Next steps unknown…
It will come as no surprise to anyone still coming to this site that the chances of my return to Armored Warfare have been greatly diminished. By the time I returned from my hiatus, started a comeback, and had a personal setback….Armored Warfare had lost momentum. Not just for me, but for many other players as well.
My hat is off to Obsidian and My.com for keeping the lights on and continuing development this past year. I’ve grown ever so concerned with how long the game has been in beta. Any game that goes over a year in open beta is likely in trouble. I think we have all seen this with Armored Warfare. The recent news that Mail.Ru didn’t renew / cancelled Obsidian’s contract to develop Armored Warfare casts a long shadow over the future of the game.
Armored Warfare is not dead. Mail.Ru is just taking over development. To many, that seems to be one in the same. I’m not sure about that, and it likely depends on your definition of a game’s death. I would bet Armored Warfare continues to plod along, making money for Mail.Ru Group while being enjoyed by tank loving players. I just no longer believe the chance of Armored Warfare becoming a major success in the North American or European markets is high. Hopefully, the winds of change will prove me wrong. We all need good games to play.
I do want to thank all my readers for visiting the site, especially you die-hards that are popping in to see if Armored Talk is back. I’ve appreciated the emails too. My only regrets are not getting to know the Obsidian staff better, nor being able to continue working with the My.com and Mail.Ru guys and gals. And of course not being able to bring all of you the news and info you so much deserve. Armored Talk was A LOT of work and is likely drawing to a close. Yet, I am glad I created it.
To that end…I do not know what my next steps are going to be. I nearly created a board game blog / podcast / YouTube Channel. Who knows, maybe I will revisit that decision. I’ve reached out to a few different PC games, been offered trials, perused through some alphas, and been offered opportunities on third party sites. So far nothing has stuck. I want something I am passionate about or believe in.
Here’s hoping you are all well, that I become unstuck and find some mountain to climb, and that all of you find me along the road. That way, we can continue our journey together.