ArcheAge discusses the ArchePass’ return, the Library shutdown, and goldseller bans in its latest devstream

    
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Last Friday’s livestream from the folks at ArcheAge seemed to be a bit of a mish-mash of various topics, but there are at least a few takeaways from the broadcast that will likely be of concern to players, such as the shutdown of the Ayanad Library, the eventual return of the ArchePass, and the issuing of a number of bans.

It would appear that the Library was a chief source of lag for players of ArcheAge, particularly at the point where it opened up, so as a result the Library is being disabled. According to some discussion in Reddit, this lag is likely a result of people attempting to farm the Library’s bosses for gold.

The stream also talked at length about what’s being done regarding gold buyers and gold sellers. The short version is that the team is working on the problem as fast and effectively as it can. To that point, certain players who are banned may still be on the leaderboards because of the way bans work; any account that is banned or have its gear removed by admins doesn’t exactly take that account off of the leaderboards, which is apparently causing a bit of confusion among the playerbase.

Finally, the new version of the ArchePass is likely to arrive to the PTS at some point this week. Specifics on this new ArchePass aren’t available right now, but it will apparently be focused more on completing dailies.

Also a programming note, there won’t be any livestream for this week on account of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, but there should be another stream the week after. For now, you can either mire your way through this community synopsis or watch the stream embed below.

sources: Twitch, Reddit

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PanagiotisLial1

Didnt get to watch the stream since I am usually at work at that time. I am still having fun there doing various things but I get why people can get unhappy. While normally sandboxes are all about freedom of choice on your activities, this game rails people through gaining honor(dailies mainly), upgrade items(dailies again) and for gold to upgrade their equipment on hiram level and higher. So for someone seeking to have as much upgraded gearset as possible early they have to go a wild grind of dailies mainly and once done with it, grind further to have more gold for the whole process. If you play casually like me though, its more easy going since I dont stress how fast I will do all upgrades and how fast I will get ancestral levels(which again req honor). I wonder if BDO has similar grinds as I noticed people on AA discord compare them somewhat

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Sorenthaz

BDO definitely has a similar gear upgrade grind. Heavily RNG and I’m pretty sure the cash shop has things that can help increase the odds of success.

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PanagiotisLial1

Yes on ArcheAge during later upgrades gears got a chance to “crystallize” which means they cant be further upgraded till you get some item with honor points that will restore them to continue upgrading. At least they dont get destroyed through upgrading but you see XL games designed the traditional korean/chinese games grind almost

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Natalyia

BDO gearing is either not too bad, or “OMG I will ragequit” drive-you-insane. If you’re the sort of person who is going to be constantly irked by not having “best in slot” gear, then BDO enhancing can be nightmarish.

The last couple of enhancement levels on gear are exponentially harder to get, and attempts can degrade the gear instead.

For high-end competitive PvP, that can matter. For 90% of the stuff in the world, it just doesn’t.

So if you just want to play BDO and experience the world, smiting critters along the way, then between the drops, event/login awards, and the gear you get from the storyline, you’re all set.

But for some people the chase for “BiS” gear is part of why they play – and for those people BDO will be a nightmare.

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PanagiotisLial1

Chasing perfection was traditionally either a huge grind or dropping lots cash(or both) on older asian(korean and chinese mainly) mmos too so that isnt 100% a surprise. I always played balanced, more on the casual side but slowly building up too without stressing

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Bruno Brito

But for some people the chase for “BiS” gear is part of why they play – and for those people BDO will be a nightmare.

Honestly, all korean sandboxes are like that, specially our two representatives on the west ( AA and BDO ). These games and companies thrive on keeping you hooked by frustration.

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Pepperzine

Can add TERA to that list too!

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PanagiotisLial1

hmm, you made me think on if there are other korean sandboxes. See while koreans got an affinity for old school gameplay and grinding style, they dont exactly go the sandbox path but rather the old lineage path that doesnt fit in themepark and doesnt fit in sandboxes. Its a form of gameplay that goes as back as early 00s on them.

Not sure if I forgot any but all korean sandboxes I can think of are ArcheAge and BDO and these are hybridboxes too since they blend themepark features into them and dont seem to go for a fully player driver economy as they got npcs selling things and many great items are loot and not all crafted style of pure sandboxes. Also they dont see to go complete open world and got instances

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Yoshi Senpai

BDO is a grind but there are many ways to tackle it.

I just dropped AAU and picked up BDO again and it’s nice. AAU is way to on rails and nothing like the game I loved back in the day.