I have been willfully trying to remain silent when it comes to all things ArcheAge.Â Since many of you are asking me what I think about what we’re seeing in videos, QA, and other releases, I’ll go ahead and comment but I’m not sure it’s going to please the diehard fans out there.
ArcheAge is promising a ton.Â In my opinion, too much.Â Why too much?Â Because the promises and scope of the game have crossed over from “OMG AWESOME CAN’T WAIT” to “I just can’t believe it until I see it.”Â Graev and I have a line that we always repeat to each other when things depart from the scope of believability.Â It’s spoken in a Peter Molyneux accent: “You can literally live in the world, build a ship, have a house, feel the living breathing world…” yada yada you get the idea.
That’s my first issue with the game.Â I just don’t believe they’re going to execute on their plan.Â I don’t even know if they’ve already done it in Asia already or not and even if they have I still would not believe it until I see it.Â That leads me to my second issue with the game.Â It’s not being designed to target the Western market first.Â It was designed for the Asian market and it’s being localized for the West.Â That has always been a direct path to disappointment for me.Â Games like Aion and FFXIV might have been amazing for some but they fell flat for me.Â I don’t like the same things, some of the hallmarks, their market likes.Â Â That worries me a TON.
Looking at the official website I see stuff like “Build a ship with your own hands” and building your own house and turning it into a home to relax or a shop to make things.Â I should be drooling and freaking out like this kid but I’m too busy looking for the catch, the trick, or the source of inevitable disappointment.Â It’s not from being jaded, either.Â I just get a bad feeling about this one like something just isn’t right.Â My suggestion to my readers would be to use caution when getting excited about this one.Â I would rather be wrong and pleasantly surprised given these warnings signs rather than get excited and suffer the let down.
All of that said…. the game looks amazing and I want it to be good.