Life is Feudal MMO has launched into early access on Steam

Builder-centric sandbox Life is Feudal has officially launched into early access with a buy-in of $29.99, and that’s the MMO version, mind you, not the Your Own survival sandbox. Consider it a bit like part two of the open beta, which has been running since autumn after initially being plagued by exploits and bugs.

“The Steam version contains all the features and content of the currently active Open Beta version, which means Steam users can join the tens of thousands of Open Beta players already building homes, keeps, and castles in the game. They will also be able to work with those same players to forge alliances that will over time form mighty guilds who control vast kingdoms. There’s a place for every type of player in Life is Feudal: MMO, from the butcher or baker, to the royal guard, regal knights, vassals and kings or queens.”

Last month, Bitbox implied it had “tens of thousands of players” romping through the game, though reviews are mixed; in the most recent reviews, players seem to be complaining chiefly about expensive P2W microtransactions, bugs, confusion, and grind.

Source: Press release, Steam, hotfix. Cheers, Alexander.
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roo woods

From the reviews it sounds like you have to pay 8 dollars to get off the starter island on top of buying the game .

Developers make some odd choices at times .

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Godiva

Those reviews are pretty brutal. It’s a shame, the game has a great concept but poor execution.

I have some sympathy for the devs, it’s clear they weren’t expecting such a negative response to their debut, but deleting critical forum threads and trying to explain away someone’s feedback is never the right answer and a portend of things to come.

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Heliton B. Amorim

Reviews are pretty clear, so many issues going on.

To start, you need to buy a DLC plus the game to be able to download it through Steam. I don’t know, but IMO when an Early Access game forces the player base to buy a DLC just to be able to download the game, something is wrong. Conveniently wrong.

It gets worse when moderators start deleting topics with criticism in Steam forum. IDK i will pass.

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Ryan

Highly exploitative cash shop. Hard pass.

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silverlock

You can play on newbie island all you want for free to get a feel for the game before buying it, that’s what I’m doing as I write this.

The grind is very uneven as skills like nature lore can be afk grind but skills like artisan needs more of your attention. Also 0.0015 slinger exp for hitting a rabbit with a sling and it takes like a dozen tries to hit a rabbit with a sling so if you want to be an archer you have a massive grind ahead.

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Heliton B. Amorim

You can’t, at least not through Steam.
They removed the free download, now you need to buy one of the packages to be able to download the game. You can check this info on their Steam store page.

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silverlock

Are you sure because I’m playing right now and I’ve never giving them a dime. I can’t check the store page because it has the play button where the free to play button was. I don’t know maybe they grandfathered me in or simply over looked it.

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Heliton B. Amorim

Yes, they removed the free download option for some reason. Some people grab it before they actually removed the free stuff.

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silverlock

OK I checked the F2P mega thread and they say the newbie island starting area will be free to try in 2 to 3 months. Well ether way I still seem to have access for now.

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Vorender

This game needs at least SOME PVE mobs (aside from prey). Dynamically spawning mobs would greatly increase my desire to play this more. I enjoy the rest of the game, but it’s not enough to hold me.

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arras online

I downloaded the game and tried it again. I played Life is Feudal Your Own for a while.

I spawned in the middle of a desert with no trees anywhere to be seen. It’s very realistic, but there is one problem. You pretty much cannot do anything in the game without wood.

It took me 90 minutes to run to a green zone with wood. By the time I found some wood, I was angry and pissed off at the game for wasting my time.

Uninstalled.

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Doctor Sweers

I played during the “open beta” and stuck around for about a month. The sub is important but you can do without it if you don’t mind a bit more grind. Grouping is also important. I joined a guild after they set up their base not too far from my house. They then proceeded to deforest the entire island which meant doom for my hopes of expanding past a small house.

The community was actually pretty nice. The people in my guild were helpful and seemed to be enjoying the game. The thing that ran me off of the game was I was having to make trips to a trade center on the mainland to sell wood for copper which I needed to maintain my house/plot of land. My guild did not yet have a trading post established at the time. The trip to the mainland took about an hour each way. I get the game is titled Life is Feudal…but it’s also a game. For me, the game could be pretty cool if they tweak a few things with housing. The devs are active and eager to get the game working the way they want…whether or not that is similar to what I want out of the game is another matter.

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Erik Heinze-Milne

Eh, I was interested until they blatantly lied about their “open” beta and deleted any comments pointing it out. Pretty shitty company that won’t be getting my money now.

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saxxon

When we went live the other day Valve made an error and listed the game incorrectly which displayed the game as free. This error was corrected within an hour, but unfortunately was the cause of some confusion. Below is an excerpt and link from one of our weekly dev news series which was published late last summer.

After 2-3 months of Steam EA tests, we plan to reach an OBT and open the game for everyone to experience! Anyone with a Steam account will be able to download and experience Life is Feudal:MMO for free in our new starter island areas.

http://steamcommunity.com/app/290080/discussions/7/1471969431587671877/

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Erik Heinze-Milne

Yeah, this has nothing to do with Steam. This was on Facebook, where you were advertising an open beta, and when people called you guys out on it, you deleted the comments of anyone who called you out on your false advertising, and continued to call it an open beta when it wasn’t, by any definition.

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saxxon

Could you link what you are referring to please? Because we release the same material across all platforms and I have seen the information released as I explained above that we would offer the trial newbie islands once we reached open beta. We have not reached open beta yet.

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Erik Heinze-Milne

here is the iframe for one of the posts, it was also all over your facebook ads too
<iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Flifeisfeudal%2Fvideos%2F945311335633425%2F&show_text=1&width=560" width="560" height="445" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allowFullScreen="true"></iframe>

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Erik Heinze-Milne

I could not find any other way to link to the post. It is on your facebook page, from December 9th. You could also look through your facebook advertising.

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sirsam

“The Life is Feudal: MMO Open Beta is now live, and we’re inviting you to jump into the harsh and unforgiving medieval world of Abella and take part in this incredibly realistic social experience…..

FOR CASH!”

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luxundae

The loadable link is at https://www.facebook.com/lifeisfeudal/videos/945311335633425/?show_text=1&width=560

The text reads: “Open Beta Test is in its high gear! Check out this medley of what our feudalists have achieved through their first weeks on Abella.
Did your guild domain get into the frame? Watch our video and find out! ๐Ÿ˜‰”

Given how confusing the entire alpha/beta/kickstarter/early-access ecosystem is right now, I actually don’t consider this to be a major faux pas, but it sounds like it is causing enough confusion that you may want to correct it.

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Erik Heinze-Milne

Them making a mistake and calling it an open beta would be fine if they fixed it after being notified. What is unacceptable is that, after being notified, they not only CONTINUED to use that terminology, but also deleted comments from anyone who pointed out that they were lying to people.

They know what they are doing is wrong, and are continuing to do it anyway while trying to silence anyone who speaks out about it.

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Erik Heinze-Milne

Also, the video in the article, hosted on your very own youtube channel, has OPEN BETA literally in the title. If you have to pay to get in, it’s a closed beta, not an open beta. Please stop lying to people.

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Doctor Sweers

Completely agree with the open beta title. It’s not an open beta when you have to pay to play. Labeling it as such is misleading. While I am rooting for the devs and this game, they need to avoid any bad PR. No room for errors with this one.

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Heliton B. Amorim

Yeah, and even worse. Right now you need to buy a package (DLC) to download and play this Early Access title. And yes they deleted any criticism in the steam forum. They deserve every single bad review they’re getting.

I’m not ok with this situation, forcing your player base to buy game plus DLC in order to download and play the game through Steam is just wrong, but deleting criticism on the Steam forum is unacceptable. Now good luck with reviews. It is mixed (44%) because of filters, but in reality, it is Mostly Negative (39%).

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xanadox

The population of servers is known in real time. 4 k europe concurrent players now