Once Kakao Games takes over.
I have a feeling today’s news might leave some players unhappy about ArcheAge’s future. It’s been a small while since we learned that Kakao Games would be taking over publishing duties for ArcheAge and ArcheAge Unchained from the not-quite-competent hands of Gamigo. Today’s announcement details more of what players can expect, primarily that ArcheAge: Unchained will be transitioning into a subscription only model.
In order to remove the possibility to increase in-game power with real-life currency, we’ve opted for a monthly subscription method. Many of the previously paid benefits and Marketplace-only items will be automatically included for free or acquired through in-game methods with Manastorm Crystals. This gives even more value to the subscription. Also, any paid items will be purely cosmetic. The monthly subscription will be set at 9.99($,€) for 30 days. A discount can be obtained by purchasing subscriptions for longer periods of time.
Kakao’s announcement also notes the removal of several forms of microtransactions that inched their way into Unchained over the last year. The pay-for-dlc system imposed under Gamigo would be scrapped, players compensated with extra subscription time for buying the game and its DLC, and the ArchePass will now be a thing people buy for loyalty tokens earned by logging in rather than buying with real money. The cash shop meanwhile will revert to selling only cosmetics.
If you’ve spent a small fortune in ArcheAge Unchained, this news might be disappointing.