Next up, look for translated interviews with XLGAMES staff from Korean gaming sites. Intrepid community members from ArcheAge fansites like ArcheAge-Online.de have taken it upon themselves to decipher some interesting articles, so you might as well read a few. Here’s the beginning of one from MMOCulture.com:
After a brief teaser at ChinaJoy 2012 talking to the Chinese media, XLGAMES is now preparing for ArcheAge Closed Beta 5 in Korea. A media conference was held as the date draws closer to 16th August, with ArcheAge’s development staff answering various questions. Having gone through over 6 years of development and 4 beta phases, with the previous one lasting 95 days, what new content will be for testing this time? Note that not all information is translated, and may not be 100% accurate. Original article from Inven Korea.
Finally, camp out in the ArcheAgeSource.com beta forums, a hub for the international ArcheAge community! Look for the inevitable threads containing links to livestreams and translated articles. Expect player reviews to be posted after the test is complete, as well.
There’s a rumor being circulated around the internet concerning a potential publisher for ArcheAge in Europe. Fansite ArcheAgeSource.com took it upon itself to collect as much information about the rumor as it could.
The internet’s abuzz with rampant rumors about NCsoft Europe publishing ArcheAge in their territory. We at ArcheAgeSource had our eye on the rumor since it’s original appearance, but we’ve had our interest renewed after being contacted by XLGAMES concerning their origin.
Tthe rumor was crossposted in multiple forums the same day it was posted at MMORPG.com. It’s difficult to say with certainty that MMORPG.com’s forums are the very first instance of the rumor, especially since ArcheAgeSource.com’s staff isn’t fluent in many languages other than English.
The past couple weeks have been a whirlwind of activity for XLGAMES and ArcheAge fans. With the fourth closed beta wrapping up next month, everyone’s excited to see what comes next! XLGAMES is gave fans a preview of what they’ve been working on in the following video uploaded today:
If you’re looking for a comprehensive review of ArcheAge’s CBT4, ArcheAgeSource moderator Entaro has exactly what you want! He’s cooked up a lengthy document that describes the beta’s new or improved features and even tracked down some videos to help illustrate his points. However, with two weeks added on to CBT4′s schedule and the end of the test (March 11th) coming up soon, some finer points of the review are subject to change. It’s a great read regardless, so check it out!
It’s rare that a developer lets so many players into the game design process at such an early stage of development and allows full non-disclosure of the games features.
XLGames has stated that they’re designing ArcheAge with the idea of it being very social. Everything they’ve done so far both in game and the tools that they’ve provided on the official page have shown that they really care about creating a solid community and getting feedback on their game.
Finally, Giuseppe Nelva on DualShockers.com and Jef Reahard and other editors on Massively.com have both been following our news feed here pretty religiously, and we would like to take the time to thank them for their continued support. We also want to thank all of the various European game news sites for their support, as well as all ArcheAge’s Facebook fans and Twitter followers.
The more people around the world that know about ArcheAge, the better!
Congratulations ArcheAge fans, you made it to 2012! Sometime in this new year ArcheAge should be released for retail sale in South Korea (potentially in China and some other territories too). While there’s still no word from XLGAMES about who in North America and Europe will publish our favorite MMO, it’s probably safe to assume that we’ll find out sometime this year.
The past couple weeks have been a blur for the dedicated folks who have been participating in ArcheAge’s CBT4. Betacake’s staff has been posting videos and reviews while BOON Control guild members have written up some really helpful guides for players who are a bit confused about how some of ArcheAge’s more intricate mechanics work. Even broader gaming news sites like Massively and Steparu have increased their output of ArcheAge-related articles, which has helped increase the game’s name recognition quite dramatically among MMORPG fans.
Just this week we were alerted to an article about ArcheAge in Beckett Massive Online Gamer, a real printed western magazine. ArcheAgeSource.com staff nabbed a copy of the Jan/Feb 2012 issue and scanned the three pages that they cared about. While the article doesn’t have much new information in it (if any), it’s still strong physical proof that XLGAMES is serious about getting their game into the hands of fans worldwide.
Howdy folks, we’ve got some great news to share with you all today! Thanks to member Turmain alerting us in a thread on the forums, we heard that there was an article about ArcheAge printed in the Jan/Feb 2012 edition of Beckett Massive Online Gamer. As far as we can tell, this is the first time ArcheAge has been mentioned in the western printed media!
Every ArcheAge fan should get to witness this event, so we went on a quest to find and scan the article. The results can be viewed below. If you want to buy the magazine, visit this link. We’re not trying to take money out of Beckett’s pockets, we just want the world to see this one article.
Finally, the official ArcheAge YouTube account just made public a third weekly recap video detailing (in Korean) some awesome naval features. Note to self: the ship-busting Kraken isn’t to be trifled with!
It’s nearly time to once again walk upon the planet XLGAMES has been feverishly working on for the last couple years. Are you ready? We are. Here’s what you need to know about ArcheAge’s CBT4:
CBT4 begins on December 8th, at 16:00 (4:00 pm) KST (Korea Standard Time).
Testing will last seven hours, from 16:00 to 23:00, Monday through Sunday, excluding Tuesday.
Livestreams and previews/reviews will be available on many ArcheAge community websites. We will make a list of them soon, but we have word that ArcheAgeSource, BOONcontrol, and BetaCake will be participating.
While you’re waiting for CBT4 to begin, why not read some of the recent translated articles kindly provided by ArcheAge fan pathosgray? He’s been hard at work this past week and deserves recognition.