Albion Online’s land ownership system will run by auction

    
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Sandbox Interactive is shaking things up with its land ownership system in Albion Online.

In a new development diary, the studio explains that it is ditching the old way (which included regular upkeep) for a new auction-based system. All plots will regularly come up for auction, allowing anyone to bid on the lease for the next period. Current tenants have an edge in this, as their bids will count double and they are the only ones allowed to bid on the last day of the auction.

If a plot changes hands, the new owner will inherit all of the buildings and structures while the previous tenant will get a cut of the winning bid as compensation.

“The goal of this new system is to prevent a constant blockade of building plots -– and also to give players joining Albion Online later a fair chance at owning a desirable building space,” Sandbox wrote.

The studio also showed off pictures and an animated GIF of a player-owned island as it is upgraded over time.

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tobascodagama

Mortiferous Ah, that’s some pretty significant context that was missing from this post.

Mortiferous
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Mortiferous

This only affects the city plots which previously could be monopolized. There are still plenty of plots that can be conquered in battle and everyone can own their own private island on which they can build. Folks given permission can visit the private islands.

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deganderson

Ripsnorta Infraction Your icon inspired me to come up with a new gaming idea.
How about they introduce nukes in game that you can throw on anyone’s house. Then they will have to wait 6 months for the radiation to clear before building anything new on the land again. Great addition for pvp servers isn’t it?

deganderson
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deganderson

Pashgan I’m just puzzled at how this is a perfect system for anyone except for people playing all day instead of having a job in real life.
You set up your nice little store, you get a client base, who eventually manage to find you. Then someone or a guild with millions in the bank buy it straight from under you. You can’t even counter the offer if you wanted to. So thanks for creating the store and doing the hard work getting costumers in, its mine now, good day. I said GOOD DAY!

Ripsnorta
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Ripsnorta

Malorey Ripsnorta Damonvile It probably won’t make a difference.

I quite enjoyed decorating my inn room in EQ2, especially with the heritage quest trophies, so I’d like to have something similar. But if it’s not there, no biggie.
Unless of course they have a trophy system and limited bank space…

Malorey
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Malorey

Ripsnorta Damonvile Acutally I’ve never bothered with player housing in any MMO i’ve played…don’t see the appeal….so maybe in this game it won’t make that much of a difference if you have it or not either.

Jacra
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Jacra

So a literal … pay to win. Ouch. That killed ArcheAge already for me, I have not a lot of time to play and resources with are highly limited … We all know what will happen.

Ripsnorta
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Ripsnorta

Damonvile Despite having 2 minutes left I couldn’t edit my comment.

I just went to their website, there’s a screenshot there that indicates that the claim period is just 30 days. If that’s the case for all claims, I don’t know.

I do think that’s way to short. If I end up playing this, housing is out for me.

Ripsnorta
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Ripsnorta

Malorey Yep. Only hard-core, time rich players will end up owning the land in this game, with this system.

Ripsnorta
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Ripsnorta

Damonvile If it’s too long between auctions, some players waiting for spots will get frustrated. If it’s too short, a lot of players won’t be able to afford the ‘upkeep.’

I honestly don’t think this system will work. It’s too weighted towards hardcore players who can generate a lot of in-game wealth. It won’t take very long at all, even with the double counting for lease-holders, for players with less time in game, or who make less currency to be priced out of owning land.

You see this in real life with the gentrification of poorer neighborhoods forcing the existing tenants out because wealthy companies move into an area and pay their employees high wages.

I can see Albion land being completely monopolized by large hard-core guilds focused on building wealth and driving their more causal competition out of the market. Probably within a year.