MMORPG sandbox Albion Online has officially launched on Steam with big discounts

    
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If it seems as if we’ve been covering Albion Online for a long time, that’s because it’s true. In fact, the game officially launched almost a year ago – you’ll recall it as the PvP sandbox that survived exortiony DDOS attacks, slammed servers, and a round of layoffs. One thing it didn’t do? Port to Steam. But we can’t say that anymore, as the title has officially landed on Steam as of today, complete with achievements and a big fame boost for the next week.

Do note that this is a buy-to-play title, though its $30 basegame pricetag has been cut down to under $20 as part of the launch festivities. Naturally, there are bigger bundles for fatter wallets too as well as a sale of all the game’s packs and upgrades. Referring a buddy? The new season of rewards for that has also just kicked off.

Source: Steam, press release

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Matt R

so is albion worth dropping $20 on? i know there is an optional (somethings these things aren’t as optional) sub, but I doubt i’d spend it.

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Loopy

It depends on what you’re expecting out of the game. It’s a PVP-focused sandboxy crafting game, with a ton of emphasis on player generated content and gear. There is a LOT of grinding involved if you want to develop your crafting skills, and from my understanding PVP is very much solo-unfriendly.

I played it way back when early access first came out. It simply wasn’t for me, although i loved the look and feel of the game.

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Slaasher

I haven’t played it since beta but i would say that it is worth $20.

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Doctor Sweers

As Loopy mentioned, it’s not for the solo player if you are looking to venture into “low-sec” BUT if you can find a decent group/guild to team up with, it’s a lot of fun. Worth the $20 for sure.

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Thomas Zervogiannis

It is a good and fun game for its kind and is worth the 20 dollars if you know what you buy into: full-loot, PVP and group content focused, gvg territory warfare, “grindy”, ganker-vs-gatherer, moba-like combat and controls, player-driven economy, class-less “you are what you wear” system, single-shard – essentially a much simpler and more accessible EVE Online wannabe.

But it has its problems: balancing, performance issues, repetitive instances added which do not fit the open-world-sandbox design, fast-travel killing resource locality, world layout making only one city out of 6 relevant and killing all others making the world 1D and boring and killing off most meaningful inter-city trading, low population, toxic grumpy and weird community, big drama-inducing blunders from the devs in every patch such as the recent journal price change fiasco, bad community management.

Bottomline, it is a good game but in every way worse than the competition, unless you really want a fantasy lite EVE.

The sub hugely boosts your progress speed by boosting your XP gain (called fame in this game) and giving you “learning points”, which you can use to lower the threshold to advance or learn a new skill to 1/3rd . It is also useful if you want to get involved in crafting, because it generates a resource called focus, which returns 45% of the mats you used back (without it you get 15% back, so not using focus has you at a disadvantage compared to the competition) – you can see it as a daily reward, since it is a time-generated resource that translates indirectly to in game silver per day. The sub can be bought with in-game “premium” money (gold, whose value fluctuates based on offer/demand, and can be bought with silver, the non-premium game currency).

Most people say it is not solo friendly, and they are right in their own way, but it really depends on what you want to do in game. You can still do wonders with the economy solo, or do the cat-and-mouse gathering routine. But in terms of combat-related content, yeah it is not solo-friendly at all.

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feleran

By registering you get 1 month’s worth of free sub time, iirc. And later on it’s very-very simple to earn yourself enough in-game currency to extend your sub without using any extra real-world money.
But yes, it’s not a solo game. Find a guild and play with them – that’s what Albion is about.

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semugh

finally… so mobile next?

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Mewmew

While an iOS version doesn’t exist at this time, there has been an Android client you can download and play for some time already. You just have to get it off their main website and not Google Play. It’s on their download page with the other versions.

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whowutwhen

iOS is in beta or alpha.