@ZorokiHanuke said in En Masse Entertainment closing down:
@敗者 I see your points and they are valid, though many, if not most of them, excluding the communuty management ones, are the guilt of the parent company and not Enmasse itself.
Hi, sorry for replying a year later.
Can't disagree with you on that at all. At first EME had decent communication with BHS but it started deteriorating quickly once the F2P model was implemented, then even more when they launched PUBG, and even more so when they became KRAFTON. I guess more players, more demands, more suggestions from the publisher and BHS was/is a pretty lazy company. I say this being pretty lazy myself.
Though unlike other dev-publishser relationships, EME was Bluehole's NA arm. But for the most part, other than dealing with the public and whatever role they had with localization, they were pretty much limited to what BHS ordered them to do. And their closing is also a decision from Korea's top brass as well.
It's EME that's closing down, not TERA. EME didn't belong to BHS, they were an independent publisher. Most of EME's games have been published to STEAM instead. While Closers was already there and still lists EME as the publisher, accounts are being migrated to Naddic the developer. Same thing with The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Says the publisher is EME but it's BonusXP, the developer, handling things. The only one up to date already is Stranger Things 3 that lists BonusXP as both developer and publisher.
TERA NA is the only orphaned game of theirs at the moment, with no publisher.
Now of course, we may never know up to what extent EME had any autonomy or decision power, if any. Would be interesting if after a year or so, some internet magazine like Polygon or IGN finds and interviews any EME employee, to see how much they can disclose of that operation.
CMs' that left on their own terms 5 years ago iirc:
(Side note: These 3 CMs' worked at EME at the same time.)
The wave of CMs' that came and left after and idk how/why they left (while I was playing, I took some long breaks and might be missing some people and info):
By all means, these are people that might know something, or know people that know something. Sadly I rarely saw any GMs'/remember their usernames, much less people from behind the scenes. CMs' were usually in charge of Twitch streams so they were more in touch with the players. But they worked at the EME offices so...
(And yes, yes it really freaks me out that I can find people online so easily, don't worry it really does freak me out.)