This is what I’ve learned from a player from mainland China.
The separate, Chinese version of Crossout, is no longer being published (and/or developed) by Perfect World. It wasn’t making enough profit, so it was sold to Warflames. In the process,
the players’ accounts got wiped. They lost their relics, and years’ worth of grind.
That happened sometime in January, it would seem on the 11th. But before that, the game wasn’t being updated for a year. Which would explain why we’d occasionally see someone posting in Chinese in the general chat. Were they coming over to a Crossout version that was actually being regularly updated?
That player also told me that traditional Chinese was recently removed from Gaijin’s version of Crossout. Although it would appear that happened by May of 2022, at least in the PlayStation version:
Why remove an option for a whole language from a game? Perhaps in agreement with the publisher of the Chinese version, to help keep Chinese players confined to it? I seem to remember the version I play had a Chinese language option. Maybe it was turned off on the PC and the consoles at different times?
Below is the official link to the announcement regarding the wiping of the Chinese Crossout. Not from Gaijin Entertainment, but allowed by the forum rules. The announcement says something about the “Creation Chariot” (i.e., Chinese Crossout) being closed and the players being moved to “Legend of Ghosts.” But the player I talked to called it a wipe, as in still being able to play Crossout under the new publisher, but with restarted progress. So they choose to come here, to spend additional years of grind in a more predictable game (it feels weird calling Crossout that).
(Note the dates: the 9th and the 11th of January, 2023. That’s when Crossout’s peak player count began to double - according to its Steam chart (or at least the steam players). (Soon after, the average player count doubled as well.) It’s still possible that many, or even a vast majority of those, logged in as a result of the recent advertising campaign, with no relation to the Chinese Crossout being shut down or wiped. Especially that the peaks could suggest players from Europe, if I’m reading the chart right. But even if that’s the case, Chinese players should still have the option to have their language available, seeing as they’ve been asking for that in 2022, both in the general chat and on this forum. An option that used to exist, and I don’t remember reading in any patchnotes about it being turned off and why. Especially that there no longer seems to be a conflict of interests, if there even used to be any, that is. Unless “Legend of Ghosts” is a new name the Chinese Crossout is being rebranded to? It sort of looks like they’re getting a voucher code to get extra levels in a completely different game by Warflames. Also, was Gaijin’s ad campaign intended to attract players from the Chinese version? To answer these questions, I’d like to know the proportions of Chinese players to others among the January population spike. I’m interested to know, whether it was Gaijin’s ad campaign that was so effective, or whether the player gain is just a result of the Chinese version shutting down. I’ll ask that player for additional comments, so I can clarify anything I misuderstood. They seemed to be meaning that the Chinese Crossout was being wiped, not shut down completely.)
First of all, I would like to sincerely thank everyone for their support and love for “Creation Chariot”.
Since the beta of “Creation Chariot” has been launched, I have spent countless happy hours with you! However, due to various problems, the follow-up operation of “Creation Chariot” will be transferred from Perfect World Games to Hainan Zhanhuo Huyu Information Technology Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Zhuhuo Huyu”). We deeply regret and apologize for the inconvenience caused to you!
We hereby announce the relevant time schedule for the transfer of the operation rights of “Creation Chariot”, please prepare in advance:
The specific operation transfer process of “Creation Chariot” is as follows:
The download entrance of the game will be closed at 12:00 noon on January 11, 2023, and players will not be able to download the game at that time.
The recharge channel of the game will be closed at 12:00 noon on January 11, 2023. At that time, players will not be able to recharge in the game.
The game server will be officially closed at 12:00 noon on March 13, 2023, and players will not be able to log in to the game at that time.
The compensation application page will open at 12:00 noon on February 6, 2023
At that time, you can choose any of the following compensation methods. Once you participate in the compensation activities, you are deemed to accept the compensation plan we provide:
- Select Go to new carrier
At that time, the player will first obtain an “activation code” as the old user’s identity certificate. When the player registers “Creation Chariot” operated by Zhanhuoyu, he needs to use this activation code to complete the “old user authentication” to receive it. Provided by Zhanhuoyu item rewards.
Players can visit the Zhanhuo Entertainment website co.zhanhuo.com for details.
Application Period: From 12:00 noon on February 6, 2023 to 12:00 noon on March 6, 2023.
During the process of players obtaining the activation code through this application process and completing the “old user identity verification” when registering for “Creation Chariot” operated by Zhanhuoyu, we will not provide any personal information about the player to Zhanhuoyu and in-game information.
- Apply to transfer to “Legend of Ghosts”
Application Period: From 12:00 noon on March 23, 2023 to 12:00 noon on April 24, 2023.
Players can choose to transfer the remaining gold coins in “Creation Chariot” to the account of “Ghosts and Ghosts”. At the same time, we will issue you a reward package. For details of the gift package, please refer to the “Creation Chariot” account transfer page.
The compensation application page will be closed at 12:00 noon on April 24, 2023
At 23:59 on May 24, 2023, the platform will officially stop the customer service of “Creation Chariot”.
After the game is suspended, unless you have agreed otherwise with us or as otherwise required by laws and regulations, your data (including behavioral data, character data, etc.) in the game we operate will be deleted or anonymized, but the country Except for compliance obligations that are otherwise required by relevant laws, regulations, rules, and regulatory documents or that need to be performed by the platform.
If you have any questions about the compensation plan we provide or the content of this announcement, please give us feedback through the customer service platform:
Online customer service: https://cs.wanmei.com/im?gameId=200013
The official operation team of the game “Genesis Chariot”
January 9, 2023