Sandbox Interactive’s founder revealed today in a forum post that not only is Albion online’s closed beta being extended until at least August of 2016, but that the game will also not be free-to-play at launch. The developer explained the change expressing the need to implement it for the long term success of the game.

Dear Fellow Adventurers,

now that the closed beta test is in full swing, we have a very important announcement to make.

  1. The closed beta will be extended until at least 1st August 2016
  2. The game will not be free to play at launch

Our goal is for Albion Online to be a long term success, therefore, we only want to release the game when it is truly up to its potential. The extension of the closed beta period will allow us to make significant improvements to the game.

For this reason, we are putting the free to play plans on hold as well. Making the game ready for a free to play model would take up significant development time which we would much rather use to make a better game. Free to play would also create a lot of risks for the game – spamming, botting, world too small, etc – which we do not want to take if it can be avoided.

When the game goes live, current founder’s packs will be discontinued and replaced with starter packs, which will give full access to the game but offer less value for money than the founder’s packs as this is only fair to all founders who help us in making the game. Of course, all founder’s will automatically get full access to the game on release as well.

We are truly overwhelmed by the success of Albion Online thus far and would like to thank all of your for your ongoing support and feedback. Together, we will make sure that Albion Online will be a great game made to last.

Your Albion Online Team

As noted above, this doesn’t mean that the game won’t become free to play at a later date. Just not at launch.

In addition to the delay announcement, the forum post also has a laundry list of changes and features the developers hope to implement during this time.

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  1. Goodjobalbion on January 2, 2016

    Wow i like it. Thx god no poor kids in this game. I hate poor people…… More games should be expensive. I would like a game with high monthly costs like 1000$ a month. This would separate us from the pesants. Its shame that rich people have to play with all that subhuman jobless poor scum.

    • BurDemBOddies on January 2, 2016

      yet you are on a free to play website ? hows that dream going for you?

  2. TRUTH on January 1, 2016

    They noticed an influx of players ($$$) during the last CBT and decided to extend the CBT for more milking ($$$). In addition, they changed the play model to a B2P, later will slowly introduce so call cosmetic micro transactions, once revenue dry out or low population, change back to F2P with in-game micro transaction. Basically, it’s setup to milk, milk, and milk more money then kill the game. Start a new project and redo all over. =D

    • Mern on January 1, 2016

      smart business model tbh.

  3. eunusunt on December 31, 2015

    They can suck it, with this monetization model the game should IN THE LEAST be as good as GW2 which is several years old and eventually went F2P. But it looks like any browser MMO, and probably feels like one as well. When they eventually suck enthusiasts dry and go F2P, nobody will give 2 shits about it, and it’ll die so fast that it ain’t even funny.
    That is, if it ever launches and doesn’t die before going F2P.

  4. ballzak vinegrette on December 31, 2015

    a polished turd is still a turd. this game will probably die before it even hits launch. this is just an excuse to make a bit of money from it before they go belly-under. i think they already know it fails…

    a f2p can make some money if it’s decent. i’ve spent more on f2p games than buying games…why? because i was given an option to try it out for free first and if i liked it, i’d buy stuff in the shop. but i’m not gonna buy it and then it turns out i dont like it…to hell with that.

    • Mern on January 1, 2016

      Anyone spending money on a f2p game is a massive idiot. It’s either pointless cosmetic items or premium advantages you don’t want to support in the first place.

  5. dafuq on December 31, 2015

    Game was never good, how did it get this many comments. Probably just cheap kids, and homos that explain why its not a pos game. It is outdated, NOT ONE THING NEW to set it aside from any game. its trash, like ya mama’s

    • Mern on December 31, 2015

      I don’t like this game, everyone who likes it should die…

      • Jafarson on January 1, 2016

        your mother will die from d.i.c.k.c.h.o.k.e

    • Eh on January 1, 2016

      That is a mistake but they’ll learn that the hard way, I suppose.

  6. Marcin on December 31, 2015

    On the beginning i was s interested in this game but now i dont really care LOL. Abion will be dead in year after release, there’s no way will pay a penny for browser game. THOSE free to play game are not free any ways, maybe beside Path OF Exile. ALL GAMES game should be buy to play and that it.

  7. Eviil on December 31, 2015

    Notice how people are quite when games are f2p, as soon as they pull it from that, we read all this hate. LOL ifeelsorryforyou, umad? nomoney?

  8. SaltyCrow on December 31, 2015

    If I wanted to pay to play a video game online then i’d go back to playing World Of Warcraft. I was interested in this game up until I read this article. Now my interest in the game is completely dropped. Even when (not if but WHEN) this game goes free to play. Due to lack of a gaming population. I will still not play it. There are way too many free to play games out there that I will be playing. Good luck with your game guys. Even though I already know it’s fate. You don’t need precognition to know where this game will go.

  9. BalthazzaR on December 31, 2015

    After numerous years of beta to milk all the founders money they can they will not go F2P.

    Good for them. This wont be second Eve online and already population is low.

    Let them milk all they can and shut down or play with 100 fan boys who will pay for their salaries and feel OP in game.

    • Eviil on December 31, 2015

      its a smart move. they can focus on quality content. Look at Aion. once they have the core content, the game is great without the extra expansion after going f2p. these kids don’t know!

  10. Benson on December 31, 2015

    i was very interested in albion for like a year or so but all i got was tons of emails about how i can get instant access if i just buy their overpriced founder packs. i mean cmon after the 5th mail im wondering if you want me to play your game or just buy a founder pack.

  11. Derpina on December 31, 2015

    It is F2P quality tho… seriously nothing other F2P titles are not offering. Sad, it will profit shortly at launch, then go F2P with some crap restrictions (prolly energy). LOL. What a waste. 2016 , scratch this turd off the list, BnS and BoD dont let me down 🙂

  12. Todoran on December 31, 2015

    best facebook game!

  13. kek on December 31, 2015

    This game won’t last a year. Fucking joke with the shitty graphics from 1990s. Not to mention a whole 2 years in beta LOL. By the time this shit fest joke games is actually released, the people who are actually into it (i.e. the idiots who played 2 years of beta) will be burnt out of the repetitive shit tier gameplay. Can’t wait til this game fails so I can laugh my ass off at the shitty devs and their waste of time they are working on.

  14. Ghestlys on December 31, 2015

    Sad, i`m waiting for this game a while now… For me they can say what ever they want, but i have seen a lot youtubers sponsored videos etc as marketing for their game (when game wasn’t even in CBT) and player base is pretty big so they are getting money for sure. And by sating they wont be they wont be f2p by launch for me sound more like – lets see how we will be doing as b2p/p2p and when we will see that our player base is not growing or smth goes as not planed, we will go f2p as back up plan! Just sad 🙁 🙁

  15. Jooq on December 31, 2015

    XD Lol. Screw you, fellas 🙂 It will go f2p later anyway and then after a while it will shutdown, we all know that. It’s a freaking new way to announce games 🙂 Like Overwatch ^^

  16. warhurst on December 31, 2015

    Lol at there Cash grab .. Will not pay them a cent of my money

  17. Sten on December 31, 2015

    There are tons of other F2P titles, not to mention the upcoming titles such as Tree of Savior, Blade & Soul, etc which will also be free to play. They might be different in terms of overall gameplay, but most people would still choose the free ones.

    Regarding the spammer & gold seller, Aion recently managed to erase almost all of the gold sellers in all of its server, Tera also did a good job by being a F2P without much gold sellers in it. As POWERSLAVER has said, this new P2P/B2P game with almost the same potential as other current and upcoming titles will probably not last longer than several months, a year at most.

  18. MGamer on December 30, 2015

    I kind of agreed what they are try to say and do, but its kind of sad how they want to take your money first before it goes f2p…Best of Luck Dev of Albion.

    • Eviil on December 31, 2015

      doesn’t that happen when its f2p anyway?…..

  19. BOOM! on December 30, 2015

    That’s a good choice, in all. But you guys should’ve said that a while ago before you got people hyped for your game, all I can say now is good luck.

  20. Powerslaver on December 30, 2015

    HAHAHAHAHA They think it will be a “A LONG TERM SUCCESS” I give it a epic fail at launch and they will go F2P in less than 6 months.

  21. eric on December 30, 2015

    Finally some dev’s that knows how it goes in the gaming world. They decided to not have F2P at lunch witch is very good. Yes botter’s gold seller’s etc. will run rampant if they go that way.

    Plus B2P is very good at least you know once you own the client you can play as much as you want without monthly sub or in-game store items except if you want cosmetic items then that is a different story. For the F2P players go cry a river somewhere else please. Thank you!

    • Lagein1980 on December 31, 2015

      The reasons are a lie…ever play ESO at launch? becasue that was a sub based game and it wasn’t exactly cheap to buy and it was full or spam, gold/mat selling and bots before the game even launched properly…look at WoW as well….there is more i’m sure but IT being free/b2p/sub will stop nothing without a significant effort

      • LAMBDA471 on January 1, 2016

        No one is talking about subscriptions, but B2P. I was in the CBT of ESO and I made myself believe the game was bad, because it was going to be a subscription-based one, but after it went B2P and I bought it, I had changed my opinion to say that it’s a very polished game for the content it has.
        I don’t remember seeing gold spammers or bots in-game (when I played it) and definitely B2P is a better option, because cheapskate troll kids won’t have the ability to ruin the game for everyone else. I’m not saying I have a lot of money, in fact when I bought ESO, I spend an amount of money I have to save for a couple of months, of course my job back then was better paid than it is now, but that’s a different story. I’m saying that B2P is better and if a game is worth it and a person really likes it, they should go for it.

      • Eviil on January 1, 2016

        Same with Final Fantasy 11, whats new. any game with sub or popularity will gave gold spammers. all you need is a good guild for that endgame. that’s all that matters, because you can have the best shi ever and you can fall flat like a pancake.

    • Eviil on December 31, 2015

      MAke your new years resolution to stfu LOL

    • kek on January 2, 2016

      b2p doesn’t stop gold sellers, that’s already known if you are an avid mmorpg player.

    • NCSoft on January 4, 2016

      Wildstar did the same… look where that got them…

  22. Vade on December 30, 2015

    Enjoy being shutdown after like a year If It makes it that long.

    • Eviil on December 31, 2015

      And they will enjoy that 365 days with that $$$$$$$ they get.

  23. rickshaw on December 30, 2015

    None of their statements on F2P are true, this explanation of F2P is a rampant thing, not an isolated one, these sorts of actions appear in all & every game ever developed. People hack, bash, rip and destroy, but most game people just play, its the way it is, that’s a fact!
    So Poppy Cock to their view on F2P.
    They should of re read their announcement before they posted it!! As its terminally Nil and VOID.

  24. KindWords on December 30, 2015

    *Clears Throat* THESE *^#@^% )(#**!&^#$& HAVE BEEN DANGLING THIS GAME IN FRONT OF US SINCE FEBRUARY 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Soon to be two years! Well I think they should *&$^@# $*(&$^@# !^&#%@^# #&@*!^^#%@*@*$%$@@ #(#!#&@^%#@ !#*&&^%@^%!#%^*$@(&^&@$!!!!!!!!!!!! What do you guys think?

    • Eviil on December 31, 2015

      I think you should just go buy it.

      • Kindwords on December 31, 2015

        The developers have been dangling — not releasing, this game to us since February 2014. And, according to this article, it will be at least four months shy of 2017.

        My interest has waned; I’m not buying this game.

        • Eviil on January 1, 2016

          yeah i’m aware of what they been doing lately. Frustrating to wait for a game to release. i’ve felt the same when I’ve waited for Phantasy star online and blade and soul. I do understand what you’re saying as well, but you wanted my opinion. You never know if really make it great.

  25. Yuen on December 30, 2015

    I never even got o try the game out, sad…hope they at least choose the B2P path.

    • Shanex on December 30, 2015

      That is what they are doing. You buy the starter packs and that’s it.

  26. Lagwin1980 on December 30, 2015

    Wonder what their model will be, sub or buy to play, load of bull for excuses in there anyway.
    Being free , payer or subbed will have zero effect on spam…it never has, same with botting. i’d have though that the game already has some sort of cosmetic stuff which could easily be sold, add some time savers and months and account features…should be fairly easy and i can’t see making a platform to sell stuff in game taking to much time…so i’d see it having almost no effect on the scale of the world.

    Just get the feeling that they’ve shot them selves in the foot before they’ve even started

    • Terranova667 on December 31, 2015

      Couldn’t agree more, why don’t they just be honest upfront and just say we don’t want to go F2P at launch because we feel we can get more money quicker by other means I would have more respect for them for saying that instead of lame excuses that really don’t hold water based on every MMO that has released.