The Korean portal Inven interviewed a representative of XLGames, which is currently developing several games in the ArcheAge universe. It was about ArcheWorld and ArcheAge 2, as well as their connection with blockchain technology, which allows trading in-game items through NFT.
As it turned out, ArcheWorld is only an intermediate step for ArcheAge 2 and will be used as a starting point in the development of the latter. Therefore, it is quite possible that if ArcheWorld becomes successful, then a blockchain may appear in the second part of ArcheAge.
“ArcheAge is the unique IP of XL Games, which is the result of a search for a new type of MMORPG. It once introduced the concept of an open-world sandbox MMORPG, and Archeage 2, which is currently in development, intends to follow that path as well. I think that in the end it will represent something closer to the so-called metaverse that is popular these days, with additions that the previous game lacked. The goal is to create a system that enables more realistic political and economic activity using blockchain and Web 3.0,” said Choi Kwang-Ho, co-CEO of XLGames.
“ArcheWorld can be seen as an intermediate level project to achieve this end goal. I want to test whether blockchain technology and the token-based economy can take root and whether they can provide users with unique benefits, enjoyment and fun. In addition, in order to enter the market as quickly as possible, only a token-based economic system has been added to the existing game. If we succeed, presumably all games in the future will be able to have a separate NFT version like many mobile games. In other words, it is seen as a continuation of the platform, not as a new pivot.”
At the moment, the release of MMORPG ArcheAge 2 is expected in 2024, while ArcheWorld will appear on the global market in the third quarter of 2022.