In April, The Sandbox MMORPG Albion Online Changes To Free2Play
The German development team Sandbox Interactive has announced the conversion of Albion Online to a free-to-play model. The MMORPG will then be free to play. At the same time, a big patch was released today that brought new, random dungeons.
When will Albion Online Free-to-Play?
On the 10th of April at 12:00 o’clock of our time the change will take place in the payment system. From then on, all players who want to play Albion Online can enter the servers for free. The game client to the game is available on the official website and just needs to be downloaded. Alternatively, the game can also be played on Steam.
What changes with the change? To play the MMORPG Albion Online you need to buy one of the starter kits. In addition to game access, these include gold, a premium account for a limited time and special items.
These starter packages cost so far between 30 and 100 euros. Currently they are reduced by 34%. However, they are completely removed with the switch to free-to-play.
Anyone who has bought such a package in advance, receives in the conversion in addition:
- A mount skin
- and premium currency.
- This also applies to all veterans of Albion.
Otherwise, nothing changes in the system of the game. All free-to-play players get full access and the premium system remains in place.
Sandbox Interactive today released the Oberon Update, along with the announcement to change the payment system. This brought, among other things, the new dungeons.
What are randomized dungeons?
This type of dungeon is designed to give players variety. Entrances to it happen to appear in the open world and are not displayed on the map.
If you enter them, they should be randomly mixed up. The strength of the opponents should depend on the area in which one is. In safe zones, the dungeons should also be feasible in small groups. In the Outlands, however, only in larger.
The rewards should be dependent on the difficulty of the dungeons. Every visit should be worthwhile, according to the developers. Completing a dungeon should take between 15 and 40 minutes.
What else did the patch bring? The Oberon update also included revisions to the tutorial and the quality of the game:
- A brand new tutorial for a better start of free-to-play players
- Improvements in the times required for craftsmanship and transmutation
- New settings in the graphics options
- Improvements in client performance
- Protection against spam in chat
- Some balance changes
- The trailer for the Oberon patch
How has lately been for Albion?
The update Nimue of November 21, 2018, was very well received by the players. The changes to the GVG and several other changes have also pushed up the numbers of players.
In the Steam charts, it went up for the MMORPG in November and also in January and February this year. In the peak around 560 players simultaneously played Albion Online on Steam.
Sandbox Interactive has published its own numbers of players in the latest FAQ. Between 9,500 and almost 11,500 players log in daily.
Currently, 35 people work on the development of Albion. One would like to enlarge the team, however, if the game gives this. Originally worked more than 50 people in the game. In early 2018, however, many were dismissed.
Roadmap gives the players hope:
The forum also published a general roadmap to the game. The aim of the upcoming updates is the revision of the Outland card and the targeted gathering of players for PvP.
In addition, further changes to the faction war and the guild fights are planned.
What is Albion Online?
Albion Online is a sandbox MMORPG, which relies on a medieval setting. The focus of the game is on the economy and on PvP. There are also some interesting features for character design and player housing.
More about the structure of the game and a first assessment you get in our test of August 2017:
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