ArcheAge Unchained Gets Chained To An October Delay

ArcheAge Unchained is all set to launch on September 30, by which I mean it is all set to launch on October 15.

The delay was announced just a couple of days ago on Gamigo’s stream and sent out some PR emails afterward confirming that the buy to play sidestep will indeed be delayed until mid next month.

“The gamigo group announces that the release date of the anticipated Online-MMORPG ArcheAge: Unchained has been moved to October 15th, 2019. The German publisher intends to prolong the Quality Assurance phase to ensure the in-game mechanics are fairly balanced and that new features, such as the ArchePass, are implemented properly. The decision is based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the community, which had a strong influence on the development of ArcheAge: Unchained since its announcement.”

Those of you who really don’t want to watch the livestream can just read the cliffnotes here. There are some interesting points such as Gamigo taking a much harder stand on gold buyers as well as mod users in Unchained (which begs the question on why they aren’t taking a stand on the standard servers).

ArcheAge Unchained is a buy to play side-project being launched by Gamigo. It promises to remove the pay to win aspects that are in the live version of ArcheAge and the two games will run side-by-side.

ArcheAge: Unchained Drops On September 30

Gamigo today announced that ArcheAge: Unchained, the rebranding of ArcheAge as a buy to play title, will launch on September 30. The title offers a single purchase price with no shortcuts to power and no subscription. The in-game shop will only sell vanity items and it will not be possible to shortcut your way to power with real money. The shop will sell vanity items and ArcheAge battle passes.

Those looking forward to ArcheAge: Unchained can pre-order the game at the official website. Gamigo is promising that both versions will continue to exist side by side, a promise that will have to be seen given how many times this has been promised with previous launches in the industry. A frequently asked questions can be found here.

Daybreak Reneges On Free To Play, Splits H1Z1 In Half


Free to play your way is going away as Daybreak Game Company announced today that the zombie game will be split into two separate titles, with both requiring a down payment in order to get into. Since its announcement, Daybreak has billed the title as early access with an eventual launch into free to play, as shown by the following description on the game’s Steam page.

“Initially available as a Steam Early Access title with optional in-game RMT marketplace purchases, H1Z1 will later launch as a Free to Play. Your Way™ title with optional in-game RMT marketplace purchases.”

According to a blog post on the official website, the decision comes down to both games getting to the point where they would require their own dedicated development teams in order to progress efficiently. The two versions effectively split the battle royale and survival modes into their own separate clients with separate teams and separate characters. H1Z1: King of the Hill will launch on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4 later this summer with a console version of H1Z1: Just Survive coming down the road.

The more we developed this game with you, our community, the more we realized that in order to fully support both aspects of H1Z1, and their respective players, we needed to make them their own stand-alone games supported by their own dedicated development teams.

Anyone who has already purchased H1Z1, or purchases it before February 17th, will be granted both copies. For everyone else, the game will cost $19.99 each.

(Source: H1Z1)

Albion Online Will Be Buy To Play, At Least At The Start


The latest Road to Release from Albion Online has given us a look at what launch has in store for the MMO, and that includes quite a hefty and elongated beta period. According to a post on the main forums, the closed beta has been extended to at least August 2016, with the launch hopefully following close behind. In addition, the team has decided to bench the idea of launching as a free to play title, and instead Albion Online will be buy to play.

For this reason, we are putting the free to play plans on hold as well. Making the game ready for a free to play model would take up significant development time which we would much rather use to make a better game. Free to play would also create a lot of risks for the game – spamming, botting, world too small, etc – which we do not want to take if it can be avoided.

Update plans include a significantly expanded world with diverse biomes, more unique cities and dungeons, and a reputation and crime system similar to that found in Ultima Online.

(Source: Albion Online)

Xsyon Converts To Buy To Play

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Xsyon developer Notorious Games has announced that the indie MMO has dropped its optional subscription and converted entirely to buy to play. Keen gamers will now be able to access everything that the title has to offer with a single payment.

Past paid players are welcome to return for free to the world of Xsyon to rejoin and rebuild tribes or simply enjoy the latest features! All players are also welcome to join in testing upcoming improvements. Currently development is focused on creatures, including combat revisions, taming, mounts and pets.

An optional subscription has not been ruled out, pending player requests, and would likely cost $4.99 a month.

(Source: Xsyon)

Lego Minifigures Online Relaunches Today


Lego Minifigures Online graces PC and mobile platforms today as its relaunch marks one of the few games to transition from free to play to buy to play. Starting today, you’ll be able to get your hands on the Steam version for $29.99 as well as the first world on iOS and Android for $4.99. While iOS players will be able to buy additional worlds immediately, they will not be available on Android until later this summer.

“LEGO®  Minifigures Online is designed for LEGO fans of all ages; for those who love online games, and those who have never played one before,” says Funcom CEO Rui Casais. “To make it even easier for friends to play together, the game is playable seamlessly on a large number of platforms and devices, and everyone plays together in the same online world. No matter whether you are playing on a smartphone, tablet or desktop, you will all be playing the same game – together.”

Originally launched with microtransactions and an optional membership, Funcom and Lego decided to alter the monetization platform in response to the game consistently underperforming in sales. The unfortunate side effect of this transition is that some players will lose access until they purchase the game.

(Source: Funcom press release)

Lego Minifigures Online Relaunching As Buy To Play


Lego Minifigures Online will be relaunching as a buy to play game, after a reveal by Funcom that the free to play aspect had a “detrimental effect on gameplay and kids’ enjoyment of the game.” The news comes alongside the announcement that Lego will see a launch on PC, iOS, Android, Mac, and Linux.

During an initial run as a free-to-play game on the PC, Funcom has been gathering valuable player feedback and have been able to review in detail how various components of the game’s content, gameplay and business model have played out.

Anyone who has previously purchased something in Lego Minifigures Online will be upgraded to the full version once it goes buy to play, with refunds offered where requested. Players who haven’t spent anything will need to buy the game to continue playing.

(Source: Lego Minifigures)

Wildstar Recalls Point Toward Impending Changes

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EB Games and JB Hi-Fi have been ordered to recall all copies of Wildstar from shelves in Australia, increasing the likelihood that the game is in the process of either changing its subscription model or shutting down entirely. As of this publishing. Wildstar is still available for purchase from the official website, as well as at game stores internationally.

While this is speculation at best until NCSoft/Carbine Studios make an official announcement, there is precedent. Copies of The Elder Scrolls Online were recalled shortly before the game’s transition to buy to play was announced, as well as retiring its six month subscription package.


Crowfall: Buy Once, Play Forever


Artcraft Entertainment has revealed their pricing system for Crowfall, announcing via FAQ that the game will be available for a single purchase.

Crowfall is a “buy once, play forever” game. That means that you buy the game once (estimated retail price of USD $50.) and you can play for the life of the game, without ever paying us again!

Players will also be able to buy cosmetic items, account services, and VIP membership tickets.

(Source: Crowfall)

Elder Scrolls Online Heading Buy To Play


ZeniMax Online Studios has announced that not only will The Elder Scrolls Online be launching on consoles this June, but that the title will be available free of subscription. Tamriel Unlimited contains the entire Elder Scrolls Online game plus all of its updates and content additions including the justice and champion systems, all for a one time purchase.

The cash shop will provide convenience and customization items, as well as an optional subscription that will provide bonuses including cash shop currency. You can read the entire announcement at the link below.

(Source: Elder Scrolls Online)

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