ArcheAge’s Relics of Hiram update is finally launching, three weeks late, under Gamigo’s banner

    
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It’s bittersweet now, we suppose, but the 5.0 Relics of Hiram update is officially going live for ArcheAge players in the west today, with server up slated for 4 p.m. EST this afternoon. The highlights are the new zone and new skillset:

“ArcheAge 5.0 – Relics of Hiram introduces players to the all-new Western Hiram Mountains zone, where they will face and conquer challenges, attain new gear, and increase their Ancestral level! Additionally, the new expansion will introduce the 11th skillset to the fold: Malediction! Adding a whopping 45 new class combinations to the mix, Malediction enables players to master powerful dark magic to exploit their enemies’ weaknesses while empowering themselves. […] The expansion brings even more features and improvements for ArcheAge, including an increase to the Ancestral level cap, enhanced house customizations, new achievements, and more.”

MMO vets will recall that Relics of Hiram was originally intended to launch on October 24th, but on October 22nd, Trion representatives revealed that all of its assets, including its publishing duties for western ArcheAge, had been sold to Gamigo, with nearly all of its employees let go. In the ensuing weeks, Gamigo has committed to “new content on a regular basis” for all of the titles it took over from Trion, including and perhaps especially ArcheAge, whose Korean creator, XL Games, has also vowed to “revitalize” and “restore” and “stabilize” the game in its new home.

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teppic

I’m curious to see if they’ll launch any new servers and how monetisation will change now Trion isn’t controlling it.

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Godnaz

Does this mean we’ll get back fair Archeum drops and do away with loot boxes? Will they balance the crafting materials required to make end game PvP gear without letting the players corner the market? Will castle sieges and nodes be reworked so that 3% of the playerbase owns 80% of all the games wealth?

Until these things happen, the masterpiece that was Archeage Alpha still lives as a relic of great MMORPG PvE/PvP balance.

I wants me farm and trade ships back

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Armsbend

It is good to see Trion gone. Something right happened in 2018 at least.

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Weilan

But I don’t think Gamigo are much better.

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flyingltj

No one invests in grey-morality with the best of intentions.