PvP is a big deal in Sandbox Interactive’s free-to-play MMO Albion Online, and a lot of work has gone into it. Over time, Albion’s system for PvP flagging and penalties for attacking someone has changed quite a bit.

Sandbox wanted to develop a PvP system that served an important role in the game while allowing beginners to get the hang of things without having to worry about being ganked within five minutes of sticking their feet in the water. Initially, the developers created two zones — a green “No PvP” zone and a red zone where PvP was allowed. As they tested the zones and received player feedback they decided they wanted to add a penalty system for players killing other players.

As with the zones, the developers discovered that there were flaws with their initial penalty system. Realizing that a post-attack-penalty has some very specific issues, they opted to go with a pre-attack flagging system.

Now, players who wish to attack another player must flag themselves as “villains/criminals” before-hand, making themselves immobile for about a minute. This system allows players to see if there are any villains in a zone before entering it and how many. It will also alert them to impending danger if flagged people enter their zone.

The primary benefit of this new system is that it allows PvP to be fluid across the zones, while allowing players not interested in PvP a chance to avoid it, eliminating the whole PvP/NonPvP zone issue.

More details on Albion’s PvP and flagging systems can be found in the official post.

QuintLyn is a long-time lover of all things video game related will happily talk about them to anyone that will listen. She began writing about games for various hobby sites a little over ten years ago and has taken on various roles in the games community. For the past five years she's been a writer at Gamebreaker TV.


  1. Well you know I like the game , I cant wait to play it , but I didn’t play it yet and I will not play it if it keeps going like that beta and then another beta and then another beta and then players play all over again , then Wipe then play again over and over For what ? to make more people buy Founder Packs ? you know what that is a very very unprofessional way to make money it make you look bad , it make players tired of the game , you know what if I repeat all my play 2 times guess what I am ready to quit . My time isn’t free I do have a life and I do have a job That’s just about my self . so do us a favor lunch the freakin game , make it pay or buy to play I DONT CARE just enough with the Betas and wipes that’s just too much . and remember people play with game cause of the PVP in it , u may make PVE channels but this game is about PVP and what your doing with the PVP is Wrong , PVP is where all the fun comes . enough with that for today .

    • Why you think people stop playing online and pay no mind to review game site like this one? Answer is they getting tired of being ripped off by the developer and the company who hosting it. (Online is game are dead) Very True


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