ArcheAge Unchained’s test server throws its doors open to you – yes, you

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Are you ready for next week’s launch of ArcheAge’s new buy-to-play server, or are you still on the fence about the whole deal? What may help you to make an informed decision is simply some time in the game — and this you can do, right now, for free.

ArcheAge announced that it has opened up the test server to anyone who would like to give the game a try. This stress test is running from now through October 13th, so you have a few days to look into it if this is your thing.

Name reservations for ArcheAge Unchained’s pre-orders are going live on Saturday, October 12th, while the server itself will launch on the 15th. On the subscription/free-to-play servers, ArcheAge just delivered compensation for the recent extended downtime.

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Skardon

It appears that the original archeage has to be selected in the glyph app to see the PTS option, but that will act as the unchained version. a little bit confusing.

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NeoWolf

Visually it is without a doubt VERY appealing to me, but my issue is the same as before it is essentially a PVP game with PVE.. and that does not sadly appeal to my preferred play style. Now were it the other way around or had pure PVE servers I’d definitely be checking out Unleashed. But I have zero desire to deal with PVP and PVP’ers messing with my enjoyment of the PVE.

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Joey

This game from the ground up revolves around PVP. PVE servers would be a ghost town imo.

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NeoWolf

And yet “IF” that were what people wanted the game would have previously done great..yet it didn’t it was as you say a ghost town, this face-lift and slight name change as awesome as it is is unlikely to change that because it is still essentially the same game as before.

ArchAge is screaming for PVE and has many folks like me who would be all over it if it were. Nevertheless PVP game is the choice the developers went with, it is what it is..

But my original comment you responded to was based on an “IF it were a PVE game with PVP rather than a PVP game with PVE approach to explaining WHY I am not and will not be playing it this time round either :)

ArchAge is essentially in the same box as Bless in so much as both were beautiful appealing games that simply catered to the wrong playstyle and thus fell flat on their respective faces accordingly.

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Joey

Archeage is still going and had an amazing launch. Sure, people lost interest in the game, but not because of the content or the PVP. It was the P2W cash shop that scared everyone off.

I personally think Archeage would have been the top MMO in the West even with it’s PVP focus if it didn’t screw up it’s monetization.

ArchAge is essentially in the same box as Bless in so much as both were beautiful appealing games that simply catered to the wrong playstyle and thus fell flat on their respective faces accordingly.

I see this comment a lot here on MoP and it’s clear that this site attracts a lot of PVE players for some reason. To pretend that PVP in video games is not a popular thing and would be a poor choice for any genre in gaming is just completely silly.

PVP in video games is HUGE and I’m sorry to Archeage did not fail because it didn’t cater to the “wrong play style”.

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NeoWolf

Lost interest in the game? dude people left that game after a few months like the Israelites leaving Egpyt.. En Masse lol It had “numerous” issues not just monetisation.

I wouldn’t be too shocked about a predominant PVE presence in most places, there have always been more PVE’ers than PVP’ers in general across the board that isn’t a new development.

Also I didn’t say it wasn’t popular just that its audience wasn’t huge and if it had been a PVE game it would have fared far better in my opinion.
But nevertheless PVP games are and have always been a niche in comparison to FAR more numerous PVE games which have always had a wider appeal. And PVP’ers are “very” particular about their PVP, which is why few PVP mmo’s do as well as say Lineage or DAoC or EVE etc.. it isn’t just a case of giving them a pretty box to go ham in, they wan’t more.

It would also be a mistake in confusing PVP video games as being the same as PVP mmo’s because that is kind of like saying all Fortnite, or Command and Conquer players are in the same group as EVE players or DAoC players because they are all essentially PVP’ing and that would just be a wildly inaccurate statement to make. There will be some crossover in PVP genres sure but by and large they are entirely separate fanbases with differing tastes not one singular thing that covers them all.

As for why it failed your welcome to your opinion and me mine, I’ve expressed mine already I wasn’t looking to convince you of it or anyone else.
Nevertheless it doesn’t change what I have seen time and time again over the years with this and similar PVP games. It had a broader appeal that they chose to ignore in favour of the developers preferred playstyle putting all the eggs in one basket was not and is not ever a good idea. Most MMO’s have “server types” most PVP mmos do not, they are exclusive, not inclusive and it always hurts them in the end. Whereas PVE mmo’s always make room for PVP and have pvp servers.

It always amuses me that PVP’ers believe it is perfectly acceptable to exclude PVE’ers and PVE content from their games yet still feel entitled to come play in ours BECAUSE we make room and CONTENT for them. You guys need to learn to share already lol

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Joey

That is a lot of word salad lol. Archeage didn’t fail because of it’s lack of PVE, sorry you are just flat out WRONG!!!!! I can tell you didn’t play it too, do your homework next time before making comments on a game you never played.

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NeoWolf

Pointless responding as you CLEARLY didn’t even bother to read my response and chose simply to repeat the same thing as last time.

And for the record yes I “did” play it but it was just like Bless and the lack of any concern for any PVE audience meant I didn’t keep playing, but nice try on the shame attempt kid…sigh. grow up.

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Joey

You are very clearly biased against PVP in your MMOs, which makes your review of Archeage kind of moot. Also, Archeage and Bless in no way should be compared. Bless is a failed game, Archeage last time I checked was still going and is relaunching a new version. Bless was a boring WoW clone that was extremely half baked. I don’t even know why you are trying to compare Bless and Archeage in the first place, completely two different games really.

I also think the fact that you weren’t the target audience for Archeage was a good thing too. There are tons of PVE focused MMOs out there and trying to compete against WoW, ESO, FF14, Lotro, Swtor, EQ1 and EQ2 is pretty much a waste of resources at this point.

There are enough WoW clones out there “kid” and Archeage set out to be something more of a sandpark, which it did successfully. The hype around it’s relaunch is quite high at the moment as well, because they have promised to fix the core issue with the game, which was it’s P2W cash shop, not it’s lack of focus on PVE players like you keep mentioning.

Sometimes I get exhausted reading the comments here at MoP. This site has become quite the echo chamber against PVP in MMOs for some reason. I personally think PVE only MMO players are a very small % of the MMO player base.

Take WoW Classic for example. All the popular and most full servers are all PVP servers. It is the same for retail WoW too.

I’ve read in many places that FF14 would be even more popular if they paid more attention to the PVP aspects in their game.

You don’t need to get all hostile either mate. I wasn’t trying to be mean here, you just don’t have a good grasp on why Archeage had issues.

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NeoWolf

I do not have a Bias against PVP, it is simply not a playstyle that interests me, mostly due to its constantly toxic environments and players. I have played MMO’s as long as there have BEEN mmos and in all that time I have only encountered one PVP mmo where that wasn’t the case. So has personal experience maybe affected my view of pvp.. undoubtedly, but it isn’t a Bias, I do not object to it so long as I do not have to deal with it when i’m enjoying what I am enjoying. PVE’ers and PVP’ers are nevertheless diametrically opposed tastes in almost all things mmo’s what one likes the other dislikes etc..

I disagree that Bless and Archeage are not similar, they have had VERY comparable issues and failings. Also if it was doing fine then why would it be relaunched and FIXING issues?? don’t be naive. Bless was like wow?? lol wow is a pve game bless was not the two had VERY little in common except maybe toxic communities lol.

I wasn’t the target audience for Archeage you are correct, which was the ENTIRE basis of my original comment to which YOU responded.. In my opinion the game would have done FAR better had it included content and considerations for PVE players. And HAD there been a PVE server it wouldn’t have affected the PVP’ers at all and yet you still object to it as I knew you would..funny that. And I do think if it had been a PVE game with PVP rather than a PVP game with no PVE it would have done better. Without a shadow of a doubt.
Why? because like I said previously if you look at EVERY pve game out there they all have one thing in common they have pvp and take pvp’ers into consideration and yet when you look at pvp games in comparison no such consideration for pve’ers AT ALL. I think that in itself speaks volumes!!! More is ALWAYS better than less, learn to share already ;)

You also stated monetisation issues were the ONLY issue with Archeage and yet we both know what is not and was not the case, heck you even now say “core” issues because there were without a doubt more issues than just the over monetisation bs. As I said I played the game I am FULLY aware of what the issues were.

It isn’t really about whether it is a PVP game or a PVE game it is about inclusion rather than exclusion. There doesn’t have to be a dividing line we CAN exist in the same game together with some rules. Except pvp’ers don’t see it that way it is pretty hippocritical when like I say you consider they are more than happy to come pvp in pve games.

pve’ers as a small % is humorous the statistics for pretty much ANY mmo EVER have dispproved that. It is just categorically untrue statement for you to make. Pvp mmos have always been niche and fewer in number i’m afraid unless you want to include all FPS’ers and moba players as MMO’ers too of course which they aren’t lol

As for FFXIV, it is already one of the most successful mmo outside of wow as a PVE game, if it included more pvp activities would it be more successful? undoubtedly, as more player probably equate to more success but that doesn’t mean it would be all down to pvpers lol I don not disagree however that the game could use more pvp love. As I’ve said I believe there is room for both of us in ALL games, all for inclusion not exclusion.

As for being hostile, I haven’t been you made a snarky immature comment previously, I responded by calling you “kid” as it was an immature comment for you to make. Believe me if I were being hostile you’d know the difference ;)

I have a very good grasp on what Archeage’s issues are as I said (a few times now) I played it. We just have differing opinions. I am okay with that remember I said in the beginning when you first replied to my comment that I was simply stating my opinion and wasn’t looking to convince anyone of it. But that seems to be a problem for you because here we are… still :)

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Bruno Brito

Altho i don’t trust Gamigo with Archeage, specially because i have issues with Archeage itself being a korean import with built in P2W systems, i actively want this to succeed. We need a good sandbox MMO, and people who paid for this deserve a home.

I just don’t hold my breath in hope for it.

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laelgon

Really hope this succeeds. Not just because I really wanted to like the game back in the day, but was burned by the cash shop, bots, and hacker shenanigans. If this does well, other companies might take notice. Maybe we’d start to see developers stepping away from P2W business models in favor of fair cash shops that don’t alienate all but a handful of whales.

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Mordyjuice

Just how PVP oriented is this game, does it have an endgame you can just PVE with?

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Toy Clown

ArcheAge is actually a multi-featured MMO, but has a large fanbase of PvPers, whom will tell you nothing else matters in the game. Having said that…

PvP is a large part of the world, but you can avoid it if it’s not part of your playstyle. There are daily raid instances, solo instances, and group instances that are PvE only. PvP can be avoided in zones that cycle between war and peace. Just wait for peace time to head to a zone and finish up questing or what-not.

Some of the builds have nifty escape features, so if you do get jumped, if you know how to utilize them, you can lay out a stun, stealth, put up damage absorbing shields, heal yourself all while running away. Honestly, this has been some of the most fun part of the gameplay as a non-PvPer in that I love all the utility in the game to avoid PvP.

Ocean content is always in war, but its rare to see anyone out there unless you’re around specific hot spots. I’ve often escaped patrolling PvPers by wearing swim-speed gear and by keeping Dahuta’s Bubble on me, which is underwater breathing. With stealth, I’d hop over the side of the ship, call it back into my pack so it can’t be destroyed, then swam under the water and stealthed away after downing the potion.

There is also housing to play with, trade and commerce, fun crafting, you can collect mounts and battlepets, gear them up alongside yourself, become a musician and play everything from a flute, piano, drums, violen, etc.

The list goes on, but yeah, as someone who doesn’t seek out PvP, I find the game tremendous fun still with lots to do.

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Mordyjuice

I’ll look more into AA.

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Nick Smith

Thanks Toy. Your description here has sold me on AA Unchained. If I don’t feel like pvping for a few days, I can just avoid it!

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Chase Masters

I know it’s a PvP oriented game. I wish they could do a PvE implementation of some kind.

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Joey

The PVE content in the game is pretty boring though. So many other games have much more fleshed out PVE.

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Godnaz

Looking forward to feedback on this after the first month. I really want to play.

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Roger Melly

I was on the fence about trying this until I saw Lazy Peons roundup of AA Unchained . I never played it when it was released but it sounds interesting . I am a little concerned I won’t get anywhere in the game without land and a house but what the hell in for a penny in for a pound .

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tiltowait

Land/housing is entirely optional, and not a great way to make money or gear up. If you play the game, you will come across many opportunities to get land/housing, just realize it’s something that’s not free unless you are ultra lucky, and expect to pay gold for it, or be gifted it by your guild.

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Fisty

I’ll definitely be playing this off and on. It may become the primary MMO for a month or two. I spent quite a bit time on the original and ArcheRage, which is likely gonna take a big hit its player base.

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mysecretid

As others here have said, these may be the changes to ArcheAge which make me go back to playing it again. I didn’t last too long the first time I tried the game.