as soon as they can. How much could they lose from leaving the Russian version IP block-free?

If you've paid any attention to ArcheAge from an international standpoint, you know XLGAMES is essentially handling the localization of each release and handing it off to foreign publishers. This is at least happening with Russia and North America/Europe; it's difficult to comment on the Japanese and Chinese versions.

One has to consider that maybe it's not XLGAMES pushing for these stringent anti-foreigner policies, but Trion Worlds.

The two companies are reportedly working close together on the project. Would it be too far off to guess the Russian IP block is really at the request of Trion, who spoke to XLGAMES, who in turn spoke to Mail.ru on the issue? Something to think on, but regardless of the answer, it makes me uneasy.

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ArcheAge in English 'Friends and Family' Alpha https://www.gameskinny.com/qavyi/archeage-in-english-friends-and-family-alpha https://www.gameskinny.com/qavyi/archeage-in-english-friends-and-family-alpha Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:20:14 -0500 Ashley Shankle

We've heard a great deal about ArcheAge over the past year, but we've seen very little in the way of an English release. With the Korean launch having happened a year ago and the game making the rounds in Japan, China, and Russia;  it's almost time for the English-speaking world to take a crack at it.

It was announced early last year that Trion Worlds, best known for MMORPG RIFT, was at the head of the ArcheAge localization for North America and Europe. Very little word on the game's localization has been publicly mentioned until now.

Trion Worlds is currently allowing friends and family to alpha test ArcheAge, with 80% of the UI and much of the quest text translated to a point. Further translations and the implementation of the in-game store are still on the chopping block before Trion will begin moving toward the beta phase.

Now for some potentially better news!

MMORPG.com user Dauzqul posted a snippet from a Trion Worlds RIFT Q&A from last week, in which antsy ArcheAge Source members chimed in witha couple of questions about ArcheAge and its localization.

Trion's Dahanese mentions either news about beta or the beta itself will be coming 'much sooner' than in 6 months' time.

Dahanese: no AA today.
Dahanese: we haven't announced our date yet
Dahanese: but soooon
[...]
Dahanese: much sooner than 6 months

You can read the entire conversation in this post on MMORPG.com.

With the rest of the world either already having seen or played the game, it's about time we see some real information from Trion Worlds over the much-anticipated English release. A little late is better than nothing at all.

Those anticipating seeing Jake Song's sandbox MMORPG make its way over here may be nervous about ArcheAge seeing the light in North America and Europe in 2014. With big MMORPG names like Wildstar and The Elder Scrolls Online seeing release this year, Trion Worlds will have to be careful about their timing lest they lose their thunder.

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ArcheAge Brings it Home at Korea Game Awards 2013 https://www.gameskinny.com/2gebb/archeage-brings-it-home-at-korea-game-awards-2013 https://www.gameskinny.com/2gebb/archeage-brings-it-home-at-korea-game-awards-2013 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:28:34 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Did ArcheAge fall off your radar? Some feel its fallen off of Western publisher Trion Worlds' radar as well, but the game is most certainly still alive in South Korea and even took home three awards yesterday during the Korea Game Awards 2013.

Despite steadily declining player numbers and claims that the game is 'too Western', XLGAMES and its co-founder/MMO mastermind Jake Song brought home the President's Award (best game of the year). ArcheAge also won an award for the game's 'planning and scenario', and another for its visuals.

Those of you hoping for news of an international release are still out of luck, as Trion continues to keep silent on the progress of ArcheAge's localization and closed beta. Those of you intrigued by the game's sandbox elements and removal from the standard MMO fare can head to the official site and get signed up for the closed beta.

A post from a Trion employee four months ago claimed they may be heading toward closed beta 'within the next few months', but that period has come and gone. Hopefully we hear more on ArcheAge's localization sometime before the end of the year.

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ArcheAge Russia's Payment Model Kicked in Teeth After Outcry https://www.gameskinny.com/bokt6/archeage-russias-payment-model-kicked-in-teeth-after-outcry https://www.gameskinny.com/bokt6/archeage-russias-payment-model-kicked-in-teeth-after-outcry Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:54:46 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Russian ArcheAge publisher Mail.ru stirred up some major player outcry last week after revealing the game's payment model heavily favoring players who open their wallets. Just eight days later, the publisher is considering changing their minds on the proposed model.

This handy-dandy chart gives a look at the business model Mail.ru released to the public last week, translation courtesy of MMOzg.net (Russian).

It's not difficult to see what the outcry was about. With the model proposed above, free players would be starved for Labor Points at all times thanks to the 500 cap and 2 per five-minute recovery rate. Additionally, the Crystal and Arc system as a whole would put more pressure on trade routes (and piracy) and make it difficult for players to justify the risk of trading.

After a massive rumble among Russian ArcheAge fans (including a petition on Change.org), Mail.ru has spoken up to let people know they are listening and that they will be taking a look at the proposed model, stating they will either be refining this model, combining it with the one used on ArcheAge Korea, or simply using an identical model to that of Korea.

While the game may be slowly yet visibly making its way to Russia under Mail.ru, Trion Worlds continues to be silent on the game's release elsewhere. Even a potential business model reveal would be nice at this point, to get the flames of hype going again.

(Via MMO Culture)

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Rumor - ArcheAge Developer Restructuring After Poor Korean Reception? https://www.gameskinny.com/c34bw/rumor-archeage-developer-restructuring-after-poor-korean-reception https://www.gameskinny.com/c34bw/rumor-archeage-developer-restructuring-after-poor-korean-reception Mon, 02 Sep 2013 15:36:44 -0400 Ashley Shankle

While we may be excited to see ArcheAge here in the west, the game may not be doing so great in its native South Korea. According to one rumor from industry insiders in Korea, developer XL GAMES may be preparing for a company restructure after the game has failed to meet expectations.

ArcheAge enjoyed a brief subscription-only period early in its release but saw a switch to the free to play model just a couple of months ago in order to pull in more players. Several of the game's features and updates just don't sit well with the Korean market, with many players thinking the game was developed in the west upon release.

Do keep in mind this is only a rumor and it does not reflect on how well the game will do in North America, Europe, and Australia once it is localized and published by Trion Worlds. If this rumor does turn out to be true, we will still be getting the game sometime in 2014.

XL GAMES may not be having the greatest luck with ArcheAge in Korea, but its recent Japanese release is rumored to be a success and the developer is working on Civilization Online, which is receiving massive hype in nearly every regional market.

(Via MMO Culture)

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Civilization Online May Not Make It to North America https://www.gameskinny.com/2te7r/civilization-online-may-not-make-it-to-north-america https://www.gameskinny.com/2te7r/civilization-online-may-not-make-it-to-north-america Fri, 09 Aug 2013 14:17:24 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Civilization Online sure does look nice, right?  Unfortunately we may not be seeing it in the North America. Brian Roundy of publisher 2K Games spoke with PC Gamer yesterday stating they currently have "no plans for a North American release at this time".

This news is not much of a surprise considering development studio XL Games is based in South Korea and the market in that region is much more open to these types of unorthodox MMO titles. All of this on top of the fact that licensing the title in the States would likely come with a hefty fee means our chances of seeing this title in North America sit squarely upon how well the title does in South Korea.

Oddly enough, nothing was mentioned about a release in Europe. This is likely due to PC Gamer not asking about a 'Western' release instead of a 'North American' release, as opposed to there being a surprise for Europe.

Considering the South Korean market's taste for free to play titles with hefty cash shops, it will be interesting to see how Civilization Online plays out in its home market. XL Games is a very competent studio, but some things that fly with the MMO market just won't fly among the 4X strategy fanbase in the West. This surprise cross-genre title has quite a few uphill battles to fight before it can be considered for a North American and European release.

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Trion Finally Speaks on ArcheAge Localization, Testing Timeframe https://www.gameskinny.com/wz0lb/trion-finally-speaks-on-archeage-localization-testing-timeframe https://www.gameskinny.com/wz0lb/trion-finally-speaks-on-archeage-localization-testing-timeframe Tue, 23 Jul 2013 20:26:15 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Of the three notable sandbox MMORPGs on the horizon, ArcheAge is the one we know the most about. The game's crafting and trade route sandbox elements are one of a kind, and the international community is just waiting with bated breath to get their hands on the mega-sandbox from XL Games.

RIFT publisher Trion Worlds is handling the localization and release of ArcheAge to the Western market, and they have done a pretty good job of keeping the whole job hush-hush until yesterday thanks to an ArcheAge Source forum post by Trion Worlds community manager James "Elrar" Nichols.

Localization and Westernization

The post from Nichols makes it very clear the task of translating from Korean into English is no small order, stating they are currently a over 1,000,000 words of translated text and climbing.

Part of the localization process is taking the differences between Korean and Western cultures into consideration. Figuring out how to make whole honorifics part of the Korean language translate well into English is tough. 'Seonsaengnim' be damned.

Nichols also makes it very clear they are trying to avoid too much Westernization in mechanics during the localization process in order for future updates to be pushed out quickly and easily. What's more, is why fix what isn't broken in the first place? This is a good move by Trion, considering the success TERA has had over the past few months with frequent, minimally Westernized updates.

Waiting is the hardest part

We all want to know when ArcheAge is going to enter its first closed beta phase, but it seems we have a while to wait.

Nichols makes it clear the game is not near its first closed testing phase, which will begin once the account and server infrastructure is in place. He speculates this may all be done sometime within the next few months, and that the testing phase itself will last at least a few months.

Be sure to read the entire post over on ArcheAge Source and buckle down for what is a reasonably small wait considering the game's six year development time. Let's hope James "Elrar" Nichols makes an appearance with more juicy information while we wait for the first closed beta test.

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ArcheAge Goes Free to Play in South Korea https://www.gameskinny.com/ozv9v/archeage-goes-free-to-play-in-south-korea https://www.gameskinny.com/ozv9v/archeage-goes-free-to-play-in-south-korea Wed, 12 Jun 2013 22:55:20 -0400 Ashley Shankle

ArcheAge may be getting ready to enter closed beta here in the West, but the game has been chugging along in South Korea since January as a pay to play game. In a move that is certainly to boost the game back into the top 5 games in the region, XL Games is shifting the sandbox MMO to a free to play model on July 3, with premium benefits.

While this may seem like ArcheAge is doing poorly in South Korea, the title is still the 9th most played game in the country at the time of writing.

After July 3, players will be able to purchase either 30 or 90 day packages with multiple benefits to the player. Premium users will be able to own a house, and recover labor points more quickly. In addition to these benefits, premium players will also receive item vouchers and periodic buffs.

This new model sounds much like that found in RIFT and TERA, though the housing paywall sounds like a large negative to free players.

On ArcheAge's Western Release

Massively has a sizable article on how Trion is handling the game's localization, which is well worth the read for those interested in giving it a try upon open beta or release. It seems Trion and XL Games are working together to create a good experience for international players, and that is good to see.

It seems more and more likely we will see ArcheAge launch as a free to play title internationally. Will the paywall on housing stick overseas, and if so will it negatively affect how well the game does? Only time will tell.

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ArcheAge Closed Beta Registration Now Open in The West https://www.gameskinny.com/kee8q/archeage-closed-beta-registration-now-open-in-the-west https://www.gameskinny.com/kee8q/archeage-closed-beta-registration-now-open-in-the-west Tue, 11 Jun 2013 23:15:48 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Are you ready for the massive sandbox world of ArcheAge? You don't have to be just yet, but the game's closed beta is on the horizon. Registrations are now open for the Trion Worlds-published sandbox MMO, and they can be accessed on the official site.

For those uninitiated, ArcheAge was developed by XL Games under the watchful eye of the original Lineage developer, Jake Song. The game's primary draw is the massive amount of sandbox elements that create a persistent, player-created world. Players can farm, create non-instanced housing, build castles, sail, and more. There really is a lot of stuff for players to participate in and create, which is what makes the game unique.

ArcheAge saw its Korean release in January after seven years of development. Trion Worlds picked up international publishing rights for a Western release soon after and will handling the game in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The closed beta registration is open to players within those regions.

Below are a few videos showing some of the features found in ArcheAge so you have an idea of what you could be getting yourself into. Be sure to sign up for closed beta on the official site and check out the game's Facebook page for periodic info!

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