Trion Worlds To Publish XLGames’ ArcheAge In Western Markets
As if Trion Worlds didn’t have enough on its plate, with Rift chugging along, the impending launch of Defiance, and End of Nations and Warface waiting in the wings — now the publisher has added another highly anticipated title to its library, snagging the rights to publish XLGames’ ArcheAge sandbox MMORPG in North America and Europe.
In an exclusive interview with VentureBeat, Trion CEO Lars Buttler calls ArcheAge‘s creator Jake Song “a perfectionist in every way.” Song was the man behind Lineage and has had ArcheAge in development for six years and beta for two. He said about the deal:
Character creation in ArcheAge is designed to be open-ended, with players choosing three of 10 talents to specialize in, allowing for over 100 different possibilities. The game also includes naval combat, robust trade, flight, housing, epic siege battles, and a legal system. It even has two continents with two different art styles: one for Western gamers and one for Asian players.
The game will be available via Trion’s Red Door publishing platform, which is described in the VB article as “a development platform aimed at speeding up publication and a server architecture designed for dynamic events, where changes happen to the game world on the fly.”
But we have to wonder a little bit at one of Buttler’s statements, the kind that makes gamers cringe when they hear it:
Let the “WoW killer” talk officially begin!