Xsyon drops its subscription today, is B2P on Steam

    
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As announced earlier this week, PvP sandbox Xsyon is going buy-to-play on Steam today. “Although I personally still favor the subscription model, it’s clearly turning away too many players at the moment,” the lead dev from Notorious Games wrote. “Without the subscription, new players will be more inclined to join and old players are welcome to return!”

Press release:

Xsyon: Prelude, the apocalyptic fantasy sandbox MMORPG no longer requires a monthly subscription!

Due to popular demand, Xsyon has switched to a one time buy-to-play price of $29.99 allowing for unlimited and unrestricted game play. Past paid players are welcome to return for free to the world of Xsyon to rejoin and rebuild tribes or check out the latest features and improvements! Steam keys are available to all past paid players for those that wish to rejoin Xsyon through Steam.

Recent improvements include:
– Revised versatile architecture system with multi-story construction.
– Laying out and visualizing full constructions before finalizing your creations.
– Building of bridges, tree houses and fantastical structures with ease.
– Many new structural components including trusses, cantilevers and railings.
– Building uses including Infirmaries, Trading Posts and Welcome Stations.

For those that haven’t been in Xsyon for a while, features now include:
– Extensive farming system allowing players to plant, water, tend and harvest a variety of useful crops.
– Innovative cooking system allowing players to combine ingredients and seasonings creating custom recipes. Players can save their recipes in a cookbook and create powerful signature dishes.

Currently in development:
– Revised creature systems, stats and path finding.
– Vanity and combat pets.
– Tame-able mounts.

Source: Press release
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Liandreth  Thank You..we need So much more of that in our community.

kimowar
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kimowar

Serrenity kimowar  actually it is billed as early access on steam, so yes they are trying to bill it as new. I have been playing mmo’s for 17 years now and very unjudgemental on gameplay, even stuff I don’t care for, with that being said I stand by my comment the game is terrible.

Infraction
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Infraction

I love that the blame of lack of players is based on the model and not that the game may not attract players for other reasons.

I honestly didn’t know anything about the game until this article. This tells me that word of mouth advertising is non existent for this game as it hasn’t ever made the radar on any major sites that people post to. At some point these people popping MMO’s out need to realize the sub model isn’t driving their business away, they just aren’t making games that a big group of people want to play.

Valcan321
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Valcan321

All i care about is have chickens been nerfed? OP as hell

Strands
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Strands

Subscription gone and a PvE server?  Bout damn time..

Think i will re-download and check it out. 

Thanks for the heads up Bree ;)

Robert80
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Robert80

Xyson has some cool features and ideas, but there are a few reasons I haven’t really played (the sub being the least of these.)
For one, even their own promotional videos are full of jerky animations (and I’ve heard it isn’t any better with a group in game, and that soloing is just about pointless.)  I’d expect that to play havoc with what I would want to do.  I get early access and all, but the game has been there for a LONG time (4 years) to meet goals that… well, don’t seem all that ambitious overalls (they do have a lot of building functions that are being worked on, but it still doesn’t seem like a 4+year project.)
I do think the game deserves praise for the things it does correctly, but I’d say join in with the knowledge that the development pace is far slower, the graphics far older, and the system more laggy feeling than games which have only been around a short while (~.5-2 years) of similar sandbox style.  Do note that the systems have some very cool ideas that aren’t seen elsewhere, and that the project does go into great depth.
Who knows, maybe I’ll give it a go sometime when I have extra time.  I’m just very leery of what I am getting given the extremely long timeframe and laggy/jerky animations in every video I have seen.  Hopefully those issues will eventually be addressed (they do note they are a very small team.)
Their list before ‘release version 1’ from this year:
– Pets and mounts, currently in development, are fully implemented.
– Ranged combat is released.
– Enhanced building functions are implemented.
– Systems are improved and balanced based on player feedback.
– Achievements are implemented.
– The expanded landscape (9 times the current world size) is ready for public release.”
Pets and mounts are in testing now.
Enhanced building functions were done earlier this year.
The expanded landscape is basically ready.
*The origin of this list was about 3 months into the year, and at the time the difference was that pets and mounts weren’t quite ready for testing and the landscape wasn’t quite ready.*
I hope those who do play it enjoy, and that this allows for a more informed decision for those considering it!

Serrenity
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Serrenity

kimowar I don’t think anyone was saying it was new.  And in something like an MMO, it’s hard to judge a game against how it was 6 months ago, let alone 3-4 years ago.  So while you might not have enjoyed it then, the game has definitely evolved and grown since you originally played it.

Xephyr
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Xephyr

I didn’t even know this game existed

Liandreth
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Liandreth

I’m on the PVE server and am having a blast. Not sure if you want to mention that there’s two types of servers. The people are friendly. More and more are coming back each day.

Keydric
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Keydric

I bought this years ago, back at the first beta.  The dev team at the time was around 4 people total, nice guys every time we talked.  Haven’t played in years, might have to reinstall and give it another go.