Ashes of Creation hasn’t even released yet, but when it does, it has its global distribution needs covered. The team at Intrepid Studios will be joining forces with My.com for the Ashes of Creation European release when the time comes.
Both My.com and Mail.ru will be solely responsible for the sandbox MMO’s arrival to the European and CIS regions respectively. The announcement didn’t offer any release timing as one would expect from an MMO still in alpha, but it was full of the usual effusive statements from both parties.
The only ones not terribly excited by the news, however, were the members of the Ashes of Creation community, who reportedly voiced concern that the partnership would steer the sandbox into unwanted monetization directions. To that point, Intrepid Studios’ Steven Sharif took to the game’s Discord to attempt to ease those fears.
“I would like everyone in our community to be aware. Intrepid will maintain 100% creative control over Ashes and our partners My.com and Mail.ru share our vision for Ashes, as this was very important to us. This means our stance on P2W for the game <3 This partnership allows us as a studio to focus on the development of the game and allows us to feel comfortable with the level of service we know My.com and Mail.ru can provide our glorious community."
We definitely hope that the partnership won’t interfere with Ashes of Creation’s plans. Joining hands with a huge publisher like this is a great thing to make sure the game is open to more people, but there’s always going to be the concern that the more predatory monetization requests of said publisher will hang over the game like a sword of Damocles.
Sources: press release, MMORPG.com
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