Albion Online raised almost $10M, officially launches today

If it seems as if you’ve been hearing about Albion Online for a long time, you’re not wrong. In fact, the game has delayed its testing periods multiple times for major revamps, to the chagrin of testers, but hopefully that’ll make today’s launch all the better. Yep, today the day this buy-to-play, economy-driven, indie PvP sandbox is finally here, at least if you’re in the top-tier of founders and starter pack purchasers.

“Developed by Sandbox Interactive, fantasy MMORPG Albion Online has officially arrived on PC, Mac and Linux, bringing with it a community of dedicated MMO fans. Kicking off their adventures with a clean slate after the beta server wipe, Legendary Founder and Legendary Starter Pack owners have already begun taking their first steps in the sprawling land of Albion, staking their claim on the untamed wilds and free markets therein. Epic Founders and Starters will be the next group to enter the fray, joining Albion’s servers on July 18th at 13:00 UTC, followed by Veteran Founders and Starters on July 19th at 13:00 UTC. Can’t wait to start forging out on your own adventure? Download the client and grab a Legendary Starter Pack to dive in right away!”

In an AMA over the weekend, Sandbox Interactive said it now counts 250,000 founders and almost $10,000,000 in funding.

We’ve rounded up a smattering of our articles from the last couple of years to bring you up to speed on the sandbox, and stay tuned for our launch-day stream later today!

Albion Online retools combination PvP PvE Hellgate maps - As part of Albion Online's pre-beta overhaul, developer Sandbox Interactive is retooling the game's existing Hellgates. No, not that Hellgate. In Albion, Hellgates are basically free-for-all PvP zones with seriously badass…
Albion Online extends its beta deep into 2017 - To the chagrin of its playerbase, Albion Online has announced that it's significantly extending the duration of its current beta phase deep into next year. "Compared to Beta 1, we have…
Albion Online celebrates 60,000 founders - Albion Online studio Sandbox Interactive has a lot to be pleased about today: It's reached a new milestone in the form of 60,000 total founders. Two weeks ago, the indie PvP…
Albion Online’s PvP zones and flagging explained - As Albion Online's development has progressed, Sandbox Interactive has utilized player feedback to refine the PvP system, acknowledging that for all the hardcore PvPers in game, there are many more…
Albion is aiming at an EVE-like metagame - The Videogame Backlog has interviewed Christian Ziegert, who is the head of operations at Sandbox Interactive and who is responsible for the fantasy MMO known as Albion Online. The title is…
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So much carebear rage.

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Michael18

A lot about the game I find appealing. But since I’m not a PVPer I cannot justify the box price (even though $30 is pretty ok). Will check it out when they introduce a trial.

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Fnights

Where are the same haters and people who claim that FFA PVP centered sandbox with full loot don’t have audience and are fated to fail?

Fact is, people is so disgusted and bored of the same redundant themepark wow-clone with p2w cash shop, that even the more reluctant pvp hater will try to change mentality and surf the new sandbox open world trend.
What i have really see as failure these last years are the tons of themepark copy-paste that close after less than 6 months of service because once you reach the cap there is nothing left to do.

Jump and ride the wave freaks hypocrites! :)

Tizmah
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Tizmah

Let us know how Albion is doing this time next year.

Fnights
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Fnights

Even a year of service is 100 times betterand rewarding than 4 month of a crappy pve themepark wow clone with p2w cashshop.

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Morgan

If its core mechanic wasnt crafting i would love this game so much but alas its just too grindy for me.

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IgnisGray

Pretty much everything I would not want in an MMO, but I am just one person. I hope its audience enjoys it.

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mysecretid

Even though it’s very far from the sort of thing I usually play, I’m still curious to try this one.

Whether I stay with it remains to be seen, but I expect I’ll be poking into the game in the next two weeks or so.

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Reselect Name

The lack of WASD is a turnoff.

Do they have a free trial?

They should if they dont.

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Jennifer Yaner

Reminds me of vintage RuneScape. It’s very grindy and takes a lot to get what you want, and membership is needed to be competitive.

I’m not sure how I feel about player owned stuff. I foresee, as it has happened in many games, a small handful of players dominating the market and properties. I still want to try it regardless, looks kind of fun. Not sure how I feel about dying and losing all my gear though.

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Mikka Hansen

goodluck with your gankbox

Fnights
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Fnights

250.000 users thanks you too.

Liandreth
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Liandreth

Finally! Am having a blast playing. Playing with a few others, but it’s good fun. I really like the gathering/crafting in the game. It’s also really pretty, for the graphics being “below average”.

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Moolarurka .

Good luck to them but I don’t think it will be my sort of thing . I like world pvp but prefer it with factions . This sounds like it could be too much of a gankfest for my taste .

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Fenna

so what are they going to do with the 9.9m left?

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Morgan

Make a decent mmo. Trolololololol.

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Armsbend

Further development and/or profit I suppose.

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bobfish

So, I haven’t played since Alpha, is it still “sell your soul to devil and grind 20 hrs a day with your guild to accomplish anything in the game” type of gameplay?

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Jennifer Yaner

It’s extremely grindy.

Fnights
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Fnights

Hopefully they fix this part and do not force people into crafting if they want to be pure combatants.
A good sandbox wuth a player driven economy should allow both crafter and warriors as a standalone playstyle.

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Meanie

Probably not since seemingly tons of land is claimed by players and guilds within hours of launch.

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hurbster

I was there until I saw the words pvp gan…er sandbox.

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mcsleaz

Nope, it’s a GANKBOX.

Fnights
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Fnights

With 250k users, a number that the crappy themepark pve based released today can only dream.

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crowstwo

Up until today I thought it was F2P only to realize it’s not anymore :). Oh well will wait until they will go F2P. FFA PVP was not my cup of tea anyway.

Edit – Hmm I seem to be missing a Kickstarter badge :D

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Estranged

Ditto on the badge.

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Darthbawl

Is there a cheapskate (ie. el-cheapo) package/start date? LOL

Bluxy
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Bluxy

yeah the 30$ starts on tue/wed

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Melissa McDonald

Great for those with Macs or Linux users, they have few options.

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Meanie

would be so much more interested in this game if they would just add WASD movement.. I bought a pack and couldn’t get a refund cause I logged in already.

why is this still such a rarity in these type of games? Mabinogi added it, MxM can do it. Hell, that now defunct but mostly fun game Dead Island : Epidemic could do it.

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Meanie

game doesnt launch : /, crashes every time

Solaris
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Solaris

Pretty smooth launch. Was crazy the first hour but after that pretty much couldn’t ask for better.

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Meanie

This seems more like a “soft launch” cause only the people who paid like 3* the standard/retail price. I don’t think that’d be the majority of players, that’s for sure.

Solaris
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Solaris

Our guild which surpassed 150 today, 90% bought Legendary.

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notimpotent

I’ll be watching the communities reaction on this one over the next few weeks. I think it has a lot of potential.

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