Project W | BHS

edited March 17 in Off-Topic
Information on Project 'W' | by NPCPak
Last Updated: March 17, 2017

This is a compiled list of information based off of information shared all over the internet. Be aware that not all information is 100% accurate as it hasn't been officially announced what the project actually is. Instead, you can take this information to create your own theories on what you believe Project 'W' will actually be. If anyone has any information to add, please comment on it down below.

Quotes
"Kakao Games has announced a new partnership agreement with Bluehole to invest in a forthcoming triple-A MMORPG. Kakao has obtained the North American and European publishing rights to "Project W", the MMO's code-name."
- MMORPG Nov 3rd, 2016
"The company has said that the 'W' stands for 'World'. It represents the developer's ambition to build a world instead of a game. They are also saying that it's going to have very impressive graphics (Note: Possible reference to using Unreal Engine 4.), advanced MMO technologies and surpass all existing MMOs."
- 2P Nov 11th, 2016
“Project W” and “Project EXA” will only be similar to TERA in terms of western fantasy design, and both new games will apparently utilize a brand new combat system, different from online games before."
"Veteran developers assigned to it include Project Director Hyung-Jun Kim, former Chief Art Director at NCSOFT... Kim also added that he would “pour out every resource there is to make a product that surpasses anyone’s expectations for an MMORPG."
- 2P Nov 3rd, 2016
"Bluehole Studio representative said that this game combines both social and strategic features and is different from TERA in combat."
- 2P June 24th, 2014
"Announced in foreign financial news yesterday, Bluehole Studio, the South Korean developer for TERA, has obtained a 13.5 billion Korean Won (around 13.3 million US dollars) in investment from IMM Investment and Premier Partners. It was revealed that the studio is working on 2 new MMORPGs."
- MMOCulture June 24th, 2014

Notes
Project 'EXA' and Project 'W' were both announced June 24th, 2014
Project EXA has been revealed to be PlayerUnknown's Battleground, while Project "W" is only revealed to be Project World
It's mentioned that this MMORPG is to be a "blockbuster PC MMORPG", and it's planned to be announced some time in 2017.
Project 'W' is to have the similar design of TERA: The Exiled Realm of Aborea, using some aspects of the original plan during it's development. As this was said, it was also mentioned that Project 'W' does not plan to be a TERA 2 or TERA successor.

Alternate Notes
Devillian originally was owned by Ginno Games, before BHS purchased the company, and is not related to these 2 projects.
The Hunting Zone was a separate mobile game released by BHS, and is not related to these 2 projects.

Other Information
Publishers: GameOn (Japan), Kakao Games (North America, South Korea and Europe)
Developers: Bluehole Studio (including staff from NCSoft: Lineage, Lineage II, Aion; XL Games: Archeage; Nexon: ZERA)
First Publicly Announced: June 24, 2014
Tags: MMO, RPG

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Comments

  • edited March 24
    (23/03/2017) Update: Today, Bluehole Studio announced it's 10th anniversary of the company in the form of a YouTube video! In this video it explains about their company growth and milestone games that they've worked on over the years. In the section from 1:10 to 1:16 will talk about it's two AAA projects. Project W is in it's contracting stage and PlayerUnknown's Battleground is ready to go for 2017.

    Source: Video
  • edited April 20
    Additional Photos
    (19/12/2016) Hiring Advertisement for Project W
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    (It's possible that Project W is going to run on Unreal Engine 3 instead of the rumored Unreal Engine 4.)

    Additional Links
    (10/11/2016) News Article No.001
    프로젝트 W는 2017년 상반기 비공개테스트를 목표로 한창 개발되고 있다. (Project W is being developed in the first half of 2017 with the goal of unlisted(private) testing.)
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