The Farm 51, the developer behind online military shooter World War 3, has teamed up with publisher MY.GAMES to 'expand the scale' of the game.
Global publisher MY.GAMES has particular experience with online titles, notably with Warface, Crossfire, and SkyForge. The partnership will ostensibly ensure a truly global approach to publishing World War 3 after a steady fall in interest since the game launched on Steam Early Access in 2018.
In a press release sharing the news, The Farm 51 is keen to reassure players that it will retain full creative control over World War 3, and any changes will be made to improve the experience for players. The partnership should see The Farm 51 concentrate on improving core gameplay and mechanics, while expanding the scale of the project by passing on publishing, marketing, community management, customer support, and back-end infrastructure duties to MY.GAMES.
World War 3 creative director, Kamil Bilczyński, explains, "We are happy to announce the partnership with MY.GAMES and benefit from their wealth of experience in publishing multiplayer shooters. Our collaboration with MY.GAMES ensures that we can take a truly global approach to publishing World War 3 while remaining faithful to our original vision for the game as we work on enhancing its core gameplay, polishing mechanics, and pushing the boundaries of the overall scale of the project."
In the same press release, The Farm 51 shared a detailed roadmap for its ambitions for the rest of 2020. World War 3 will expand to an Asian Theater of War, including new maps and gear. Alongside this, the developer will add a raft of new vehicles, strikes, and weapons, while also injecting new life into existing maps based on player feedback.
World War 3's movement is also getting a facelift, which should up the offering not just in terms of character movement, but the quality of animations, gunplay, and the scope of future expandability.
A new real-time weapon customization system is also on the way, allowing players to switch out weapon attachments mid-match rather than relying on loadouts. A new UI and HUD, with customization options, will also see the light of day. A new progression system is also in the works to give veterans and newcomers something to aim for each time they play World War 3 and presumably ensure a steady player-base moving forward.
In a live AMA, Farm 51 and MY.GAMES confirmed they are putting the sale of World War 3 'on hold' for the time being. "Players who have already purchased World War 3 in Early Access will be able to play it indefinitely. However, the game will no longer be available for purchase on Steam until further notice. We will certainly reveal full details about that later."