Arcfall is going free-to-play with this week’s big pre-alpha patch

If you weren’t into plunking down 20 bucks for early access MMORPG Arcfall, then this coming Friday is your lucky day, as the game is formally going free-to-play.

“With the next update coming to Steam on the 6 April, we have decided to make Arcfall Free to Play,” the studio told Steamgoers this weekend. “Because it already has an item store, it will not change any of the core design but will allow more players to enjoy the game.”

Folks who’d already paid in will be granted in-game cash to spend in the store, worth about half again as much as they actually paid, which sounds fair. Founder packs will continue to be sold and will be buffed accordingly.

The isometric MMO’s latest pre-alpha update was a big boon chiefly to crafters and mages thanks to bug fixes and the new mage spellbook, but it also tweaked mount speed (faster now) and property deeds (cheaper now). The upcoming April 6th update, however, is being heralded as the game’s “biggest yet,” with more bag space, the experience system, and new locations.

“This update will have the map expanding with 3 new Biomes to explore and 3 new dungeons. We have added all the resources you can learn in the skill tree to the world with tons more items to be crafted. An experience system has been added to allow us to present lore through quests to the players in a more fluent way. Experience levels will only influence a character’s health and mana, but all other stats are still linked directly to your skills. This makes Arcfall a combination of both Skill-based system and a XP leveling system, bring the best of both worlds together. Players will also be able to gauge enemy mobs before they attack them by the mob’s XP level.”

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Greaterdivinity

Well, why not! Just wrapped up a few big singleplayer games, I can add another MMO that I’ll probably never get around to playing to my list : P

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kody

How exactly is getting $10 of cash shop currency in a free to play game you paid $20 for fair? Especially when the game isn’t even in alpha yet. If this were six years after release it’d be a cool gesture, right now it’s a dick move.

Also, I have to imagine this breaks some kind of Steam policy about business practices. They’re still charging $19.99 for the game, knowing full well that they’re changing it to f2p in 4 days.

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Darthbawl

Not sure how it would be breaking some kind of biz practice — the game is going F2P in a few days, not like today and while it’s still $20. Now if it did go F2P like today and they were still charging that, then I’d be callin’ them out.

Can’t overly blame them for wanting to make a few extra $$$ before going F2P. Not like they are hiding this info either.

I suppose some would think that pulling the availability of this until the F2P conversion is appropriate. *shrugs*

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ZolyxUK .

If you read more carefully the article said they are getting cash shop currency “worth about half again as much as they actually paid.” That’s $30, not $10.

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kody

So it seems I missed that. I guess my brain is trained to ignore idioms.

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Darthbawl

Totally got this confused with the Arkfalls in Defiance. RIP TV show. Never forget! *sniffles*

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Randy Savage

When a game goes F2P faster than it takes to even know the game exists in the first place….

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RJB

First thing that came out of my mouth ” Wtf is Arcfall”