Albion Online goes free-to-play next month as Oberon update rolls out today

    
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After two and a half years of live play and just about a year on Steam, Albion Online will finally move from a buy-to-play title to the ranks of free-to-play games. Starting on April 10th, everybody will be able to log into the PvP sandbox freely to check it out, with no planned gameplay restrictions; the optional premium sub and cash shop will remain exactly as they are. It might even be worth your while to pick it up now, as founders will be gifted a sweet ghostly wolf mount and see other perks, like a fame boost ahead of the launch, 1000 gold, and three days of sub time.

“Overall, the game is doing very well,” Sandbox Interactive says. “We have a fully staffed development team of 35 people, just released our sixth major post-release update, and have a stable and growing player population.”

“However, we’re also convinced that Albion Online can be taken much further. Our mission is to bring back that old-school, hardcore MMORPG feeling, to as many players as possible. In today’s world, a 30-dollar paywall – the price of our cheapest game pack – is a massive deterrent for trying out a new game, especially one as unconventional as Albion Online. We believe that by removing the initial paywall we will be able to grow Albion Online as a game and continue to further expand our development team to bring you even more content updates and exciting new features going forward. Ultimately, we believe this step will help us realize our long-term vision for the game.”

Today’s a big day in Albion for another reason, as the major Oberon patch has officially launched. “This update brings a major new Randomized Dungeon feature, new creatures, shrines, and chests, numerous quality-of-life improvements, and much more,” says the team.

Source: Official site, F2P, patch notes. Cheers, Kalouro!
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Meanie

Oberon patch has brought a huge improvement to the grind, both in that it reduces the total grind amount by a lot (they created higher reward options for experience gain) and it also made the way you grind more interesting by introducing some higher difficulty randomized dungeons.

I quit the game 2 years ago and came back to check it out and have not had more fun on here. I’ve also progressed more in these 4-5 days than I had in months on the same character a few years ago. Sounds drastic but I also was in a place that allowed me to gear up and join some people that has me grinding at a very fast and efficient pace.

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Relen

Finally I can play! Game was too expensive when it was B2P.

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Castagere Shaikura

Another open world PVP game goes f2p. Will be shut down a year from now probably. I just don’t get why these game devs still don’t get why making these types of MMO’s is a waste of time and money.

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Arktouros

The reason why game devs don’t think making these kinds of games are a waste of time and money is a pretty easily answered situation.

The simple answer here is that a lot of these PvP games are just fucking awful games. Danny Smith below said it best with “EVE crafting with low tier moba combat” cause that’s all a shitty game like Albion is. As much fun as it is mindlessly slaughtering each other for hours on end at the end if the day most PvP players are still gamers and gamers want a fun game to play. Albion specifically aimed towards an easy control system for the mobile market and they ended up with a bland, basic combat system that appealed to little to no one. Spoiler alert, combat system is pretty important to PvP focused players.

But you see here’s the twist. No one thinks they’re a bad designer. No developer out there is making a game thinking their game or system design is bad or their game decisions are poor ones. Then three months down the road they get that wake up call and generally more bad decisions ensue and it’s all down hill from there.

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Anton Mochalin

I wonder why they didn’t go mobile first, there aren’t many games like this on mobile.

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Roger Christie

PvP sandbox. The magic words to nope me.

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Greaterdivinity

The PvP elements aren’t attractive to me, but I’ll give it a go regardless. Can’t hurt to dump a few hours into the game to see if it “clicks” for me.

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styopa

My son bought into it before and I dinked around a little on his account but iirc I thought it was crazy grindy.
Now that we can play together, maybe we’ll dip into it again.

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Danny Smith

So basically the steam refund system gets a break when people can see ‘eve crafting with low tier moba combat’ and go ‘no thanks’ without putting money down.

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laelgon

Cool. I’ve wanted to try out this game for a while but was wary about spending money on another sandbox pvp title.

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Fisty

Sweet. I can finally give it a try without all the worry.

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semugh

I still prefer B2P. I still have deep respect for the guys having a mac and linux client.

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Anton Mochalin

B2P is F2P in disguise. Temporary one, that is.