Albion Online lays out its future roadmap with hideouts, hotspots, and customization

    
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All right, then.

The Oberon update landed in Albion Online yesterday, along with news that the game is going free-to-play in just a few short weeks, but we’re willing to bet money that no one has really cleared enough content in that update to say that they’re done with it. It just got here, after all. But the developers are already on the path to figuring out the next steps in the game’s development, as explained in the new development roadmap on the official site.

To start with, there’s apparently a need to encourage more presence for smaller guilds in the Outlands, which has led to the upcoming Hideout system. Hideouts allow for the establishment of underground bases for your guild, and while they can still be attacked and removed, there are limited windows to do so and not much in the way of incentives, thus discouraging larger guilds from just attacking smaller ones.

Sandbox Interactive is also looking into improving the various PvP hotspots that currently exist in the game, giving players even more reason to get pulled from place to place and take part in open-world activities rather than just holing up away from others.

Add to that new customization features like altering your character’s look after creation and introducing proper gear customization systems and players will have plenty to look forward to within the expansive list of the roadmap.

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Neurotic

I bought a pack a few months ago and played it to death for a couple of weeks, then got to the point where I’d done two or three full gear loops, and I could see that without guilding up and RvRing, that would be it for the solo/PvE experience. But! Oberon sounds very promising, so I shall deffo head back in for a looky-loo.

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PanagiotisLial1

I am basically all in for giving a second chance/try for developers who do honestly try to improve. I am going to retry it pretty soon. Going f2p on final product was a backers promise too by the way

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Akagi

I guess I can give it a go, but I don’t know how the PK part of the game will feel. I guess I could say I’m not really good when it comes to MMORPG PvP and would feel more comfortable in a 1st/3rd person shooter game with PvP as I feel like the combat there is more straightforward and fair as it’s mostly skill and reflexes that matter the most.

Whereas in MMORPGs, you need to have certain understanding of your class, also gears and levels also determine one’s strength.

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PanagiotisLial1

well its a more soft version of EVE’s system it seems with completely safe zones

and I consider EVE a fairly soft PVP system regarding death/ganking mechanics

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Akagi

I don’t know much about EVE anyways, never really tried it. From what I see people doing in the game, it feels a lot like micromanagement and other stuff that one would rather do for a living than for fun.

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PanagiotisLial1

well EVE is a sandbox so a lot relates around a living player based economy so crafting not only matters but its also the fuel for anything, even for PVP

the game is quite fun but has a longer learning curve

when I tried EVE back on 2012, my first 4-5h felt weird and a bit lost but as went deeper I got “sucked” into it more but I still wasnt ready to commit normal playing time to it, was testing.

It was when I bumped into a guild(corporation there), or rather they bumped to me, that I started to get really full attention.

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Dug From The Earth

How was “is going F2P” left out of this articles title?

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Blake

It’s right in the first paragraph?

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Dug From The Earth

How does the first paragraph have anything to do with the articles title?

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Blake

Because I’m a moron and totally misread your post. Sorry about that, totally missed the ‘title’… no idea how. :)

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Jeremy Barnes

The changes are nice, but it still feels like the overall design or premise of the game just doesn’t resonate with a large playerbase.

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Anton Mochalin

You’re wrong. It does resonate, the game had a lot of crowdfunding backers and I among others bought it after release so it has potential playerbase. The problem is that the game is boring. The idea is very promising – basically EVE in fantasy setting. I was quite hyped up about Albion and bought it at the time I didn’t have much budget for games. And I stopped playing one week after that. It’s still installed on my PC, sometimes I notice it in games list and realize I don’t feel a slightest wish to play it.