After a day of downtime, ArcheAge Unchained updates players on ArchePass and Diligence Coins

I always know there’s something up with a game when my own guildies start asking me why the game is still offline. Indeed, ArcheAge Unchained suffered more than 10 hours of downtime yesterday over an “unexpected issue.” The maintenance was intended to add improvements to queue grace handling, buffed EU hardware, and tweaks to the ArchePass; although the ArchePass itself is still completely disabled, it’ll still give you an idea what Gamigo is thinking in terms of the revamp:

Added mission quest ArchePass group and rerolling the mission will give you a specific mission again.
Adjusted weekly gate from 100 to 60, EXP accordingly, and Gilda star cost to re-roll from 10 to 5.
Fixed First Vocation Quest from Beanstalk Mansion Jar cannot be accepted.
Adjusted some ArchePass missions that came out earlier than intended.

Gamigo has also updated ArcheAge Unchained fans with the status of the 300 Diligence Coins it had previously said it would grant to all accounts. “That announcement was met with a good deal of feedback, negative and positive,” the studio says. “In light of this feedback, we’ve gone back to the XLGames team to further solidify a way to provide needed diligence coins for gameplay progression.”

“Next week (date to be announced), we plan to add a claimable crate in the marketplace that contains 45 diligence coins and 7 bound labor rechargers, which can only be used by characters level 40+. This will be available as a free claim once per account. This change has been made to prevent a massive sudden influx of diligence coins and all of the associated items that could be purchased with those. We will evaluate the need to add this crate for each week that the ArchePass is disabled. For this week, we are working on a grant of these items to accounts with a character that was level 40 or higher as of 10am PDT on Monday 10/28, to be claimed through the account management page. Once that is available, we will provide an update letting everyone know where to claim it and how.”

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Toy Clown

I’m honestly glad the ArchePass has been turned off. It was like my worst nightmare come true about a game: Tie all things necessary into doing dailies that are spread across the world combined with the costs of hereafter port stones. I fell into only doing them when they were in a zone I was in, and never got past step 4 before it was disabled.

I feel like the ArchePass crippled new players, in that they relied on it to make coin. When it was disabled, these players were lost and without a clue how to make gold in the game. I know several people that quit over it when combined with watching people exploit the pass to make thousands of gold that put them waaay ahead of the gear curve.

I’m not big into PvP and the game has a lot more freedom with it disabled. Forging ahead, I got into trade and made bank on specific cargo before everyone else figured out the gold on it and tanked the percentages. Now I have my sea house built and making bank on the barnacles that grow on it. I also have yata, goat and bear fur productions going and making bank on the stuff I don’t need anymore. I have a few other things I’m working to fruitation, but it’s a matter of time until I get enough skill in a craft. When I get there, I’ll have stockpiles of the stuff I need to make bank the first several weeks.

While everyone is worried about all the stuff that’s been going on, I’ve been taking advantage and working hard under everyone’s radars. That’s one of the things I love about ArcheAge.

Diane Bradley

I’m furious. I have 2 accounts, 4 chars. I rushed all of them to 30 to start crafting, then hit the wall with the need to craft a farm cart (couldn’t afford to buy thunderstruck logs).

So then the land rush arrived, and I worked on getting my houses up and improving my 8X8 farms. Slogging for wood is a slowwww process.

The result is that I have 3 characters in their mid-30’s, and the 4th one dinged 40 yesterday.

So despite all this work and playtime, I am not entitled to compensation? Some gaming companies just seem to specialize in alienating their customers.

Jon-Enee Merriex

I, for one, like the compromise on the diligence coin reward. We get 1 labor regen a day and 3 expansion scroll every two weeks until they fix the ArchePass. I’m down for that. It seems a lot of people just like to complain.

Someone on discord yesterday was like “My wife and I took today off to play” and I was like, what idiot takes maintenance day to play. Don’t blame Gamigo because you’re stupid.

But whatever…

Elva the Lion

It wasn’t the queues, the land rush, the off putting tutorial or weird controls – it was the ArchePass crap that turned me off this game. I find the whole system cumbersome and unfun – the rest of the game seems good, maybe great – but the labor system is not my cup of MMO tea.