All aboard the F2P train! Assuming it isn’t hijacked by bandits…
Trion Worlds will be going with a free-to-play model when it debuts in North America, according to a forum post by Community Manager Evan “Scapes” Berman. In making the announcement, he also references several examples of how XLGames is working with Trion to make the game more amenable to a Western audience, such as by adding XP to racial quests and that items purchased in the cash shop “provide solid value and fun, while earned and crafted items are objectively superior.” There’s also plenty of new info about the races on the game’s English website.
As for when the general English-speaking public can get their hands on the game, Berman said that the alpha will be expanded after this week’s Game Developer Conference, followed by a closed beta and launch later this year. ArcheAge will also be added to the regular rotation on the Trion Worlds Friday livestream.
Were you planning to check out ArcheAge? How does having it go F2P change your opinion of the game, if at all? Let us know!