Well, that’s what the email I got from them is claiming. It seems that Trion Worlds and XLGames have entered into a strategic partnership which will see Trion Worlds bringing the XLGames title “ArcheAge” to Western markets…And they claim it “is poised to be the most polished massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) coming out of Asia.“. The game will be hosted on Trion Worlds’ Red Door platform in North America, Europe, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand.
A couple of things here…
First off, I really like Trion Worlds. They’ve been getting busy all over the MMO market for a while now and they’re really helping to raise the MMO bar over the level of utter shit it’s been dangling in since Blizzard ruined World of Warcraft with that stupid dungeon finder button and the massive train wreck that was Wrath of the Lich King. Thus far, they’ve done a good job of giving people a lot of options and they’re continuing down that path. That being said, I’m not sure how successful they’ll be marketing an Asian MMORPG to the players in the states who have their heads lodged so far up the backside of WoW that they’ve got a permanent brown ring around their chests. Don’t get me wrong, I really hope they can pull it off but…It’s going to be a tough one, especially in the face of other upcoming MMO releases like The Elder Scrolls Online and Dragon’s Prophet, both of which are getting ready to hit closed beta, any minute now.
Second, and this is a big one…We all know the Asian developers are all about giving us slamming graphics and hot action and lots of crazy gameplay. This is something that can’t be disputed. It also can’t be disputed that they’ve done a really good job of it, so far. The problem is that there are a bunch of them on the horizon and they ALL have a lot to prove. From Dragon’s Prophet, which is being developed by Runewaker and published by Sony Online Entertainment, to Tera, which was developed by Bluehole Studio and published by En Masse entertainment, there are a lot of really, REALLY pretty Asian MMO’s out there and they are all pretty polished.
If they really have the most polished Asian MMORPG, I’ll be REALLY excited.
I suppose we’re going to have to wait and see how things go. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.