The red-letter day has come! We've been teasing, telling you to get excited, telling you not to get excited, not commenting on several topics because of <CONFIDENTIAL> and now it's time to reveal the secret.
Let's travel back in time.
I was in Korea, in Neowiz Able Studios a couple weeks ago.
Last few months, we didn't have any patches.
The last few months and before, all the versions S4 League had shut down.
Over the years, we've had some changes in the game, but they weren't always interesting to you (except railgun, you guys have talked about that a lot!). We've provided feedback to developers, but in the end they were developing their own version and providing us a sort of "variation."
Why am I saying all this?
Because we, Aeria/Gamigo, are taking over the development of S4 League!
Since around the end of last year, we've been talking with our developers, Neowiz Able Studios, and we came to an agreement around the start of the year... Legal stuff, contractual stuff, other stuff, etc Finally, we are here!
This is why we had Heartbreaker: I wanted to work on a quick project to see how it works with items.
This is why we've kept it a secret: Either we were legally forced to, or waiting to see there are no last moment changes.
This is why there were no patches: NA was letting go of development.
This is why I was in Korea: We went there with one of our developers to receive training and physically receive the code.
This is why you should GET EXCITED: There is so much we can do!
This is why you should NOT get excited that much: Rome wasn't built in a day and nor will S4 League's future.
What happens now?
BUZZKILL DISCLAIMER - I want to be clear about expectations: We need some patience. Taking over a game development is a huge undertaking and we need to get settled before we do things.
SLIGHTLY LESS BUZZKILL DISCLAIMER - We haven't actually developed anything YET. I'm sure we'll have unforeseen issues that might slow us down. What I'll speak of below is considering things go more or less okay.
Now that the disclaimers are out, let me tell you what to expect:
Expect more in-game events: I'm talking both "token" events and also stuff like the bomber event. Please let me know how you feel about those!
Expect balance patches due to YOUR feedback: Not too often, but more often than what we had in the last years.
Expect new characters and story: Seasons have ended, but there will be a new episode with new characters and more surprises.
Expect to affect the game MUCH more: Think Character Creation Contests, think Loading Screen Contests, think Balance Feedback and more! Now think them happening more than once a year. There we go!
So, we are literally just starting. We are still forming the team, we are getting settled with the code and the way we work. It will take a bit of time, but the more we settle, the more we'll be able to do.
Ladies and gentlemen, I'm very excited about this. I'm excited professionally to work on a development project, I'm excited as an ex-CM to be able to give the EU community what they want and I'm excited as PM because of the near-endless opportunities.
I know we've had a lot of rough spots in the past, I'm sure we'll have problems again, it's going to be a challenge for us, but a very welcome one. I hope you, the community, will stand with us and provide us the feedback that we need to improve the game.
You must have many questions so I have a form for you to gather questions and we'll try to answer as many as we can, especially the common ones. Please ask 1 question per form, you can send multiple.
Also, here is a feedback form to get a quick feel of your thoughts.
We will soon have another form to provide us some balance feedback.
I welcome you all to S4 League's future.