ArcheAge rolls out update 5.1 as players call ‘bait-and-switch’ over normalized mounts

    
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As promised, Gamigo pushed out update 5.1 for ArcheAge yesterday, complete with its hero system revamp, tweaks for pirates, the Abyssal Library do-over, and the separated Golden Plains Battle arena. Taxes for building in hostile zones have also also been hiked. Here’s what to expect once the server issues settle down:

“Plunderers and freebooters may now join the Pirate faction in limited numbers in a new quest line. Gone are the days of committing crimes to become a Pirate. The crime and infamy system have been separated from the Pirates. After seven days, inactive Pirates will be sent back to their mother faction. The latest revamp of the Hero system in ArcheAge is giving Heroes new abilities and quests, specific to their role in the game. The update bestows upon them the great power to enforce peace or even war in the different zones. The special Hero cloaks have been improved, making the Heroes even tougher. As true leaders, Heroes can summon their followers in raids and lead them into epic battles. In addition to new items, content and bug fixes make it so players can now explore a new streamlined version of the Abyssal Library as a 5-man dungeon. This new instanced dungeon is available on Legacy servers as well as on Fresh Start. Dungeon bosses now drop the new Abyssal Library Equipment as rewards.”

What wasn’t in the patch notes? Another round of mount normalization. As angry forumgoers explain across multiple threads and tweets, this means that many mounts have been rescaled to the base speed for mounts in the game – including some of the pricey cash shop lockbox mounts, like Lunaris, which according to affected players were being sold for weeks with an advertised higher-than-average speed and then nerfed without warning or answer from Gamigo.

Apparently, this isn’t the first time for this exact scenario, as the folks uttering “Stormwraith” are reminding us, but back in 2017 when it happened, then-publisher Trion refunded players for the miscommunicated purchase and thereby dodged many of the “bait-and-switch” claims and chargebacks Gamigo is currently facing. Probably the most bizarre Gamigo defense in the forums right now is the argument that people should have known this mount would be a “scam” because of ArcheAge’s “scam” history, which seems like maybe the wrong takeaway here.

Source: Press release, official forums, another thread. With thanks to Paradox!
Update
Here’s one YouTuber’s take on the situation.

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K38FishTacos

I have no pity for people crying about ArcheAge by now.

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Greaterdivinity

So…as much as things change they remain the same?

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Tanek

I don’t understand this at all. It isn’t like the game is going to dig out from under the pay-to-win label at this point, so changing the advertised speed of cash shop mounts can ONLY make players upset. Zero upside here.

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Armsbend

Zero downside either. If you are still playing archeage for some unknown reason – you aren’t leaving.

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Tanek

Good point. PLUS, once the last cash shop horse gets downgraded, they can put another faster one in the shop that people will need! I just was not thinking evil enough.

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Armsbend

Self hating archeage players are complaining about bait and switch.

You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone that really cares.

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Godnaz

Agreed. If players are choosing to continue to play because they enjoy the game, they need to take the bad that comes with it. Don’t like how they do things? Don’t keep support them.

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Bruno Brito

There’s a pserver for archeage which is, while a bit p2w, way more fair, which is saying a lot about how the core game itself is a dineanddash

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wratts

Well, they’re not wrong. Players could have predicted it would be a scam

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mttgamer

Ahahaha,
Gamigo- “hey look at this shiny new update”
Players- *points to the pile of crap in the room*
Gamigo- *pats themselves on back for a good release*

-probably

It’s really such a shame, the game is genuinely fun but seeing these headlines I’ll never go back because of the crap that spoils a good game.

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Eliandal

Unfortunately Gamigo (like Trion before them) is completely at the mercy of XL. Also unfortunately for them, they are the forward facing company, and must justify changes they most likely were not warned about. Saw THAT happen so many times. Definitely not excusing what’s happening – however it’s happened so many times historically, it’s hardly shocking anymore!