Legends of Aria implements optional premium sub, drops base game price permanently

    
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If you remember the beginning of 2019 – yes, it’s been like 100 years this year, but try – you’ll recall that the Legends of Aria community was in uproar over the then-newly installed in-game store and what players perceived were pay-to-win items. Citadel Studios walked back the changes with a plan for a different model. And this week, we’re getting a glimpse of what exactly the final monetization plan entails, as the servers returned last night with the new premium sub in place.

“The Premium Subscription is an optional monthly subscription that gives a number of perks to player accounts,” Citadel explains. Those perks include a second house plot, an extra character slot, free taxes, and a 100-gem stipend every week.

“In addition, there are additional rewards available based on the ‘age’ of a player’s subscription. All players have the option of purchasing a subscription – 1 month, 6 months, and 12 months – via the in-game store. You are awarded your premium account age as soon as you pay for it. For example, a 3 month subscription purchase would immediately grant you 3 months of premium account age.”

The cash shop is also up and running now with “Soulstones, character appearance changes, name changes, and an assortment of cosmetic dyes for leather, armor, and clothing” all buyable with gems. Moreover, the game’s settling in at its new permanent price of $19.99.

MOP’s Chris has been retouring Legends of Aria since its early access launch and revamp this summer and is actually pleased with most of the changes. Citadel’s Derek Brinkmann told us that the game had seen a “3x increase in active player numbers” since the game hit early access on Steam.

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Charles Dodge

Still waiting for Linux version.

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BalsBigBrother

I must admit the change in price does make it more appealing to me should I find myself short of something to play. At the moment though I have more games I want to play than time to play them so it might be a while before I jump in.

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Arktouros

Imagine delaying your game for so long only to bait and switch your customer base at the last second for a couple of hundred extra players on Steam. As usual the PvE audience is no where to be found for these converted PvP games.

Hopefully those subs work out.

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TJ French

Release your game (not the early access it is) and let us host our own servers (as promised) please. That’s all we want right now. Quickly, there doesn’t seem to be much time…

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> let us host our own servers (as promised) please.

do they not? i can see a few private servers in the private server listing? i know they talked about improvements to listing? coming soon? not sure, maybe you can explain the problem with it further?

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TJ French

Those are paid for servers. That service is also on hold and barely supported (no way to make map changes, so you can’t really go custom). When they initially brought the game out to talk about it, we were promised hosting or own servers would happen. Private servers. They have quietly swept that away though. Even fully supporting the custom servers and opening those up would be amazing. Custom servers promised here, from official release of the developer at the time of their name change. Just one of many times mentioned. Google is your friend.

PAX East 2017: Shards Online changes its name to Legends of Aria and goes full MMORPG

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the article and the game has always been focused on customizable private shards at it’s premise. however i do recall the self hosted server thing being a question asked by fans but not really acknowledged by the developers. granted i haven’t followed the game for years and years so maybe they did in that time but that link doesn’t seem to indicate what you imply it does. unless i’m not following your reasoning there – maybe that they changed plans more than 2 years ago to a degree? idk?

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TJ French

This is from their Kickstarter.

“Experience limitless content. It’s a game that lets you experience hundreds of different worlds with just one client! You can play on official Citadel Studios servers or join any of the hundreds of community run servers. Each server has different rules and content, allowing you to find a game universe that fits your exact play style.

Become a creator of worlds. It’s the first game that legitimately allows you to host and moderate not just a single game world, but an entire universe of connected game worlds with the potential to support thousands of users at one time. Customize every aspect of your servers’ gameplay experience from character development, to combat, to items and equipment, to monsters and AI.”

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right. i mean i get that it’s well implied there that that would be a thing probably, i remember them also being mum about it when specifically outright asked about it years ago. idk how one could find that but i’m sure it’s out there.

beyond that everything there is in the rentable server stuff afaict.

but yeah man i feel ya. i wouldn’t mind hosting one of these in my guild at some point. more desireable fluffy cotton drops for all.

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TJ French

From the lead Dev in 2016 leading into the ks during an ama on Reddit. I am not trying to s attack you, I’m just tired of it seeming like we early supporters are asking for something that was not clearly promised from day 1. The dev team just did a huge post about how now that the steam launch is done they can start charging subscriptions (https://www.legendsofaria.com/development-update-august-30th-2019/). It’s just frustrating.

“40$ pledge gets you the game forever and you can run and mod servers when we launch Steam Early Access later this year. 200$ pledges get access to the server and (primitive) modding tools now.”

I am Derek ‘Supreem’ Brinkmann, Project Lead for Shards Online (a moddable sandbox online RPG in development) AMA! from MMORPG

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seems reasonable they wouldn’t support the full on thing tho as actively as it maybe could/should be in early access. seems more like a post launch release mandate.

either way i understand and feel the desire of private customizable servers my dude, so don’t get me wrong i’m down.

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TJ French

How to see you out there my friend!