HeroWarz Is Going Offline Temporarily Starting March 26
HeroWarz is one of those rare games that the whole MMOs.com crew enjoyed on some level. That's why it saddens me to bring you today's news: HeroWarz will be going offline indefinitely on March 26th. It's not quite time for concern, as the game will only be offline temporarily, but it doesn't appear to be the greatest sign, as the game launched a mere six months ago.
The announcement explains the reasons behind the temporary closure as follows.
However… It is with an unwavering sense of pride that we announce that in order for HeroWarz to become the game that we feel it needs to be, to make every change to every aspect of the game needed, such a task requires our direct and absolute, unyielding attention. In order to truly capture and immerse our players in the RPG centric story in the best way possible – updating Characters to be truly balanced and make known all of the unique abilities they all bring to the game, building upon and improving the way players interface with the game, and of course PvP and so much more – we have no other choice but to take HeroWarz offline.
When I sat down with KOG Games' GM Moshup for a tour of HeroWarz last year, he had noted that the global version of HeroWarz was intended to have a number of differences from its Korean counterpart. Developer A.Storm had at one time allegedly presented KOG with a design document featuring 32 pages worth of changes. The game's PvP mode, which has yet to be made available in the global version of the game, was practically being completely redesigned from the ground up. I imagine that, despite their best efforts, A.Storm and KOG Games realized that the game simply wasn't where they wanted it to be when it originally went live.
In the time leading up to the game's temporary closure, players will be able to benefit from 2x bonus EXP and drop rates, as well as increased Diver Code and Worder/Epic drop rates. "Major Character balance changes" are also said to have gone live today.
While the global version of HeroWarz will be going offline on March 26th, as a completely different product, the Korean version will be unaffected by its downtime. Furthermore, we do not yet have a timeframe for when the game might return.
Thanks to Milk for the tip.