Trion Worlds will publish and operate South Korean developer XLGames' massively multiplayer online role-playing game ArcheAge through its Red Door third-party platform in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the company announced today.
ArcheAge launched in South Korea on Jan. 16 for Windows PC. Set on a pair of continents in a fantasy world, the game includes no traditional character classes or skill tree systems, and incorporates sandbox elements to allow players to craft their own experiences. Players can build their own "class" by choosing three abilities from a list of ten unique sets, organize their own quests and even claim and build their own countries.
"We're thrilled to be working with Trion Worlds, a company who is setting a new standard for gaming by embracing original, high-quality IPs on a dynamic connected platform," said CEO and founder of XLGames Jake Song in a press release. "We are impressed with Trion's track record as they have consistently delivered against an unwavering vision; we are confident partnering with Trion will help bring ArcheAge a successful game that satisfies audience both in East and West."
Red Door is a joint publishing and developing platform that provides third-party studios with the tools required to develop software and create flexible monetization models. Other third-party titles currently lined up for launch on Red Door include Crytek's first-person shooter Warface. Trion will co-publish and assist in operating Warface, which will be streamed through Crytek's Gface platform and powered by Red Door.
"We're very impressed with ArcheAge, and the level of anticipation for the game is absolutely astonishing," said CEO and founder of Trion Worlds Dr. Lars Buttler. "We are very proud of the catalog of world-class games we will be offering through Red Door. Now, with ArcheAge, we are bringing the best in Asia onto our platform."