Armored Warfare, a free-to-play tank-em-up developed by renowned RPG studio Obsidian, will no longer be developed by the veteran studio, and the title’s Russian publisher My.com will be handling development duties moving forwards.
The split was announced over the weekend with Obsidian’s CEO Feargus Urquhart delivered a polite statement saying: "At Obsidian, we are grateful to have had the opportunity to work on Armored Warfare over the last four years. We are happy to hand off Armored Warfare to the talented developers at My.com who, we know, will deliver incredible updates and content to Armored Warfare fans across the world. Our focus at Obsidian will turn to currently announced games such as Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, Tyranny, and Pathfinder: Adventures along with other unannounced projects. We are proud of everything we did on Armored Warfare and want to thank all of our dedicated fans for their involvement and support."
But PC Gamer dug a little deeper over the weekend and uncovered details that suggested that maybe, just maybe, it wasn’t a particularly friendly split. They uncovered a post on Armored Warfare’s Reddit from one of its moderators, Gatortribe, which alleges that Obsidian was hired to develop 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," Gatortribe’s post alleges "Just look at the ‘Limited Technical Alpha’ they had. It was clear to everyone that it was a World of Tanks clone and the backlash from it convinced MailRU that being basically a Chinese knock-off wasn’t going to cut it.
"So, they let Obsidian have a little more freedom- not much, it still had to feel like World of Tanks, but it didn’t have to be World of Tanks. This, right here, is where you can say Armored Warfare died. The day MailRU made it clear (privately clear, this was never public knowledge) that they only wanted a cut of the massive amounts of money Wargaming was raking in with World of Tanks."
Gatortribe says a lot of other interesting, unverified, things in his Reddit post, which makes for interesting reading, although it’s unlikely how long the allegations will remain online for.