Exclusive ACE Online Interview
WITH WICKED INTERACTIVE’S DIRECTOR
ACE ONLINE Q & A
By Doug Kale
SUBJECT: Mr. Sam Ho, Director,
Wicked Interactive, publishers of ACE Online
MMO Hall: Hello Mr. Ho. It’s very nice to meet you. Could you tell us a little bit about your background in gaming?
Sam Ho: My background in gaming comes in two parts. The first part is all the time I spent with games when I was younger. I was obsessed with them. I was either playing or thinking about playing. DOOM was the game that got me started; I daresay it was love at first frag.
The second part of my background in gaming began not too long afterwards, when I started to think about what I wanted to for a living. Since games were my first love, I wanted nothing more than to earn a living from them. Fast forward to a few years ago when some friends of mine were involved with an Asian MMO they wanted to bring to a North American audience. Given my cultural background, as well as my passion for games, I was the perfect man for the job.
MMO Hall: Can you tell us how you got involved with ACE Online?
Sam Ho: ACE Online is a well-known game we always admired from afar. In the summer of 2008, we had the great opportunity to acquire the North American rights, which allowed us to re-launch it with some fun improvements.
MMO Hall: What are some of your favorite parts of the game?
Sam Ho: ACE Online is a rare breed. It’s one of the few games that combines aerial combat and science fiction. It’s also got one of the best communities I’ve seen in all my years of gaming. Not only is everyone cool and really passionate about the game, they remain highly competitive without lapsing into nastiness.
MMO Hall: Are you currently working on some updates to the game? If so, can you tell us about some of the upcoming changes we can expect to see in the game?
Sam Ho: We’re about to unwrap our Xmas update, to get everyone in a holiday mood. Season items to decorate your display, yuletide gameplay. It’s going to be great.
Sam Ho: ACE Online is one of the best free-to-play games you’ll ever play.
MMO Hall: Is there anything else you would like to mention about the game or future company projects?
Sam Ho: 2012 is going to be a major year. Fans of ACE Online should watch out for some major updates. Our goal with ACE is to bring triple-A quality to the free-to-play genre. To get an idea of what we’re aiming for, I recommend players check out Bounty Hounds Online (http://bountyhounds.subagames.com), Mission Against Terror
(http://mat.subagames.com) and other titles from Wicked Interactive. Free-to-play is the future of gaming; that future is now with ACE Online.
MMO Hall: Thank youu very much and best of luck with ACE Online.