Amazon Games has seen some highs and lows recently. On one hand, we have the immensely disappointing New World, which seemed to break something every time it tried to fix the previous problem; and on the other we have Lost Ark, which has its bot issues, but was met with a great reception. Amazon is currently tied one-all when it comes to recently released games – nobody remembers Crucible anyway – with another game in the pipeline.
Amazon has entered into a publishing agreement with indie studio, Disruptive Games. The studio has played a supporting role on games like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, Godfall, and Diablo 2: Resurrected. While too many details about the game haven't been released as of yet, we do know that the studio is working on "multiplayer-first gaming experiences that immerse players in living worlds".
Speaking about the partnership, Disruptive CEO and founder, Eric Ellis said, "Together with Amazon Games, we are looking forward to building an online experience that kindles creativity and fosters positive social interactions. The Amazon Games team has embraced our vision for this game and the community it can build. Their enthusiasm for the project and dedication to creating great games made publishing with them a natural choice for us. With their world-class publishing support, already demonstrated by the wildly successful launches of New World and Lost Ark, we’re well on our way to bringing this project to players."
“At Amazon Games, we’re focused on developing and publishing high-quality games that foster strong communities and keep people playing for years to come,” said Amazon Games VP, Christoph Hartmann. “We’re accomplishing this by creating our own IPs and selectively publishing external projects from stellar teams like Disruptive Games. The talented team at Disruptive Games is creating a fresh take on the multiplayer action-adventure genre, with strong game design and rich world-building that we’re excited to help bring to players.”
While Lost Ark in itself is great, the game is unfortunately plagued by bots that the devs have been trying to get rid of for a while. Smilegate and Amazon explained to players that it will be a long process and that they are "exploring new ways to help combat bots natively at scale."
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