Legends of Aria hits Steam early access today with the PvP patch, a sale, and a free month of sub for loyalists

    
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Legends of Aria’s big day has arrived – or will when the gates open today around 3 p.m. EDT.

A few weeks ago, Citadel Studios announced that the Kickstarted MMORPG formerly known as Shards Online would finally be launching on Steam early access, seven months after it opened its doors for players on its own launcher. The extra time allowed Citadel to observe the community and make what it believes are sweeping but necessary changes for today’s patch: It’s adding an optional subscription, a new Bard skill line, a new enchanting system, crafting buffs, an optional level-up guidance system for new players, and most importantly, major ruleset changes that make it much easier for players to avoid PvP and ganking on official servers.

Last night, Citadel Studios announced on Twitter that the game’s price will remain $29.99, but during the launch week, the game will be over a third off, making it $19.79 on Steam. And as a thank-you to existing players, there’s a little something in it for them too.

“We wanted to make sure we weren’t only giving a benefit to new players, so we’ve decided to gift all of our existing players – those of you who joined us on our journey prior to launching on Steam – a one month premium subscription free of charge. The premium sub includes several perks, including an additional housing plot, an additional character slot, free taxes, and 100 weekly gems to use on an assortment of cosmetic and quality of life items in our in-game store (which will be available when the store is online).”

Wanna hear the full explanation from the boss himself? Citadel’s Derek Brinkmann sat down with us for a podcast interview a few weeks back to dig into why the changes were necessary for the survival of the MMO. We’ll also be streaming the new game tonight at 8 p.m. on OPTV, so join us for a fresh look then!

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Eol Void

Wow, this really reminds me of Ultima.

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Frank White

Predictably, the review bombers have already hit the Steam store page, mostly people with less than an hour play time shown who are taking the opportunity to complain about past mistreatment by the devs and how hard the game is and lack of content and the current state of pvp. Most likely most of them haven’t touched the game in months and are really complaining about experiences they had who-knows-how-long ago. Ugh. Might be forced to get this one myself just to see for myself, since I don’t expect to see much objectivity from most of those on Steam.

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memitim

It doesn’t look great in fairness though, if it was amazing they’d still be playing it, not review bombing it and this is the 2nd time the game has “launched” and the 2nd time they’ve sold a headstart and there’s a new server this time….you’ve gotta admit that’s pretty shady…

The Legends of Ultima server looks good but what happens to that when this game shuts down in 6 months (or less…)? Are they going to give out the code? Nobody knows… :(

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Celestia

I hope this game finds a community who love and cherish it!

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Frank White

Any impressions here from anyone who’s played it in the last couple of months? I’m interested in this one, partly because there’s no better options now that don’t require a sub, and it would be helpful to get some feedback from people who’ve played it more recently than six+ months ago. A lot can change in that amount of time. I’m wondering too, and a little worried, about what’s included in their premium subscription. And they mention “tons” of cool cosmetics in their store, so I’m curious to know how many of those cool cosmetics, if any, can be got reasonably from playing rather than paying for them.

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memitim

I searched for some myself but it looks like this game is DOA, from what I could gather what little was left of the population fled when they announced the removal of pvp in most areas. The Legends of Ultima private server seems to be doing quite well though and it looks pretty swish, you can see for yourself on youtube, so if by “there’s no better options” you mean “there’s no games like Ultima” it’s probably still worth a buy. If you don’t care about Ultima though, I’d give this one a miss.

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kofteburger

I’ve been looking forward to this.

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Charles Dodge

Still waiting for Linux version

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laelgon

I rather enjoyed the game as a low-stress experience. The combat, crafting, and gathering mechanics are simple enough that it made for a good podcast game. The main problem was the lack of content. I know the idea of the sandbox is that players make their own content, but there need to be systems to enable and encourage that behavior. Building yourself a house only keeps you busy so long, and skilling up is a relatively short affair, so then your options of what to do were fairly limited. I hope the decision to move away from the FFA PvP focus is indicative of changes to come. Player-made content can and should be much more than just ganking each other endlessly.

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Barnoc N'Draak

I saw a commercial for this ahead of a YouTube video for a game I play. It seemed interesting, but you would have had the impression from the video that it:

  1. Was actually a full launch
  2. Not isometric
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kajidourden

I will be surprised if this game is still active this time next year, it’s been such a massive flop thus far. Their only 2 hopes are the player-created shards like LoU and the fact that you could host this on a microwave.

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Sasha Alex

I managed to play one of the early alphas. It took so long to kill one monster…..