How we wrote, OnNet/GamesCampus took over the license for the german 9Dragons rights, and most probably also the French and Spanish ones, since they want to offer their 9Dragons in those 3 languages.
The license for US and some EU countries was taken by GamersFirst. The official post (not yet published on Acclaim’s 9Dragons forum, so you did hear it already from another website or now from this blog) can be read here:
Here are the most important quotes:
Irvine, Calif.– August 24, 2010 – GamersFirst, today’s most popular Free2Play online game destination, announced its partnership with Korean game developer, Indy21, to publish 9Dragons. 9Dragons, the hit martial arts MMORPG, previously published by Acclaim Games, will be published by GamersFirst come September 2010. Current 9Dragons players will be able to continue playing with all items and characters intact after the transition.
In addition to the solid foundation of existing PvE and PvP gameplay, the changing of hands will also include several new key features over the next quarter, including:
• Dedicated tutorial map for easing new players into the 9Dragons experience
• New high level dungeon encounter “Vault of the Ice Dragon”
• Updated “Tibet” map
• Brand new Kung Fu patterns to master
• ‘Most Wanted’ list – useful in avoiding—or becoming—one of the most dangerous and skilled players in PvP
GamersFirst is the leading Free2Play® MMO publisher in the Western hemisphere. Serving more than 30 million players, GamersFirst.com is where gamers decide the price of the games they love to play–even when that price is “free.” Powered by GamersFirst CONNECT, the end-to-end game publishing, game operations and game community platform made available to all of GamersFirst’s Development Partners, GamersFirst.com features the hit MMOs; Knight Online, Sword 2, War Rock and OurWorld and future hits including 9Dragons, MKZ, Victory and Taikodom. Read more about the company and find all of their games at http://www.GamersFirst.com
For discussion about 9Dragons, please post here.
So now, we finally know about the destiny of 9Dragons. Finally, how many say, 9Dragons is out of the hands of Acclaim. But, don’t be too happy. Here you can read the following:
Yes we will keep the VGM’s and Mod’s from the current community. We don’t want to change things that work, the VGM’s and Mod’s from the current community are fantastic and our main objective is to make everyone as happy as possible. We agree about the potential of the game, plus we will be releasing new content, lowering prices in the item mall (NO I WONT BE MORE SPECIFIC!), and nurturing the community to become more involved with the development of the game.
Even if many players warn them about the Mods and VGMs, GamersFirst will keep them anyway. But GamersFirst, at least to me, looks like a professional publisher. After all their name is “Gamers First“. I am sure, the “bad ones” will be seperated from the “good ones”.
New hope for 9Dragons. That’s what especially the veterans need. And I am sure, they will come back, if they weren’t banned yet by Acclaim (for a real reason or not).
Legend – The Son of The Vagabond