ArcheAge Fan Demographic Survey 2014

It’s that time of the year again! This year’s ArcheAge Fan Demographics Survey is now live and ready for your input. All the old questions have returned, accompanied by a new section for ArcheAge fans who have played the Korean, Chinese, Japanese or Russian version of the game!

We need your responses to gauge the community’s general feelings about revenue models, player versus player combat, player versus environment quests, fansites, official forums, social media and a bunch of other topics. Click the link below to get started!


The survey is available in both German and French (thanks goes to Fido for the German translation).

The results of 2012’s and 2013’s surveys are available for download on ArcheAgeSource.com.


Happy Holidays ArcheAge Fans!


ArcheAgeGame.com Updates

Trion Worlds’ ArcheAge teaser website, ArcheAgeGame.com, has been active for almost a year now. For months it beckoned visitors to register to receive updates about ArcheAge’s localization and testing. Finally Trion has made some significant updates to the site’s structure and content, adding a “Game” page that describes the ArcheAge’s features in some detail and a blog-type “Updates” page that currently contains a “Welcome” post and one lore entry. We’ve included the lore entry below for your reading pleasure.

A half-age before the Exodus, twelve companions set forth on an expedition that would give rise to our world at the cost of their own. A detailed accounting of their journey was discovered in Gods and Heroes, a book attributed to Lucius Quinto, the expedition’s ill-fated bard.

12th Day; 7th Moon

What if the legend was true?

It was an uncommon question, one quickly banned from the courts and cathedrals of Delphinad. In the mead halls, it was ignored in favor of cheap ballads, stories of lust and coin that filled the cups of the hungry and hopeless.

But for us, twelve friends with twelve reasons to find the birthplace of the world, it became an obsession. It was only a matter of time before our feet began to follow our hearts: North, toward the Hiram Mountains.

Mountains that will be the death of us all.

Three peaks into our crossing, we are tired, cold, and ugly. Teeth of frost hang from our hair and our noses, covering skin pulled taught over sunken cheeks. There are no pleasures of bed or table. Just snow, ice, and endless rock.

What if the legend was true?

Is it foolish to hold out hope? What if we found the source of all magic – how many would be left to harvest its power?

I see different questions in my companions’ eyes. Hungry questions. They wonder what sweet succor you’d find in Firran meat, what morsels could be torn from our Astra’s ribs.

One in particular sets my teeth to chatter: Orchidna, a curious spirit hiding in the flesh of a child. If only she possessed a child’s ways, a child’s enthusiasm or brightness ….

But no. She’s the same creature who was shunned in Delphinad, hiking as numbly through the grandest adventure of her life as down the city streets she would wander for days on end.

Orchidna is an ever-present reminder: What if the legend is true? And what if it’s like nothing we ever expected?

It is safe to assume ArcheAgeGame.com will be redesigned again when beta testing begins next year.

In case this is our last post for 2013, have a safe and happy year-end holiday! :)


Scott Hartsman feeds starving ArcheAge fans!

After a prolonged silence, Trion Worlds’ public relations machine has seemingly sprung back to life via a live question and answer session with CEO Scott Hartsman. During the AMA hosted by MMORPG.com, Hartsman describes some of the reasons why Trion’s been so quiet about ArcheAge and what fans can expect from the company within the next few months. ArcheAgeSource.com has compiled all of Hartsman’s ArcheAge-related responses into one document for you to read. Enjoy!

Hi, everyone! I’m Scott Hartsman, the CEO at Trion Worlds.

I’ve been working in online games of all sizes and shapes and MMOs for almost my entire career, as everything from a GM, designer, engineer, director, producer, to this current gig as a CEO. This most recent job is all about making sure that great people are able to make and run great game services that provide the best experience for our communities that they possibly can.

The most notable games I’ve been involved with were launching Rift as its exec producer, and working with EverQuest and EQ2 different roles in the years prior. In that time I’ve worked at companies of all sizes, too – From bootstrapping a couple startups, to working in midsized companies, to working in an MMO division of a massive multinational company.

In my own time, I’m a dedicated (mostly PC) gamer – I’ve been a hardcore RIFT and EQ/2 player (among other MMOs), am a more recent Defiance player, and still try to check out as many MMOs as I can. I also enjoy the Skyrims and Borderlandses and Bioshocks of the world, while being a Minecrafter, a former Puzzle and Dragonner, and a recovering Magicholic.

I kind of like games.

Also, earlier this year we adopted a corgi. His name is Kirby. He’s just about the greatest thing ever.

Feel free to ask me anything about what’s going on at Trion, in games online or off, the business side of games or startups, being half of a pair of new dogparents, or anything else, and I’ll answer whatever I can beginning in a half hour!

I should probably also be a good CEO and mention: In honor of RIFT’s return to Steam, which just launched minutes ago, we’re kicking off a week of celebration in both RIFT and Defiance, with all kinds of bonuses and excitement in both games — details going up on our blogs shortly!

Read the entire article here!


ArcheAge Twitch.tv Channel

A couple months ago we registered the Twitch.tv/ArcheAge channel. Since then it’s been used only a couple times by Keks and ArcheAdmin to livestream ArcheAge gameplay and answer questions during E3. After some encouragement from the ArcheAge fan community, Twitch.tv approved our channel as an official partner. Now we’ve got streamers from the community lined up each day of the week to broadcast. Come watch them play, ask questions and talk to the community!

Want to be part of the Twitch.tv ArcheAge channel streaming team? Read this article.

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