Neowiz Says Bless Online Will Still Be Coming To The West
Gamigo released an official announcement last week that their subsidiary, Aeria Games, and Neowiz will be going their separate ways and that Bless Online "will not be published in Europe and North America.” Gamigo explains the reasons behind the split:
“Unfortunately, the collaboration had to be cancelled because after extensive testing the game did not meet the quality standards of both Neowiz Games and the gamigo group. Jens Knauber, COO of the gamigo group, regrets this development: ‘Together with Neowiz we have come to the conclusion that the technical difficulties cannot be overcome, so we agreed not to complete the game for our respective markets. This has not been an easy decision for us and we put a lot of thought into this step. On the other hand, we have a number of interesting new releases coming up to complement our already strong portfolio, so our players can look forward to several new games in the near future.’”
In a statement to MMORPG.com earlier today, Neowiz explains their side of the story:
“Last September, our partner Aeria Games (AG) shared two major concerns: Ingame performance and combat system. We believe these two need to be polished before coming into the western market. We, Neowiz Bless Studio (NBS), have been working on the two issues, but figured out that more time is required to achieve the satisfactory condition.
This additional development period was not aligned with AGs’ business milestone, and of course we respect AG’s opinions. Thus, both parties have agreed to terminate the publishing contract of Bless in EU/NA.”
In addition, the studio assures North American and European players that Bless Online will still be coming to the West and will be publishing the game themselves. “NBS believes the EU/NA Bless fans are very valuable to us so we commit to deliver game updates directly to you,” says Neowiz. “We will surely present you with improved Bless in the future.”
Stay tuned for news on Bless Online and your favorite MMOs. In the meantime, check out Omer’s first impression of the game in the First Look video below.