Echo of Soul is on sale for less than a dollar on Steam until January 20

    
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Attention bargain hunters: A blue light special that can very likely be seen from space is now on for the early access MMO Echo of Soul, which is offering a whopping 90% discount on the base game and all of its various editions. You can now pick up the standard edition of the game for just 89 cents.

This discount also applies to the four different editions of the game, which normally range between $20 to $70 and are now slashed to $2 – $7 respectively. For the record, the goodies in the extra editions include things like mounts, pets, and costumes which can be obtained in-game according to the press release, along with premium buff time and Soul Gem cash shop currency. Echo of Soul is also running a winter event from now until January 21st for those who like snowy in-game events.

What’s prompting this sort of deep discount? If we had to venture a guess, it’s to bolster an anemic population; Steamcharts shows that there were 62 players online in the last 24-hour peak at the time of this writing, and there have been a total of 65 players online in the last 30 days. Reviews on the game’s Steam page also complain of low population woes such as long queues to do group activities or PvP.

If you haven’t heard of Echo of Soul before, it’s had a… unique history. It was first released in July 2015 only to be sunsetted in Korea and China shortly after, then return to those regions a year later. The game has been running steadily in Europe under Aeria Games, and it launched its current early access iteration in North America in November 2018 under the stewardship of Blue Potion Games. You can get caught up in all of the shenanigans with the roundup below.

sources: press release, Steamcharts, Steam

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Or play the Aeria Games version which is free and has a lot more players maybe? What reason would I have to play the buy to get in version with almost no population instead? Was Aeria forced to put up an IP block on theirs when Blue Potion Games opened a US server?

Did Blue Potion Games change the game up enough where you actually just play and earn everything rather than have it be super Cash Shop based? If they did do that, from what I can see they haven’t really done a very good job of communicating that or advertising much?

I’m seeing packages that were being sold for $70 that are now $7. I wonder how the people who paid $70 not so long ago feel. As others have said, that kind of sale doesn’t inspire confidence for something you want to be playing a while. That looks more like a going out of business type of thing.

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P3lli

Game is region blocked outside US at Steam and also the game seems to be on maintenance mode.

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Greaterdivinity

That’s “going out of business” sale pricing, and not something that instills any confidence.

Already played it multiple times though, never enjoyed it too much. I’ll still pass, even if it’s dirt-cheap.

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cursedseishi

If the game is dying…? Here’s a thought…

Don’t do a sale. That steam page is anemic, with literally less than a quarter page of information on the game itself… and what is there? It’s the most generic prose you could get. And out of the 17 screen shots? 5 are for holiday events, 4 of which long since expired. 1 is a goddang nothingburger with numbers and a face. 1 is a generic splash-art anime girl on a rendered background. Then there are no less than NINE shots of character classes and character creator… Leaving… one shot of actual in-game play and it’s…

One random shot of some fantasy town, the likes of which I could find in literally any game.

First thing’s first? Actually nab a gameplay trailer or two, SHOW off your game. Secondly? Do some goddang house-cleaning. If one of the first things I see is some generic artwork advertising an event in the game, much less several that are expired? It comes off as lazy. And come the next event, I’m assuming they’ll just add a splash page to the screenshots for it. If anything, the one in-game shot should be first up at bare minimum without a trailer.

Thirdly…? Those editions for the game? Weak. Everything is time-limited guff, so the only thing you are actually purchasing is in-game currency. Which is likely another reason they can afford to do this. If you’re going to offer ‘premium’ content, actually offer premium content, not rentals.

And… dump the Early Access guff. I have nothing against Early Access, and when handled correctly I am happy to support it. But ‘Early Access’ this game is not. The reasons they give for being in ‘early access’ are the kinds of things they’d need to do during the game’s honest release. At this point, the tag is likely turning people off from the game than attracting interest, especially when even their estimation for how long they’ll be in it (6 months from a release of Dec. 2018) is more than twice off that.

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Armsbend

or who cares because this game shutting down is a good thing.

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cursedseishi

Or, and this might be a shocking position to some here, there is no such thing as a ‘good thing’ when a game is shut down or studio shuttered. Unless the things produced are a blatant scam or abuse of creator trust, literally nobody should be happy to see something crash down.

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Armsbend

That is one way to throw away a dollar I guess.

Is the lingerie so the elf can get a quick screw in after she shoots her triple arrow?

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JBNL

Aeria Games ? ok I get the low buy price. *runs in opposite direction*

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PanagiotisLial1

The EU version is Aeria Games and Aeria Games is Gamigo

The US version is blue-something games I believe

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JBNL

There’s a few publishers I avoid on principle for having a history of doing their utmost to squeeze players for as much money as fast as possible. Aeria is one of them.

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PanagiotisLial1

Aeria, at least pre-gamigo acquisition, had a long history of shutting down games no reason as well

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Allwynd

I think Gamigo purchased Aeria and now Aeria is like a subsidiary of Gamigo.

Both companies are crooked criminals.

Aeria destroyed my beloved Alliance of Valiant Arms with cash shop. And Gamigo is now hosting Ironsight, or in other words Irony Sigh’, which gets no content at all and it’s unknown how it even exists.

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Mewmew

But the US version that’s for sale isn’t under Aeria Games at all. The Aeria Games version is actually free to begin with. Though is it IP blocked now? It didn’t used to be but maybe it is these days.