Albion Online is officially free-to-play today – and already ‘under heavy load’

    
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Fancy getting your peekay on in an actual PvP sandbox? Albion Online is officially free-to-play today, meaning you can swarm the game without paying a dime, though of course there’s still an optional sub for additional perks.

“With a healthy and growing player base, numerous technical improvements since launch, and a brand-new tutorial for new players, Albion Online opens the gates to all players,” Sandbox Interactive says. Today’s release also comes with a respectable patch to remove inter-city travel cooldowns, add new portals across multiple zones, tweak respawns, make guilds more expensive to create, and lightly rebalance combat.

Prefer to play on Steam? Devs wrote an hour or so ago that it’s still waiting on Valve: “That requires a manual switch from Valve. We’re eagerly waiting for it ourselves. Shouldn’t take too long.”

Do note that as expected, Sandbox says the login servers are “under heavy load,” such that “login can take approximately 5-10 minutes.” The studio advises patience, as restarting will only start the queue over again. As we’ve previously covered, the devs expect long queues today and buffed up their tech accordingly.

Finally, if you’re installing for the first time, make sure you’re careful to create a proper directory structure for your install, as the installer doesn’t appear to do so on its own. One of our writers found this out the hard way this morning: “[Albion] just installed into the folder I picked, didn’t create any other folders and proceeded to try and run an anti-cheating program on the 400+ gigs of other games I have in the folder, which completely hosed my gaming PC and I had to do a hard boot.” Fair warning!

And here’s the launch trailer while you wait:

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Furegone

Install > login > 6000+ queue??? > Uninstall

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mpandu.nky

Might actually try it now

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lostkoss

Mobile phone game. No thanks.

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G0dl355

People are review bombing on steam because of the queues. I swear letting the public comment in a storefront for video games was always a mistake. Last week it was borderlands, this week albion.

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Castagere Shaikura

Today is my Bday it’s just to bad its a pvp game. Would have been fun.

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Armsbend

well happy birthday.

K38FishTacos
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K38FishTacos

Happy birthday!

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Anton Mochalin

I think they’re overhyping the F2P launch, according to Steamcharts:

1,649 24-hour peak (~2x peak players in March which is not bad)
2,796 all-time peak

Which means when they launched as B2P on Steam they had higher concurrent players peak and they somehow dealt with it (well it’s not very hard to deal with 3k players). Yes I understand not everyone plays through Steam but judging from comments here Steamcharts data can be well interpolated into the whole picture: F2P gave them 2 times more concurrent players which is still less than they had after the official launch last year.

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PanagiotisLial1

I cant be certain what amounts they got but certainly I dont trust steam as its often problematic on mmos so even those starting on steam transition to direct client. Personally I only got Elite Dangerous and Project Gorgon nowadays only cause I cant transition to direct on those two. I used to have like 20 mmos on steam but all had one disadvantage or another through it.

Steam is best for single players games, i actually I love it for them. As for Albion I logged today(directl client) but had a waiting time and a lot of players around. I generally prefer to wait a couple days in such cases so the new player areas are less crowded

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Anton Mochalin

I always try to use Steam for MMOs instead of using direct client. Even Steamcharts alone is worth it – we as players can see games’ population and decide if it’s worth it. Steamcharts and reviews and communities are especially important for online games – let’s say some game that had a mediocre launch improved and attracted loyal fans – this will be mirrored in Steam reviews getting more positive so we can maybe notice that and try the game again.

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feleran

You can check steamcharts even without playing on Steam yourself. I cannot believe any MMO could run better on Steam that without Steam. There are almost always problems when Steam is added as an extra layer to the mix.
And also it takes 30% of your money that should go the game itself.

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Fisty

Might be taking longer to update, or it’s just a slow climb. Were 6,000 in queue though, now im at 4,000.

5,861
playing 24 min ago
6,221
24-hour peak
6,221
all-time peak

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Anton Mochalin

Alright they now have a new all-time peak, that’s better.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Looks like it’s F2P on Steam already. Steam does a sort of ‘we do it when we get around to it’ timing on game launches. Makes it problematic for cross-platform launches because it gives players on non-Steam portals a slight edge.

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Hikari Kenzaki

And server is down for maintenance, it seems.

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Mordyjuice

Is there a way to turn off the PVP?

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Loopy

Absolutely

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Chase Masters

Or even better: no install. Good luck going F2P.

kofteburger
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kofteburger

I have just done that. Thanks.

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Armsbend

lol laughed heartily at this one :)

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JoeCreoterra

uninstalling :p love the previous screen heh

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PanagiotisLial1

Just has safe zones ranging from fully safe gradually all the way down to totally unsafe where Resistance is Futile.

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Anton Mochalin

It’s really amazing how many people are afraid of PvP in MMOs. I guess they think “What if I’m peacefully killing mobs that are weaker than me to get my loot and crafting materials and then a crowd of people stronger than me appears and shouting HOORAY GANKFEST kills me and takes my loot and crafting materials -that would be so unjust and not what I expect from online entertainment service”.

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K38FishTacos

I pvp all the time in pvp focused games, shooters, etc.. The difference for me is that as I’ve gotten older, I can’t spend the time it takes to play a pvp mmorpg because of clan/guild time commitments. I don’t think you’d have a good time in Albion if you’re not in a big clan.

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mpandu.nky

Great that you’ve found what works for you. Other people find different aspects they enjoy from MMOs.