ArcheAge’s secret project is ArcheAge Unchained, a monetization do-over and B2P server


Last week, Gamigo raised eyebrows with a countdown website under the old Trion domain promising a big Gamescom reveal. Subsequent ArcheAge tweets and details from the site itself made it clear that something big was about to happen for ArcheAge, as Gamigo implied it’d be addressing some specific complaints about the game, from pay-to-win to housing to the labor system – which jibed with post-Trion interviews that suggested Gamigo was collaborating with XL Games on some sort of business model do-over for the game.

Anyhow, the countdown is up today, and now we know just what Gamigo was plotting: ArcheAge Unchained. And yes, it’s a big change for the game’s monetization and perceived fairness, although it’s coming in the form of a buy-to-play server.

“ArcheAge: Unchained is a new way to play the game with a different business model. We’ve changed entirely its monetization which was simply not possible to this great extent with the already existing ArcheAge F2P version.  In ArcheAge: Unchained there is no longer a subscription model. With a onetime purchase, you can enjoy the content as often as you want. You will be able to purchase vanity items via Credits and we will implement seasonal ArchePasses. We are focusing on fairer gameplay which is why we decided to change a few monetization features for ArcheAge: Unchained.”

Here’s the bad news: Gamigo says it “was not feasible for the original ArcheAge F2P version with an already existing game economy.” Hence the new server.

“As ArcheAge: Unchained has a different business model, it will be implemented like a new game with a new server environment. There will be no transfer of items or characters between the already existing version and ArcheAge: Unchained. Credits can only be used where they have been bought. In ArcheAge: Unchained everyone starts fresh! There will be no additional bonus if you switch from the F2P version. It’s all about your skills, your dedication and the decisions that you make!”

It sounds as if the new server will have no sub, no Apex, equal labor regen, a 5K labor cap point, and equal opportunity to grab a house. We don’t know exactly how much it’ll cost or when it’s launching, but Gamigo is promising a new update for both ArcheAges this fall, with “a new skillset named Swiftblade, a revamp of the siege system, a new naval arena and lots more,” so there’s a clue.


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Wow. We really do live in a time of shameless u-turns.

Steve Macola

I remember playing this back when it was new, was it 2012 when it first came out? I forget which Windows version I had played it on, but it must have been XP or Vista? What are the requirements for the new game? I’d be interested in a PS4 version, like Black Desert’s that just came out last month. I DO NOT like open world PVP, I like it confined to PVP battlefields you can join voluntarily. I do not like Windows 10, and 5 years later, I still love my Win Vista computer, but I think my Glyph app launcher stopped working on here awhile ago. If it requires Win 8 or 10, oh well, I guess I’m not in that big of a hurry to play it anyhow.


Lords of the Dead (LotD) had a great run in the original Archeage, owned two castles, and a massive sea fleet. The game was a ton of fun, but the Pay2Win got really out of hand. I know a lot of guilds who will be interested in coming back for a good time in AA with Pay2Win removed as a factor.

Guildmaster, LotD

Rodrigo Dias Costa

I’ve always wished for ArcheAge to be a great game. There’s so much on it to make it great, yet it’s marred by so many bad decisions.

I see this move as not to remove the bad stuff, but to milk the cow one last time.

Castagere Shaikura

This is the new way that MMO companies sucker players into thinking they are getting something new. Create a new server and charge for it. Promise it will be different. People think MMO gamers are stupid and stuff like this doesn’t help.

Bruno Brito

I want you to picture the scene:

You’re playing Archeage. You’ve been playing for years. And the game required you to drop quite a substantial ammount of cash ( the ammount of cash that would allow you a box price of a better game ) to keep yourself viable to play.

Now, you know the beast you ride. This game fucks you on regrade. It fucks you on landgrab. It loves to fuck you specifically to keep up to better equipped players. It completely, in a non-fun non-orgasmical way, fucks you on it’s economy.

You then realize, sometimes too late, you already paid for half of Trion’s suits martini’s, that you were getting fucked, and they weren’t even offering you dinner first.

So you take the decision your friends took ages ago, and you quit, wishing for the better days to come back, and the monetization to change, but never forgetting what you did for this game, and how it paid you back.

Except, they bring it back. With a catch: You have to let us fuck you one last time, sweetly, for you to buy the box price of a old game, that THEY themselves monetized poorly, even if you paid like 300x time price of this game on your Archeage’s lifetime, just to play a decent experience of a game that was completely lackluster, monetization-wise.

And they bring it with the promise: Hey guys, this price to buy Archeage, is the last time we’ll fuck you. Promise! I mean, who cares if we, Gamigo, are a pretty dubious company that are selling you guys a old game that can close down in six months? Who cares if the old company completely destroyed your trust, and we’re not even trying to fix the main server because it’s our cashcow, yet, and we’re just gonna make a new one to rake on nostalgia?

I think i should write fanfictions about the gaming industry.

Castagere Shaikura

Someone gets it.
This is the whole deal and they are not the only game company to do it.


“I think i should write fanfictions about the gaming industry.” Sounds pretty factual to me. ;)

Bruno Brito

A B2P model with season passes.

Wow. What a mindblowing idea.

No, really. I’m sure the people who spent money on the former shitshow of a server will now be extremely happy to pay once more to access a fairer server.

Well, i kinda gave up on Archeage long ago. Nowadays, i just expect it to be pretty underwhelming news.


I bought into the first AA release in NA, all I can say is fool me once.

Doctor Sweers

Decisions decisions…I’m pretty sure I’ve already used the Bush “Fool me once” gif a few times over the past few years. This one works as well :)

fool me once strike one.gif

OK so they change it now, but how long till they change it AGAIN…. you know they will.


Sounds like a great business move, maintain servers for those who want to pay their way to the top (there is a scary amount of people that like this) and have servers for more casual players who are willing to buy in.
I actually think this may attract more people to AA and probably score Gamigo a pretty penny or two.


I’m skeptical it won’t have some form of egregious microtransactions, not that it matters since I refuse to support any game that uses a mobile gaming energy system anyway. If they remove the labor system entirely than I can begin to consider everything else wrong with it.

Mattias Berg

Not sure what to do about this. Do I give them money for doing the right thing finally although I’ll probably never play the game again. Or do I completely ignore it because it’s WAY too little WAAAAAAAY too late.

I can’t even conceive how big this game would be right now if they had gone for the Guild Wars 2 price model from the start. I don’t remember the exact numbers I calculated once, but to max out your gear at one point you either had to spend 750$ or play for 10 000 hours. If the credit card was never an option I’d still be working on those 10 000 hours. I just never saw the point when I kept seeing people, especially in pvp who clearly had just bought their gear and I could do nothing to beat them.