ArcheAge Unchained’s ArchePass is back as XLGAMES reveals the next mega patch [Update: Aaaaaand it’s gone again]

    
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You know what I would love to not have to type anymore? The word “ArchePass.” The loyalty system that launched with ArcheAge’s Unchained version earlier this fall has been a thorn in the side of the game, as Gamigo hastily pulled it offline and has toyed with a rework to avoid pay-to-win and excessive grind and economy messes, and then compensation for its offline nature swelled over the past few weeks.

Well, good news – we hope – for all of us, as the ArchePass is back with today’s maintenance. Gamigo says the revamp now includes the change to complete 12 missions per week with up to 6 daily rerolls of said missions.

MOP’s Sam Kash, however, notes that players are nervous about the reintroduction of the pass specifically because of the “kill 100 hostile players” part; apparently, gamers are worried that requirement will encourage ganking of lowbies.

Meanwhile, Reddit is abuzz right now with news leaking across the Pacific, as XLGAMES has dropped a ton of new info on what’s coming next to the Korean version of the game (and then, eventually, to us). The massive update is supposedly the biggest since the 3.0 update; according to translations and summaries on Reddit, it’ll feature a new “Garden” region (or server?), new main storyline, new scenario modes, new scouting dailies, more growth for crafted and dropped gear, more skill points, some sort of skill and passive rebalance, upgrades to castle structures. Garden sounds particularly interesting as it seems to change in ruleset and player make-up as it wears on. Definitely check out the patch notes translation; the Reddit did solid work here.

Source: Gamigo, Twitter, XLGAMES via Reddit
Update 2:25 PM EST
Welp, that didn’t last long: ArchePass has been disabled yet again.

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Dankey Kang

‘You must flop your nuts on the forehead of, kick dirt in the eyes of or steal the lunchmoney of 100 lowbies to complete this weekly quest.’

Great game design there guys, can’t see this upsetting anybody.

Sam Kash
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Sam Kash

I haven’t looked into the honor points system yet, but certainly this seems upsetting. It should be restricted to max level players. Or they could have it be for the arena type fights – that’d be better.

Mordyjuice
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Mordyjuice

So you have to PVP then in order to get the most out of your endgame in other areas for resources?

“MOP’s Sam Kash, however, notes that players are nervous about the reintroduction of the pass specifically because of the “kill 100 hostile players” part; apparently, gamers are worried that requirement will encourage ganking of lowbies.”

Then why have people mentioned that you can avoid PVP if it’s that important to the end game reward structure?

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Sam Kash

It’s only 1 of the 12 available missions, but as a max level player that’s got to be an easy one to complete. Definitely not a move in the right direction to me.

mchondy
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mchondy

What about editing the title of this article?

To Gamigo failed again, Archepass is again disabled with no ETA…..

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Kurt Shadle

The more I read, the gladder I am I didn’t jump in. New name, Same ‘ol AA mess.

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Tuor of Gondolin

I’ve actually had a certain amount of interest in playing this. But…. yeah, that interest is almost entirely gone now. I guess I’ll keep an eye on it for if they ever get their stuff straightened out. Kind of a shame, because I’m having a hard time finding a new MMO to play. :/

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Sorata

I can understand you.
But if it works, it is a great game. So don’t completly lose hope. Maybe they will get iin a stable condition. And then: try it out!

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Tuor of Gondolin

Well, I *do* intend to keep an eye on it in the hopes that, as you said, things will get better. Not sure how long I’ll have to wait, though.

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Maklah

servers are on fire! dare say anything on the official discord and expect to get MUTED
They postponed the NA maint yet it still caught fire and is currently offline for the majority of players yet Gamigo won’t says its down, just connectivity issues…..sure your forums and all servers won’t connect but they are up right?

This company dare i say is worse then Trion at this point. what a dumpster fire

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Toy Clown

They yanked the ArchePass again after the EU servers had severe issues with it. We will get a diligence/labor pack to claim in the cash shop at the next maintenance of it. As far as the AA Pass goes…

“No ETA.”

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Sorata

The content of the game is now soooo good with the B2P-scheme… but the basic conditions are lacking quite a bit… even der forums are now down.

I wished, they had skipped the release of the archepass till its ready. Now we have a whole day of server down and no end in sight -_-

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Richard Smith

LOL, this is almost too funny. I was chatting with a friend who decided to try AAU even after I warned him against. Easier to just bash your head against a brick wall, and cheaper. As we were chatting the client crashed and he says it will not reload, guess maintenance just started. So glad I avoided this.

As I’ve said before… Second verse, same as the first!

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Neurotic

I finally logged in to Unchained for the first time last night. I thought the new prologue was quite shonky, and the whole thing really confused me. But! It was great to get back to standing in the old familiar pond again. :D