Albion Online’s shift away from mobile was a matter of market forces

    
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Get off your phone.

If you remember a lot of the early marketing for Albion Online, it focused quite heavily on how the game was going to feature cross-platform play for PC and mobile devices. The game has launched at this point, but the mobile versions are still in testing. A recent interview with CTO David Salz reveals that it’s hardly something the developers forgot; it’s simply that when the game was first planned, it seemed that mobile was the wave of the future. As the game acquired fans, it became clear that PC was the preferred platform for most of the would-be players, which caused a shift in design to emphasize desktops over mobile devices.

Salz also talks about the shifts in business models and the technical hurdles involved in building the game from the ground up, starting with a prototype that was built to see if the game could even be made fun or if the project was doomed from the start. Check out the full interview for a peek at the industry history as well as the technical roadblocks that hit the game over time.

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John Mclain

“…it seemed that mobile was the wave of the future.”

*Nearly passes out from laughter.*

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Xijit

Is it still a belligerent gank fest full of condoned griefing?

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Joey

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Sally Bowls

Ft4u: as a massively reader, you probably wouldn’t like the game or any game.

As I say, the people who like mmos play them. The people who don’t, write and comment at Massively. ?

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Joey

Well said, but all kidding a side, the game is a lot of fun still. It is not the zombie wasteland gankfest that people like to say it is.

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Rolan Storm

Do tell. I was interested and had some feedback, but still on a fence. Also advertising tend to plague me every day. :D I don’t mind anymore though. :)

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Joey

If you want to PVP solo now they added arenas and some 5v5 content out in the world for smaller groups. Otherwise, you need to be in a guild for PVP.

IF you enjoy crafting and playing the economy, the game is great for that, even in the smaller towns, you can move a lot of goods and play the markets since the auction houses are not linked.

I’m kind of surprised that Massively doesn’t cover this game more, I guess that fact that parts of it being full loot PVP doesn’t sit well with a lot of their readers. It is kind of shame though, this game has some great sandbox MMO elements.

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Rolan Storm

Thanks.

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Rolan Storm

And thank you for this answer too.

Then I’ll probably have to wait until I have huge chunk of time to spend on gaming and that’s… not soon.

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Xijit

I quite like PVP, just not shitty PvP that encourages being an asshole instead of competitive.

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Joey

I’m just saying though, you are asking Massively readers if they like a PVP game, let alone any MMO for that matter as Sally said above. You just need to join a guild for this game and you will be fine. If you are solo player you won’t like it, unless you enjoy crafting, which it does quite well.

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Xijit

and your attitude and condensation against every massively reader, not just me (being the only one presently throwing shade at the game), is exactly why this game has a reputation for being a haven of toxicity and harassment.

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Joey

Well according to the bulk of the readers here, every PVP game is a haven for toxicity and harassment. Also, if you can’t handle a little criticism when you make the first post asking if the game is ” still a belligerent gank fest full of condoned griefing” then maybe you might need to rethink your questions to be a little less toxic.

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Xijit

What question?

I was being flat sarcastic.

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Joey

Is it still a belligerent gank fest full of condoned griefing?

Looks like a question to me. :)