Armored Warfare Reputation System: Upgrades Start Here

In a brief statement today, Obsidian Entertainment announced that it would no longer be developing Armored Warfare. The continued development and updating for the game will be shifted to My.com in Russia.




No word was given as to the fate of the development team in Obsidian’s American offices — some of whom were let go back in December — but as a veteran RPG company with other properties under its roof, such as Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, one hopes they’ll be taken care of. No word was given on the fate of Skyforge, which is also a joint venture with My.com, which is a subsidiary of Russian internet giant Mail.ru …

… which is the entity that one consultant on Armored Warfare blames the most for the game’s shift in management. In a post on Reddit, “Gatortribe” talks at length about Armored Warfare’s shortcomings. He points some fingers at Obsidian and My.com, but saves the bulk of his venom for Mail.ru, which he says is “very shortsighted” and “chose Russia as the only market they cared about, to no one’s surprise.”

“They [Obsidian] developed this magnificent plan for Armored Warfare – what could have been is not at all what we have today. In fact, I’m not even sure if you would have been able to call it a World of Tanks competitor as the games only had tanks in common.

“So, what happened to that? It’s simple. Mail.ru said they wanted none of that, and they tasked Obsidian with making a ‘World of Tanks clone.’ Yes, it was supposed to be as close to World of Tanks as they could get with modern tanks and without getting their asses sued off by Wargaming.”

While Mail.ru eventually relented, slightly, and gave Obsidian a bit longer leash, the two companies never quite saw eye-to-eye, with frequent clashes occurring and feedback from Gatortribe’s consultant group being wholly ignored. The reason? “We aren’t Russian.”

Even in its current state, I thought Armored Warfare was an enjoyable game, with just enough different about it from World of Tanks to stand apart. Between the constant press releases and the media junket Obsidian planned back in October 2015 (from which I wrote this and this), it seemed like the company invested a great deal in the game and had a solid vision for that it wanted to do. Those queue times, though …

It’s nearly impossible to paint this as good news, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see the already-small player base shrink even further. The game isn’t shutting down — not yet anyway — but I don’t know if I’d give it positive odds to make it out of 2017.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. wtf on February 14, 2017

    wtf? i liked this game and just wanted to get back playing it…

  2. Mysterion™ on February 13, 2017

    So they just admit to a quick cashout.
    Good to know for the future.

    • SCREENSHOT IT NOW on February 13, 2017

      QUICK SCREENSHOT IT BEFORE THE DEVS DECIDE TO DELETE THE EVIDENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. trionisshit on February 13, 2017

    Thats why this is shiiit game, cloned from shiiit, bunch of pay to win nerds donating like degenerates, all mycom games suck!For total brainless!

    • be original devs stop cloning on February 13, 2017

      Normally I’d agree with you on this subject but I’d say around 80% or 90% of them are paid 2 win not all of them are. I’ve played some games and they aren’t paid to win and were actually fun.

  4. DeathSlug on February 12, 2017

    This is actually kinda sad because this is a really good game and just like example only: World of Warcraft any game close to it gets slammed and the sad part is most probably didn’t even play any of the so called clones. World Of Tanks yes is a good game but in my personal opinion if most would actually stop comparing it to any game and just play Armored Warfare they might actually see how good of a game Armored Warfare is . Its like why isn’t War Thunder saying this a a clone or that its a clone to World Of Tanks or even worse Tanki and for these stupid reasons is why most games end up failing because so many get stuck in their ways and that’s OK too each their own =) sorry to see this 1 fail because in some ways Armored Warfare is better then World of Tanks and and vise versa WoT is more like a strategist style and AW had more of a arcade feel to it. OK I’m rambling on now so ill just end in saying Thanks Obsidian for the time and effort you have put into AW peace =)

  5. Make your own stuff and stop cloning.

  6. Tauron on February 12, 2017

    Thought it will be like tanks battle from Battlefield 3. Well, seems Mail.ru is still shit company.

  7. gir on February 12, 2017

    the game is pretty good, if only it got to steam, right now there are barely any players.

  8. commanderhavoc on February 12, 2017

    I’m not so confident either about Armored Warfare’s future either at this point…

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