MMORPG ArcheAge will be heralding in a new era with its closed beta, beginning 10 AM PDT on July 17. While previously only available in its alpha stage for a select few and those who opted to purchase founder’s packs, the vast and richly-detailed adventure is initially opening its doors to additional players for four days, concluding on July 21 at 10 AM PDT.

“The unique take on the usual brand of MMORPGs was created with crafting at its heart, as well as the option to do what you want in-game, rather than waiting to be told what to do in the form of forced daily quests and the like.


“It’s about giving choice to players as a throwback to the old days without instructions, with people requesting or offering service in-game. The best way to do that is engage with other players. Defend from pirates, be social, get some combat in, or maybe not.” Hartsman went on to explain this notion further, citing the sheer amount of things to do as aspects that invite players of all types.

“The breadth of activity is just insane, and no matter what you’re into, if you branch out and try different things, the more you find things you enjoy. I’ve had people who wanted to go PvE only for a crafter’s paradise, and they mastered crafting, but found that there were always people who would buy those things, and wanted to befriend them. People who didn’t care about PvP before were slowly finding a more team-oriented environment, so the game tends to lend itself well to friends and variety.”

But crafting and team-building aren’t all ArcheAge has to offer, with plenty of combat for those who seek it out and explosive naval battles to boot: “There are huge ships and tiny rowboats for one person to massive warships with 9 or 10 crew members to man the cannon, the crow’s nest, and other areas. And that can lead to what I call ‘oh, sh** moments.'” Hartsman was particularly exuberant about this fact, the excitement practically bubbling off of him.


When asked about what he was most excited about given the upcoming beta release, he exclaimed “Holy sh**, it’s the beta!” near the beginning of our chat. It’s clear that this kind of passion for what will undoubtedly be a memorable and inviting experience for players tired of the same old thing will be a boon for Trion Worlds and XLGAMES alike.

“It’s all about the unexpected moments,” he gushed. “You can really tell [XLGAMES] went out of their way to make an internally consistent world.”

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  1. jonathan on July 14, 2014

    ” FREE ” !!! 149 USD !!!!!! hahahahaha “FREE”

    • Tsandsoup on July 18, 2014

      To get in to alfa smart guy -.- brain dead

  2. guess on July 13, 2014

    just one thing guys if u r trying to play Archeage without being a premium then dont even bother p-laying it cuz its all about craft and nonn premium users have no chance with labor points or just wait 2 days to make one fckin item tata thats it …………….. NEXT please

    • Tsandsoup on July 18, 2014

      Dude game is free as far as i know, and i know really good the game is going to be f2p the labor sistem is the same for ftp and patrion status and please dont comment if you dont know what the hell are you talking about. World full of brain dead people -.-

  3. SuicidalSnorlax on July 12, 2014

    I’m dieing to play this game!!!!!!!! D: D: D:

  4. Merkadis on July 12, 2014

    A beautiful trailer, she saw her potential in a dream and went to chase after it… splendid.

  5. Sniperman248 on July 12, 2014

    well considering Archeage has existed in other countries and technically is ready for release just needs text changes and graphical it will be more than polished for the US release when it comes time for Open beta but I am signed up and have been apart of Trion community for 2 years now almost and the last closed beta they held which was for defiance I got in sooo crossing my fingers that I will get into this one also.

  6. Spider0804 on July 12, 2014

    Terrible game, end game content consists of ganking other players who are just trying to do quests or hoarding the world bosses. If you do not belong to one of the three biggest guilds you lose.

    Do not expect any castle fights either because owners are too scared to lose them so they stay shut up.

    • So on July 12, 2014

      I suggest trying it again in launch.
      You must have played/seen the limited alpha, where not even a quarter of the playerbase is.
      Larger playerbase = more guilds = more action = more things in general to do.

      End game is.. well depends on you. You can be a crafter for ages, trader, mercenary for hire, pirate. You can choose to gank people if that’s really what your into. You can be a land monopolist, you can be whatever you can be within the limits of the game ofcourse, all the way to the supposed “end-game”

      • So on July 12, 2014

        I also shill for Trion and provide cheap $5 handjobs to the CEO and developers every night when I’m not working the street corner.

      • Spider0804 on July 13, 2014

        No I played the Korean version in beta up to post launch and checked in every so often after.
        If you think this game is sandbox you must have not played Star Wars Galaxies or Wurm.

        • Spider0804SucksBigBalls on July 14, 2014

          you are bad at lying, and who cares about those dead MMOs.

          • spider0804 on July 18, 2014

            Eh, you will see when you play this game that I already got into and played extensively and saw massive flaws over a year ago.

            A LOT of people care about Star Wars Galaxies btw.

  7. noob on July 11, 2014

    wow, another trashy asian mmorpg. NEXT!

    • Tsandsoup on July 18, 2014

      Better then stupid Blizzards WoW only WoWLK good all other crap

  8. GMAlonzo on July 11, 2014

    I have a idea, open the game already and give us keys lol

  9. Wakalaka on July 11, 2014

    Korea’s ArcheAge launched in January 2013, so this isn’t even a new game thus not worth any kind of ‘pre-order’ founder pack crap.

    • Brittany on July 11, 2014

      No one ever said it was a “new game.” It is, however, new to the Western market with its new English localization. So don’t buy the pre-order stuff if you don’t want to.

    • Lol on July 12, 2014

      It launched a year ago.. That’s better than 90% of any MMO westerners play actually.

    • Yuuma590 on July 12, 2014

      I created an acount just to say thank you. Finally someone who uses their brain.

    • WakalakaIsanIdiot on July 14, 2014

      This has to be the stupidest thing I’ve heard all day. Who cares when it came out in Korea?

  10. Malice on July 11, 2014

    I wish Trion luck with killing yet another MMO.

    Nice founders packs. Lets see how those work out killing the hype for your game.
    RIP Archeage.

    • Simples on July 12, 2014

      Simples, think FP is overpriced? Don’t buy.
      Keep in mind this used to be a p2p game.. with all things considered, it’s very fairly priced.
      FP are more of a Rush Start pack, the 150 one is tailored toward those who want to pirate immediately.

      The hype is still very much real (pretty much all the websites that had CBT keys went down from all the traffic)

    • Tsandsoup on July 18, 2014

      Seems fare to pay for patrion status i dont want idiots setting houses in the limited space that the game haves.

  11. Andy Trout on July 11, 2014

    Its Captain Andy Trout and the Scuttle butts

  12. Erihin on July 11, 2014

    That trailer doesn’t do the game justice

    • wootz91 on July 11, 2014

      Atleast they don’t fake the graphics like almost everyone else does.

  13. KuriSama on July 11, 2014

    i looked at this & i jizzed in my pantz :3

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  15. bruthsaw on July 11, 2014

    Finally A game where I can achieve my goal of being a master crafter and feel like it actually means something!

    • Aregadon on July 13, 2014

      Exactly We Crafters we’re always being left out but now our time to shine has come!
      Nobody will say that my Cooking Skills are useless!

  16. ZhaoYun on July 11, 2014

    good i was waiting for this game glad i will be able to try it soon.Btw is MMOBOMB gonna give by any chance keys for ArcheAge before cb starts?

    • Deyirn on July 11, 2014

      you will either be invited by e-mail if you sign up
      otherwise, you have to buy a pack, the lowest costs 45 EUR which gives you instant CBT access

      better sign up on the official site soon so you get the chance to be invited

      word of the wise – if there is a game you wanna play, wait for the official website to launch with the signing up, thats how i was invited in to Everquest Landmark

      • Cacalips on July 11, 2014

        Wait one month after OB launch because of full servers, bugs, compromises. Sometimes weeks of worked accidently erased in their account management…

        • Cacalips on July 11, 2014

          After WoW went OB, they stopped publishment, wiped the shelves of exisiting boxed copies and went back tot he drawing board before re-opening XD

          • ZhaoYun on July 11, 2014

            hmm ye i guess if thats how they gonna do it(with packs or just w8 on luck)might as well wait on OB plus the whole bugs/glitches thing i wanna help them and report anything but find but i wont pay them for it.They supposed to pay me for my help not the other way around so guess OB it is

  17. JackTHECOW on July 11, 2014

    I can’t wait for this game to come in.It looks beautiful!