First off, the average expectation when a company/publisher takes all rights of a product from another publisher, is that they themselves expect some sort of return. Whether it’s profit, a community, or a reputation. In many cases, many players agree that Atlantica Online’s battle system is unique, but unique won’t always get the publisher the money they want, which is why Nexon finally dropped it [it is to be noted they held the game for eight years]. VALOFE seems like a smaller company interested resurrecting Atlantica Online, but only time will tell.
VALOFE Phillippines [formerly Ndoors Phillippines (NDP)] is a former subsection/partner of Nexon, that became VALOFE Global Limited around eight years ago. They specialize in many smaller, mobile games, so it would be odd that they would take AO; however, they have owned other online games similar to AO, so it’s not completely out of their scope. Some people have rumored that they want to apply AO into tablets & mobile devices, which would mean a complete overhaul of the AO client…
Many Atlantica Online players think VALOFE is the same Ndoors that was the former “developer” of the game. VALOFE is not; Ndoors as a developer is currently affiliated with Nexon, and the development rights for Ndoors will stay, while VALOFE will inherit Nexon’s publishing rights. VALOFE has NA and EU sections that will be taking the responsibility of handling the NA/EU AO’s.
Basic Info on VALOFE:
- 2 game development studios in Seoul, Korea and Shanghai, China.
- Network locations: Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai (China), Tokyo (Japan), Seoul (Korea), Taiwan, Thailand, and Manila Philippines with more than 130 employees.
- Possesses “Regional Publishing Expertise” in China, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Global gaming market.
- Publisher of several online game titles in China, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Global market with more than “4 million loyal gaming customers”.
The process has been slow; this is what came in July from VALOFE:
And some more info as of Aug 18th, 2016:
My source on VALOFE Global Ltd here: JobStreet.com