Trion Worlds has been pretty quiet about the western localization of XL Games’ ArcheAge for a while now. We finally heard some news tonight in a recent Q&A session ArcheAge Source held with Scott Hartsman. The fantasy sandbox MMORPG is going through a major overhaul by XL Games as they try and fix many of the current issues in the original Korean release. Everything from the game’s economy to the leveling journey, possible endgame progression routes, and class balance is going to be receiving major overhauls. As such, Trion feels that they should wait until these changes are implemented before bringing ArcheAge over to our shores.
In the meantime, XL Games has been working to localize the game in Russia. There’s a lot of work in localizing an MMO for an international release, and since international releases are done serially, this all means that, well– it could be a while before we see ArcheAge release in the west.
For now, Trion is hoping to sate our appetites for all things ArcheAge by supplying the community with more in the way of news updates, lore updates, and additional Q&A sessions such as this one. The localization team is meanwhile working hard to ensure we get the best English version of the game and story as possible. Translations, lore, and cultural impact all have a significant effect on how well international games do in a different part of the world, so the more time Trion gets to perfect everything, the better release we should see.
For the full interview, check it out here.